Riding The Wave: Freeport-McMoRan Receives Upgrade As Analyst Foresees Copper And Gold Boom

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  • BofA Securities upgrades Freeport-McMoRan Inc. to Buy, maintains $59 price target.
  • Analyst cites higher quality copper leverage, rising free cash flow, and significant gold revenue for bullish stance.

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. FCX shares are trading higher after BofA Securities analyst Lawson Winder upgraded the stock to Buy (from Neutral) with a price target of $59.

The bullish stance was due to expected higher quality copper leverage, robust and rising free cash flow, and material gold revenue (15% of the total).

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The analyst’s rating reflects the company’s successful transition to underground, block cave mining at Grasberg, more normalized copper production in the future and value-enhancing growth options, including low-grade leaching.

The BofA Commodities team is now materially more bullish on gold prices and gave a constructive outlook on copper given robust energy transition demand and constrained supply.

The analyst estimates FY24 average price for gold to increase by 17% to $2,317 per ounce (/oz), silver to rise 14% to $26.5/oz, and copper to be higher by 8% to $9,321 per tonne (/t) or $4.23 per pound (/lb).

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The analyst estimates EPS of $1.43 in FY24, $2.39 in FY25 and $2.45 in FY26 for the company.

Investors can gain exposure to the stock via Exchange Traded Concepts Trust Optica Rare Earths & Critical Materials ETF CRIT and VanEck Green Metals ETF GMET

Price Action: FCX shares are up 2.02% at $51.01 on the last check Tuesday.

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