2.27 (28.66%)

FCX is undervalued compared to its Price of $10.19 per share, has below average safety, and is currently rated a Sell.

Company Information

**Business:**Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (FCX) is a copper, gold and molybdenum mining company. Its portfolio of assets includes the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia, mining operations in North and South America, and the Tenke Fungurume (Tenke) minerals district in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Capital Appreciation

**Value:**Value is a measure of a stock's current worth. FCX has a current Value of $15.24 per share. Therefore, it is undervalued compared to its Price of $10.19 per share. Value is computed from forecasted earnings per share, forecasted earnings growth, profitability, interest, and inflation rates. Value increases when earnings, earnings growth rate and profitability increase, and when interest and inflation rates decrease. VectorVest advocates the purchase of undervalued stocks. At some point in time, a stock's Price and Value always will converge.

**RV (Relative Value):**RV is an indicator of long-term price appreciation potential. FCX has an RV of 1.08, which is fair on a scale of 0.00 to 2.00. This indicator is far superior to a simple comparison of Price and Value because it is computed from an analysis of projected price appreciation three years out, AAA Corporate Bond Rates, and risk. RV solves the riddle of whether it is preferable to buy High growth, High P/E stocks, or Low growth, Low P/E stocks. VectorVest favors the purchase of stocks with RV ratings above 1.00.

**RS (Relative Safety):**RS is an indicator of risk. FCX has an RS rating of 0.79, which is poor on a scale of 0.00 to 2.00. RS is computed from an analysis of the consistency and predictability of a company's financial performance, debt to equity ratio, sales volume, business longevity, price volatility and other factors. A stock with an RS rating greater than 1.00 is safer and more predictable than the average stock in the VectorVest database. VectorVest favors the purchase of stocks of companies with consistent, predictable financial performance.

**RT (Relative Timing):**RT is a fast, smart, accurate indicator of a stock's price trend. FCX has a Relative Timing rating of 0.30, which is very poor on a scale of 0.00 to 2.00. RT is computed from an analysis of the direction, magnitude, and dynamics of a stock's price movements over one day, one week, one quarter and one year time periods. Once a stock's price has established a strong trend, it is expected to continue in that trend for the short-term. If a trend dissipates, RT will gravitate toward 1.00. RT will explode from bottoms, dive from tops, and reflect changes in price momentum. VectorVest favors the purchase of stocks with RT ratings above 1.00.

**VST (VST-Vector):**VST is the master indicator for ranking every stock in the VectorVest database. FCX has a VST rating of 0.76, which is poor on a scale of 0.00 to 2.00. VST is computed from the square root of a weighted sum of the squares of RV, RS, and RT. Stocks with the highest VST ratings have the best combinations of Value, Safety and Timing. These are the stocks to own for above average, long-term capital appreciation. VectorVest advocates the purchase of safe, undervalued stocks rising in price.

**Recommendation (REC):**VectorVest gives a Buy, Sell, Hold recommendation on every stock, every day. FCX has a Sell recommendation. REC reflects the cumulative effect of all the VectorVest parameters working together. These parameters are designed to help investors buy safe, undervalued stocks rising in price. They also help investors avoid or sell risky, overvalued stocks falling in price. VectorVest recommends that investors buy high VST-Vector, Buy-rated stocks in rising markets.

**Stop (Stop-Price):**Stop is an indicator of when to sell a long position or cover a short position.

**FCX has a Stop of $12.40 per share.**This is $2.21 above FCX's current closing Price. A stock's Stop is computed from a 13 week moving average of its closing prices, and is fine-tuned according to the stock's fundamentals. High RV, high RS stocks have lower Stops, and low RV, low RS stocks have higher Stops. In the VectorVest system, a stock gets a 'B' or 'H' recommendation if its Price is above its Stop and an 'S' recommendation if its Price is below its Stop.

**GRT (Earnings Growth Rate):**GRT reflects a company's one to three year forecasted earnings growth rate in percent per year. FCX has a forecasted Earnings Growth Rate of -7.00%, which VectorVest considers to be very poor. GRT is computed from historical, current and forecasted earnings data. It is updated each week for every stock in the VectorVest database. GRT often foretells a stock's future price trend. If a stock's GRT trend is upward, the stock's price will likely rise. If GRT is trending downward, the stock's Price will probably fall. VectorVest favors the purchase of stocks whose GRT is rising and is greater than the sum of current inflation and interest rates, as shown weekly in our investment climate report.

**EPS (Earnings per Share):**EPS stands for leading 12 months Earnings Per Share.

**FCX has a forecasted EPS of $0.35 per share.**VectorVest determines this forecast from a combination of recent earnings performance and traditional fiscal and/or calendar year earnings forecasts.

**P/E (Price to Earnings Ratio):**P/E is a popular measure of stock valuation which shows the dollars required to buy one dollar of earnings.

**FCX has a P/E of 29.11.**This ratio may be deemed to be high or low depending upon your frame of reference. The average P/E of all the stocks in the VectorVest database is 37.04. P/E is computed daily using the formula: P/E = Price/EPS.

**EY (Earnings Yield):**EY reflects earnings per share as a percent of Price. EY is related to P/E via the formula, EY = 100 / (P/E), and may be used in place of P/E as a measure of valuation. EY has the advantages that it is always determinate and can reflect negative earnings.

**FCX has an EY of 3.43 percent.**This is above the current average of 2.70% for all the stocks in the VectorVest database. EY equals 100 x (EPS/Price).

**GPE (Growth to P/E Ratio):**GPE is another popular measure of stock valuation. It compares earnings growth rate to P/E ratio.

**FCX has a GPE rating of -0.24.**High growth stocks are believed to be able to justify high P/E ratios. A stock is commonly considered to be undervalued when GPE is greater than 1.00 and overvalued when GPE is below 1.00. Unfortunately, this rule of thumb does not take into account the effect of interest rates on P/E ratios. The operative GPE ratio of 1.00 is valid when and only when interest rates equal 10%. With long-term interest rates currently at 3.28%, the operative GPE ratio is 0.11. Therefore, FCX may be considered to be undervalued.

Dividend Information

**DIV (Dividend):**VectorVest reports annual, regular, cash dividends as indicated by the most recent payments. Special distributions, one-time payments, stock dividends, etc., are not generally included in DIV.

**FCX pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share.**

**DY (Dividend Yield):**DY reflects dividend per share as a percent of Price.

**FCX has a Dividend Yield of 1.96 %. This is above the current average of 1.49% for all the stocks in the VectorVest database.**DY equals 100 x (DIV/Price). It is useful to compare DY with EY. If DY is not significantly lower than EY, the dividend payment may be in jeopardy.

**DS (Dividend Safety):**DS is an indicator of the assurance that regular cash dividends will be declared and paid at current or at higher rates for the foreseeable future.

**FCX has a Dividend Safety of 44 which is poor on a scale of 0 to 99.**Stocks with DS values above 75 typically have RS values well above 1.00 and EY levels that are much higher than DY.

**DG (Dividend Growth Rate):**Dividend Growth is a forecasted annual growth rate of a company's dividend based on historical dividend payments and dividend predictability. It is a subtle yet important indicator of a company’s financial performance. It also provides some insight into the board’s outlook on the company’s ability to increase earnings.

**FCX has a Dividend Growth of 18% This is above the current average of 1.49% for all the stocks in the VectorVest database.**

**YSG (YSG-Vector):**YSG is an indicator which combines DY, DS and DG into a single value, and allows direct comparison of all dividend-paying stocks in the database.

**FCX has a YSG rating of 0.93 which is fair.**Stocks with the highest YSG values have the best combinations of Dividend Yield, Safety and Growth. These are the stocks to buy for below current income and long-term growth.

Price-Volume Data

**Price:**FCX closed on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at $10.19 per share.

**Open:**FCX opened trading at a price of $8.63 per share on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

**High:**FCX traded at a High price of $10.48 per share on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

**Low:**FCX traded at a Low price of $8.56 per share on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

**Close:**FCX closed on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at $10.19 per share. (Close is also called Price in the VectorVest system)

**Range:**Range reflects the difference between the High and Low prices for the day. FCX traded with a range of $1.92 per share on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

**$ Change:**FCX up 2.27 from the prior day's closing Price.

**%PRC:**FCX's Price changed 28.66% from the prior day's closing price.

**Volume:**FCX traded 106,375,930 shares on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

**AvgVol:**AvgVol is the 50 day moving average of daily volume as computed by VectorVest. FCX has an AvgVol of 28,578,874 shares traded per day.

**%Vol:**%Vol reflects the percent change in today's trading volume as compared to the AvgVol. %Vol equals ((Volume - AvgVol) / AvgVol ) * 100. FCX had a %Vol of 272.22% on Thursday, August 27, 2015

**CI (Comfort Index):**CI is an indicator which reflects a stock's ability to resist severe and/or lengthy price declines.FCX has a CI rating of 0.20, which is very poor on a scale of 0.00 to 2.00. CI is quite different from RS in that it is based solely upon a stock's long-term price history. VectorVest advocates the purchase of high CI stocks.

Sales / Market Capitalization Information

**Sales: FCX has annual sales of 19,332,000,000**

**Sales Growth:**Sales Growth is the Sales Growth Rate in percent over the last 12 months. FCX has a Sales Growth of -23.00% per year. This is very poor. Sales Growth is updated each week for every stock. It is often useful to compare Sales Growth to Earnings Growth to gain an insight into a company's operations.

**Sales Per Share (SPS): FCX has annual sales of $18.58 per share.**SPS can be used as a measure of valuation when comparing stocks within an Industry Group.

**Price to Sales Ratio (P/S): FCX has a P/S of 0.55.**This ratio is also used as a measure of valuation. Here, too, it is useful when comparing stocks within an Industry Group.

**Shares: FCX has 1,040,000,000 shares of stock outstanding.**

**Market Capitalization: FCX has a Market Capitalization of 10,599,000,000.**Market Capitalization is calculated by multiplying price times shares outstanding.

**Business Sector:**FCX has been assigned to the

**Mining**Business Sector. VectorVest classifies stocks into over 200 Industry Groups and 40 Business Sectors.

**Industry Group:**FCX has been assigned to the

**Mining (Other)**Industry Group. VectorVest classifies stocks into over 200 Industry Groups and 40 Business Sectors.

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