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Gold today is trading on Feb Contract between $975 – $985 oz, a little more consolidation and base building before the launch to $1000+. Currently Gold is up $3.80 at $982.00. The push to $1000 could come as early as today. Do you need a second chance? Well here it is- get into Gold now or you’ll be kicking yourself later. If Gold breaks the $1003 all time high then we’ll see at least $1050 gold, if it breaks that we have a straight shot to $1100 – $1250. This is without any major news, such as Israel attacking Iran nuclear facilities, or China moving in and taking back the disputed territories in India, or a major terrorist attack event like 911. If any of those happen then $1500 or greater. True Inflation Rate while still roughly 7-8% could easily jump to 12 – 18% or higher, as the printing presses around the world are spinning out of control around the world. This eventually will lead to even more devaluation of all the currencies as Governments are madly trying to stop Deflation. The Gold market is saying the stimulus packages around the world are failing. Buy a wheelbarrow to haul your cash around and Gold to preserve the buying power of your Dollars. Even if you only allocate 10% of your portfolio- BUY GOLD NOW! As Always Good Investing – jschulmansr
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- How did the company get started?
- What are the company’s near-term, mid-term, and long-term goals?
- How much experience does the management, board of directors, and technical team have in achieving the company’s goals? Is there a past history of success?
- How does management plan to market and promote the company? Does the company plan to go on road shows? Do they plan to do newsletter, magazine, or website advertising?
- How much of experience does management have in promotion?
- How many gold projects does the company have? Are all of the gold projects considered assets?
- Where are they located? Are they located in geopolitically safe regions? Are they easily accessible? Is there a labor force nearby? Is there easy access to power and water?
- What stage is each property in: Grassroots? Exploration? Development? Production?
- For grassroots stage projects, why does the company wish to pursue exploration? Has there been any historic evidence of gold on or near the projects? What does the company have planned for the future of its grassroots projects?
- For exploration stage projects, what kind of exploration progress have been made so far? How much has the company drilled? What have been the results? What kind of exploration is planned for the future? Is there currently a resource estimate? Will there be one in the future?
- For development stage projects, what is the status of development? When will the project become a gold producing mine?
- For production stage projects, how much gold does the mine produce? What are the future production and revenue expectations? How long is the life of the mine?
- What is the resource or reserve status of each property?
- What, if any, royalties are or will be due?
- What is the company’s cash flow, if any?
- What is the company’s cash position?
- Does the company have any debt? How much and what kind of debt does the company have?
- Will the company need to raise new capital for future projects? How much money will the company need to raise? How much experience does management have in raising new capital?
- How much capital will the company need to reach its 12-month goals? How will they get the money?
- What is the company’s monthly burn rate? Are they being responsible spending it?
- How many shares of the company’s stock are issued and outstanding?
- How many shares of the company’s stock are there fully diluted? At what price are the warrants and options set?
This is not a stock-specific list, so these questions are best used as a guideline to form your own questions for investor relations.
This is also not a complete list, but should definitely be enough to get you started. If you like a company’s answers to the questions above, it should be more seriously considered as a position in your junior gold stock portfolio.
Luke Burgess and the Gold World Staff
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Real-time Inflation Indicator (per annum): 7.5%
We wrote about gold stocks last week (“Whither Gold Stocks”) , waving a $38 red cape for the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE Arca: GDX) in front of a four-month-old bull market. Yesterday, as gold picked up $10, GDX’s horns got close. Very close.
Intraday, the ETF traded as high as $37.80 before falling back to close at $37. The fund is working itself into the target area nicely, thankyewverymuch. One of GDX’s better-performing component stocks, in fact, might be a herald of the fund’s future.
El Dorado Gold Corp. (NYSE Alternext: EGO) has risen 11.4% this year, just barely ahead of the 9.2% gain posted by GDX. Oh sure, a 2.2% performance difference may seem significant now, but given the relatively low volatility in both securities, the spread seems unlikely to widen much. Barring something unforeseen, of course.
The good news for EGO and, indirectly, GDX, is EGO’s cost structure. For fiscal 2008, EGO’s cash cost of gold is only $257 an ounce. Volatility in bullion prices is least likely to impact EGO, compared to its peers.
E-G-O could spell peerless performance for GDX.
My Disclosure: Long EGO (El Dorado Gold)- jschulmansr
Source: Financial Post Trading Desk
Safe haven demand and a lack of investment alternatives continues to help gold break from its traditional trading relationships, rising despite a strong U.S. dollar and weak crude oil prices. In fact, analysts at Genuity Capital noted that gold is more than $200 per ounce above its normal value relative to the greenback.
Meanwhile, sustained investor interest in gold throughout 2008 helped push dollar demand for bullion to $102-billion, a 29% annual increase, according to World Gold Council’s Gold Demand Trends. The organization also said identifiable investment demand for gold, which incorporates exchange traded funds (ETFs), bars and coins, rose 64% last year. This is equivalent to an additional inflow of $15-billion.
Genuity also pointed out that the opportunity cost of holding bullion has diminished, with treasury yields at record lows and demand fundamentals deteriorating in the broader commodity and equity markets.
Concerns about the stability of the global banking system and credit rating of the U.S. Treasury has been a major driver of physical demand for gold. Until clear evidence of stabilization in the global financial system emerges, analysts at Genuity expect this trend to continue.
“If the U.S. dollar weakening resumes in the medium term, as we believe it shall, and oil prices improve, gold should continue to prosper,” they said in a research note. As a result, Genuity continue to recommend gold over base metals in the near term.
Aram Shishmanian, CEO of World Gold Council, said:
The economic downturn and uncertainty in the global markets, that has affected us all, is unlikely to abate in the short term. Consequently, I anticipate that gold, as a unique asset class, will continue to play a vital role in providing stability to both household and professional investors around the world.
North American gold equities have risen more than twice as much as gold itself in the past month, showing stronger than typical leverage. Silver has also begun to outperform.
The firm’s top gold picks in the intermediate space are Allied Nevada Gold Corp. (ANV), IAMGOLD Corp. (IAG) and Northgate Minerals Corp. (NXG). It also favours seniors Goldcorp Inc. (GG) and Yamana Gold Inc. (AUY). The firm also raised its target prices for gold stocks by an average of 28% to reflect higher price assumptions for the metal.
While our target multiples are now mainly near the top of the typical valuation range (1.0x to 1.7x), we believe that continuing positive momentum in the gold price should support further outperformance from the gold equities.
With the arrival of fourth quarter and year-end earnings season, one area of reporting that will see additional focus is the updates on gold reserves.
RBC Capital Markets expects gold producers to increase the gold price assumption used to calculate reserves from the previous range of $550-$575 per ounce to $675-$725. This will better match the three-year historical gold price as suggested for use by the SEC.
“With this increase, we expect most producers should be able to more than replace gold reserves mined during 2008, and show net gains from the end of 2007,” RBC analysts told clients.
My Disclosure: Long AUY, NXG, SLW – jschulmansr
Need a Second Chance? – Well Here It Is – Buy Gold and Invest In Yourself…
Good Trading! -jschulmansr
Nothing in today’s post should be considered as an offer to buy or sell any securities or other investments; it is presented for informational purposes only. As a good investor, consult your Investment Advisor/s, Do Your Due Diligence, Read All Prospectus/s and related information carefully before you make any investing decisions and/or investments. – jschulmansr
“uhhh…yeah…sure….this is investor relations”
In whatever form you find investor relations, they should be able to give you all of the most up-to-date information. Or they should at least be able to tell you where to find any information they don’t have.
To help you get the most out of speaking to investor relations of junior gold companies, Gold World has made a basic list of questions that you should be sure ask.
And an expected parabolic rise in investment demand will throw the gold bull market into the long-awaited mania buying phase, which should last between 6 and 12 months and could push gold prices as high as $3,000 to $5,000 an ounce, maybe higher.
That means right now is the time to start seriously researching and buying back all those quality junior gold stocks that have collapsed over the past few months.
How To Pick the Right Junior Gold Stocks
The best place to start research on a company is its website. There, you’ll generally find most of the information that you need. However, more often than not, you won’t be able to find all of the detailed information. And that’s when you need to call the company’s investor relations department.
Investor relations for junior gold companies are sometimes one or two in-house employees of the company. Other times investor relations is contracted out to a third party. Or sometimes it will be a member of management. And sometimes there is no formal investor relations at all; sometimes investor relations is just whoever picks up the phone…
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The equity/gold ratio (using the Dow or S&P500) has fallen about 85% from its 1999 peak, which occurred when gold stood at 20-year lows and equities reached their highs at the top of the dot-com bubble. Since the 1920s, the equity/gold ratio has peaked twice at nearly 35-year intervals: 1929 to 1965, and 1965 to 1999. After each of those three peaks, stocks descended in multiyear sell-offs, accompanied by a rally in gold. But the converse was not true when stocks recovered in 2003-2007. As the above chart shows, the 2002-3 start of the commodity-wide bull market failed to prevent the equity/gold rally from extending its decline.
The 100 years of equity/gold analysis indicate each peak in the ratio was followed by a full retracement back to the preceding lows. The emerging fundamentals indicate a recurrence of this trend and the equity/gold ratio has further declines ahead until a possible recapture of the 1980 lows. In 2002-2007, the falling ratio emerged on a rally in both equities and gold, albeit a faster appreciation in the latter. From 2008 to the present, the persistent decline in the ratio emerged on a combination of a divergence in the pace of declines (slower fall in gold than in equity indices) or divergence in the direction (rising gold and falling/neutral equities).
In assessing the interaction between gold and monetary assets, it is worth weighing in on the current gold rally by comparing the amount of gold available versus the creation of monetary assets. Just as the equity/gold ratio stands at 18-year lows, the ratio of total financial assets to physical gold is near the low end of its historical range. Additionally, The world’s available gold stock stands at a mere 5-6% of total global stock and bond market valuation, which is about 4 times lower than in the 1980s. It is no coincidence that the difference between today’s gold/equity ratio and that of the 1980 low was also 6 times greater.
The Road Ahead
A return in the equity/gold ratio towards the cyclical lows of 1980 is highly plausible. Rather than simply arguing this point on the basis of further declines in equities (see Tuesday’s note in my website on long term equity cycles), the prospects for prolonged gold rallies are emboldened by the refuge towards the metal as a yield substitute resulting from emerging depreciation in the secular value of currencies. And as we have seen in 2005-7, returning rate hikes pose no challenge to gold.
Instead, higher rates are accompanied by improved global growth, resurging demand for industrial commodities and a broader backdrop for the precious metal. The all time lows of 1980 in the Dow/gold and S&P500/gold ratios stood at 1.33 and 0.18 respectively, compared to the current levels of 7.8 and 0.81. Assuming a return in the ratios to their 1980 lows, these would have to fall by another 75%-80%. Taking a more conservative scenario of a 50% decline in the equity/gold ratio and a target gold price of $1,250-1,300/ounce, the implied value of the Dow and the S&P500 would stand at 4,500-5000 and 500-520 respectively.
The latest spending, signed into law yesterday by President Obama, came on top of $300 billion committed to Citigroup (C), $700 billion for TARP 1, $300 billion for the FHA, $200 billion for TAF and some $300 billion for Fannie (FNM) and Freddy (FRE). Just over the last six months, which excludes the initial Bush stimulus and several massive, unfunded Federal guarantees, nearly $5 trillion has been committed by the government to the financial industry. Rational observers cannot be faulted for concluding, despite Administration claims to the contrary, that the government is merely throwing money at the problem.
Although the rhetoric has managed to convince many observers of the possibility of success, the gold market appears to clearly understand the implications of this unprecedented spending.
The feeling that the government has no idea how to proceed has created palpable panic. In response, pragmatic investors are seeking the ultimate store of wealth. In 2009, as has occurred countless times throughout history, that store will be stocked with gold. Thus, whether the Federal government’s interventions will succeed or fail will be anticipated by the price of gold. Right now, the market is screaming failure.
Prior to the latest round of Federal spending, the Federal government had committed $4 trillion to postpone bank collapses and to lay the groundwork for subsequent restructuring. But has any of this activity actually rescued the banking system? In light of the evidence of deepening recession, is it likely that the additional $787 billion in the latest stimulus will instill enough confidence to restore economic growth? If not, what damage will it do to the eventual recovery?
Congressional rescue packages rarely work. Nevertheless, Congress is turning up the heat with previously unimaginable increases of government debt to fund stimulus and rescue packages. Senator McCain rightly describes the scheme as “generational theft”. Each package of debt will encumber many future generations, halt restructuring and also threaten latent hyperinflation.
While Congress claims that the seriously over-leveraged economy is in desperate need of restructuring, it appears blind to the fact that deleveraging will encourage such restructuring. Instead, Congressional leaders actively seek to increase leverage and add debt. They warn of fire, while pouring petrol on the flames.
The seriousness of the situation is magnified by the rapidly increasing scale of the problem. Just today, the release of the latest minutes of the Federal Reserve confirmed that even that bastion of eternal optimism is sobering. The American economy, which shrank by 3.8 percent in the last quarter of 2008, is forecast to decline by some 5.5 percent in the first quarter of this year. In some pockets, the unemployment rate is already in double figures. Despite massive Government spending on rescue and stimulus, the American consumer clearly is becoming increasingly nervous, and the credit markets show few signs of recovery.
With bad news only getting worse, investment markets are turning into quagmires. The Dow Jones Average is testing new lows, and the commodities markets show few signs of life. In such times, the price of gold should fall along with the prices of other assets and commodities. But, the reverse has occurred. In the past two months, gold has staged a remarkable rally. This is despite the activity of price-depressants such as official gold sales by the IMF and official ‘approval’ for massive naked short positions to be opened by new ‘bullion’ banks.
Not only have gold spot prices risen in the face of such selling pressure, but the price of physical gold is now some $20 to $40 per ounce above spot. This would indicate that investors are now so nervous that they are insisting on taking physical delivery.
Make no mistake, the economy will not turn around soon. When the recovery fails to materialize, look for governments around the world, and especially in the U.S., to send another massive wave of liquidity downriver. When it does, the value of nearly everything, except for gold, will diminish. Don’t be intimidated by the recent spike in gold. Buy now while you still can.
As I have been saying Buy Gold Now! – jschulmansr