- Gold has been one of the top performers of 2020 with spot price reaching a record high of USD 2,073.41/oz.
- A huge capital inflow from gold-backed ETFs and large institutional purchases fueled the gold rally.
- Gold spot price is hovering around USD 1,827-1,828/0z, with a dip of ~1% at the time of writing this report.
Several ASX-listed gold stocks reached record highs and provided their shareholders with excellent returns as compared to the equity market. However, gold prices reacted sharply to the COVID-19 vaccine development news. The prices slid from USD 2,000/oz to reach USD 1,800/oz.
Gold Price Chart of 12 months (Source: Refinitiv Eikon)
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Would gold continue to appeal investors in 2021?
As per the data of the Resources and Energy Quarterly, December edition, the average gold spot price is estimated to be~ USD 1,695/oz in 2021, which is still higher than in 2019 and 2018. The average spot price of 2020 was USD 1,800/oz.
The high price of gold and the dismal economic condition due to COVID-19 led to the drop in gold consumption in 2020. Global gold consumption is expected to rise by 3.1% in 2021 and by 4% in 2022. The demand for jewellery is forecasted to be robust due to the high demand arising from India and China. The jewellery market is expected to show a growth of an impressive 30% in 2021.
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In this backdrop, let us discuss two ASX-listed gold stocks that house promising prospects.
Northern Star Resources (ASX:NST)
Northern Star Resources controls three gold projects in Australia -- Jundee, Kalgoorlie and Pogo. NST has a total reported reserve of 173.641 Mt @ 1.9 g/t with 10.849Moz of gold. Northern Star is one of the top 15 global gold producers.
NST has provided production guidance in a range of 940-1,060 koz of gold with All in Sustaining Cost (AISC) of A$1440-1540/oz for the year 2021. Northern Star had announced the merger with Saracen Mineral Holdings.
The stocks of the Company were trading at A$12.820 at 2:00 PM AEDT with a market cap of A$9.76 billion as on 11 January 2021.
NST shares have given a year-to-date return of nearly 20% to the investors.
Evolution Mining Limited (ASX:EVN)
Evolution Mining Limited has a total mineral resource of 26.2Moz and ore reserve of 7.3Moz. The Company controls four gold mines -- Cowal, Mt Carlton, Mt Rawdon, and Mungar in Australia. Red Lake in Canada and the Ernest Henry copper-gold project are two of its overseas interests. The Company shared a production guidance in the range of 670-730koz with AISC of A$1,270/oz for 2021.
Evolution Mining was trading at A$4.74 around 2:00 PM AEDT with a market cap of A$8.47 billion as on 11 January 2021.
The stocks of the Company have given more than 45% year-to-date return to its shareholders in last 1 year.