Commodities Gone Wild

Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | 12:26 PM ET

As the resource-hungry economies of China and India continue to roar forward, and the dollar continues to plunge to new lows, commodity prices are going wild. The traders speak to the CEO of the world’s largest publicly traded copper company – and the owner of the world’s largest gold mine - to find out how to profit from this boom.

Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) is up a whopping 72% this year as gold and copper prices continue to climb. Its CEO, Richard Adkerson, spoke on set about the sustainability of this run and what’s behind it.

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Richard Adkerson, Freeport McMoRan CEO, shares insights on the commodities trade, with the Fast Money crew

In the U.S., not surprisingly, Freeport has been affected by homebuilding and the weak auto industry, Adkerson said. But the U.S. makes up only 12% of global copper consumption. China, which makes up over 25%, has been a “remarkable performer” that has driven growth for FCX, even though it does a limited amount of direct business in that country.

The future of the industry is in China and the less-developed world, Adkerson said. He has a “positive outlook” for the copper business, mainly due to the global growth story that is fueling the business.

Adkerson pointed to the significance of Western Europe and Japan, as well. Anywhere there is infrastructure that needs development, copper is the commodity whose characteristics are the most critical, he said. “The market is going to be driven by the fundamentals of supply and demand.” As the largest producer of copper on the planet, Freeport-McMoRan is in position to make even further gains.

Guy Adami loves the stock and said its acquisition of Phelps Dodge was a “steal.” He thinks FCX goes to $120.

Jeff Macke expressed concern about the shareholder base from a stock perspective. He would buy it, but only on a pullback.

It’s all about the global growth story, Pete Najarian said, and Freeport fits right in. His only concern, like Jeff, is valuation. Own it on a pullback, he said.

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Trader disclosure: On Sept. 13, 2007, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders: Najarian is Long Build-A-Bear, is short Goldman Sachs (GS); Finerman is short Leap Wireless.

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