Earnings check in: The health of corporate America

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the end of the trading day on April 2, 2013 in New York City.

The aluminum maker Alcoa kicked off corporate earnings season last night with a better than expected report. Alcoa kept its forecast steady at 7 percent growth in aluminum demand this year.

Juli Niemann, analyst with Smith, Moore & Company, joins Marketplace Morning Report host Jeremy Hobson to discuss the latest earnings reports and what they signal about the economy. 

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Juli Niemann is executive vice-president for research and portfolio management with Smith, Moore and Company.
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Opening this report, and a later one, with "the" aluminum maker (or giant) belies inexperience. Most financial reporters, such as Brian Banmiller of Market Watch, Marketplace reporters, etc. and In Print just use "aluminum producer" or similar. No "the" is necessary, and the clipped terms used in market reporting is pleasing to the ear and indicates an "insider" reporter. OK?

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