Alcoa, Joe's Jeans: After-Hours Trading

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Alcoa ( AA) shares saw heavy trading action in Tuesday's extended session after the Dow component's third-quarter earnings came in well below Wall Street's expectations.

The stock last changed hands at $9.86, down 4.3%, on volume of more than 5.1 million, according to Nasdaq.com. Year-to-date, the shares were already down more than 40%, dragged lower by weakening aluminum prices.

After the closing bell, Alcoa reported earnings from continuing operations of $172 million, or 15 cents a share, for the three months ended Sept. 30 on revenue of $6.42 billion. The average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters was for earnings of 22 cents a share in the September quarter on revenue of $6.24 billion.

Expectations were pretty low for Alcoa headed into the report but this miss is still much deeper than bears anticipated as Europe, caught up in worries about sovereign debt contagion, was a big drag on results. Alcoa CEO and Chairman Klaus Kleinfeld kept an overall demand outlook for the year intact, however, and didn't back an ambitious long-term view either.

"We continue to forecast a growth rate of 12 percent for 2011, with a slower pace in the second half of the year, and reaffirm our long-term forecast for a doubling of aluminum demand by 2020," Kleinfeld said. "Alcoa is a confident company in a nervous world. We are well prepared for whatever lies ahead, with more cash on hand, lower debt and continued focus on profitable growth."

Prior to the pullback in late trades, Alcoa's forward price-to-earnings multiple sat at 8.6X, below that of the S&P 500 at around 10.8X.

Joe's Jeans

Going from a Dow component to a micro-cap, another stock active late Tuesday was Joe's Jeans ( JOEZ), which saw its shares tumble more than 20% in extended trades after the Los Angeles clothing company posted a 5% year-over-year decline in sales in its fiscal third quarter.

The stock dropped to 55 cents, losing 14 cents, on volume of roughly 45,000, according to Nasdaq.com.

The company said it swung to a third-quarter loss of $2 million, or 3 cents a share, from a profit of $558,000, or a penny per share, in the same period a year earlier. Gross margins fell to 40% from 46% year-over-year, in part because of a $1.6 million writedown the value of certain jean leggings, non-denim pants and aged collection inventory.

Roth Capital Partners was looking for a loss of a penny per share from Joe's Jeans in the third quarter on revenue of $25.7 million. The firm previewed the quarterly report earlier on Tuesday, maintaining a neutral rating and price target of 75 cents a share because of "limited earnings visibility and the price volatility of the shares."

Also seeing trading interest late Tuesday was TE Connectivity ( TEL), which was tabbed to join the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Friday.

The stock gained nearly 7% to $32.75 on volume of more than 150,000 following the news. The company's addition to the S&P 500 assures new buyers as fund managers looking to mirror the performance of the index will need to own the stock. The Switzerland-based maker of electronic components, such as switches and sensors, as well as networking equipment is expected to report its fiscal fourth-quarter results on Oct. 24.

-- Written by Michael Baron in New York.

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