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Freeport McMoRan is Back in the Catbird Seat

|Includes: Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX)
Last February, I told you I would kill myself if you didn’t buy the world’s largest copper producer, Freeport McMoRan (NYSE:FCX) (click here for the call). OK, I exaggerate. I said I would throw myself in front of a train. Who knows, I might have survived the train. Since you all followed my advice, you are all now as rich as Croesus, as the stock has since gone parabolic, from $15 to $85, up 560%. Providing the rocket fuel for this move was copper’s leap from $1.25 to $3.00.  CEO Richard Adkerson is the kind of burly, no nonsense kind of guy you might expect to find in an afterhours bar near one of the many open pits the company works around the world. Although Q3 revenues fell from $4.6 billion to $4.1 billion YOY, FCX has reinstated its dividend, and is clearly back in the catbird seat. China is importing record amounts of copper both for stockpiling and consumption by it explosively growing auto, consumer, infrastructure, and power industries. Record gold prices, which FCX also mines, are giving a further boost. Projects mothballed last year are back on track, and idle equipment is going back to work. When I was at Morgan Stanley during the eighties, any association with the red metal was considered career death, as it was in the grips of a 20 year bear market, trading as low as 60 cents. The guy who covered our big client in the sector was nice enough, but people avoided his table in the company cafeteria in the GM building like he had AIDS. I have to pinch myself when I see copper’s performance today. I wonder where that guy is now?