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Alcoa posts narrower-than-expected Q2 loss

Alcoa Corp. shares fell more than 1% before turning modestly higher in the extended session Wednesday following a second-quarter loss for the aluminium and alumina producer. The company continued to predict an aluminium deficit and an alumina surplus for 2019. Alcoa said it lost $402 million, or $2.17 a share, in the quarter, versus earnings of $10 million, or 5 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Adjusted for one-time items, the company lost $2 million, or a penny a share, versus earnings of $1.17 a share a year ago. Revenue fell to $2.7 billion from $3.6 billion a year ago. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected an adjusted loss of 19 cents a share on sales of $2.7 billion. Alcoa said that global aluminum demand growth for 2019 is estimated to range between 1.25% and 2.25%, down from previous expectations of 2% to 3%, thanks to lower demand in both China and the world ex-China due to trade tensions and macroeconomic headwinds. Alcoa shares ended the regular trading day down 0.7%.

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