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Alcoa Harbinger of Strength Elsewhere: Najarian

Can you extrapolate Alcoa results to other areas of the market? Pete Najarian, co-founder OptionMonster.com, thinks you can, although the takeaway changes depending on your time horizon.

Takeaway for Long-Term Investors

Although Alcoa posted a second-quarter loss, if you're a long-term investor, Najarian suggests focussing on what CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said about the aerospace and automobile markets in an interview on CNBC.

"Alcoa is successfully capitalizing on accelerating demand in high-growth end markets such as aerospace and automotive," Kleinfeld told CNBC.

Najarian takes the commentary as confirmation that companies such as Ford and Toyota – Alcoa customers – are experiencing solid demand for their lighter more fuel efficient vehicles.

He also takes it as confirmation of Boeing’s 20-year market forecast. The aviation giant predicted demand for 34,000 new aircraft worth $4.5 trillion.

Those data points suggest to Najarian that although the global economy may be slowing, it’s still growing, just at a slower pace. And in the long-term that's bullish because if the global economy continues to improve, even slowly, he thinks stocks are cheap.

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Takeaway for Short-Term Traders

If you’re a short-term trader like Najarian, perhaps the most important takeaway from Alcoa is that even with the loss – Alcoa beat expectations. In fact, Najarian wouldn’t be surprised if beating expectations emerges as a trend across earnings season.

He thinks expectations have been ratcheted down so much that companies will issue small beats and make optimistic commentary. In turn, that should drive stocks higher.

Trader Steve Grasso, director of institutional sales trading at Stuart Frankel, doesn't agree. Grasso says, “Although estimates have come down, If you want to dive into the market here, you have to ask yourself if estimates have come down enough.

Given headwinds in Europe and China, “I don’t think they have.”

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Takeaway for Alcoa Traders

If you’re looking to trade Alcoa, trader Guy Adami, managing director of stockMONSTER.com, thinks the stock is a buy at current levels for a trade. “Typically it bounces between $8 - $12,” he says. “I’d play it long with an $8.50 stop.”

By the numbers, Alcoa posted second-quarter earnings excluding items of 6 cents per share, down from 32 cents a share in the year-earlier period.

The company reported a net loss of $2 million, or 0 cents per share, compared to net income of $322 million, or 28 cents per share, in the year-ago period.

Revenue fell 10 percent to $5.96 billion from $6.59 billion a year ago.

Analysts had expected the company to report earnings excluding items of 5 cents a share on $5.81 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.

(Click here for more: Go to "Alcoa Kicks off Earnings Season with a Slight Beat".)






Posted by CNBC's Lee Brodie

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