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Barrick Gold Still On The Prowl

Barrick Gold Corporation explores for and develops mineral properties. The company primarily explores for gold, copper, and silver deposits.

According to Oilprice.com Barrick Gold Corp is one of most promising gold miners in 2020. Barrick Gold made headlines earlier this year when they attempted to acquire Newmont Mining which would of created the world’s largest gold producer. Barrick wanted Newmont Mining because of their adjoining assets in Nevada.

Needless to say, Barrick eventually pulled its $18 billion offer for Newmont Mining Corp and agreed to form a joint venture in Nevada with Newmont Mining.

The world’s second largest gold producer reported earnings yesterday and said it would be at the top end of its production targets for the year and the lower end of cost estimates.

Thanks to the rise in gold prices over the last year and gold production increasing to 1.31 million ounces from 1.15 million ounces over the last 12 months, profits rose to $264 million, or 15 cents per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, from $89 million, or 8 cents per share, a year earlier. 

And if that news wasn’t good enough, Barrick also announced that its Board of Directors declared a dividend for the third quarter of 2019 of $0.05 per share, a 25% increase on the previous quarter’s dividend.

Although the Newmont Mining deal didn’t materialize, Barrick’s late founder Peter Munk vision of building the world’s largest gold producer remains on the table.  The latest talk on the Street is now combining with Freeport-McMoran.

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) engages in the mining of mineral properties in the United States, Indonesia, Peru, and Chile. The company primarily explores for copper, gold, molybdenum, silver, and other metals, as well as oil and gas.

Barrick Gold Corp.’s chief said there’s a logic to combining with Freeport-McMoran Inc. as a way to expand into copper, but isn’t committing to any deals yet.

A tie-up with Freeport could bolster Barrick’s U.S. presence, where it already operates gold mines in Nevada, said Chief Executive Officer Mark Bristow, who cautioned that it’s not something currently being considered.

“Everyone has been fingered as a potential suitor of Freeport,” said Bristow, when asked if he was interested in a combination. “There’s a bit of work for us to do before we can get our head around broadening our scope.”

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In general, the mining stocks do better than gold when the price of the metal rallies.  Although gold prices have pulled back, I think it’s just part of any normal uptrend, in the cause of gold, a longer term uptrend that started in late 2018.

So where is the price of Barrick headed next, lets go to the charts go to long on the pull back to the weekly demand at $15.30 with a target right before the weekly supply zone.

This post is my personal opinion. I’m not a financial advisor, this isn't financial advise. Do your own research before making investment decisions.

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