Barrick Gold and Buenaventura held back by political risk, JPM says

|About: Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX)|By:, SA News Editor

Barrick Gold (ABX -1.7%) and Buenaventura (BVN +3.4%) look cheap among gold miners in the Americas, J.P. Morgan says while still giving both Neutral ratings because of political risk; ABX has added uncertainty around its balance sheet.

The firm says ABX’s cash flows have become more difficult to forecast, given uncertainty around two key assets: Fiscal problems in the Dominican Republic will channel half of the early cash flows from the Pueblo Viego project away from ABX, plus the negative ruling from the Chilean court has forced a halt to construction on the Chilean side of the Pascua Lama property.

On BVN, the tax problem for Peru's resource industry was resolved but the Conga project has become tied up in political disputes linked to positioning for the next election.

JPM prefers Buy-rated Goldcorp (GG -1.6%), Newmont Mining (NEM -1.3%) and Eldorado Gold (EGO -0.6%).