Freeport-McMoRan Inc. ( FCX ), formerly Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., is a mining giant that is primarily engaged in mineral exploration and development, mining and milling of copper, gold, molybdenum and silver, as well as the smelting and refining of copper concentrates.
Freeport 's copper business remains affected by the sluggish global economy and supply related issues. The difficult market conditions inEurope are still affecting copper markets. The slowdown inChina (a major market for copper) adds to the concern. However,Freeport is aggressive managing its costs and continues to progress with its expansion initiatives.
Let's have a quick look at this mining behemoth's fourth-quarter release.
Estimate Trend & Surprise History
Estimate forFreeport for the fourth quarter has seen an uptrend over the past month. The company has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in 2 of the trailing 4 quarters while missing in the other 2 with an average negative surprise of 6.47%.
Freeport reported adjusted earnings of 25 cents per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 32 cents.
Freeport-McMoran, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise
Freeport posted revenues of $4,377 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4,082 million.
Key Stats/Developments to Note
In the fourth quarter,Freeport repaid debt worth $2.5 billion, using the proceeds from the recent sale of assets. For 2017, the company remains focused on reducing debt by generating significant cash flows to increase shareholder value.
Currently,Freeport has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), but that could change following its earnings report which was just released.
Freeport's shares dropped 3.5% in the pre-market trading following the release. It would be interesting to see how the market reacts to the results during the trading session today.
Check back later for our full write up onFreeport's earnings report!
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