SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

May 20, 2011 08:16 ET

Favorable Demand Environment Drives Aluminum Stocks Higher

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Alcoa & Century Aluminum

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 20, 2011) - Stocks throughout the Aluminum industry are surging of late as worldwide aluminum demand continues to grow. Emerging markets have been a huge source of revenue as populations and economies in China, Brazil and Russia have become richer, leading to higher levels of building. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Aluminum industry and provides research reports on Alcoa, Inc. (NYSE: AA) and Century Aluminum Co. (NASDAQ: CENX). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-05-AA

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-05-CENX

Reuters recently reported that aluminum prices are expected to keep climbing and demand for the metal will likely double in the next decade. Aluminum has been taking on a bigger role in electronics products as designers have started to use more environmentally friendly materials. Industry experts explain that the metal is easily recycled with no loss in quality.

In addition, the push by automotive and aerospace companies to create lighter and consequently more fuel efficient vehicles has also helped to bolster demand for lightweight aluminum. Alcoa spokesman Kevin Lowery said Aluminum's density is one-third that of steel.

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Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld predicts that the global consumption and supply of aluminum could double from its 2010 figures by the year 2020. This growth is expected to be fueled by an increasing demand for "more efficient infrastructure and transportation solutions."

Alcoa further noted being on track to meet its 2011 financial targets with a 130 basis point improvement in its debt-to-capital ratio rising to 33.6%.

Earlier this month Alcoa industry peer, Century Aluminum reported that first-quarter profit rose to $25 million, or 25 cents per share, from $6.3 million, or 6 cents per share, a year earlier. Century said it is watching to see whether China limits new growth of aluminum capacity. Such limits would benefit the company by holding back new competition for its aluminum.

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