A brief survey of these stocks:
AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AU)
AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AngloGold Ashanti) is a global producer of gold. AngloGold Ashanti has 21 operations and a number of exploration programs in gold-producing regions of the world. During the year ended December 31, 2008, the Company produced 4.98 million ounces of gold from its operations. AngloGold Ashanti’s main product is gold. Revenue is also derived from the sales of silver, uranium oxide and sulphuric acid.
The company distinguishes itself from its producer peer group through its active involvement in the development of the gold market, particularly in Asia. Anglogold Ashanti Ltd. has a market cap of $13.19 billion; its shares were traded at around $46.93 with a P/E ratio of 41.1 and P/S ratio of 3.5. The dividend yield of Anglogold Ashanti Ltd. stocks is 0.3%.
Kinross Gold Corporation (KGC)
Kinross Gold Corporation (Kinross) is engaged in the mining and processing of gold and as a by-product, silver ore, and the exploration for, and the acquisition of, gold bearing properties in the Americas, the Russian Federation and worldwide.
Kinross Gold Corp. has a market cap of $15.27 billion; its shares were traded at around $21.97 with a P/E ratio of 68.7 and P/S ratio of 9.5. The dividend yield of Kinross Gold Corp. stocks is 0.5%. Kinross Gold Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 12% over the past 5 years.
Gold Fields Limited (GFI)
Gold Fields Limited is a South Africa-based gold producing company with a production of 3.6 million ounces per annum from eight operating mines in South Africa, Ghana, Australia and Peru. A ninth mine, Cerro Corona Gold/Copper mine in Peru was opened in 2008.
Gold Fields Ltd. has a market cap of $11.15 billion; its shares were traded at around $15.82 with a P/E ratio of 24.7 and P/S ratio of 3.4. The dividend yield of Gold Fields Ltd. stocks is 0.9%. Gold Fields Ltd. had an annual average earning growth of 2.8% over the past 10 years.
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