INDUSTRY: Copper Cutbacks

From the world's largest copper company last week came a dollars-and-cents confirmation of the industry's slump. Kennecott reported 1957 earnings of $7.32 a share v. $13.23 in 1956. The drop surprised few Wall Streeters, who are figuring on similar drops for Kennecott's competitors. They estimate Anaconda earnings at slightly over $4 v. $12.85 m J956 and Phelps Dodge at around $4.40 v. $8.72. Principal reason for the drop: a price slide that Kennecott's President Charles R. Cox called a "debacle." Three weeks ago Kennecott set the pace for domestic producers by dropping...

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