Why Are People Talking About Investing in Freeport-McMoRan (FCX)?

Freeport-McMoRan moved -3.7% this afternoon session, trading between a high of $35.12 and a low of $33.72 per share. Yesterday the stock finished at $35.23 per share, compared to an average analyst target price of $47.47.

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. engages in the mining of mineral properties in North America, South America, and Indonesia. The large-cap metal mining company is based in the United States, and over the last twelve months it has returned a dividend yield of 1.7%. Freeport-McMoRan has trailing twelve months earnings per share (EPS) of 1.47, which at today's prices amounts to a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 23.1.

Based on its expected future earnings growth, the company has a price to earnings growth (PEG) ratio of -1.43. Usually a PEG ratio between 0 and 1 indicates a potentially undervalued company.

Snapshot of Freeport-McMoRan's Operating Margins:

Date Reported Total Revenue ($ k) Operating Expenses ($ k) Operating Margins (%) YoY Growth (%)
2023-02-15 22,780,000 -15,595,000 31 -16.22
2022-02-15 22,845,000 -14,452,000 37 146.67
2021-02-16 14,198,000 -11,979,000 15 200.0
2020-02-14 14,402,000 -498,000 5 -80.0
2019-02-15 18,628,000 -527,000 25 8.7
2018-02-20 16,403,000 -570,000 23

Over the last 6 years, Freeport-McMoRan's operating margins have averaged 22.7%, which is similar to the 22.89% Industrial Metals & Mining industry average. We also note that the company's operating margins have a high coefficient of variability at 50.4%. On the other hand, we note that the firm's margins are growing at a 5.3% compounded average yearly rate.

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