Commodities & Metals

5 Gold Stocks to Buy Now in Case Market Tests or Breaks Lows

Lee Jackson
Kinross Gold

More aggressive investors may want to consider this smaller cap company. Kinross Gold Corp. (NYSE: KGC) engages in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of gold properties. The company’s gold production and exploration activities are carried out principally in Canada, the United States, the Russian Federation, Brazil, Chile, Ghana and Mauritania. It also produces and sells silver.

Kinross announced last year that it will proceed with the Tasiast Phase Two and Round Mountain Project W projects. At full production by 2020, CEO Paul Rollinson sees these two projects stabilizing the company’s gold equivalent output in the 2.5 million ounce range. Trading at a discount to the peer producers, some believe that this valuation gap could be closed due to these projects.

The $5.80 Merrill Lynch price objective is well above the consensus target of $3.77. Shares closed Friday at $3.64.

Newmont Mining

This is one of the largest mining companies, and its stock is a solid buy for more conservative accounts. Newmont Mining Corp. (NYSE: NEM) is a leading gold and copper producer. It employs approximately 29,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at managed operations in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru, Indonesia and Suriname. Newmont is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 index.

Last year Newmont announced that “first gold” has been poured at its new mine, called the Merian gold mine, in Suriname in South America. It reported Merian contains gold reserves of 5.1 million ounces and that annual production is expected to average between 400,000 and 500,000 ounces of gold at competitive costs during the first five full years of production.

The company also just raised its dividend, and the analysis noted:

Newmont declared a quarterly dividend of $0.14/sh ($0.56/sh annualized), an 87% increase vs. the fourth quarter level. At the Investor Day on December 6, 2017, Newmont had indicated that it could increase the dividend by at least 50% In our view, Newmont has sufficient free cash flow to pay the higher dividend and continue reducing debt and investing in projects.

Shareholders receive a 1.47% dividend. Merrill Lynch has set its price objective at $46. The consensus target is $43.06, and shares closed on Friday at $38.05.

Royal Gold

This is a solid stock for investors looking for a gold presence with somewhat less risk. Royal Gold Inc. (NASDAQ: RGLD) is a precious metals royalty and stream company engaged in the acquisition and management of precious metal royalties, streams and similar production-based interests. The company owns interests on 193 properties on six continents, including interests on 38 producing mines and 24 development stage projects.

Many on Wall Street feel that the company is very undervalued when compared to its sector peers. Backed by three new or expanding assets, Royal Gold’s revenue could grow by 13% to nearly $500 million by fiscal 2019. Royal Gold’s strong liquidity position also means it can compete for royalty and stream acquisitions.

The company posted in-line fiscal second-quarter results and the analysts said this:

Fiscal second quarter 2018 revenue was 7% higher year-over-year at $114.3 million, driven by Andacollo, the Wassa/Prestea stream, and Rainy River. The company is improving its net debt & liquidity profile by focusing on paying down debt.

Shareholders receive a 1.23% dividend. The Merrill Lynch price target is $98. The consensus target is $94.75, and shares closed Friday at $81.20.

Proper asset allocation should always include a single-digit percentage holding of precious metals like gold and silver. Not only do they hedge inflation over the long term, they can really help if the market does go into correction or bear market mode, as they tend to trade inverse to the markets.