Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX): Today's Key Contributor To Industry Gains

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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold ( FCX) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.4%. By the end of trading, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold rose $1.34 (4.1%) to $33.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 21.7 million shares of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.64-$34 after having opened the day at $32.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.42. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Allied Nevada Gold ( ANV), up 30.2%, Tasman Metals ( TAS), up 15%, James River Coal Company ( JRCC), up 10.2%, and Great Basin Gold ( GBG), up 9.6%.
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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 $30.48 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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