|Bid||1,029.00 x 38000|
|Ask||1,100.00 x 120000|
|Day's Range||1,051.50 - 1,068.50|
|52 Week Range||748.50 - 1,103.00|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||13.86|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.37 (3.88%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") downgraded today the issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings of Empresas Publicas de Medellin E.S.P. (EPM) to Baa3 from Baa2 and the baseline credit assessment ...
Freeport-McMoRan Is Up ~13% in May: Can Hot Streak Continue? While commodities generally follow the underlying supply-demand dynamics in the long term, according to some observers, copper prices also tend to reflect macro developments. Copper has been dubbed as “doctor copper” because many market observers see copper prices as a reflection of the global economy.
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), the leading US-based copper miner, is having a nice run in May. The stock has risen 12.9% so far this month based on May 22 closing prices. Thanks to the upwards price action this month, Freeport has narrowed its 2018 losses to 9.2%. Overall, 2018 has been a somber year for Freeport. On the macro front, copper prices have fallen from their 2017 highs as expectations of a supply deficit are now fast eroding.
Antofagasta plc (LSE:ANTO) trades with a trailing P/E of 19.3x, which is higher than the industry average of 13.3x. While ANTO might seem like a stock to avoid or sellRead More...
First Quantum Minerals (FM) has received a “strong buy” rating from five analysts, while nine analysts have a “buy” or equivalent rating on the stock. The remaining ten analysts polled by Thomson Reuters on May 14 rate the stock as a “hold.”
Antofagasta (ANTO) has received a “strong buy” rating from five analysts, while four analysts rate the stock as a “buy” or some equivalent. Antofagasta produced 153,800 metric tons of copper in 1Q18, which was 10.5% lower as compared to the corresponding period last year. Antofagasta expects to produce between 705,000 and 740,000 metric tons of copper in 2018 as compared to 704,300 metric tons last year.
Southern Copper (SCCO) has received a “hold” rating from five analysts. Four analysts have a “sell” rating on the stock, while the remaining one analyst polled by Thomson Reuters on May 14 has rated the stock as a “strong sell.” The stock hasn’t received any “buy” or equivalent ratings.
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) has received a “strong buy” rating from one analyst, while seven analysts rate the stock as a “buy” or some equivalent. 12 analysts have a “hold” rating on the stock, while three analysts polled by Thomson Reuters on May 14 rate the stock as a “sell.”
We’re now reaching the end of the 1Q18 earnings season, and most mining companies have already released their quarterly earnings results. Some companies including Antofagasta (ANTO) and Glencore (GLNCY) have released only their quarterly production reports in 1Q18, and not metrics like revenue and EBITDA, which they only release twice a year.
In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of Antofagasta plc (LSE:ANTO) using the discounted cash flows (DCF) model. If you want to learn more about thisRead More...
As we noted in the previous part, Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) faces uncertainties in its Grasberg mine in Indonesia. Despite agreeing to sell a majority stake in the mine towards Indonesian interests, the company hasn’t been able to strike a final deal with the Indonesian government. Rio Tinto (RIO) is also negotiating a stake sale with the Indonesian government.
So far, copper prices have been subdued in 2018. Copper has seen a sharp rally since 1Q16. Copper has been struggling to hold the $7,000 per metric ton price level this year. Ample supplies, highlighted by low treatment and refining charges and rising inventories, have been bearish drivers for copper prices. Trade friction between the US and China hasn’t helped copper’s cause either. Copper miners including Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) and Antofagasta (ANTO) have also followed copper lower. ...
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) is having a dismal run in 2018. Based the company’s closing prices on May 2, the stock has fallen 20.3% this year. The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) has lost 2.8% during this period. Looking at other miners, Antofagasta (ANTO) and Teck Resources (TECK) have lost 2.5% and 4.4%, respectively. However, Southern Copper (SCCO) has risen 9.0% year-to-date.
The latest earnings update Antofagasta plc’s (LSE:ANTO) released in December 2017 indicated that the company benefited from a major tailwind, more than doubling its earnings from the prior year. BelowRead More...
Britain's FTSE was flat on Wednesday, failing to ride a timid bounce by European shares as a missed cash flow forecast from Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) disappointed investors and weighed heavily on the blue chip index . The FTSE (.FTSE) was flat at 0904 GMT, slightly below the broader European market boosted by encouraging corporate results at the exception of Germany's DAX (.GDAXI), which suffered from airline Lufthansa's weak earnings. Despite a 42 percent rise in first-quarter profit on stronger oil price, shares in Shell, a FTSE heavyweight, fell 2.9 percent as cash flows fell short of investors' strong expectations.
During its 1Q18 earnings call, Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) provided its revised operating guidance. Freeport expects to start its Grasberg underground operations towards the end of 2018. What would lower shipments mean for Freeport’s earnings?
Chilean copper commission Cochilco forecast on Friday that Chile would produce 5.76 million tonnes of the red metal in 2018, up 4.3 percent from 2017, while estimating copper prices at $3.06 per pound this year. The projections follow a difficult year for the world's top copper producer in 2017, after workers at BHP's Escondida copper mine, the world's largest, walked off the job for a month and a half, putting a dent in Chile's economy and sending shockwaves through the market. "We receive these projections with optimism...though we must be cautious about the risks that continue to exist in the market," said Pablo Terrazas, Chile's undersecretary of mining.
Important news for shareholders and potential investors in Antofagasta plc (LSE:ANTO): The dividend payment of $0.41 per share will be distributed into shareholder on 25 May 2018, and the stockRead More...
Previously in this series, we’ve looked at Freeport-McMoRan’s (FCX) 1Q18 earnings estimates and the key updates that markets might watch for on the company’s earnings call. In this final article of our series, we’ll see how analysts are rating Freeport ahead of its 1Q18 earnings release. Freeport has received a “strong buy” rating from one analyst while six analysts have a “buy” rating on the stock. Thirteen analysts have rated Freeport a “hold” or some equivalent, while the remaining three analysts polled by Thomson Reuters on April 17 rate the stock a “sell.” Freeport has received a mean consensus price target of $20.57, which represents 12.4% upside over April 17 closing prices.
Grasberg issues could dominate Freeport’s 1Q18 earnings call. There are several uncertainties over Freeport’s Indonesia operations. See Uncertainties Surround Freeport’s Indonesia Operations to look at the issues Freeport is grappling in Indonesia. The Grasberg issues could also be affecting Freeport’s valuation.
In the previous part of this series, we noted that Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) expects its 1Q18 copper shipments to be similar to the sequential quarter. Meanwhile, for commodity producers Antofagasta (ANTO), Southern Copper (SCCO), and Rio Tinto (RIO)(TRQ), commodity prices have a higher impact on earnings than shipments. In this article, we’ll see how commodity prices played out in 1Q18 amid the US-China trade war and how it could impact Freeport’s financial performance.
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) is scheduled to release its 1Q18 earnings on April 24. In this article, we’ll see what analysts are projecting for Freeport’s 1Q18 revenues. Freeport managed to beat its revenue estimates by a wide margin in the last two consecutive quarters.
China is the world’s biggest copper importer. Copper mining is concentrated in Latin America (ILF). Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) and Southern Copper (SCCO) have plants in the copper-rich region. China’s copper imports are seen as an indicator of the country’s copper demand. In this article, we’ll look at China’s March 2018 copper imports.
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) is valued at an EV-to-EBITDA (enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) multiple of 4.5x, whereas copper mining peers Antofagasta (ANTO) and Anglo American (AAL-L) have EV-to-EBITDA multiples of 5.5x and 4.7x, respectively, and Southern Copper (SCCO) and Glencore (GLNCY) have multiples of 5.8x and 11.0x. Based on the above 2018 multiples, Freeport appears to be the cheapest among the copper mining stocks we’re covering, while Southern Copper appears to be the most expensive. This year has been an unusual one for Freeport, as it is ending open-pit mining at its Grasberg mine.
Pure-play copper miners Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) and First Quantum Minerals (FM) had fallen 5.7% and 1.9%, respectively, this year as of April 6. What does this divergence between copper and miner stock prices tell us? In the case of copper miners such as Antofagasta (ANTO), earnings are sensitive to changes in copper prices.