Uncertainties around the economic outlook and in particular a dovish Fed ignited an upturn in gold in the first half of the year, generating a flurry of interest in gold investing and gold stocks. The growing China trade war has also stoked the fire since Aug. 1. Only a day before, the Fed poured cold water on expectations for additional rate cuts, driving the price of gold down to $1,412 an ounce. However, on the 1st of August, President Trump announced on Twitter, that another $300 billion would be levied on Chinese imports. Hence the gold price surge past $1,550 to a new six-year high on 26th August, just a few days after Trump and China continued their spat and higher tariffs Gold continues its bull run and rose 0.17% to $1,541.3 per ounce this week, hitting near six-year highs of $1,556.1 that was set earlier this week. Hertford believes that if you’re looking for a gold stock, or are venturing into the precious metal, Barrick Gold (NYSE:GOLD) looks a solid bet right now. Due to a revived balance sheet to a broad financial moat, below are a few of the main reasons why this top-rated gold stock is likely to make a lot of savvy investors wealthy in the long run. Barrick Gold is regarded as a key player within the mining industry Observers of precious metals and the mining sector may have noticed April’s finalization of the Joint Venture involving Barrick Gold and the recently merged mega-miner, Newmont Goldcorp. The Joint venture is on the verge of reaching an output of nearly 2 million ounces for the end of the year. Divided 38.5% to 61.5%, Barrick Gold possesses the largest share in the mining complex and consequently has some significant inbound cash flow on the horizon. Nevada Gold Mines LLC, as the joint venture is called, is practically single handily the prime justification to invest in Barrack Gold stock right now, having a significantly healthier balance sheet (and consequently reduced risk) as a very close 2nd. A 3rd good justification to be invested would be Barrick Gold’s steady share of the market being the world leader in gold mining. Most importantly, as we’re detailing excellent reasons to buy here, a gold bull run may be approaching in the event investors carry on searching out minimal risk assets Barrick Gold may well become “too big to fail” Barrick Gold is a sound investment with or without the anticipated gold bull run. Its share price will carry on getting pushed up as a result of investors searching out exposure to gold regardless of what transpires with the economy, owing to its sheer size. However, if a continued period of doubt catapults gold prices higher, Barrick Gold will be able to generate some substantial revenue, with the by-product of near-exponential increase in its share price. Perhaps by far the most comforting element of Barrick Gold, however, is the manner it’s managed to bring its debt in check in recent times. A persistent myth continues that has Barrick Gold as a high-debt risk, however this hasn’t been a reality for a few years now. Additionally, the value investor boasts something to smile about here, also, with the types of present principles that are going to bring substantial benefit down the road. With gold prices outstripping highs witnessed 6 years ago, the contrarian marketplace for gold may well jump into the mainstream later on this year, this will potentially enable stocks like Barrick Gold to repay its capital gains investors with outstanding profits. Long gone are the beliefs that a continual gold bear could result in impacted stocks to stay low for many years - since the attraction of cryptocurrencies has been dropping off and the Sino-American trade war continues, it’s a totally different narrative.
With rising gold prices and geopolitical flashpoints looking like a continuous thorn in the side of investors, it’s not unfeasible that Barrick Gold could repay investors after an extremely short time. Nonetheless, holding onto Barrick Gold could prove to be an even better decision, bearing in mind just how effective its operations might be, and the reality that investors are currently going back to gold as a safe haven. Currently, Hertford Groups analysts are recommending Barrick Gold as a strong buy and a short-term hold.