Summary: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold stock jumped 5% in late trading on rumors of a takeover bid by BHP Billiton. But with Freeport's $11 billion market cap and a problematic mine in Indonesia, most analysts give the rumor little chance of fruition; BHP has its own mining challenges it's currently addressing. The speculation comes just two days after Freeport bid to takeover its far larger copper mining counterpart Phelps Dodge for $25.9 billion. BHP, with a market cap of $114 billion, is big enough to absorb both Freeport and Phelps Dodge.
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Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: Freeport (NYSE:FCX), BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP), Phelps Dodge (PD), Inco Ltd. (NYSE:N), Cabot Corp. (NYSE:CBT), Southern Copper Corp. (PCU), Newmont Mining Corp. (NYSE:NEM), Rio Tinto plc (RTP) • ETFs: SPDR Metals and Mining ETF (NYSEARCA:XME), Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA:GDX)
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