DuPont (DD) announced that net income dropped to $111 million, or 12 cents per share, for the last quarter of 2012, down 70 percent from $373 million or 40 cents per share, for the fourth quarter last year. Revenue was flat at $7.3 billion, with negative currency effects and portfolio changes offsetting a 3 percent increase in global volume. Analysts had expected earnings of 7 cents per share on revenue of $7.2 billion.
Shares are higher by about 1.8 percent.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold (FCX) announced that it earned $743 million, or 78 cents a share, up from $640 million, or 67 cents, in the same period last year. Revenue increased by 8.4 percent to $4.51 billion. The company attributed the strong earnings to better copper sales and lower costs.
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