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The coming week is peppered with quarterly releases of gold producers. Input inflation of energy, labour and equipment will be in the spotlight as well as the usual suspects: earnings, cash flows, production growth and project advancements.

Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX)

Reporting on February 16, 2012 for the quarter ended December 31, 2011; Barrick is expected to report earnings per share of $1.25, according to the consensus estimate.

Barrick trades on the NYSE and has a market capitalization of about $48.14 billion.

The company operates 26 mines and has projects in five continents. Most recently, the company was criticized by some for the acquisition of copper producer Equinox Minerals, arguing the the company's shares will not provide the pure leverage to the price of gold.

Gold Corp. (GG)

Reporting on February 15, 2012 for the quarter ended December 31, 2011; Gold Corp is expected to report earnings per share of $0.60, according to the consensus estimate.

Gold Corp trades on the NYSE and has a market capitalization of about $37.14 billion.

The company recently initiated a monthly dividend policy in an attempt to draw investors to purchase its stock. Watch for updates on the company's construction of the massive mine in the Dominican Republic and any cost revisions.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (AEM)

Reporting on February 15, 2012 for the quarter ended December 31, 2011; Agnico is expected to report earnings per share of $0.53, according to the consensus estimate.

Agnico trades on the NYSE and has a market capitalization of about $5.88 billion.

The company's shares have been decimated over the past 52 weeks from a high of $76.46 to the most recent close of $34.71. A slew of bad news hit the company including the temporary shutdown of the Meadowbank mine due to kitchen fire and the production suspension of the Goldex mine due to ground instability. It's these types of risks that push investors into gold ETFs.

Kinross Gold Corporation (KGC)

Reporting on February 15, 2012 for the quarter ended December 31, 2011; Kinross is expected to report earnings per share of $0.22, according to the consensus estimate.

Kinross trades on the NYSE and has a market capitalization of about $12.26 billion.

The company's shares have been on a relentless, yet justified, downward trend ever since it purchased Red Back Mining Inc. for about $7.1 billion in an all share offer. Ever since it appeared Kinross overpaid for the Red Back assets with estimated construction costs for the Tasiast project rising. Most recently, the company announced it will take a goodwill impairment charge related to the Red Back acquisition.

Source: 4 Gold Producing Giants Reporting In The Week Ahead