|Bid||0.00 x 900|
|Ask||0.00 x 1000|
|Day's Range||24.20 - 24.81|
|52 Week Range||20.88 - 30.61|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.55|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.59%|
In the previous article, we learned what analysts are projecting for Freeport-McMoRan’s (FCX) third-quarter earnings results. In this article, we’ll look at the key updates the markets might be expecting on Freeport’s third-quarter earnings call. Grasberg concerns have dominated Freeport’s earnings calls for the last several quarters.
Indonesia country-specific ETFs plunged Wednesday on an intensifying rout in the emerging markets, with Indonesia's equity market experiencing its worst sell-off in almost two years, forcing authorities to step in to support its local currency and debt markets. President Joko Widodo blamed “a barrage of external factors” for the rupiah currency's depreciation to 20-year lows and argued for an immediate increase in investment and exports to contain the current account deficit, Reuters reports. “There are only two key (things) - investments must continue to increase and exports must also increase so (we) can resolve the current account deficit,” Widodo said in comments posted on the cabinet secretary’s web page.
For the fourth time in the last three months, Indonesia raised its interest rates 25 basis points to 5.5% amid the economic crisis in Turkey in conjunction with the devaluing Indonesian rupiah. "The reason for the rate hike is to maintain the attractiveness of our domestic financial market, in that we want yields... to remain attractive despite rising risk premiums and that could trigger inflows," said BI Governor Perry Warjiyo. In the meantime, the economic doldrums in Indonesia have been reflected in corresponding ETFs, such as the iShares MSCI Indonesia ETF (EIDO) and the VanEck Vectors Indonesia ETF (IDX) .
In July, Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) announced a “Heads of Agreement with the Indonesian state-owned enterprise PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) and PT Freeport Indonesia’s (or PT-FI) joint venture partner Rio Tinto.” Under the agreement, Rio Tinto (RIO) would receive $3.5 billion from Inalum for its 40% stake in PT-FI. Freeport-McMoRan will receive $350 million for roughly a 5.5% stake in PT-FI.
Multiple key Asian economies released their Purchasing Managers' Index data for July this week. Most countries noted diminished production during the month, but why was this the case? Let's take a closer look.
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) is slated to release its Q2 2018 earnings on July 25, conducting its earnings call the same day. In the previous article, we discussed analysts’ projections for Freeport’s second-quarter earnings. In this article, we’ll look at what markets might watch for in Freeport’s earnings call.
Emerging market stocks, especially those tracking emerging Asia and related ETFs, were struggling to find their footing Thursday as uncertainty surrounding the U.S. trade policy fueled ongoing volatility. ...
While the emerging markets have stumbled in recent months, investors should still consider opportunities in Asian markets and related exchange traded funds. Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and China ...
Indonesia country-specific exchange traded funds climbed Wednesday as the emerging country's central bank hiked benchmark interest rates for the second time in two weeks. Both Indonesia ETFs were testing their short-term resistances at the 50-day simple moving average. “This is a preemptive, front-loading and ahead-of-the curve policy response” in anticipation of more interest rate increases by the U.S. Federal Reserve and “risks in the global financial market,” Bank Indonesia's new head Perry Warjiyo said, leaving open the possibility of more “measured” rate increases if needed.
Indonesia country-specific exchange traded funds, like the broader emerging markets, have been weakening in recent weeks, but Indonesia's markets climbed Thursday as foreign investors return to this developing economy. Year-to-date, EIDO declined 15.1% and IDX fell 13.6%. The Indonesia's benchmark Jakarta Composite Index rose Thursday, experiencing its best daily increase in 22 months, after foreign investors returned to the market the day before following 21 consecutive days of outflows, Bloomberg reports.
Freeport-McMoRan Is Up ~13% in May: Can Hot Streak Continue? According to Reuters, citing a statement from Rio Tinto (RIO) (TRQ), the miner is in talks with Indonesia’s Inalum to sell its stake in Grasberg for $3.5 billion.* Grasberg is the second-largest copper mine after Escondida, which is operated by BHP Billiton (BHP). According to the statement, “No agreement has been reached and there is no certainty that a binding agreement with Indonesia’s state mining holding company Inalum will be signed.” Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) is also separately negotiating a stake sale with the Indonesian government (EIDO).
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) operates the giant Grasberg mine in Indonesia (EIDO). Rio Tinto (RIO) is Freeport’s partner at the mine. Notably, Grasberg is the second largest copper mine globally after BHP Billiton (BHP) owned Escondida.
Indonesia's markets and country-specific ETFs have been among the worst performers in the emerging markets category as foreign investors pull capital out of the country. The Indonesian equity market has slipped more than 8% in two weeks while the rupiah currency depreciated 1.4% since mid-April as global investors yanked funds from emerging markets, the Wall Street Journal reports. “Foreign ownership in government bonds is positive because it shows foreigners’ confidence on our economic fundamentals,” Luky Alfirman, director-general of financing and risk management at Indonesia’s Finance Ministry, told the WSJ.
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) operates the Grasberg mine in Indonesia. The Grasberg mine is the world’s second-largest mine after BHP Billiton’s (BHP) Escondida mine. Rio Tinto (RIO) (TRQ) is Freeport’s partner at the Grasberg mine. Despite Freeport-McMoRan agreeing to two of the key demands made by the Indonesian government, its problems are far from over.
In the previous article, we looked at various factors that may have triggered the massive sell-off in Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) stock yesterday. Southern Copper (SCCO), another pure-play copper miner, also fell on April 24. Along with the abovementioned factors, issues in Indonesia may have made investors wary of Freeport.
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) released its 1Q18 earnings today and reported revenues of $4.8 billion. Freeport’s 1Q18 adjusted EPS (earnings per share) from continuing operations were $0.46, versus $0.13 in the corresponding quarter last year. Despite the sharp yearly increase, Freeport’s 1Q18 earnings fell short of expectations.
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) operates the Grasberg mine in Indonesia (EIDO) with Rio Tinto (RIO) (TRQ) as a minority partner. While the mine is a crown jewel in Freeport’s portfolio due to its vast size and attractive unit cash costs, its operations have been surrounded by uncertainties. Let’s discuss these uncertainties in perspective.
As we noted in the previous part of this series, Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) expects its unit cash costs to fall in 2018, largely due to lower production costs at its Grasberg mine (RIO)(TRQ). Freeport expects a byproduct credit of $2.56 per pound at its Grasberg mine this year, bringing down the mine’s unit cash costs after byproduct credits to -$0.57 per pound. To put this figure in context, consider that the company’s unit cash costs after byproduct credits are expected to average $1.67 per pound in North America and $1.63 per pound in South America.
As we noted previously, Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) has reinstated its dividend, which was suspended in 2015. In this article, we’ll see what could be Freeport’s management’s next priority after dividend reinstatement. During the 4Q17 earnings call, Richard Adkerson, Freeport’s CEO, said that that he has two personal milestones: “One is when Freeport starts paying dividends again and two is when I can take a group of analysts and shareholders back out to Grasberg to see the place.” While dividend reinstatement was more of a policy decision, Grasberg represents a more complex problem for Freeport.