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|52 Week Range||3.33 - 4.70|
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Most mining companies with operations in South Africa are facing infrastructure issues and labor concerns. South African miners are also facing issues due to safety regulations at their mines following several accidents due to controllable and uncontrollable circumstances. This is also true of Gold Fields (GFI), which has mines in Ghana and South Africa.
Another element that could have possibly boosted gold prices is the forward-looking estimates of higher inflation. The Fed’s assertion that it would let inflation (TIPS) move above its target of 2% is positive for gold. Gold is often considered to be a hedge against inflation.
Though most of the time, mining companies are known to closely track the fluctuations in gold and silver, on May 23, while precious metals fell, most miners stayed afloat.
It seems that the rout in precious metals has also plagued the performance of precious metal mining companies. In this article, we’ll discuss Sibanye Gold (SBGL), Gold Fields (GFI), Yamana Gold (AUY), and Pan American Silver (PAAS), which have fallen 40.9%, 15.8%, and 10.3%, respectively. PAAS has risen 12.8% on a YTD basis.
Lower platinum prices are a major concern for platinum miners in Africa. Platinum, like palladium, is used to cut down carbon monoxide emissions and as a catalyst in vehicle engines. It is also used in diesel-based generators. The platinum market has been in short supply for the last few years, and its deficit is expected to expand to a short supply of 275,000 ounces in 2018.
South African miners have traditionally traded at a discount to their global counterparts (GDX), primarily due to South Africa’s laws, labor concerns, and infrastructure challenges. Among these miners, Gold Fields (GFI) has the highest valuation multiple of 3.8x—a premium of 16.0% to the peer average. Sibanye Gold (SBGL) has a forward multiple of 3.5x—a premium of 7.4% to the peer average.
The personal consumption expenditure (or PCE) price index climbed 2.0% year-over-year (or YoY) in March 2018, which was the biggest gain since February 2017. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the core PCE index, the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation, rose by 1.9% YoY. Economists are now expecting PCE to hit 2.0% in May because of favorable base effects.
Usually, precious metal mining companies follow precious metals. Precious metals seem to be in the doldrums over the strength of the US dollar and the Fed’s decision to raise interest rates. The recent slump in demand for haven assets has also affected mining stocks.
The last one week was choppy for precious metals amid a significant rise in the dollar. Mining stocks have also fallen dramatically due to the slump in gold and silver.
Precious metals had yet another down day on Wednesday, slumping for the second day in a row. Gold was down 0.77% on Wednesday to close at $1,321.2 an ounce. It touched its lowest mark of $1,320, and its RSI level was at 48.6. The implied volatility in gold remained at 10.3%. Silver was also down 1.2%. Silver’s losses have exceeded gold’s losses in the last few days. The RSI level for silver was at 53.3, and its volatility was at 17.1%.
Usually, precious metal mining companies follow precious metals for price direction. All four precious metals except palladium saw a down day on Friday, April 20. That led to a fall in most miners’ prices.
Usually, precious metal mining companies follow precious metals for price direction. Precious metals increased on Monday, April 16, 2018, as did most mining stocks.
Usually, precious-metal-mining companies follow precious metals. Precious metals have risen over the past few days, supporting mining companies.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US consumer price index (or CPI) rose 2.4% year-over-year (or YoY) in March 2018. The core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy components, rose 0.2% over the previous month and 2.1% YoY in March. One of the factors that has significantly contributed to this increase is the impact of a change in mobile phone service costs.
In this part of our series, we’ll look at the correlation between gold and four mining stocks: Royal Gold (RGLD), Goldcorp (GG), Sibanye Gold (SBGL), and Gold Fields (GFI). Mining stocks mostly move with gold prices, but not always. Among these four miners, Gold Fields has shown the highest correlation with gold, while Royal Gold has seen the lowest correlation with gold on a YTD (year-to-date) basis.
Usually, precious metal mining companies closely follow precious metals. All four precious metals except platinum saw their prices rise on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
Platinum is used in diesel-based generators while palladium is used for gasoline-based engines. The platinum market has been in short supply for the past few years. Since the beginning of 2018, platinum has increased 2.6%. In this part of the series, we’ll focus on the gold-platinum spread, which compares the price performance between these two metals. When analyzing platinum markets, it’s essential to compare the metal’s performance with gold, which is the most crucial of the four precious metals. The comparative performance of gold and platinum can also be analyzed through gold- and platinum-based funds such as the Physical Platinum (PPLT) and SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) ETFs.
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The softer inflation figure in February is in line with the weaker-than-expected growth in wages during the month. According to the survey of consumer expectations, one-year forward median inflation expectations rose to ~2.8% from ~2.7% in January 2018. The University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment also corroborates consumers’ rising inflation expectations.
A crucial factor that could be behind the loss in precious metals on Wednesday was the rebound in the US dollar. The US Dollar Index, which is depicted by the DXY Currency Index (UUP), increased 0.82% on Wednesday. The rise of the US dollar is often detrimental for precious metals, as they are all dollar-denominated assets.
South Africa's Gold Fields will buy a near 50 percent share of Asanko Gold Inc's Ghana subsidiary and take a stake in the Canadian miner in a $202.6 million deal, it said on Thursday. The deal fits with Gold Fields' strategy of buying cash generative, working mines rather than embarking on costly greenfield explorations but some investors were not convinced, sending the company's shares tumbling as much as six percent. "We are buying into an operation with cash flowing today so we expect this to have a strong impact on the overall cash flows over the next year or two," Gold Fields Chief Executive Nick Holland told Reuters.
South Africa's Gold Fields said it will buy a 50 percent stake in Asanko Gold Inc's Ghana subsidiary and take a stake in the Canadian miner in a $202.6 million deal. Gold Fields said in a statement on Thursday that as well as acquiring half of Asanko Gold Ghana's 90 percent interest in the Asanko Gold Mine, its Ghana subsidiary will also acquire associated properties and exploration rights in the African country. The deal includes an upfront payment of $165 million on closure of the transaction and a deferred payment of $20 million.