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1. As of noon trading, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) is up $0.15 (0.5%) to $29.25 on light volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.08-$29.42 after having opened the day at $29.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.10.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. engages in the exploration of mineral resource properties. The company primarily explores for copper, gold, molybdenum, cobalt, silver, and other metals, such as rhenium and magnetite. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold has a market cap of $26.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the metals & mining industry could consider SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) while those bearish on the metals & mining industry could consider PowerShares DB Base Metals Sht ETN (BOS).

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