Earnings season started off well for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI ) yesterday with Alcoa’s (NYSE: AA ) beat, and the blue-chip index is back on the upswing today. Almost the entire Dow is in the green as the index pulls in gains of 85 points as of 2:20 p.m. EDT. Alcoa ranks near the bottom of the index despite its strong quarterly report, but several big movers at the top of the index are fueling Dow investors’ optimism. Let’s check out the movers and shakers of the day.
Alcoa’s earnings highs and low
Aluminum producer Alcoa posted quarterly earnings per share of $0.07, beating projections by a penny. More pertinent, however, revenue continued to slide in line with an industrywide trend, down almost 2% for the quarter — although it still narrowly beat analyst projections. The company’s primary-metals business was the culprit behind sliding sales and stunted earnings, as the unit posted a $32 million loss that almost negated the profit posted by the company’s other divisions. However, Alcoa still expects global aluminum demand to rise as much as 7% overall for the year. Shares haven’t reacted so well today, however: Alcoa’s stock is down about 0.3% so far.
Top 10 Penny Companies To Invest In Right Now: SPAR Group Inc.(SGRP)
SPAR Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides merchandising and other marketing services to manufacturers, distributors, and retailers worldwide. The company primarily offers syndicated services, such as regularly scheduled, routed merchandising, and marketing services provided at the retail store level; and dedicated services, including store set-ups, store remodels, and fixture installations. It also provides project services comprising in-store services, such as new store openings, new product launches, special seasonal or promotional merchandising, focused product support, product recalls, in-store product demonstrations, and in-store product sampling, as well as kiosk product replenishment, inventory control, new store sets and existing store resets, re-merchandising, and remodels and category implementations under annual or stand-alone project contracts or agreements. In addition, the company offers in-home and in-office assembly services; and in-store e vent staffing services consisting of in-store product samplings and in-store product demonstrations. Further, SPAR Group provides various other marketing services comprising test market research, including testing promotion alternatives, new products and advertising campaigns, as well as packaging, pricing, and location changes at the store level; mystery shopping services, such as calling anonymously on retail outlets to check on distribution or display of a brand and to evaluate products, service of personnel, and conditions of store; data collection services consisting of gathering sales and other information for analysis and interpretation; and radio frequency identification services. The company?s customers include manufacturers, mass merchandisers, electronics store chains, drug store chains, convenience and grocery stores, and other retail outlets, such as discount stores, and home and office supply centers. SPAR Group, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered i n Tarrytown, New York.
Top 10 Penny Companies To Invest In Right Now: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)
NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a wholesale power generation company. The company engages in the ownership, development, construction, and operation of power generation facilities. It also involves in the transacting in and trading of fuel and transportation services; the trading of energy, capacity, and related products in the United States and internationally; and the supply of electricity, energy services, and cleaner energy and carbon offset products to retail electricity customers in deregulated markets. The company operates natural gas- fired, coal- fired, oil-fired, nuclear, solar, and wind power plants. As of December 31, 2010, it had power generation portfolio of 193 operating fossil fuel and nuclear generation units with an aggregate generation capacity of approximately 24,570 megawatt (MW), as well as ownership interests in renewable facilities with an aggregate generation capacity of 470 MW. The company portfolio also includes appr oximately 24,035 MW generation capacity in the United States, and 1,005 MW generation capacity in Australia and Germany. In addition, it has a district energy business with steam and chilled water capacity of approximately 1,140 megawatts thermal equivalent. NRG Energy, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey.
- [By John Udovich]
On Thursday, NRG Yield Inc (NYSE: NYLD), a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG),