The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD), Novagold Resources, Barrick Gold Corp and Harmony Gold Mining Co

On THURSDAY,  shares of Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD) reached at $20.10 price level during last trade its distance from 20 days simple moving average was -0.91%, and its distance from 50 days simple moving average was -8.75% while it has a distance of -21.08% from the 200 days simple moving average. announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Gold Fields Ltd. GFI, Novagold Resources Inc. NG, Barrick Gold Corp. GOLD and Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd. HMY.

Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

3 Gold Stocks to Buy Despite 10-Month Low Prices

Gold futures for April 2021 delivery declined to a nine-month low of $1,673.30 per ounce on Mar 8. The yellow metal has lost 11% of its value so far this year due to an uptrend in the U.S dollar and treasury yields. Vaccine rollouts and strong optimism over economic recovery have also dulled its lustre.

Gold prices dropped 6.5% in February — the largest monthly decline in four years. Per the last available data from the World Gold Council, Gold exchange-traded funds (ETF) lost 84.7 tons (outflow of $4.6 billion) in February. This marked outflows for the third time in four months, and the seventh worst monthly holdings loss historically. Global assets under management (AUM) now stand at 3,681 tons ($207 billion) — levels last seen in June 2020.

North American funds primarily drove the outflows at 71.2 tons ($4.1 billion) as momentum trading impacted larger funds in North America. European funds saw outflows of 23.8 tons ($1.1 billion), mainly from UK funds. Asia was the only region to witness an inflow of 10.6 tons ($596 million) owing to Chinese and Indian listed funds. Funds in other regions reported outflows of -0.3 tons ($27 million).

Gold had gained in 2020 mainly on account of its safe haven demand stemming from the uncertainty triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and low interest rates. In fact, the yellow metal yielded a 24.6% gain in 2020 and outperformed other major asset classes. However, as rates have moved higher in 2021, gold prices have changed course.

Past 5 years growth of GOLD observed at 20.50%, and for the next five years the analysts that follow this company are expecting its growth at 24.20%. The average true range (ATR) is a measure of volatility introduced by Welles Wilder in his book, “New Concepts in Technical Trading Systems.” The true range indicator is the greatest of the following: current high less the current low, the absolute value of the current high less the previous close and the absolute value of the current low less the previous close. The average true range is a moving average, generally 14 days, of the true ranges.


The stock has a market cap of $35.25B with 1.78B shares outstanding, of which the float was 1.77B shares. Analysts consider this stock active, since it switched Trading volume reached 7,368,512 shares as compared to its average volume of 20.00M shares. The Average Daily Trading Volume (ADTV) demonstrates trading activity related to the liquidity of the security. When Ave Volume tends to increase, it shows enhanced liquidity.

But when Ave Volume is lower, the security will tend to be cheap as people are not as keen to purchase it. Hence, it might have an effect on the worth of the security. GOLD’s relative volume was 1.07. Relative volume is a great indicator to keep a close eye on, but like most indicators it works best in conjunction with other indicators and on different time frames. Higher relative volume you will have more liquidity in the stock which will tighten spreads and allow you to trade with more size without a ton of slippage.

Important Technical Indicators Analysis Report and Volatility Measures:

Beta is a measure of the volatility, or systematic risk, of a security or a portfolio in comparison to the market as a whole. Beta is used in the capital asset pricing model (CAPM), which calculates the predictable return of an asset based on its beta and predictable market returns. Beta is also known as the beta coefficient.

A beta of 1 indicates that the security’s price moves with the market. A beta of less than 1 means that the security is theoretically less volatile than the market. A beta of greater than 1 indicates that the security’s price is theoretically more volatile than the market. After a recent check, beta value for this stock comes out to be 0.23. A statistical measure of the dispersion of returns (volatility) for GOLD producing salvation in Investors mouth, it has week volatility of 3.12% and for the month booked as 3.05%. Regardless of which metric you utilize, a firm understanding of the concept of volatility and how it is measured is essential to successful investing. A stock that maintains a relatively stable price has low volatility. When investing in a volatile security, the risk of success is increased just as much as the risk of failure.

The volatility value is used by the investors for various reasons and purposes in measuring the fundamental price change and the rate of variation in GOLD’s price. The ART is a specific type of indicator, which is capable of weighing up stock volatility in the financial markets effectively.

Barrick Gold Corporation has an average true range (ATR) of 0.68. Other technical indicators are worth considering in assessing the prospects for EQT. GOLD’s price to sales ratio for trailing twelve months was 2.80 and price to book ratio for most recent quarter was 1.53, whereas price to cash per share for the most recent quarter was 6.79. The Company’s price to free cash flow for trailing twelve months was 12.52. Its quick ratio for most recent quarter was 2.80. Analysts mean recommendation for the stock was 1.90. This number is based on a 1 to 5 scale where 1 indicates a Strong Buy recommendation while 5 represents a Strong Sell.

Should You Go With High Insider Ownership?

Many value investors look for stocks with a high percent of insider ownership, under the theory that when management are shareholders, they will act in its own self interest, and create shareholder value in the long-term. This aligns the interests of shareholders with management, thus benefiting everyone. While this sounds great in theory, high insider ownership can actually lead to the opposite result, a management team that is unaccountable because they can keep their jobs under almost any circumstance.

Barrick Gold Corporation‘s shares owned by insiders remained 0.10%, whereas shares owned by institutional owners are 72.10%.

Where Do Relative Strength Index (RSI) Stands?

Perhaps, it is one of the most important indicators, because it is used in the technical analysis of the stock in the money market. The relative strength index (RSI) is claimed to depict the latest and past performances of the stock market, based upon the ending price volumes of the current trading period. The RSI is characterized as a momentum oscillator, evaluating the speed and scale of directional price shifts. The momentum exemplifies both rising and falling rates of the Price in the stock market. Using RSI, you can calculate momentum as the percentage of elevated closes to reduced closes. But if the stocks have experienced optimistic changes rapidly, then it might have an increased RSI than stocks. So, it might cause negative changes in the market.

The RSI index is largely used by traders on a 14-day time period and is evaluated on a range from 0 to 100, along with both high and low volumes marked at 70 and 30, correspondingly. Both the shorter and longer timeframes are used by the traders for shorter and longer purposes. It further adds high and low ranges like from 80 to 20 and from 90 to 10. This trend takes place less repeatedly.

However, it represents stronger momentum in the market. In the meantime, the Accenture plc’s 14-day RSI was settled at 44.08. All in all, the trends of the stock market were shifting slowly but surely.

Meanwhile, GOLD traded under umbrella of Basic Materials sector, the stock was traded -35.62% ahead of its 52-week high and 58.89% beyond its 52-week low. So, both the price and 52-week high indicators would give you a clear-cut picture to evaluate the price direction.

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