A beat is good, but the BRIC regions killed Alcoa and any manufacturing companies a decade ago.
Alcoa will never see $20's, $30's, $40's or $50's ever again.
Bimmy is right, this is dying company.
Within 1-2 years, ALCOA will be weighted out of the DJIA and replaced with something more modern, such as Google, Amazon, Oracle, etc. Since they will not allow AAPL (yes, they have already considered them) due to it being a weighted average, they are already shopping for a tech company replacement.
Alcoa is dying, slowly, it's sad, but it's surely dying.