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By: Sam Kirtley of Gold-prices.biz
Sam Kirtley has been involved in investment in the financial markets for a number of years and has experience in stock investment and analysis as well as options trading. He is now a writer and analyst for various websites including uranium-stocks.net, gold-prices.biz, and silver-prices.net.
Gold stocks have been bouncing back recently, but few can challenge the extraordinary recovery of Kinross Gold (KGC), which has more than doubled since its low below $7. This is a sign that KGC is indeed one of the best gold mining companies in the world, since it has bounced back the furthest and the fastest.
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Technically some good signs from KGC are that the Relative Strength Index is moving higher having bounced up off the oversold zone at 30. Similarly, the MACD is trending northwards and is now in positive territory, but can still rise a lot further before giving an oversold signal.
If one is to have favourite shares, Kinross Gold Corp would certainly be one of ours, as it has been a holding of ours for years now, although we have traded the ups and downs when the opportunities presented themselves.
Having originally acquired Kinross at $10.08, after a large rally Kinross then went through a bit of a pull back so we signalled to our readers to “Add To Holdings” at discounted levels of around $11.66. We also gave another ‘Kinross Gold BUY’ signal when we purchased more of this stock on the 20th August 2007 for $11.48. On 31st January, 2008, we reduced our exposure to this stock when we sold about 50% of our holding for an average price of $21.96 locking in a profit of about 93.60%. On the 24th July, 2008, we doubled our holding with a purchase at $18.28 giving us a new average purchase price of $14.50.
As well as trading the stock, we have also dabbled in options contracts with Kinross, buying call options in KGC on the 16th June, 2008, paying $2.68 per contract and selling them on the 28th June 2008 for $5.30 per contract generating a 100% profit in two weeks. We then re-purchased them after they dropped for $2.50, and we are still holding them, although at a significant paper loss.
The reason we like Kinross Gold Corp so much is that it fits our criteria almost perfectly. When we look for a gold stock to buy, we are looking for solid fundamentals, a stable geopolitical situation and most importantly, leverage to the gold price itself.
As far as the fundamentals go, Kinross is a mid to large cap gold producer with a market cap of $9.47 billion. Some may consider this too large a company to offer decent leverage to the gold price, but as shown by the recent performance of the stock price, Kinross is definitely providing that leverage.
As well as leverage to rising gold prices, Kinross is also growing well as a company in its own right. Having made a gross profit of $390.40M in 2006 and then $501.80M in 2007 and with the Sep 08 quarterly profits at $269.80M, Kinross appears to be on track for another good year of record profits. There is also something in the financials that is particularly helpful in the present credit environment. In the last report from KGC, out of the $1284.80M in current assets, Kinross has a massive $322.90M in cash. This means it is well positioned to face any liquidity issues and will not be forced to try and raise money in the current difficult credit conditions.
Therefore, we continue to like Kinross and maintain our stock and option position in the company. Kinross Gold Corp is not only well positioned to benefit from rising gold price, but it is also a great company in its own right, with good growth potential. A full list of the stocks we cover can be found in our free online portfolio at http://www.gold-prices.biz.biz.
Source: Financial Post Trading Desk
By: Jonathan Ratner
The miner said its capital cost estimate is less than 10% higher than the original estimate of US$1.494-billion and construction continues to progress well.
When engineering work is complete, Goldcorp expects an approximate increase of 30% in gold reserves and a 15% to 20% increase in silver, lead and zinc reserves for year-end reporting.
There is also the potential for initial resources to be declared for bulk mineable and high-grade underground zones, as well as the Noche Buena property nearby, noted Canaccord Adams analyst Steven Butler. He assumes reserve additions will be roughly 40% for gold and silver and around 16% for lead and zinc.
Concentrate shipments are scheduled to being in the fourth quarter of 2009 and commercial production is expected for the following quarter. Meanwhile, shipments of large trial lots are anticipated in 2009 now that concentrate samples have been provided to select smelters, Mr. Butler said in a research note.
The analyst also noted that Goldcorp’s optimization efforts are underway. They include the possibility of recovering precious metals from low-grade lead ore that was previously considered uneconomic, the potential for underground bulk mining beneath currently defined open pits, and the possibility of cheaper power from a dedicated facility through a partnership with an independent provider.
By: Jake Towne of Yet Another Champion of the Constitution
In a dynamic duo of articles published last weekend, I predicted the fall of the Dollar via a Gold-based perspective, and a US Treasury-based perspective. I want to round off and perhaps even reinforce my theory with a few more opinions and thoughts, which of course may be faulty as the major decisions are still at the mercy and discretion of the Fed, whom I have learned to never underestimate. To be a real “expert” in economics today requires one to be an “expert” in predicting government interventions, so it is all guesswork unless one is an insider. I am highly interested if there are any crucial facts I am missing by the way, please leave any counterarguments below.
I own some gold and if gold goes down I’ll buy some more and if gold goes up I’ll buy some more. Gold during the course of the bull market, which has several more years to go, will go much higher. – Jim Rogers, famed commodities trader, last week
I have written previously how the Fed creates and destroys money, but the example I used of open market operations (OMOs) has changed dramatically in 2008. The Fed is, on a daily basis, still altering its Treasury holdings, but more importantly propping up other assets by buying them, such as mortgage-based securities, Citigroup (C), AIG, etc. The Fed balance sheets have plunged from its historical levels of ~95% Treasury securities to less than 32% Treasuries, which hampers OMOs since the assets purchased will likely find no willing buyer on the market.
It may seem like the Fed is creating lots of money (and they are) but remember that $7.76 trillion, $8.5 trillion, WHATEVER the new number will be by the end of this week, pales in comparison to the amount of financial derivatives in existence, which per the BIS at last count (and just over-the-counter!) was $684 trillion. I am not sure if I ever wrote this phrase in this column before, but I’ve always viewed the financial crisis as a “Triple-D” crisis. Dollar. Debt. Derivatives.
There is another method of money destruction that I have not overlooked and want to mention. In an economic “disintegration” or a monster of a recession, money can also be destroyed by corporate, government and private bankruptcies.
In the debt-based world we live in, I think money destruction could be seen in shocking scales far exceeding the imaginations of the Keynesian-economics-based minds of the Fed and other central bankers. For instance, comparatively there has been much less noise in the commercial mortgage markets. However, if a lot of businesses fail, which has been known to happen in any recession, how do you suppose those mortgages will be repaid to the banks? In such a scenario, central bankers have just two options: create replacement money to re-inflate supply, or revalue the currency to an asset (very likely gold, after all central bankers do not hold at least some gold for their collective health, the yellow stuff is nice life insurance for fiat currency, ain’t it?).
In this eye-popping December 4 essay by James Conrad, he reasons the central bankers will revalue to some sort of a gold standard to escape oblivion, and the price of gold will go from $750 per ounce to $7500-9000. [Remember the “price” is not REALLY going up, after all 1 ounce of gold is the same from day to day. What it really means is that all fiat currencies are going to be massively devalued as the worthless scraps of paper and electrons they really are!]
There is a legal requirement that, in every futures contract that promises to deliver a physical commodity, the short seller must be 90% covered by either a stockpile of the commodity or appropriate forward contracts with primary producers… Things, however, are changing fast. As previously stated, the first major mini-panic among COMEX gold short sellers happened last Friday. As of Wednesday morning, about 11,500 delivery demands for 100 ounce ingots were made at COMEX, which represents about 5% of the previous open interest. Another 2,000 contracts are still open, and a large percentage of those will probably demand delivery. These demands compare to the usual ½ to 1% of all contracts.
Time for Captain Calculator! On December 5, the open interest was 264,796 contracts (at 100 troy ounces per bar). This equates to 823 tonnes, a very significant amount equal to about 10% of the total gold reserves claimed by the United States, the world’s largest holder. There are 26.5 million ounces in contracts and only 2.9 million ounces in COMEX warehouses to cover deliveries as Dr. Fekete notes here. Over 40% of the warehouse totals will be delivered before January 1.
Where is the gold to cover the rest of the contracts? In the ground? In central bank vaults? At the GLD London vault? I do not know the answer, but I agree with Fekete’s comment on gold’s recent backwardation and Conrad, the traders requesting delivery are skeptical there is enough.
Conrad then proceeds to outline a very convincing (to me) proof that ends with:
It is only a matter of time before gold is allowed to rise to its natural level. Assuming that about half of the current increase in Fed credit is eventually neutralized, the monetized value of gold should be allowed to rise to between $7,500 and $9,000 per ounce as the world goes back to some type of gold standard. In the nearer term, gold will rise to about $2,000 per ounce, as the Fed abandons a hopeless campaign to support COMEX short sellers, in favor of saving the other, more productive, functions of the various banks and insurers.
Revaluation of gold, and a return to the gold standard, is the only way that hyperinflation can be avoided while large numbers of paper currency units are released into the economy. This is because most of the rise in prices can be filtered into gold. As the asset value of gold rises, it will soak up excess dollars, euros, pounds, etc., while the appearance of an increased number of currency units will stimulate investor psychology, and lending and economic output will increase, all over the world. Ben Bernanke and the other members of the FOMC Committee must know this, because it is basic economics.
Hyperinflation is nasty stuff. I first wrote about it in my July article “Calling All Wheelbarrows: Hyperinflation in America? (Part 2/2)” and a fellow Nolan Chart columnist, Republicae, with far more experience than I wrote “The Hyper-Inflationary Trigger.”
Jim Sinclair, precious metals expert, comments here:
I recently completed the same mathematics that helped me so much in 1980 to determine the price that would be required to balance the international balance sheet of the US.
Balancing the international balance sheet is gold’s mission in times of crisis.
I recently did the math again and was sadly shocked to see what the price of gold would have to be to balance the international balance sheet of the USA today. That price for gold is more than twice Alf’s projected maximum gold price.
Alf Field’s maximum projection is $6,000 per troy ounce. Wow, guess Captain Calculator can take a vacation! On that note I would like to end with a reminder to the republican, Republican, and the third person who is reading this:
“We renew our allegiance to the principle of the gold standard and declare our confidence in the wisdom of the legislation of the Fifty-sixth Congress, by which the parity of all our money and the stability of our currency upon a gold basis has been secured.”
– Republican National Platform, 1900
“We believe it to be the duty of the Republican Party to uphold the gold standard and the integrity and value of our national currency.”
– Republican National Platform, 1904
“The Republican Party established and will continue to uphold the gold standard and will oppose any measure, which will undermine the government’s credit or impair the integrity of our national currency. Relief by currency inflation is unsound and dishonest in results.”
– Republican National Platform, 1932 [Above are sourced from H.L. Mencken, A New Dictionary of Quotations on Historical Principles from Ancient and Modern Sources (1985, p. 471)
“We must make military medicine the gold standard for advances in prosthetics and the treatment of trauma and eye injuries.”
– the only mention of gold in the Republican National Platform, 2008. Try searching for ‘gold’ or ‘dollar’ here.
Well, the Gold Standard ended in the US in 1914 when the first unbacked and “unsound” Federal Reserve Notes were printed. Ok, I hate the Fed, but fellow columnist Gene DeNardo phrased it best in his intriguing article “MV=PT A Classic Equation and Monetary Policy“:
When the economy grows in a healthy way, we all share in the profit as our currency becomes stronger and is able to purchase more.
By: Eric Roseman of The Sovereign Society
The time to start building fresh positions in oil, gold, silver and TIPs has arrived. Even distressed real estate should be accumulated if credit can be secured.
Over the next 6-12 months the United States, Europeans, Japanese and Chinese will eventually arrest deflation. And long before that materializes, hard assets will begin a major reversal following months of crippling losses.
Since peaking in July, the entire gamut of inflation assets has collapsed amid a growing threat of deflation or an environment of accelerated price declines. The last deflation in the United States occurred in the 1930s, purging household balance sheets, corporations, states, municipalities and even the government following two New Deals.
Thus far, U.S. CPI or the consumer price index has not turned negative year-over-year. Yet as oil prices continue to lose altitude and other commodities have been crushed, input costs and price pressures continue to decline dramatically since October. The only major component of CPI that continues to post modest year-over-year gains is wages. And with unemployment now rising aggressively this quarter it’s highly likely wage demands will also come to a screeching halt.
Plunging Bond Yields Discount Danger
In the span of just six months, foreign currencies (except the yen), commodities, stocks, non-Treasury debt, real estate and art have all declined sharply in value in the worst panic-related sell-off in decades. More than $10 trillion dollars’ worth of asset value has been lost worldwide in 2008.
What’s working since July? U.S. Treasury bonds and the U.S. dollar as investors scramble for safety and liquidity.
On December 5, 30-day and 60-day T-bills yielded just 0.01% – the lowest since the 1930s while the benchmark 10-year T-bond traded below 2.55% – its lowest yield since Eisenhower was president in 1955. Even 30-year bonds have surged as the yield recently dropped below 3% for the first time in more than four decades.
The market is now pricing a severe recession and – possibly – another Great Depression. Despite a series of formidable regular market interventions by central banks since August 2007, the credit crisis is still alive and kicking. The authorities have not won the battle …at least not yet.
Heightened inter-bank lending rates, soaring credit default swaps for sovereign government debt and plunging Treasury yields all confirm that the primary trend is still deflation.
To be sure, credit markets worldwide have improved markedly since the dark days of early October. Investment-grade corporate debt is rallying, commercial-paper is flowing again and companies are starting to issue debt once more – but only the highest and most liquid of companies. For the most part, banks are still hoarding cash and borrowers can’t obtain credit.
The real economy is now feeling the bite as consumption falls off a cliff, foreclosures soar and the unemployment rate surges higher. These primary trends are deflationary as broad consumption is severely curtailed, with consumers preparing for the worst economy since 1981 and rebuilding devastated household balance sheets.
But at some point over the next 12 months, the market might transition from outright deflation or negative consumer prices to some sort of disinflation or at least an environment of stable prices. That’s when inflation assets should start rallying again.
Inflate or Die: The Name of the Game in 2009
The battle now being waged by global central banks, including the Federal Reserve is an outright attack on deflation. Through the massive expansion of credit, the Fed and her overseas colleagues are on course to print money like there’s no tomorrow to finance bulging fiscal spending plans, bailouts, tax cuts and anything else that helps to alleviate economic stress.
Earlier in November, the Fed announced it would target “quantitative easing” and “monetization,” unorthodox monetary policy tools rarely or never used in the post-WW II era.
Without getting too technical, the term “quantitative easing” means the Fed will act as the buyer of last resort to monetize Treasury debt and other government agency paper in an attempt to bring interest rates down. Quantitative easing aims to flood the financial system with liquidity and absorb excess cash through monetization or purchasing of government securities.
Through monetary policy, the Fed controls short-term lending rates but cannot influence long-term rates that are largely set by the markets; the Fed now hopes it can influence long-term rates through quantitative easing. And since its announcement two weeks ago, long-term fixed mortgage rates have declined sharply.
These and other open market operations directed by the Fed and Treasury will eventually arrest the broad-based deflation engulfing asset prices. It will take time. Inflation is the desired goal and is the preferred evil to deflation, a monetary phenomenon that threatens to destroy or seriously compromise the financial system. Policy-makers have studied the Great Depression, including Fed Chairman Bernanke, and the consequences of failed central bank and government intervention in times of severe economic duress are unthinkable.
Ravenous Monetary Expansion
According to Federal Reserve Board data, the Fed is now embarking on a spectacular expansion of credit unseen in the history of modern financial markets.
The total amount of Federal Reserve bank credit has increased from $800 billion dollars to $2.2 trillion dollars (or from 6% to 15% of gross domestic product) as the central bank expands its various liquidity facilities in an attempt to preserve normal functioning of the financial system.
The Fed’s ongoing operations to arrest falling prices are targeted namely at housing – the epicenter of this financial crisis. It is highly unlikely that the United States economy will bottom until housing prices find a floor. Quantitative easing hopes to stabilize this market.
Buy Gold Now
Relative to other assets in 2008, gold prices have declined far less. The ongoing liquidity squeeze has forced investors to dump assets, including gold to raise dollars. I suspect this short-term phenomenon will end in 2009 once the ongoing panic subsides and credit markets become largely functional again.
Gold should be accumulated now ahead of market stabilization. As the financial system gradually comes back to life over the next several months or sooner, the dollar should commence another period of weakness; there will be little incentive to hold dollars with short-term rates at or close to zero percent. The Fed will be in no hurry to raise lending rates.
Still, the Japanese experience in the 1990s warns investors of the travails of long-term deflation.
The Japanese, unlike the United States, only started to seriously attack falling prices in the economy in 1998 through massive fiscal spending. In contrast, the U.S. is already throwing everything at the crisis after just 17 months.
I expect the United States to print its way out of misery and, over time, and conquer deflation. But the cost will be humungous and at the expense of the dollar, U.S. financial hegemony and calls for a new monetary system anchored by gold.
It’s literally “inflate or die” for global central banks. Inflation will win.
My Note: If you haven’t START BUYING PRECIOUS METALS NOW! Especially GOLD -I AM! jschulmansr