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Are Analysts Changing Their Tune on Barrick after the Merger?

Annie Gilroy
Are Analysts Changing Their Tune on Barrick after the Merger?

Is Barrick Worth a Look after Its Merger with Randgold?(Continued from Prior Part)## Multiple upgrades for BarrickMost analysts are positive on Barrick (GOLD) regarding its merger with Randgold Resources. Immediately after the merger announcement, Citi (C) analyst Alexander Hacking upgraded Barrick Gold from a “neutral” to a “buy” and raised its target price from $11 to $14. According to The Fly, the analyst believes that the acquisition is a win on two levels. Barrick Gold gets a new CEO, who is one of the most successful CEOs in the sector, and the move adds “significant credibility” to the turnaround.TD Securities also upgraded Barrick Gold from a “hold” to a “buy” after the announcement of the acquisition.## CIBC resumed coverage with an “outperform”On January 2, CIBC analyst Anita Soni said that following the merger, there’s a 26% upside for the stock from its 2018 closing price. CIBC resumed coverage of Barrick with an “outperform” rating and a target price of $17. The company believes that the new entity’s strong management team and high concentration of Tier 1 assets should drive industry-leading returns.## Barrick’s outperformance since the mergerOverall, the merger seems to be positive news for the market as well. Barrick stock has risen 25% since the announcement of the merger as of January 4. In comparison, the VanEck Vector Gold Miners ETF (GDX) and the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD) have risen just 13.4% and 7.0%, respectively. Peers Goldcorp (GG) and Yamana Gold (AUY) have returned -8.4% and -2.4%, respectively, in the same period.Continue to Next PartBrowse this series on Market Realist: * Part 1 - Is Barrick Worth a Look after Its Merger with Randgold? * Part 2 - Will the GOLD Merger Expedite the Tanzania Dispute’s Resolution? * Part 3 - Barrick Could Emerge Leaner and Stronger after an Asset Review