Saturday, May 11, 2013

High Yield Gold Stocks: Time for a Rebound?

Gold has been hit hard recently, and in mid April, the price of gold dropped like a 50 pound nugget. In the last six months, the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) tanked by over 16.6%. Many gold bugs believe that the selling pressure on gold is off now, and that a continuation of the little rebound during the last half of April is in the works. Stock yields have almost doubled and in some cases more than doubled.

Investors who are looking to get in to the gold market now have an interesting opportunity, as yields on the gold mining stocks have almost doubled, and in some cases, more than doubled. According to the free list of high yield gold mining stocks at, there are over 20 gold stocks that pay dividends.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) is the big player in the precious metals arena, mining for copper, gold, molybdenum, cobalt, silver, and many other metals. It happens to be the world's largest publicly traded copper company. This Phoenix Arizona based company has operations in North America, South America, Indonesia, and Africa. The stock trades at 10.6 times trailing earnings and 7.7 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest quarter were down about 15% on relatively flat revenues. The stock pays a very generous 4.0% yield, and dividends are paid quarterly. James R. Moffett, Chairman of the Board, and Richard C. Adkerson, President and Chief Executive Officer, said,

"Our first-quarter results reflect our focus on strong and safe production, aggressive cost management and advancing financially attractive projects to grow our copper production, increase cash flows and provide strong returns for shareholders."
One issue that investors should be aware of is that Freeport is moving more into the oil and gas industry through its acquisitions of Plains Exploration & Production Company and McMoRan Exploration Co.

Another high yield gold company is Yamana Gold, Inc. (AUY), a Toronto, Ontario, Canada based company involved in the exploration and production of gold, copper, molybdenum, zinc, and silver, from its properties in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Mexico. The stokc trades at 24 times trailing earnings and 11.2 times forward earnings. The latest quarterly earnings were down 40% on a 4.4% reduction in revenues. The dividends are much higher than a current bank certificate of deposti, as the stock currently yields 2.2%. Dividends for this company are also paid out quarterly.

The yields on these stocks can help reduce some of the volatility and return capital faster. However, if the price of gold doesn't stabilize and begin to increase, the gold mining stocks can suffer even more than they have been lately. For a list of the other high yield gold mining stocks, which can be downloaded, sorted, and updated, go to

Disclosure: Author didn't own any of the above at the time the article was written.


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