The rally in gold ends
A month-long surge halts with Wednesday’s rout among shares of gold mining companies.
So much for the gold rally.
Gold itself fell Wednesday, after rallying to a one-month high. Spot gold dropped 2.5% to $1315 an ounce.
Gold mining stocks, which have themselves rallied strongly for almost a month, fell even harder. Goldcorp (GG), for example, was down 5.9% as of 2:45 p.m. New York time. This plunge comes after the stock rallied 33.4% from a June 26 low at $22.35 to $29.81 at the close on Tuesday.
I think you can mark down the drop in the price of gold on Wednesday to profit-taking -- after a strong move on a combination of a jump in the U.S. dollar and reports showing that new home sales increased in June to a five-year high.
The plunge in the shares of gold mining stocks is a result of those factors, and something more. Thursday marks the start of a week of earnings reports from gold mining companies -- and those reports are expected to include big write-downs for cancelled or delayed mining projects, and on lower prices for the value of the gold in mining company reserves.
Goldcorp kicks off the parade Thursday morning before the open of the New York markets. Barrick Gold (ABX) ends the big bulge in earnings reports from the sector the following Thursday, on August 1.
Besides today’s rout in shares of Goldcorp, the sector includes a 5.31% drop in Yamana Gold (AUY), a 5.68% fall in Newmont Mining (NEM), a 5.91% tumble in Barrick Gold, and a 5.29% decline in Kinross Gold (KGC).
Yamana Gold and Goldcorp are members of my Jubak’s Picks portfolio.
From this perspective, the late June lows in this sector look like attractive prices for buying gold mining stocks -- should the stocks revisit that territory. I wouldn’t be a buyer, however, until earnings reports tell us how big the write-downs will be and whether or not we can expect more write-downs next quarter. (The best bad news would be to see 'kitchen sink quarters' from some miners -- in which they write down everything including the kitchen sink.)
Full disclosure: I don’t own shares of any of the companies mentioned in this post in my personal portfolio. When in 2010 I started the mutual fund I manage, Jubak Global Equity Fund, I liquidated all my individual stock holdings and put the money into the fund. The fund may or may not now own positions in any stock mentioned in this post. The fund did own shares of Yamana Gold as of the end of March. For a full list of the stocks in the fund as of the end of March see the fund’s portfolio.
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Oh No! Mr. Jim............
Not a word about the ongoing MANIPULATION.
My Jim is a 50/50 spin artist?
July 25,2013 - Deutsche Bank is officially on suicide watch. DB will be the next ‘Lehman’ moment that triggers new collapse.
excerpt - Judging from the ongoing defense from prosecution and cooperation (flipped) with Interpol and distraction of resources, the most likely bank to die next is Deutsche Bank. They are caught with accounting fraud and outright financial fraud over collateral shell games, pertaining to USTreasury Bonds, other sovereign bonds in Southern Europe, and OTC derivatives linked to FOREX currency contracts. D-Bank is a dead man walking.
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And what about,
excerpt - Today, we had the 13th consecutive day for negative GOFO rates with the 3 months rate at -04%. The 6 month GOFO rate lowers to only a positive .04%. The 13 consecutive negative GOFO is unprecedented.
excerpt - The registered vaults at the GLD will eventually become a crime scene as real physical gold departs for eastern shores leaving behind paper obligations to the remaining shareholders. There is no doubt in my mind that GLD has nowhere near the gold that say they have and this will eventually lead to the default at the LBMA and then onto the comex in a heartbeat (same banks).
We simply have to laugh at the misleading information or 50/50 of half truths as that in which seems to evade the puppet MAIN is coming in heavy. How will they stop it?
The Decoy409 POST or Msn Refugee Board 2
Just wait! Obozo and Helicopter Ben are still printing money.
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