Alcoa said it lost $454 million or 47 cents a share in the second quarter, vs. $546 million, or 66 cents a share a year earlier. The quarter marks Alcoa’s third straight quarterly loss. Excluding one-time restructuring charges, Alcoa lost 26 cents a share. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial had expected a loss of 38 cents a share.
The beat by Alcoa provided a boost to material ETF’s. Alcoa makes up approximately 3 percent of ETF’s UYM, XLB, and IYM. If Alcoa has provided a sign of things to come, these ETF’s look attractive. Not to mention the thought of inflation on the horizon in the coming years ahead. One thing to keep in mind is that these ETF’s provide exposure in the gold market with Newmont Mining and Freeport McMoran as companies with large stakes in the ETF’s.
The investment XLB seeks to correspond generally to the performance, before fees and expenses, of the materials economic sector. The investment IYM seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials index. UYM seeks twice the daily performance of the same index.
We have included a list of the top holdings within IYM & XLB below:
Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) TOP 10 HOLDINGS ( 70.39% OF TOTAL ASSETS)
|iShares Dow Jones US Basic Materials (IYM)TOP 10 HOLDINGS ( 56.72% OF TOTAL ASSETS)|