NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Alcoa (AA) - Get Report stock is up 1.59% to $9.24 in afternoon trading on Thursday after the metals company was awarded a $470 million contract with Embraer (ERJ), a commercial jet manufacturer.

New York City-based Alcoa will supply aluminum sheets and plates for Embraer's E2 commercial aircrafts under the multi-year agreement. The aircrafts are scheduled to begin flying in 2018.

"Our patented alloys enable us to support our customer's game-changing E2 program, and we're proud that Alcoa will fly with Embraer," Mark Vrablec, president of Alcoa's aerospace and automotive products unit, said in a statement.

Alcoa will also supply wing ribs, fuselage frames and other structural parts for the E2 and Embraer's KC-390 models.

The new contract will be under the value-added business, called Arconic, which will spin off from Alcoa in the second half of the year.

Separately, Alcoa has a "hold" rating and a letter grade of C at TheStreet Ratings because of the company's solid financial position, which offsets poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing stock performance.

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