Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, global mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Freeport's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Freeport facts

Headquarters (founded)

Phoenix (1987)

Market Cap

$15.13 billion


Diversified Metals and Mining

TTM Revenue

$17.8 billion


CEO Richard Adkerson (since 2003)

CFO Kathleen Quirk (since 2003)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)



Southern Copper (NYSE:PCU)

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CAPS members bullish on FCX also bullish on:


Transocean (NYSE:RIG)

CAPS members bearish on FCX also bearish on:

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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 97% of the 5,470 members who have rated Freeport believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include NOTvuffett and AmericanExports.

Last month, NOTvuffett tapped Freeport as a comfortably positioned commodities pick:

copper is damn near the break-even point, can't go lower or they will just not mine it. oh, and gold is a byproduct of copper mining. approximately 10% of company revenue from gold. gold is seen as a hedge against almost sure inflation in the future. rights to future moly properties and so forth will be valuable in the near future.

In a pitch from a few weeks earlier, AmericanExports expands on that top-down line of thinking:

The US Government is printing money because it must. While the economy in the USA will benefit, it will also drive fixed asset commodities up in price. At the same time much of the first Economic Stimulus package is directed at infrastructure and construction. This means copper and other metals will be in demand. In addition this stock was hit hard, but controls a very sizable chunk of supply. Great Value.

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