Alcoa Declines As Goldman Says Few Potential Buyers

Bloomberg reported that Alcoa Inc. shares had their biggest decline in more than two-and-a-half years after Goldman, Sachs & Co. said the world's second-largest aluminum producer may remain independent because there are few potential buyers of the company.

Shares of New York-based Alcoa slid $2.91, or 7.1 percent, to $38 as of 4 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. That's the steepest decline since Sept. 10, 2004.

Alcoa dropped its $27.7 billion hostile bid for Canadian aluminum producer Alcan on July 12 after Rio Tinto Group bid $38.1 billion. Alcoa's withdrawal renewed speculation the company itself may be a takeover target.

``While Alcoa could potentially entertain an Alcan type bid, we believe the limited list of buyers, the potential long term benefits of an asset restructuring in downstream and upstream segments, plus increasingly strong fundamentals on the aluminum market, provide a strong incentive for Alcoa to remain independent,'' Goldman analyst Oscar Cabrera wrote in a note to investors. "

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600450 Alcoa Declines As Goldman Says Few Potential Buyers
Date: 30 July 2007
Source: Bloomberg

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