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Cedar Fair, Golden Minerals, Alcoa, Aluminum Corp. and BHP Billitonhighlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

CHICAGO, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks Equity Research highlights Cedar Fair L.P. (NYSE: FUN-Free Report) as the Bull of the Day and Golden Minerals Company (AMEX: AUMN-Free Report) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis ontheAlcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA-Free Report), Aluminum Corporation of China Ltd. (NYSE: ACH-Free Report) and BHP Billiton Ltd (NYSE: BHP-Free Report).

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Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

Cedar Fair climbed back up to Zacks rank #1 (Strong Buy) after excellent quarterly results and updated management guidance.

Cedar Fair L.P. (NYSE: FUN-Free Report)is a publicly traded partnership, headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. It is one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. FUN owns and operates 11 amusement parks, four outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels.

The company's flagship park at Cedar point has been consistently voted the "Best Amusement Park in the World" in an annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.

Bear of the Day:

Precious metals miners have had a rough ride this year due to the slide in metals' prices. Though they have somewhat stabilized in the past couple of weeks, the outlook still remains cloudy.

Headquartered in Golden, Colorado, Golden Minerals Company (AMEX: AUMN-Free Report) owns mining operations and precious metals exploration properties in Mexico and South America.

The Company recorded a net loss of $217.8 million for the second quarter 2013 as compared to a net loss of $7.6 million in the second quarter 2012. EPS for the quarter was a negative $0.32, substantially worse than the Zacks consensus estimate of a negative $0.14.

The company has delivered negative surprises in three out of the last four quarters, with an average negative surprise of 29.3%.

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Alcoa to Form Aerospace JV with Russian Firm

Aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA-Free Report) announced that it has agreed to form a joint venture with Russia's VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, a leading maker of titanium ingots and forged products. Both Alcoa and VSMPO-AVISMA signed a cooperation agreement in Moscow to develop high end titanium and aluminum products for the aerospace industry.

The joint venture is expected to be operational in 2016 and once formed, will combine Alcoa's expertise in manufacturing value-added products which utilize VSMPO-AVISMA's expertise in the production of titanium.  Finished product manufactures will include high-end aerospace goods such as landing gear and forged wing components at Alcoa's Samara plant.

Through the agreement, Alcoa will be able to increase its competitiveness and position its global aerospace business for continued profitable growth. VSMPO-AVISMA, on the other hand, will get access to unique forging equipment, enabling it to increase output and maintain consistent supply. The company can thereby increase its productivity and presence in the market.

Alcoa estimates that the aerospace market would grow 9%-10% in 2013 and with this joint venture in place both can work on their respective strengths in making the largest and most advanced aerospace forgings in the world.

A few days ago, Alcoa released its third quarter results. The company posted a profit of $24 million or 2 cents per share in the quarter compared with a loss of $143 million or 13 cents per share in the year-ago quarter. The results include restructuring and other one-time charges/gains of $96 million.

Excluding one-time special items, earnings were $120 million or 11 cents a share in the quarter, much ahead of the year-ago earnings of $76 million or 7 cents per share and Zacks Consensus Estimate of 6 cents. Productivity gains, strong demand from auto makers, healthy operating performance and cost cutting supported the results despite lower metal prices.

Revenues dropped roughly 1.2% to $5,765 million from $5,833 million in the year-ago quarter but exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5,713 million. The decline was due to weak aluminum prices, offset by strong demand in the aerospace and automotive end markets.

Alcoa reiterated its global aluminum demand growth expectation of 7% for 2013.

Alcoa, a prominent player in the mining industry along with Aluminum Corporation of China Ltd. (NYSE: ACH-Free Report) and BHP Billiton Ltd (NYSE: BHP-Free Report), is a world leader in production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. The company is also the world's largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina.

Alcoa currently retains a short-term Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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