Kaiser posts earnings surge but warns of slow first half

Feb 20, 2013 | 10:53 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Kaiser Aluminum, Jack A. Hockema, earnings report, auto, aerospace, extrusions, drawn, heat-treat plate

CHICAGO — Kaiser Aluminum Corp.’s earnings surged last year but the company warned of a tepid 2013, at least in the first half of the year.

"Weak fourth-quarter demand for many of our end-market applications has continued in the first quarter as uncertain global economic conditions and weak North American industrial manufacturing demand continue to cloud our near-term visibility for general engineering and industrial applications," Jack A. Hockema, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said in a statement released with earnings data Feb. 19.....

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