Freeport-McMoRan profit drops 22% on lower copper prices By Reuters
(Reuters) – U.S. mining giant Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:) Inc on Thursday reported a 22.4% fall in second-quarter profit, hurt by lower realized prices.
Demand for , often seen as an economic bellwether, took a hit during the reported quarter over recession fears as well as COVID-19 lockdowns in top metals consumer China.
Benchmark copper prices fell around 20.4% over the April-June quarter, their biggest quarterly slump since 2011.
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Freeport reported average realized copper prices of $4.03 per pound, from last year’s $4.34 per pound.
Copper production rose 17.7% to 1.08 billion pounds.
The world’s largest publicly traded copper miner reported net income of $840 million, or 57 cents a share, compared to $1.08 billion, or 73 cents per share, a year ago.
Excluding items, the company earned 58 cents per share.