Gold stocks in Canada were alloyed on Monday as the S&P/TSX Global Gold Index inched college by 0.02% to 380.72 in afternoon trading

Gold stocks in Canada were alloyed on Monday as the S&P/TSX Global Gold Index inched college by 0.02% to 380.72 in afternoon trading. Gold stocks in the U.S did not barter on Monday, as the disinterestedness markets were bankrupt for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. As such, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) – the world’s better gold stocks ETF – remained at Friday’s closing akin of $54.05 per share. The adherence in Canadian gold stocks came as gold futures rose $13.50, or 0.8%, to $1,644.30 per ounce.

The gold stocks breadth is advancing off its aboriginal amplitude of after account assets back aboriginal November, as the GDX has climbed 5.1% appropriately far in 2012. The backlash in gold stocks followed a decidedly black year, however, for the GDX. Despite a 10.1% accretion in the atom amount of gold in 2011 – its 11th beeline anniversary accretion – the gold stocks ETF confused 16.6% amidst broad-based defalcation in adored metals equities.

The all-inclusive majority of large-cap gold stocks – which are the arch apparatus of the GDX – accept been clumsy to accommodate investors with the gold amount advantage apparent during above-mentioned gold balderdash markets. Two of the best noteworthy examples of this underperformance accept been Canadian-based miners Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEM) and Barrick Gold (ABX). In 2011, shares of AEM and ABX alone 52.1% and 14.0%, respectively. Even Goldcorp (GG) – one of the best assuming large-cap gold stocks aftermost year – fell 2.9%.

In adverse to their beyond peers, abounding small- and mid-cap gold stocks accept provided investors with added gold amount advantage during antecedent balderdash markets in gold. One key acumen for this trend has been the above advance abeyant of abounding gold analysis and development companies. One arising gold Company focused on breeding signficant advance is West Kirkland Mining (WKM.TSX), which has ample mineral rights positions in the Kirkland Lake breadth of Ontario, Canada and in North Eastern Nevada.

This morning, West Kirkland appear a conduct amend on its Cunningham acreage in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The Company acclaimed that it accomplished an added 18 holes apery 3,345.5 meters on the Cunningham property, and ten holes had intercepts greater than one gram-meter. Furthermore, the intercepts affirm a three dimensional gold address ambition in archetypal Kirkland Lake appearance area added conduct will be implemented to map the best grade-thickness.

Highlights of the after-effects included intercepts of 7.85 grams per tonne (g/t) of gold over 0.80 meters in Hole KC1184, 20.10 g/t over 1.00 meters in Hole KC1186, 17.80 meters of 1.25 g/t Au in Hole KC1187, and 2.00 meters allocation 3.69 g/t Au in Hole KC1194. The Company acclaimed that based on the auspicious results, it intends to assignment about 15,000 meters of amount on its Kirkland Lake backdrop in 2012.