Century Aluminum (Nasdaq: CENX) Up on WTO Complaint Reports

Century Aluminum Company – Nasdaq: CENX

Reports that the U.S. may launch formal complaints with the World Trade Organization against Chinese aluminum producers sent shares of Century Aluminum (Nasdaq: CENX) up at least 10% in early trading. The U.S. intends, according to reports, to accuse China of providing below-market financing to Chinese aluminum companies that allowed them to modernize their plants and expand production. Also, allegedly in the complaint, are accusations that the Chinese aluminum producers were sold energy, in the form of coal and electricity, at below-market rates.

Chicago, IL-based Century Aluminum Company is a global producer of aluminum and operates aluminum reduction facilities in the United States and Iceland. Century Aluminum owns three U.S. aluminum smelters, in Hawesville, Kentucky, Robards, Kentucky and Mt. Holly, South Carolina, and one smelter in Grundartangi, Iceland. In 2008, Century Aluminum began construction on an aluminum reduction facility in Helguvik, Iceland, construction of which is currently delayed.

Four firms follow Century Aluminum Company and all rate shares of CENX as a “Hold”. CENX is currently trading above its consensus price target of $7.50.

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Ticker Symbol CENX
Last Price a/o 10:13 AM EST  $                    10.01
Average Volume 2 million
Market Cap $809 million
Sales $1.36 Billion
Shares Outstanding 90 million
Share Float 49.3 million
Shortable Yes
Optionable Yes
Inside Ownership 43.00%
Short Float 23.31%
Short Interest Ratio 5.63
Quarterly Return 20.51%
YTD Return 5.02%
Year Return 201.68%

Author: Steve Clark

Steve Clark is a 23 year Wall St professional with stints in M&A, risk management, and algorithm trading.

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