Is the Ride Over for This Gold Stock?

By Sam Collins,

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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE: FCX ) - This copper, gold and molybdenum company has assets in Indonesia and North and South America. It is the second-largest copper producer in the world, as well as a major producer of gold.

With the recent strength in metals, FCX enjoyed a rally from under $60 in June to over $120 last week. But Standard & Poor's just lowered its rating on FCX to a "sell" from "hold" based on this dynamic run-up in price, which took the stock above their target price of $95.

Yesterday, FCX broke through its 50-day moving average on a breakaway gap signaling a major trend change. Even though the company reported record quarterly profits yesterday, it admitted that it is not likely to match that performance in the near future.

The stock should be shorted at current price or on a rally. The technical target for a short sale is $95. Traders may wish to consider the purchase of put options, but check with your broker regarding margin requirements for trades in FCX.

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This article appears in: Investing Stocks
Referenced Stocks: FCX

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