Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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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 1.7%. By the end of trading, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold rose $0.49 (1.4%) to $36.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,091,632 shares of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,128,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.08-$36.66 after having opened the day at $36.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.12. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), up 21.6%, Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), up 14.3%, Tasman Metals ( TAS), up 13.1% and Thompson Creek Metals Company ( TC), up 12.0%.

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 $37.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, USEC ( USU), down 4.9%, North American Palladium ( PAL), down 4.9%, Ossen Innovation ( OSN), down 4.9% and China Precision Steel ( CPSL), down 4.3%.

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