In this article we take a look at 10 best junior gold mining stocks to buy now. You can skip our detailed discussion of the gold mining industry and go to 5 Best Junior Gold Mining Stocks to Buy Now.
Investing in junior gold mining stocks is a high-risk, high-reward strategy. Junior gold mining companies are small- to medium-size market cap companies involved in active exploration of gold resources. If executed correctly, investing in junior gold mining stocks is one of the best ways to make huge profits. If you own a junior gold mining company that is working on a promising project, all you have to do is wait until the company hits on a treasure. Junior gold mining companies invest heavily into exploration, feasibility reports, research and technology-based analysis before actually starting their mining activities.
Why Should You Invest in Junior Gold Mining Stocks?
According to a report by Van Eck Global, gold production peaked in 2003, with major gold companies avoiding new mining operations and diversifying into other precious metals. The rate of major new gold discoveries has also dropped since 1998. This leaves an open ground for junior gold mining companies to actively engage in gold exploration in promising parts of the world, including Africa, Canada and U.S. Junior gold mining companies who produce solid results also have the potential to become takeover targets, resulting in massive gains for shareholders.
Gold prices plummeted to their 9-month low on March 3 amid rising treasury yields and a strengthening dollar. The safe-haven asset is also losing ground as the economy comes back to normal following the mass availability of coronavirus vaccines. However, long-term investors should never base their decisions on volatile market movements. Investing in gold and other precious metals stocks is always a solid investing strategy for those who are willing to wait.
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Let’s start our list of the 10 best junior gold mining stocks to buy now.
10. VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSE: GDXJ)
VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners is one of the best junior gold mining ETFs to invest in if you want exposure to various junior gold mining stocks. The ETF usually holds companies that generate at least half of their revenue from gold or silver mining projects and with a potential to generate 50% of their revenue after their projects are developed. Some notable holdings of the ETF include Hecla Mining, SSR Mining, Endeavor Mining, First Majestic and Yamana Gold.
9. Serabi Gold plc (OTCMKTS: FTMNF)
UK-based Serabi ranks 9th on the list of 10 best junior gold mining stocks to buy now. The company owns gold mining projects in Brazil. It is operating the Palito Mining Complex, which is estimated to produce approximately 40,000 ounces per annum of gold. The company also owns Coringa Gold Project in the Tapajos region of northern Brazil. The project’s potential is calculated to be 38,000 ounces per annum of gold after development.
Serabi Gold PLC currently has a $43.6 million market capitalization. It delivered a -12.98% return in the past 3 months and settled at $73.50 per share as of the closing of March 3, 2021.
8. Newcore Gold Ltd. (OTCMKTS: NCAUF)
Canada-based Newcore Gold is one of the best junior gold mining stocks to buy now. The company is operating the Enchi Gold Project in Ghana. The company’s shares have gained 269% over the last 12 months.
Newcore Gold Ltd. currently has a $58.2 million market capitalization.
7. Lundin Gold Inc. (OTCMKTS: FTMNF)
Ranking 7th on the list of 10 best junior gold mining stocks to buy now is Lundin Gold, the Canada-based gold mining and exploration company that owns the Fruta del Norte gold mine in southeast Ecuador. The mine, according to the company, is one of the “very few multi-million-ounce, high grade gold assets in production.” The mine, which was discovered in 2006, was bought by the company in 2014 for $240 million. In 2020, the company produced 242,400 oz of gold.
Lundin Gold Inc. currently has a $2.35 billion market capitalization. It delivered an immense 106.47% return in the past 12 months and settled at $10.21 per share in the closing of March 3, 2021.
6. Jaguar Mining Inc. (OTCMKTS: JAGGF)
Canada-based Jaguar Mining is a promising company ranking 6th on the list of 10 best junior gold mining stocks to buy now. The company is operating several mines in Brazil, including the Turmalina Underground Mine, Pilar Gold Mine and the Roça Grande Gold Mine. The stock has gained a whopping 253% over the last 12 months. In November 2020, Laurentian Bank of Canada analyst Barry Allan reiterated a Hold rating for the stock with a price target of C$7.50.
Jaguar Mining Inc. currently has a $544.2 million market capitalization. It delivered a whopping 268.78% return in the past 12 months and settled at $7.56 per share on March 3, 2021.
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