|Bid||0.00 x 0|
|Ask||0.00 x 0|
|Day's Range||1.06 - 1.10|
|52 Week Range||1.05 - 3.78|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.01 (1.33%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
Mining stocks’ correlation with gold is crucial since gold is the big brother of precious metals. The directional move in the remaining three precious metals—silver, platinum, and palladium—often depends on gold. For our correlation analysis, we’ll look at AngloGold Ashanti (AU), Hecla Mining (HL), Kinross Gold (KGC), and Eldorado Gold (EGO). Mining-based funds also have a high correlation with precious metals.
How Gold Is Pressured by Interest Rates and the US DollarSurging dollar All four precious metals moved southward on Tuesday, February 27, primarily due to the rising strength of the US dollar. The US dollar, which is depicted by the DXY index, had increased 0.56% on the same day. The DXY index traded at 90.4, gaining ~1.5% over the past one-month period and reaching a two-week peak level. The rise in the US dollar was mostly led by statements by Jerome Powell, chair of the Federal Reserve. ...
Will Gold Lose Its Shine with the Spotlight on Bitcoin? Cryptocurrencies are broadly permitted, in that most countries have deferred granting them approval, while not banning them – although there are a few outliers at both extremes – Japan appears to have granted approval, and China has greatly restricted their use. Some commentators have suggested bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are at great risk of sudden restrictions from countries concerned about capital flight, investor protection, or loss of seigniorage.
Will Gold Lose Its Shine with the Spotlight on Bitcoin? Blockchain technology, the distributed ledger mechanism that underpins cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is genuinely innovative and could have wide-ranging applications across financial services and beyond. In the gold market, various players are exploring blockchain in the context of transforming gold into a ‘digital asset,’ tracking gold provenance across the supply chain, and introducing efficiencies into post-trade settlement processes.
Historically, IAMGOLD (IAG) has traded at a lower valuation than its peers. However, after its significant turnaround in 2017 and year-to-date, its discount versus peers has fallen. Its discount for the last five years versus its intermediate peers (GDXJ), on average, was ~40%, which has shrunk to 15% currently. IAG stock is now trading at a forward multiple of 5.3x.
IAMGOLD’s (IAG) Westwood project had a pivotal year in 2017, as it resumed operating at the normal production level in 2Q17. Investors might recall that, during the early stages of the mine’s ramp-up, a seismic event occurred, which left part of the operation in a rehabilitative state for most of 2015. Westwood’s gold production increased 92% YoY (year-over-year) to 125,000 ounces.
Kinross Gold (KGC) also provided an update on its organic development projects along with the 4Q17 and 2017 results. At Round Mountain Phase W, the stripping and initial construction commenced ahead of schedule in late 2017. Kinross Gold’s management maintained, during its latest earnings call, that the Tasiast Phase One expansion is proceeding on schedule and on budget.