Gold Stocks (GDX) Tumble Gold Drops to $1,718

Gold stocks confused Thursday morning, with the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) falling $1.36, or 2.3%, to $57.60 per share. Gold stocks and the GDX opened acutely lower as gold futures alone $26.40 to $1,718.40 per ounce afterward comments from Mario Draghi, President of the European Axial Coffer (ECB).

At his columnist appointment afterward the ECB’s account budgetary action meeting, Draghi backed abroad from a above-mentioned account that the axial coffer may admit a added advancing bond-buying affairs to axis the course of the absolute debt crisis. The S&P/TSX Global Gold Index, Canada’s arch blended of gold stocks, headed south by 1.5% alongside the GDX amidst Draghi’s comments.

With today’s sell-off in gold stocks, the GDX connected its account and year-to-date losses to 4.1% and 6.0%, respectively. Gold stocks accept connected to decidedly underperform the amount of gold in 2011, which admitting today’s accelerate charcoal college by 20.9% this year.

Many large-cap gold stocks – which comprise the all-inclusive majority of the GDX – accept bootless to accommodate investors with the gold amount advantage apparent during antecedent balderdash markets in gold. Two arresting examples are Barrick Gold (ABX) and Kinross Gold (KGC), which accept collapsed 4.5% and 27.6%, respectively. Even Newmont Mining (NEM) – one of the GDX’s best assuming gold stocks this year with a 10.0% accretion – has essentially lagged the chicken metal.

In adverse to abounding large-cap gold producers, abounding small- and mid-cap gold stocks accept in above-mentioned gold balderdash markets delivered added gold amount advantage due to their above advance potential. One arising gold aggregation that is gluttonous to action advantage to gold, as able-bodied as upside through amoebic growth, is West Kirkland Mining (WKM.TSXV) – a North American gold aggregation with ample mineral rights positions in the Kirkland Lake breadth of Ontario, Canada and in North Eastern Nevada.