Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-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 respected four-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 $43.7 billion
Industry Diversified metals and mining
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $20.9 billion
Management CEO Richard Adkerson
CFO Kathleen Quirk
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 39.4%
Cash/Debt $4.8 billion / $3.5 billion
Dividend Yield 2.2%
Competitors BHP Billiton
Newmont Mining
Southern Copper

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 5,867 members who have rated Freeport believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, notgoing2argue, highlighted Freeport as a particularly solid selection:

Safe dividend while the global economy struggles to find growth, but once it does begin to find its footing Freeport will pop. You'll want to be positioned to capitalize and be paid to wait. I suspect sometime over the next 5 years you'll get a sustainable rally based on the hope of future growth. [Freeport] can provide the to profit in that environment.

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