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Earnings Watch For April 10 (AA, SVU)

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Alcoa, Inc. (AA: Quote) will set the tone for corporate earnings season today. The aluminum producer, the first component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average to announce its quarterly results, is expected to report a loss of $0.04 per share on revenues of $5.77 billion for the first quarter. A year earlier, earnings and revenue were $0.28 per share and $5.96 billion respectively. Higher pricing, growing demand in major end markets and improved productivity positively affected the year-ago results. On the NYSE, AA closed Monday's regular trade at $9.60. (The stock gained nearly 16% in Q1; MA(50)- $10.20; MA(100)- $9.85; 52-wk H/L $17.96/$8.45)

Grocery retailer Supervalu Inc. (SVU: Quote) is expected to report results for the fourth quarter. The company is expected to earn $0.35 per share on revenues of $8.31 billion. In the same quarter a year earlier, the company reported earnings of $0.44 per share on revenues of $8.66 billion. The shares closed Monday at $5.32. (The stock plunged almost 29% in Q4; MA(50)- $6.41; MA(100)- $7.00; 52-wk H/L $11.77/$5.07)

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