Earnings season gets underway on Monday with Alcoa reporting after the close. And ahead of the results, the Fast gang smells a trade.
Shares of the aluminum giant traded lower after Deutsche slashed estimates to $10 from $12 saying demand for industrial metals will be hurt by the European debt crisis and a slowdown in emerging markets.
Those challenges and others have put pressure on Alcoa's share price, which fell about 10% in the fourth quarter and almost 44% for the year.
However, there is a sunny side to this situation; all the selling has sent shares down to a key level -- one which may prove to be support.
“Technically the stock broke down in late August” explains trader Steve Grasso. “Now the stock has to hold $9.10 for a couple days.” But if it does, that’s significant, if it does that’s an entry point. “If it holds that’s confirmation of support and I’d jump in.”
Jon Najarian sees opportunity too. “I’m not in it – but their major input cost is nat gas and that's been weak. I also think Alcoa is getting interesting.”
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