Gold Mining Stocks Dumped over Worries About Their Profitability

old mining hardhat with head lightThe latest casualty of the drop in gold prices is gold-mining stocks. CNBC reports:

As gold prices extended their decline on Monday, investors dumped shares of gold miners on worries over their profitability as the yellow metal trades below the key psychological level of $1,500 an ounce.

Shares of Australian-listed Kingsgate Consolidated, a gold producer and exploration company, and miner Beadell Resources plunged 15 percent, while Newcrest Mining, which operates gold and copper mines, tumbled more than 8 percent.

The drubbing in gold-related stocks was not confined to Australia, with gold producers in China also falling sharply. Shanghai-listed Zhongjin Gold fell 6.5 percent, while Zhaojin Mining tumbled more than 9 percent in Hong Kong.

Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) is down more than 4% in premarket trading to $21.50. Newmont Mining Corp. (NYSE: NEM) is down more than 5% to $34.30. Both will be new 52-week lows if they hold.


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