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Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) Shares Decline Despite Market Challenges

The stock price of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) has plunged by -0.45 when compared to previous closing price of 40.37, but the company has seen a 0.20% gain in its stock price over the last five trading sessions. InvestorPlace reported 2023-09-12 that The world’s rapid transition to renewable energy and the electrification of transportation will require it to utilize certain metals on a much wider scale going forward. For the purposes of American stock investors, it’s most noteworthy that the amount of copper, silver, and lithium extracted and used will have to surge tremendously.

Is It Worth Investing in Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) Right Now?

The price-to-earnings ratio for Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) is above average at 27.62x, while the 36-month beta value is 2.06.Analysts have differing opinions on the stock, with 10 analysts rating it as a “buy,” 1 as “overweight,” 10 as “hold,” and 1 as “sell.”

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The average price point forecasted by analysts for Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) is $46.08, which is $6.12 above the current market price. The public float for FCX is 1.43B, and currently, short sellers hold a 1.09% ratio of that floaft. The average trading volume of FCX on September 19, 2023 was 10.59M shares.

FCX’s Market Performance

FCX’s stock has seen a 0.20% increase for the week, with a 1.44% rise in the past month and a 0.94% gain in the past quarter. The volatility ratio for the week is 1.83%, and the volatility levels for the past 30 days are at 2.11% for Freeport-McMoRan Inc. The simple moving average for the last 20 days is 1.18% for FCX stock, with a simple moving average of 0.84% for the last 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of FCX

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for FCX stocks, with Bernstein repeating the rating for FCX by listing it as a “Mkt Perform.” The predicted price for FCX in the upcoming period, according to Bernstein is $41 based on the research report published on June 29, 2023 of the current year 2023.

FCX Trading at -1.64% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought FCX to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -13.68% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 2.11%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 1.83%, as shares surge +3.48% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading +4.01% upper at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, FCX rose by +0.20%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by +7.14% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $39.79. In addition, Freeport-McMoRan Inc. saw 6.33% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further gains.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at FCX starting from Lewis Sara Grootwassink, who purchase 4,000 shares at the price of $34.90 back on May 12. After this action, Lewis Sara Grootwassink now owns 17,800 shares of Freeport-McMoRan Inc., valued at $139,597 using the latest closing price.

Mikes Ellie L., the Chief Accounting Officer of Freeport-McMoRan Inc., sale 11,678 shares at $43.17 during a trade that took place back on Mar 01, which means that Mikes Ellie L. is holding 32,333 shares at $504,117 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for FCX

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • +32.36 for the present operating margin
  • +34.68 for the gross margin

The net margin for Freeport-McMoRan Inc. stands at +14.83. The total capital return value is set at 22.01, while invested capital returns managed to touch 14.19. Equity return is now at value 13.40, with 4.10 for asset returns.

Based on Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX), the company’s capital structure generated 70.41 points at debt to equity in total, while total debt to capital is 41.32. Total debt to assets is 21.44, with long-term debt to equity ratio resting at 63.50. Finally, the long-term debt to capital ratio is 37.26.

When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 2.77, with the company’s debt to enterprise value settled at 0.16. The receivables turnover for the company is 13.19 and the total asset turnover is 0.47. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 2.46.


In a nutshell, Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) has experienced a better performance in recent times. The stock has received mixed “buy” and “hold” ratings from analysts. It’s important to note that the stock is currently trading at a significant distance from its 50-day moving average and its 52-week high.