Travelers Companies Inc (TRV), The Boeing Company (BA): The Four Biggest Earnings Beats in the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (.DJI)

More notably, mortgage fees dropped even as the number of loan originations increased, and with refinancing activity likely to fall as interest rates approach a bottom, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) could face further revenue challenges that will be likely to fall to the bottom line in the future.

Alcoa Inc (NYSE:AA)

Alcoa is a small player in the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2 Minute (INDEXDJX:.DJI), so all it took was a small beat in absolute terms to equate to a big earnings surprise for the company on a percentage basis. Strong demand for aluminum wheels and aircraft parts resulted from a healthy market in the automotive and aerospace industries, and Alcoa Inc (NYSE:AA) took full advantage of those pockets of strength in overcoming some of the challenges that have resulted from overall weakness in prices for aluminum.

Alcoa Inc (NYSE:AA)’s woes are far from over, as it looks at potentially idling more of its production plants in light of low prices. Yet if recent economic news results in a global economic boost, then Alcoa has positioned itself as well as possible to benefit.

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The article The 4 Biggest Earnings Beats in the Dow originally appeared on Fool.com is written by Dan Caplinger.

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