Freeport-McMoRan says opinion on copper unchanged

Wed Dec 5, 2012 11:49am EST

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold is not diminishing its outlook on copper "in any fashion" despite a blockbuster $9 billion deal to acquire oil and gas assets, Chief Executive Richard Adkerson said on Wednesday.

Adkerson, on a conference call with analysts, said the company's goal is to diversify while retaining a strong position in mining.