When it comes to trying to anticipate how the markets will react to any Fed announcements, I’m starting to learn that it’s probably best to just do… nothing.
Literally, seconds upon hearing the verdict of an “all systems go”, the markets shot up, only to spike back down, only to go back up again as we closed out the Wednesday trading session… But by the end of the week, the markets decided to recommence selling again, with the Dow Jones dropping over 600 points in a span of two days…
Good thing I’m not really much of a trader, or I might have a serious headache right now…
In any case, I used some of the volatility to make some additional moves this past week that I didn’t get a chance to document until now.
- Sold 7,100 shares of McEwen Mining (MUX) @ $0.95/share (+872.53)
- Purchased 4,000 shares of Newmarket Gold (NMI.TO) @ C$1.38/share
- Purchased 1,400 shares of Eldorado Gold (EGO) @ $2.90/share
- Purchased 30,000 shares of Red Eagle Mining (RD.V) @ C$0.262/share (some shares filled at C$0.255 and others at C$0.260; C$0.262 is total cost basis including commissions/fees)
I closed out my MUX position for no other reason than the fact that I was up close to 15%. As I’ve mentioned before in these portfolio updates, I have no problem selling out of any individual holdings when they rise and I’m in profits.
It doesn’t mean I think any less of the companies I’m selling…
Do I still like MUX?
I just prefer owning it (and buying more shares) closer to my initial cost basis of $0.82/share, as opposed to $0.95/share…
Mining stocks are inherently volatile, and sometimes the daily movements are erratic and really make no sense at all… So, I have no qualms with taking some gains off the table, from time to time. After all, these stocks don’t pay a dividend (most companies anyway), so I have to occasionally trade them to generate my own form of active income.
Otherwise, I’d be holding “dead money” as many critics like to point out… 🙁
This past Monday, when the entire sector was down, I looked at my spreadsheet… and saw that MUX was up over 1%. On some occasions, such bifurcation is justified, whereas other times, I really can’t seem to make any sense of it…
When I’m analyzing the stocks, a common question I ask myself is this:
“Would I prefer to keep owning Stock X while it is up, and take the risk of it falling off again?”
“Would I prefer to trade Stock X (at a time of strength) for Stock Y (at a time of weakness) and also lock in some gains?”
I guess it really depends on each individual situation, so I can’t generalize for all cases… but in the grand scheme of things, gold is gold… Honestly, despite any nuances and subtleties that distinguish Company X from Company Y, ultimately, these stocks are all reliant on the spot price of gold and will track it, more or less…
So, I’m not too picky… especially when it comes to the proven mid-tier producers. Just stick to quality and it should work out…
This time around, I decided that I would rather sell MUX, realize the $872 gains, and use the proceeds to buy NMI.TO, which is another idea I really like that was down on the day…
Certainly, there will be times when my trades don’t work out… and other times that they do… but I’m not going to stress out too much about it; my own strategy is to load up heavily on extremely bloody days so that I have the luxury of trimming off some positions on any mini-rallies.
Moving on, I also added some more shares of EGO. This is a large mid-tier producer that I like (pretty clean balance sheet and low cash costs).
Here are some highlights:
From Eldorado Gold:
However, Eldorado does operate in some riskier jurisdictions (Greece, Turkey, China). As usual, there are no free lunches… you’ll find pros/cons for every gold mining stock out there. But when EGO stock dips below $3.00/share, I get interested. Similar to IAMGOLD (IAG), I wouldn’t peg EGO as one of my favorite ideas, but it’s a stock I’m comfortable with owning, and one I wouldn’t mind trading on strength.
The Sleeper Pick
The last stock that I added is perhaps the one that I am most excited about! RD.V is my sleeper pick of the year for 2016! Up to date, Red Eagle has literally flown under the radar of everyone, but it’s a stock that I think is primed to break out in 2016.
The company is currently developing their Santa Rosa project in Colombia, and they should be in production sometime in Q3 or Q4 of 2016. Provided all goes smoothly, I think a re-rating of the stock is in order, since it currently only trades at a C$44 million market cap (enterprise value of C$35 million).
The Feasibility Study shows great economics (32% after-tax IRR at $1,100/oz gold:
From Red Eagle Mining:
Red Eagle, in comparison to other development projects:
Initially, Red Eagle aims to produce 40,000 to 50,000 gold ounces annually (initial life-of-mine estimate of 8 years). This might NOT sound like a lot of gold, but if the numbers work, the numbers work! Cash costs are estimated to be only $596/oz, All-In-Sustaining-Costs (AISC) of $763/oz, and initial CAPEX is a very palatable C$74 million (fully funded).
With the Colombian peso having been absolutely obliterated this year (like most other currencies around the globe compared to USD), the economics of this project should only stand to benefit, as many expenses are denominated in the local currency…
1 USD = 3,328.5 COP
The Feasibility Study assumed:
1 USD = 1,900 COP
Further, the initial resource only accounts for 1/2 of one shear zone at the San Ramon deposit, drilled to a depth of 200 m. The resource is still open at depth, on strike to the east, and other parallel shear zones. Red Eagle’s Santa Rosa land package extends over 300 km². This historic mining district was host to artisanal mines, many of which are relatively under-explored using modern mining techniques, with only the near-surface oxide ounces having been mined in the past. Needless to say, there is plenty of room for further expansion and exploration.
What’s the biggest risk?
Colombia, of course…
Red Eagle is aiming to become the first modern Colombian gold mine to enter production in decades; they’ve got all the permits they need in hand, but it looks like until they are in full-swing production, the markets will remain in a state of “show me”.
With that said, the Santa Rosa project is far enough along where it is sufficiently de-risked for my own taste… I can’t say the same for Buritica (another Colombian gold project), which prevents me from loading up on shares of Continental Gold (CNL.TO) at this time, regardless of how massive and high-grade their deposits may be…
Granted, an on-going development story like Red Eagle will never be a “slam dunk” or sure-fire bet (proven mid-tier gold producers are less risky, in comparison), but I’m willing to jump in at this point because I do feel like a re-rating is in store for 2016.
I’m trying to gain entry before that happens…
If I compare Red Eagle with some other advanced-stage projects such as Roxgold (ROG.V) and True Gold (TGM.V), I can easily see how the current valuation of Red Eagle has much more room to run up.
In addition, Red Eagle management has gone on record to say that they want to become a leading mid-tier gold producer that eventually returns value to shareholders in the form of a dividend.
Are we looking at the next B2Gold (BTG)?
I’m willing to roll the dice here…
Hopefully, I’ll be able to add another 20,000 shares at, or around these levels before RD.V takes off for good….
Photo Credit: Red Eagle Mining