The price of gold has taken off recently thanks to global economic uncertainty and geopolitical tensions. The precious metal was trading below the $1,300 an ounce mark just a few days ago, but it is now on its way to $1,400 after gaining more than 7.6% in just the last month. In fact, gold is now trading at its highest level seen in the last six years.
That’s good news for gold miners, but it remains to be seen if the recent gold pricing momentum will continue or not.
Better Times Ahead for Gold?
Market watchers expect gold to keep rising higher thanks to a host of factors. As reported by Kitco:
“Gold is golden,” said Phil Flynn, senior market analyst with Price Group Futures. “Not only have we broken out from a year-long trading range to the upside, the path of lower rates around the [world] is going to keep the market strong. Add it a spattering of geopolitical risk factors and the yellow metal is poised to move higher.”
What’s more, according to a survey of 17 Wall Street analysts, 10 believe that gold prices will rise further. Meanwhile, in a survey of 591 respondents on Main Street, 54% said that gold prices will increase.
It is now believed that the price of gold can breach the $1,450 an ounce mark thanks to the global political conditions, the U.S.-China trade war, and the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates low.
What Should Investors Do?
The gold price rally opens up a lot of exciting scenarios in the end market. For one, it can stoke deal activity in the gold mining space once again. Earlier this year, we saw a couple of big transactions in the gold market and also witnessed a joint venture between two long-time rivals materialize.
In such a scenario, it makes sense to keep a lookout for gold plays with a potential for takeover. For instance, a company such as Wesdome Gold
But even if a company such as Wesdome isn’t bought out, there’s a good chance that it will do well on its own. The company’s earnings are already expected to double this year, and with the rise in gold prices, there’s a good chance that Wesdome will end up doing better.
Meanwhile, the likes of IAMGOLD
As such, investors should keep an eye on potential takeover plays in the gold mining industry as the bigger players are increasingly looking at consolidation as a way of boosting output and reducing costs.
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