Based on the aggregated intelligence of 110,000-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. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Freeport-McMoRan facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Phoenix, Arizona (1987)

Market Cap

$38.53 billion


Diversified Metals & Mining

TTM Revenue

$20.36 billion


CEO Richard Adkerson (since 2003)
CFO Kathryn Quirk (since 2003)

Return on Equity (avg. last two years)


CAPS members bullish on FCX also bullish on

Transocean (NYSE:RIG)
Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)

CAPS members bearish on FCX also bearish on

Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM)
Goldcorp (NYSE:GG)

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

Over on CAPS, fully 1,360 of 1,381 of the All-Star members who have rated Freeport-McMoRan -- some 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include eslough and JDSancho, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

In September 2007, eslough informed our community that "with the take-over of Phelps Dodge earlier in 2007, [Freeport-McMoRan] is now the world's largest copper producer. The global infrastructure boom will continue to propel the shares of this firm higher."

A more recent pitch from JDSancho just last month follows that bullish line of logic, noting the stock's attractive valuation, as well:

Consolidation in this space could raise [Freeport-McMoran's] share price.

Fundamentally, [Freeport] is not that expensive, trading around 9x forward earnings, which have been growing around 25% yearly. [Freeport] is well capitalized and has a sustainable, healthy 1.4% dividend yield (unlike my basket of regional bank stock underperform picks). The 50% move over the past year has kept me from opening a position with real money, but I still think [Freeport] has room to run. Especially if you believe demand globally (i.e. China/India) is sustainable for the long haul.

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