Click here to close now.

SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: David Sprott, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, tru welu

News Feed Item

Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights: SPDR Gold Shares, iShares Silver Trust, Rio Tinto, Stillwater Mining and Franco Nevada

CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights Features: SPDR Gold Shares (AMEX:GLD-Free Report), iShares Silver Trust (AMEX:SLV-Free Report), Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE:RIO-Free Report), Stillwater Mining Co (NYSE:SWC-Free Report) and Franco Nevada Corp (NYSE:FNV-Free Report).

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101027/ZIRLOGO)

Pay Mind to the Miners

Sorry King Midas, but nobody cares about what you touch anymore. That shimmery stuff you melt down to make rings and things has lost its luster. Gold was the talk of the town around $1,900 an ounce but since the collapse in prices now it's an afterthought. Which to me is baffling. I think that the real reason gold prices are not that high is the same reason people think that gold should be high. It's all the "worthless" fiat currencies of the world. Globally we are printing money and devaluing currency. So the only thing on Earth that should be worth any money is a hard asset like gold, right? Sounds good in theory. But who are the major players in the gold market? Who buys the most gold? Central banks do. So now if your currency has depreciated then guess what you can't do? Buy as much gold as you used to. And the cycle continues...

Downward Channels

I am not bold nor crazy enough to come out and say that the tough times are behind us for the precious metals. I do, however, offer up a couple of charts that may change a few minds. First take a look at the gold chart using the exchange traded fund SPDR Gold Shares (AMEX:GLD-Free Report). From the October 2012 relative high near $175 we can draw a trend line channel across the first few tops. This trend was broken to the downside in April 2013, rendering these trend lines obsolete for the time being. Just for giggles though, let's extend these through today. More on this later.

Now let's fast forward to price action since September 2013.  We can draw another channel coming down across the tops through January 2014 only to be violated at the beginning of February by continued bullish price action. This technical picture looks a lot different given this new set of circumstances. The chart changes from a downward death spiral to dead cat bounce with a side of optimism. Price sits above the 25x5 SMA and, more importantly, above the most recent downward price channel. To quote the great Jim Carey, "So you're saying there's a chance!" The next resistance sits at the extension of the downward trend line from the October 2012 high.

You can't talk gold without mentioning its hard-working, industrious, albeit less glamorous and attractive brother silver. On the charts silver and gold have a very high correlation. Economically this never really made sense to me as they have to very different sets of supply and demand determinants. Silver has industrial uses far above and beyond what gold has. Gold pretty much gets mined, shined, and showed off or buried. Silver is used to make all sorts parts from light switches to soldering applications to water purification. Regardless of what theory suggests, the chart moves pretty much in step with gold. As such, the silver chart has nearly the same pattern as gold but has not had the breakout yet from the major trend line resistance. Here we use the iShares Silver Trust (AMEX:SLV-Free Report) and can see it trading in the $19 handle down from an October 2012 high in the low $30s and a far cry from the all-time highs seen in April of 2011 in the $48 range.

Gold has a relatively high correlation with many metals, not just silver. My thinking is that if we see a recovery in gold prices it will spill over to silver, platinum, copper, aluminum and a host of other metals to a certain degree.

What if?

Entertain my wild ideas for a minute here. What if the pundits screaming "Gold is dead" are wrong? What if gold has seen the worst of its decline? What if the recent price action is the beginning of a gradual recovery in prices and not a dead cat bounce? What if there was a way to profit from this crazy notion other than buying GLD or SLV?

If you have never paid any mind to the miners then you might like what you're about to hear. By investing in a diversified mining operation we stand to make profits on a recovery in gold and silver prices but will still be insulated by exposure to other metals so it is not a "make or break" proposition. Further, we can use the Zacks Rank to uncover mining companies that have had the most positive earnings estimate revisions. Given the fact that miners have been relatively beat up during last year's market rally we have the chance to find a few real bargains.

Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE:RIO-Free Report) is an international mining company with interests in mining for gold, silver, copper, coal, iron ore, uranium, zinc and a host of other metals. Fundamentally it's a Zacks #2 Rank. A quick look at the price and consensus chart gives me hope for the future. You can see the price tracked the consensus estimates and revisions relatively closely for the past four years. Estimates have slid along with prices for gold and silver since Q2 2011 and the stock sold off as a result. The recent consensus estimates have seen a bounce off the bottom as prices appear to be stabilizing. Should this trend continue it is very bullish for shares of RIO.

The technical chart on RIO reads bullish as well. The recent range from $51 to $57 looks to me like a consolidation after a big move from the low $40s. A break above $57 with volume would be a very bullish breakout. Failure to breakout would not be a sell signal but rather a chance to get in near the bottom of the recent consolidation range from $51-$53. A breakdown below $51 means you look for another stock to buy.

There is something about the name of this stock that soothes my nerves. Stillwater Mining Co (NYSE:SWC-Free Report) is engaged in mining operations in the Stillwater Complex in southern Montana. The area contains gold, copper, nickel, chromium, platinum and palladium. SWC is a Zacks #1 Rank and its last earning surprise was a whopping 425%. I want to show the price and consensus chart because it shares an important characteristic with RIO. Recent earnings revisions have seen upwards momentum for the first time since gold and silver began their decline. I think that a pattern is beginning to develop amongst analysts which only further supports the idea that gold may have already bottomed.

The price chart is temporarily bearish but that could change in a few days. I like the fact that the stochastics are oversold and awaiting a buy signal. I like the pull back and support at $12. What I don't like is the speed of the fall from mid-January to today and I don't like seeing the stock below the 25x5. This trade set up could take a couple weeks. I would need to see the stock get above the 25x5, pull back to it, then see a stochastic buy before I got on board. This is a perfect case of great fundamentals but I'll pass on the technicals right now. In mid-December the stock set up perfectly for a buy around $11 which took the stock near $14. But it is not mid-December, it's February so I would be patient for better technical timing.

If the first two examples were dipping your toes in the water on a possible gold rebound then this next stock is a cannonball from the high board. Franco Nevada Corp (NYSE:FNV-Free Report) is a gold focused royalty and stream company with some interests in platinum group metals. While this does not make it a 100% pure gold play, it does give it added risk to price movements in the base metal. The price and consensus chart looks the way you think it would given the other two examples. However, FNV has only been around since late 2011 so the chart is not as impactful. Being a newer operation, the analysts haven't quite figured things out and the estimates have been all over the place historically. Recently, upwards revisions of some magnitude have helped push FNV into a Zacks #2 Rank.

On my chart I like what I see. The stock pushed above resistance at $48 and had been consolidating. It rested firmly above the 25x5 while the 25x5 had a very positive slope. Stochastics were beginning to come down from overbought levels as the stock consolidated between $48 and $50. I would buy today's break out above $50. If you missed it, that's alright too, a better opportunity will come with a pull back to the 25x5 coupled by confirmation from the stochastics.

The bottom line is if you believe in a possible recovery in gold prices these three stocks are all good ideas. With a little bit of patience you can find favorable entry points that will offer up the best risk versus reward scenarios. If gold continues to unwind, hopefully the diversification in the first two stocks will cushion any downside and a wisely set stop loss will protect you on FNV. With the chart set up on gold and the earnings revisions by analysts I think there is a relatively strong case for at least a consolidation in gold prices if not a reversal of the long term down trend. 

About Zacks

Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978. The later formation of the Zacks Rank, a proprietary stock picking system; continues to outperform the market by nearly a 3 to 1 margin. The best way to unlock the profitable stock recommendations and market insights of Zacks Investment Research is through our free daily email newsletter; Profit from the Pros.  In short, it's your steady flow of Profitable ideas GUARANTEED to be worth your time! Click here for your free subscription to Profit from the Pros.

Get the full Report on GLD – FREE 
Get the full Report on SLV – FREE 
Get the full Report on RIO – FREE 
Get the full Report on SWC – FREE 
Get the full Report on FNV – FREE

Follow us on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/ZacksResearch

Join us on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/ZacksInvestmentResearch

Zacks Investment Research is under common control with affiliated entities (including a broker-dealer and an investment adviser), which may engage in transactions involving the foregoing securities for the clients of such affiliates.

Media Contact
Zacks Investment Research
800-767-3771 ext. 9339
[email protected]
http://www.zacks.com

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Inherent in any investment is the potential for loss. This material is being provided for informational purposes only and nothing herein constitutes investment, legal, accounting or tax advice, or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a security. No recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is suitable for a particular investor. It should not be assumed that any investments in securities, companies, sectors or markets identified and described were or will be profitable. All information is current as of the date of herein and is subject to change without notice. Any views or opinions expressed may not reflect those of the firm as a whole. Zacks Investment Research does not engage in investment banking, market making or asset management activities of any securities. These returns are from hypothetical portfolios consisting of stocks with Zacks Rank = 1 that were rebalanced monthly with zero transaction costs. These are not the returns of actual portfolios of stocks. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index. Visit http://www.zacks.com/performance for information about the performance numbers displayed in this press release.

SOURCE Zacks Investment Research, Inc.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Collecting data in the field and configuring multitudes of unique devices is a time-consuming, labor-intensive process that can stretch IT resources. Horan & Bird [H&B], Australia’s fifth-largest Solar Panel Installer, wanted to automate sensor data collection and monitoring from its solar panels and integrate the data with its business and marketing systems. After data was collected and structured, two major areas needed to be addressed: improving developer workflows and extending access to a b...
When an enterprise builds a hybrid IaaS cloud connecting its data center to one or more public clouds, security is often a major topic along with the other challenges involved. Security is closely intertwined with the networking choices made for the hybrid cloud. Traditional networking approaches for building a hybrid cloud try to kludge together the enterprise infrastructure with the public cloud. Consequently this approach requires risky, deep "surgery" including changes to firewalls, subnets...
Move from reactive to proactive cloud management in a heterogeneous cloud infrastructure. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Manoj Khabe, Innovative Solution-Focused Transformation Leader at Vicom Computer Services, Inc., will show how to replace a help desk-centric approach with an ITIL-based service model and service-centric CMDB that’s tightly integrated with an event and incident management platform. Learn how to expand the scope of operations management to service management. He will al...
SYS-CON Events announced today that BMC will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. BMC delivers software solutions that help IT transform digital enterprises for the ultimate competitive business advantage. BMC has worked with thousands of leading companies to create and deliver powerful IT management services. From mainframe to cloud to mobile, BMC pairs high-speed digital innovation with robust...
The true value of the Internet of Things (IoT) lies not just in the data, but through the services that protect the data, perform the analysis and present findings in a usable way. With many IoT elements rooted in traditional IT components, Big Data and IoT isn’t just a play for enterprise. In fact, the IoT presents SMBs with the prospect of launching entirely new activities and exploring innovative areas. CompTIA research identifies several areas where IoT is expected to have the greatest impac...
2015 predictions circa 1970: houses anticipate our needs and adapt, city infrastructure is citizen and situation aware, office buildings identify and preprocess you. Today smart buildings have no such collective conscience, no shared set of fundamental services to identify, predict and synchronize around us. LiveSpace and M2Mi are changing that. LiveSpace Smart Environment devices deliver over the M2Mi IoT Platform real time presence, awareness and intent analytics as a service to local connecte...
High-performing enterprise Software Quality Assurance (SQA) teams validate systems that are ready for use - getting most actively involved as components integrate and form complete systems. These teams catch and report on defects, making sure the customer gets the best software possible. SQA teams have leveraged automation and virtualization to execute more thorough testing in less time - bringing Dev and Ops together, ensuring production readiness. Does the emergence of DevOps mean the end of E...
Amazon and Google have built software-defined data centers (SDDCs) that deliver massively scalable services with great efficiency. Yet, building SDDCs has proven to be a near impossibility for companies without hyper-scale resources. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, David Cauthron, CTO and Founder of NIMBOXX, highlighted how a mid-sized manufacturer of global industrial equipment bridged the gap from virtualization to software-defined services, streamlining operations and costs while connect...
Container technology is sending shock waves through the world of cloud computing. Heralded as the 'next big thing,' containers provide software owners a consistent way to package their software and dependencies while infrastructure operators benefit from a standard way to deploy and run them. Containers present new challenges for tracking usage due to their dynamic nature. They can also be deployed to bare metal, virtual machines and various cloud platforms. How do software owners track the usag...
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, ...
paradigm shifts in networking, to cloud and licensure, and all the Internet of Things in between. In 2014 automation was the name of the game. In his session at DevOps Summit, Matthew Joyce, a Sales Engineer at Big Switch, will discuss why in 2015 it’s complexity reduction. Matthew Joyce, a sales engineer at Big Switch, is helping push networking into the 21st century. He is also a hacker at NYC Resistor. Previously he worked at NASA Ames Research Center with the Nebula Project (where OpenSta...
The term culture has had a polarizing effect among DevOps supporters. Some propose that culture change is critical for success with DevOps, but are remiss to define culture. Some talk about a DevOps culture but then reference activities that could lead to culture change and there are those that talk about culture change as a set of behaviors that need to be adopted by those in IT. There is no question that businesses successful in adopting a DevOps mindset have seen departmental culture change, ...
Discussions about cloud computing are evolving into discussions about enterprise IT in general. As enterprises increasingly migrate toward their own unique clouds, new issues such as the use of containers and microservices emerge to keep things interesting. In this Power Panel at 16th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will address the state of cloud computing today, and what enterprise IT professionals need to know about how the latest topics and trends affec...
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In this session, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Architect for the ...
While there are hundreds of public and private cloud hosting providers to choose from, not all clouds are created equal. If you’re seeking to host enterprise-level mission-critical applications, where Cloud Security is a primary concern, WHOA.com is setting new standards for cloud hosting, and has established itself as a major contender in the marketplace. We are constantly seeking ways to innovate and leverage state-of-the-art technologies. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Mike Rivera, Seni...