2 Blue Chip Stocks Lighting Up Trading Screens After Earnings

Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) reported higher profit for the third quarter as revenue showed growth. Net income for the aluminum company rose to $172 million (15 cents per share) vs. $61 million (6 cents per share) in the same quarter a year earlier. This is a more than twofold rise from the year earlier quarter. Revenue rose 21.4% to $6.42 billion from the year earlier quarter.

“Aluminum prices fell in the third quarter, but most markets continued to grow,” said Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld. “With the exception of Europe, we saw growth in our end markets, though at a slower rate than in the first half, as confidence in the global recovery faded.”

Competitors to Watch: Aluminum Corp. of China Ltd. (NYSE:ACH),  Kaiser Aluminum Corp. (NASDAQ:KALU), Alumina Limited (NYSE:AWC), Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. (NYSE:NOR), Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ:CENX), AK Steel Holding Corp. (NYSE:AKS), Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE), United States Steel Corp. (NYSE:X), Arcelor Mittal (NYSE:MT) and POSCO (NYSE:PKX).

PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE:PEP) reported its results for the third quarter. Net income for PepsiCo Inc. rose to $2 billion ($1.25 per share) vs. $1.92 billion ($1.19 per share) in the same quarter a year earlier. This marks a rise of 4.1% from the year earlier quarter. Revenue rose 13.3% to $17.58 billion from the year earlier quarter.

“We’re focused on growing our business by providing consumers around the globe with great tasting products they love at a good value, and we believe this quarter’s performance is a good indication that our efforts are working,” said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. “We had strong revenue growth across our product portfolio and across our key geographic markets. We were able to achieve pricing to partially offset commodity cost inflation and at the same time stimulate consumer demand for our products.”

Competitors to Watch: The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO), Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS), Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:CCE), Hansen Natural Corporation (NASDAQ:HANS), Reed’s, Inc. (NASDAQ:REED), Cott Corporation (NYSE:COT), National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ), Jones Soda Co. (NYSE:USA) (NASDAQ:JSDA), Celsius Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CELH), and Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB (NYSE:FMX).

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