Barrick Gold, Newmont target prices raised as Credit Suisse but shares tank

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

Gold prices tumbled nearly 2% to settle at five-week lows as investors continued to take profits against the metal's YTD surge with an eye toward an improving U.S. economy and the possibility of an interest rate hike as soon as early next year.

So Credit Suisse's move today to lift stock price targets for Barrick Gold (ABX -4.1%) and Newmont Mining (NEM -2.1%) was ill-timed as gold miners (GDX -4%) fall sharply across the board.

On ABX, the firm raises its target to $21 to reflect the company's relatively conservative $1,100/oz. gold price assumption for reserves, exploration upside potential within its asset base (demonstrated by its 15M oz. Goldrush discovery) and strong base of low cost assets.

On NEM, the firm ups its target to $26 on higher forecast operating cash flow and a higher NAV target multiple, but a resolution of the ore export ban in Indonesia is necessary to become more constructive.

Also: AU -4.3%, NG -4.9%, GG -3.6%, KGC -4%, NGD -4%, IAG -3.8%, GFI -1.9%, HMY -3.2%, SLW -6.5%, ANV -6.7%, BTG -4.9%.