The U.S. mining industry was dealt a devastating blow as Kennecott Utah Copper’s Bingham Canyon Mine experienced a pit wall failure causing a massive landslide with rocks and dirt covering the bottom of the mine pit.
We are at a level in the shares, just above $30, where value players start to come into this name. That puts the shares at a bargain basement 4X EBITDA. The 3.30% dividend yield is an additional kicker, more than double the ten year Treasury bond yield.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE: FCX) has endured a choppy stock market ride since May. And not surprisingly, its performance tracks price volatility of the red and yellow metals, its primary products.
As "the only metal with a Ph.D. in economics” because of its widespread use in industrial applications copper is an excellent bellwether for the state of global economic activity. And right now copper is predicting a major global rebound.
Oil, gold, and copper have shed roughly 10% of their unit values this month. Most experts have adopted a very bearish outlook to the point of jumping on the doom and gloom bandwagon. Not I, sayeth The Mercenary Geologist.
Copper has been leading the downside charge for all risk assets since it peaked on Feb. 10. After looking at the latest trade data for the red metal, it is clear that it has a lot more bleeding to do. This does not bode well for risk assets anywhere.