Why Shares of Century Aluminum Dropped Today

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What: Shares of Century Aluminum fell 14% today after the company reported a big earnings miss.

So what: Revenue rose 3% in the second quarter to $331.9 million but the company reported a loss of $34.6 million, or $0.39 per share. Analysts were expecting a loss of $0.16 per share so the sheer size of the loss was what shocked investors today.  

Now what: Based on management's comments, the U.S. remains a fairly consistent source of demand but Europe and China are uncertain. The Chinese economy in particular has slowed growth and, if its government pulls back on its stimulus, we could even see a recession, which would hurt the demand for metals. This just isn't an industry I would be buying into right now given the net loss and the likely slowing in China over the next few years.

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