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Bearish on Aluminum?

Alcoa (AA) kicked off earnings season with a sour note indicating they are experiencing slowing demand and a drop in the price for aluminum. Alcoa indicated a large part of the slowing demand is coming from the automotive and housing construction market segments.

Alcoa has been the big dog in the aluminum market for some time, but faces increasing pressure from foreign aluminum manufacturers. Russian companies Rusal and Saul Group are merging to form a new company of comparable size to Alcoa.

The price of commodities, especially aluminum, has experienced significant increases in the last year. With aluminum prices softening, a prudent stock options strategy might be a bear call credit spreads for aluminum manufacturers.

Using PowerOptions stock options search tool SmartSearchXL, the following bear call credit spreads positions for aluminum manufacturing stocks were found on October 11, 2006 with all stock options expiring on November 17, 2006 (November stock options expiration day):

SmartSearchXL bear call search on October 11
Bid Buy
Ask %Return
AL 39.72 (-0.95) ALKI 06 NOV 45.0 (38) 0.35 ALKJ 06 NOV 50.0 (38) 0.15 4.20
CENX 32.52 (-1.02) CQLKG 06 NOV 35.0 (38) 1.25 CQLKH 06 NOV 40.0 (38) 0.40 20.50


Two bear call credit spreads stock options positions of Alcoa’s competitors Alcan (AL) and Century Aluminum (CENX) were returned with potential returns in 38 days of 4.2% and 20.5% respectively.

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