Tuesday , December 18 2018

Investors stay wary as gold mining stocks get cheap

Bloomberg

Investors stung by the sell-off in gold are going to need more than cheap equities and stabilising bullion prices to wade back into mining-company stocks.
Bullion has slipped 8.2 percent this year as a stronger dollar and expanding global economy diminished demand for the metal as a haven. Miners have fared even worse, with the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Gold and Silver Index of 30 companies down about 23 percent in 2018.
Gold miners fell to the cheapest relative to the metal since 2016 this month. The industry is so out of favour that Vanguard Group has said it will change the name of its precious-metals fund and reduce the portion of its holdings within the sector. While recent steadying in gold prices sparks hope the worst is over, companies presenting at a conference starting on Sunday in Colorado could have a hard time persuading investors.
“There’s a lot of institutional interest on the sidelines, but at the moment, buying into this falling knife may be dangerous,” Ronald-Peter Stoeferle, a managing partner at Liechtenstein-based Incrementum AG, said. “Everybody hates gold, but people hate mining stocks more.”
Gold futures for December delivery slipped 0.8 percent on Friday to settle at $1,201.30 an ounce on the Comex in New York.
“You see a lot of stock prices below the 2015 lows — some are going back to 2008 lows,” Stephen Land, San Mateo, California-based portfolio manager at the Franklin Gold and Precious Metals Fund, said. “A number of these valuations are factoring in a gold price lower than $1,200. If gold prices hold or move higher, they would have overshot on the downside.”
Over the past few years, miners have slashed costs, lowered debt and boosted productivity to lure buyers. Companies cut all-in sustaining cash costs to an average of $934 per ounce in the second quarter, down from $1,199 in the second quarter of 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence. The costs are still lower than the current gold price, boosting the potential for profitability. Yet buyers haven’t been swayed.

Fund Change
Vanguard has said it’s making changes to its Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund as part of an effort to “improve the consistency of its long-term performance.” The fund, which had invested at least 80 percent of its assets in the sector, will trim that to at least 25 percent.
It will be called the Global Capital Cycles Fund and also invest in infrastructure assets such as telecommunications and utilities. At the time of the announcement, the fund was down about 11 percent this year and lost 2.2 percent annually over the past five years, according to Bloomberg data.
The return from miners has been so dismal that billionaire hedge-fund manager John Paulson has formed a coalition with 15 other investors aimed at curbing years of what his fund has called value destruction in the gold sector.
At the Denver Gold Forum, investors will be looking to major presenters including Barrick Gold Corp. and AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. to convey why gold is still relevant in an environment where the broader equity markets continue to make new highs and bond yields are
climbing. Gold-mining stocks have been beaten up enough, and the tide may be shifting, according to Tom Holl, who helps manage the BlackRock Gold and General Fund.

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