• Mining for gold: When prices fall, nobody wins

    By federico ackman - August 27, 2013 | Tickers: AU, ABX, IAG

    Gold mining companies are currently operating in a hostile environment due to low gold prices and thus most firms are struggling to make ends meet. In order to hash out possible investments in this sector, the following essay will take a look at Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE: ABX), Iamgold Corp (NYSE: IAG) and AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE: AU).

    Barrick Gold´s troublesome future

    The Canadian based Barrick Gold is the more »

  • Investing In Gold

    By Chris Johnson - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: GG, IAG, KGC

    With the much talked about headwinds faced by the companies in the gold mining sector, the debate continues as to whether investing in a top gold grosser is still a worthwhile idea. Braving the tumultuous macroeconomic environment pressure brought on by the excessively unfavorable conditions building up in the world economy, gold mining stocks have been a subject of widespread speculation.

    Industry outlook

    Driven by aggressive fiscal policies followed by more »

  • Two Miners to Buy and One to Sell

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: HMY, HL, IAG

    Miners have been out of favor with investors for the past year or so as the falling price of gold and continual write-downs have sent stock prices to rock-bottom levels. However, while the majority of the sector is useless, with most companies suffering horrendous cash burn and rising debt, there are a few diamonds in the rough.

    The tiny South African producer

    Harmony Gold Mining (ADR) (NYSE: HMY) is a more »

  • Caterpillar Warrants Some Caution

    By Jacob Steinberg - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, DE, IAG

    Just a couple years ago, Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) was one of my favorite stocks. The Chinese economy was booming and there was so much demand for all kinds of materials (including but not limited to the precious metals like gold and silver), which fueled strong results for the company. Then things came to a halt as some materials lost value and the Chinese economy came to a slowdown. On Wednesday more »

  • AuRico Is Impaired by Low Gold Prices, but Patience Will Prove Rewarding

    By Stephan Dube - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: AUQ, IAG, KGC

    On July 16, AuRico Gold (NYSE: AUQ) reported preliminary production results for the second quarter. Overall, consolidated production and cash costs brought several specialists forecasts much divided. BMO Capital downgraded AuRico from Outperform to Market Perform. However, Desjardins upgraded AuRico from Hold to Buy.

    Good second quarter results in low gold price environment

    AuRico produced 48,003 oz of gold at cash costs of $655/oz in the second quarter more »

  • These Small Caps Pay Big Dividends

    By Sam Mattera - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: CMRE, IAG, NTRI

    Small cap stocks have been outperforming their large cap rivals. As Goldman Sachs notes (via Business Insider), the Russell 2000 Index has outperformed the S&P 500 by nearly double in just the last two months.

    But with that return comes risk. Small caps often have more concentrated business models than their larger rivals, putting them at greater risk for an economic downturn or shifting business landscape.

    Nevertheless, small caps more »

  • Are Basic Materials Good for Long-Term Investment?

    By Vanina Egea - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: CLF, IAG, YZC

    Basic materials deserve a more enticing name. Let's leave that talk for the coffee break, though, and focus on why they are considered "basic." These materials are "basic" because they are elemental, meaning that they represent the ground core for any project that involves construction of some sort.

    On the finance road, stock prices for companies involved with basic materials have dropped. Here are three companies with interest yields more »

  • Are Things Really That Bad for This Gold Miner?

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: ANV, HMY, IAG

    There is a stock you just can’t miss when you look at gold miners. It is Allied Nevada Gold (NYSEMKT: ANV). Why am I so sure about that? The answer is simple: it is the stock that has been the worst performer this year. It has managed to lose 82% of its value since January. And yet, the company is not headed to bankruptcy. In fact, Allied Nevada has more »

  • Is it Wise to Invest in the Business of Bling?

    By Ryan Palmer - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: ABX, DDC, IAG

    I've never been much of a fan of investing in precious metals and stones. Such things derive most of their value from the price that the rich are willing to pay for them. I would much rather own companies that provide valuable services that genuinely improve the quality of human life. Enterprises like Waste Management and Procter and Gamble make my life immeasurably better, and I like owning businesses more »

  • Keep an Eye on This Gold Play

    By Ashit Gulati - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: GG, IAG, KGC

    With the much talked about headwinds faced by the companies in the gold mining sector, the debate continues as to whether investing in a top gold grosser is still a worthwhile idea. Braving the tumultuous macroeconomic environment pressure brought on by the excessively unfavorable conditions building up in the world economy, gold mining stocks have been a subject of widespread speculation.

    Kinross Gold (NYSE: KGC) is a Canadian gold mining more »

  • A Distraction From My Dividend Growth Investing Strategy

    By Michael Weber - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: ABX, GG, IAG, AUY

    I am a dividend growth investor. I like to buy dividend paying companies with long track records of increasing dividends and strong competitive advantages. I look for higher than average dividend growth and a steadily increasing stream of income. Oh, and I also only like to buy when the stock is quite undervalued. This criterion has me waiting for prices to drop a lot of the time. I like to more »

  • Are Dark Days Still Ahead for These Miners?

    By James Catlin - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: ABX, FCX, IAG

    It's no secret that the basic materials sector has seen some rough times lately. However, a bullish spike last year offered hope. Investors cheered the Chinese stimulus package and thought it might contribute to support levels in key commodities. Steel temporarily spiked and copper seemed like it was on the radar for the first time in years. Fast forward 12 months to the present and it's painfully clear more »

  • Buy These 3 Canadian Gold Mining Stocks

    By Jaiyant Cavale - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, AUQ, IAG, KGC

    Gold has always had this image of being a stable investment option. That it either increases in value or remains stable and that it is never a bad idea to invest in some gold. That may not always be true, if we consider how gold prices have moved back and forth like a pendulum recently. Gold stocks, meanwhile, are directly or indirectly influenced by gold prices and make for similar more »

  • Is the New Mining Tax in Quebec a Headwind for Gold Stocks?

    By Zain Abbas - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: AEM, GG, IAG

    On Monday, May 6, after the close of market, the government of the Province of Quebec released its much anticipated proposal to change the mining tax and royalty regime in the Province which is expected to be effective at the beginning of 2014.

    In this situation, the question arises: What impact this new tax regulation will have on mining companies with a great exposure to Canada?

     Background on the new more »

  • Mining Stocks Looking for a Rebound?

    By Johan Seijkens - May 24, 2013 | Tickers: ABX, IAG, SVM

    China and India continue to be the world’s top buyers of the yellow metal called Gold, and this is expected to continue. But despite that, gold and silver prices have seen a dramatic decline. 

    The mining sector has been hit hard, but now gives investors some opportunities to snap up some gold and silver stocks for bargain prices. An investment strategy would be to buy  mining stocks that have more »

  • Are Gold Stocks Still Attractive?

    By Zain Abbas - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: AEM, GG, IAG

    Gold price crashed from above $1,700/oz to as low as $1,330/oz when the government of Cyprus said that a sale of gold reserves worth 400 million euros was among the options for its contribution toward an international bailout. This obviously had an impact on gold stocks.

    In the ongoing season, many believed that gold-mining companies would cut their guidance for the year given a weak outlook more »

  • High EBITDA Growth, Consistent Dividend, and Cheaply Valued Companies (Part II)

    By Anh HOANG - May 2, 2013 | Tickers: HP, IAG, RIG

    In a previous article, I talked about two businesses, VSE and HollyFrontier, which had high EBITDA growth, paid uninterrupted dividends, and were valued cheaply. In this article, I will uncover more such stocks which possess the same criteria including: (1) annualized EBITDA growth in the past 10 years was at least 20%, (2) minimum 10 years of consistent dividend payments, (3) EV/EBITDA is in between 1 and 5, and more »

  • Mining for Gold...Mines, That Is

    By Joseph Porter - April 30, 2013 | Tickers: EGO, GG, IAG, PAAS

    Over the past six months, the price of precious metals has been sliding downwards. In particular, gold has seen a drop of almost 25%, while silver has decreased in price by almost 33%; the devaluation has been rather dramatic in recent weeks:

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    In the period from April 9 to April 17, silver dropped more than 15%, to $23.34 from $27.51. Gold saw a similar drop from April 5 more »

  • 5 Cheap Stocks With High-Growth and High-Yield

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - April 5, 2013 | Tickers: CA, ESV, HRS, IAG, MSFT

    Historical evidence suggests that over a long period of time, value stocks beat growth stocks, and on the whole, dividend-growth stocks beat the overall market. Thus, it may be assumed that stocks that combine the characteristics of both value and high-dividend growth stand a good chance to outperform Mr. Market in the long run. This assumption about value stocks’ outperformance versus growth and core stocks is supported by empirical research more »

  • The Turnaround Portfolio for Young Investors (Part II)

    By Jacob Steinberg - March 23, 2013 | Tickers: AMD, BP, CHK, IAG, ORAN

    Both younger and older investors enjoy some benefits that their counterparts don't. Older investors tend to have more money to invest, but they are closer to retirement so they have to be a little bit more conservative about their investments than younger investors. On the contrary, while younger investors tend to have less money to begin with, they have more time to recuperate any losses they may sustain during more »

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