Big Printin’ FCX – Miner Threat

by Dan March 7, 2017 3:29 pm • Big Printin'

This morning Doug Kass, of Seabreeze Partners offered his take on the recent weakness in the price of copper:

It was interesting to see what appeared to be a trader closing out of some long dated puts in Freeport Mc-Moran (FCX). When the stock was 12.72, 30,000 of the Jan18 10 puts were sold at 99 cents, likely closing a prior bearish bet or a hedge.

FCX appears to be testing key near term technical support (the intersection of its Nov 9th post election gap, and its 200 day moving average), with the stock down 26% from its 52 week highs made in January:

FCX 1yr chart from Bloomberg

Taking a slightly longer term view, the stock was rejected very near its mid 2015 breakdown level that $16.50, and is still down 80% from its all time highs in 2008, but up 250% from its 2016 lows near $3.60: