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Gold Stocks press against their 52-week Highs

|Includes: AEM, AU, AUY, EGO, GFI, GG, Barrick Gold Corporation (GOLD), GOLD, HMY, IAG, KGC, NEM, NG, RGLD, TRQ

Gold Stocks have continued their upward climb and many are now pushing towards their 52-week highs. 

Table 1: Largest Gold Mining Companies by Market Capitalization
Company Name Ticker Market Cap ($ Millions) % of Combined Market Cap
Barrick Gold Corporation ABX  $51,795 20.6%
Goldcorp Incorporated GG  $34,028 13.6%
Newmont Mining Corporation NEM  $28,739 11.4%
AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. AU  $17,862 7.1%
Ivanhoe Mines Ltd IVN  $14,009 5.6%
Gold Fields Ltd. GFI  $12,713 5.1%
Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited AEM  $12,040 4.8%
Kinross Gold Corporation KGC  $11,346 4.5%
Eldorado Gold Corp EGO  $9,415 3.8%
Yamana Gold, Inc. AUY  $9,340 3.7%
Iamgold Corporation IAG  $7,795 3.1%
Randgold Resources Limited GOLD  $7,358 2.9%
Harmony Gold Mining Co. Ltd. HMY  $        4,957 2.0%
Novagold Resources Inc New NG  $        3,215 1.3%
Royal Gold, Inc. RGLD  $        2,636 1.1%
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This list of 15 stocks represents approximately 90% of the market capitalization of the Gold Mining stocks listed on Zacks. The top 10 stocks would represent a little over 80%. The performance of these stocks will then provide a strong indicator of the overall performance of the industry.  The graph below shows the required percent returns from Friday's close to reach the 52-week high (marked in green) or to fall to the 52-week low (marked in red).

Graph of 52 week low and 52 week high required returns from current

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You can clearly see that all gold stocks with a few exceptions are well off their 52-week lows and many are within a few percentage points of their 52 week highs.  I provided some additional information in earlier articles on gold stocks here and here.   Will this trend continue?  How much higher will the price of gold climb?