Mining operations have long been a backdoor way for investors to benefit from the rising price...

|By:, SA News Editor

Mining operations have long been a backdoor way for investors to benefit from the rising price of precious metals such as gold, but this year mining stocks (GDX, GDXJ) have lagged the price of physical gold (GLD). The disparity has grown so wide that some analysts say the miners are now reasonable, but investors should remain mindful that "they're stocks… by definition, they're going to be more correlated to the equity market than the metals."