GoldMinerPulse: TSX/TSXv Gold Mining and Silver Mining Companies

Last Updated With Closing Market Prices and Document Filings from: 21 November 2014 (as available at TSX closing time).

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Visual Correlations - New Feature

Use the form below to visually inspect the correlation between the closing market prices of TSX/TSXv gold/silver equities and spot market prices for gold and/or silver and/or copper.

TSX/TSXv Gold/Silver Stocks Correlation With Spot Market Metal Prices
Select TSX/TSXv Gold/Silver Stock Groupings For Review

Index: NYSE Arca Gold Bugs Index (HUI)

Producers in ETFs:  GDX   GDXJ   SGDM   SILJ   ZJG  

Developers/Explorers in ETFs:  GDXJ   SGDM   SILJ   ZJG  

Select One or More Metal Spot Market Prices

   Visual Correlation Chart Setup

Feedback from one of the 1st users (beta 001):

To quote the cop in Superbad, that metric is ''superbadass!''. And fun.

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Returns From Gold Equity ETFs vs Gold/Silver Bullion vs Stock Picking The TSX Producers

The average returns from investments in one of three gold equity ETFs versus returns from purchases of gold or silver bullion versus the return from stock picking strategies are compared below:

Average Returns: 21 November 2014
• average return assumes buy and hold on
1, 3, 7, 11, 17, 23, 31 & 41 prior TSX trading days.
group average % return
Oracle: Best 20 18.7
Stock Picks: MVG 4.3
ETF: ZJG 2.0
Stock Picks: S3 1.4
Physical: Gold 0.3
Stock Picks: S1 0.1
Stock Picks: S2 0.1
ETF: GDX -0.2
Physical: Silver -1.0
ETF: GDXJ -1.4
Oracle: Worst 20 -15.8

Stock Picks: MVG (Max Value Group), Stock Picks: S1, Stock Picks: S2 and Stock Picks: S3 are rule based selection strategies for picking TSX/TSXv gold/silver producers. The design objective for each of the Stock Picks groups is to generate better returns than the gold equity ETFs when the price of gold is rising while providing returns roughly on par with (or only slightly worst) in a flat or falling gold market.

The MVG membership list, and related rankings of the TSX/TSXv gold and silver producers used to compute the MVG, can be computed using the algorithm described within or alternatively the MGV list and related rankings can also be purchased pre-computed from GoldMinerPulse on a daily, monthly or quarterly basis (see Contact to learn more).

The Stock Picks: S1, Stock Picks: S2 and Stock Picks: S3 Stock Picks are alternate stock picking strategies under current investigation - the S1, S2 and S3 strategies can be easily implemented for independent back testing. Complete details, including access to more back testing results, are available on a subscription basis.

The Oracle: Best 20 is an upper bound on the possible returns from a stock picking strategy, but since the Oracle stock picking strategies relies on a look ahead cheat (i.e. seeing the closing prices on the 2014-11-21 when making the original buy decisions), it is not implementable. The Oracle: Best 20 does however provide an upper bound benchmark against which to test stock picking strategies -- the gap between the MVG and ETF returns versus the Oracle: Best 20 suggests a better stock picking strategy potentially remains to be discovered.

The data points used to compute average return were:  

Percentage return for each investment choice assuming:
• buy at the close on the buy dates listed below
• sell at the close on 21 November 2014.
group / buy date 24 Sep.8 Oct.21 Oct.29 Oct.6 Nov.12 Nov.18 Nov.20 Nov.
Oracle: Best 20 10.6 13.3 9.6 18.2 47.6 32.3 10.1 8.0
Stock Picks: MVG -12.4 -3.5 -5.3 3.4 29.5 15.8 2.8 3.7
ETF: ZJG -8.1 -7.4 -5.9 5.1 22.0 12.1 -2.7 0.6
Stock Picks: S3 -15.1 -12.8 -9.3 2.4 31.8 16.6 -3.7 1.1
Physical: Gold -1.3 -1.7 -3.8 -0.8 5.1 3.6 0.4 0.5
Stock Picks: S1 -12.9 -11.3 -8.2 1.3 22.7 11.8 -2.9 0.4
Stock Picks: S2 -16.8 -16.3 -12.2 0.7 29.2 17.1 -2.3 1.5
ETF: GDX -10.5 -9.4 -5.8 1.2 15.5 9.0 -2.1 0.8
Physical: Silver -7.0 -5.5 -6.1 -3.5 6.4 5.1 1.5 1.5
ETF: GDXJ -17.8 -16.4 -12.3 0.7 23.1 12.5 -1.9 1.1
Oracle: Worst 20 -36.9 -32.6 -26.5 -19.5 0.6 -1.5 -7.2 -3.0

The percentage returns, which assume a purchase at the close of each buy date and a sale at the close of the 2014-11-21, are highligthed as follows:

Group with the best return for the buy date.
Group with the 2nd best return for the buy date.

The table rows are sorted by the arithmetic average of the percentage returns realized for each of the buy dates. The table rows are ordered from highest average percentage return to the lowest.

The percentage return tables are updated after the close of each TSX trading day. Group member is always computed prior to the start of each trading day. On a day to day basis, changes in the Oracle groups are common. Membership in any of the Stock Picks groups may also vary over time but by design the MVG group changes typically occur on a time frame matching the flow of new financial and technical reports from the producers (typically quarterly). The other Stock Picks group members are expected to vary even less frequently.

Stock Picks: MVG, an equally weighted grouping of TSX/TSX producers, is constructed using rule-based stock picking strategy. For more details please see:

  • Rankings for a description cost and benefit metrics we use to rank TSX/TSXv gold and silver producers.

  • Max Value Group of TSX/TSXv Gold and Silver Producers Criteria for the rules used to construct the Max Value Group before trading begins on each buy date.

  • Profiles for the 2014-11-21 version of the cost and benefit metric rankings of various equally weighted groups of TSX/TSXv gold and silver producers, including the Max Value Group.

The Stock Picks: S1, Stock Picks: S2 and Stock Picks: S3 Stock Picks are alternate stock picking strategies under current investigation. Complete details, including access to more back testing results and alternate selection strategies, are available on a subscription basis.

The Oracle groups, created by using a look ahead cheat designed to select the best (or worst) possible returns from buying and holding an equally weighted group of TSX/TSXv gold/silver producers, are excluded from highlighting.

The ETF groups assume you buy and hold the actual ETF. The Physical groups assume you are buying/selling gold (or silver) bullion at the spot market price at the TSX market closeing time.


In a rising gold market, the gold equity ETFs provide a significantly better return than the returns on physical gold or silver. However, the best returns can be expected from the application of stock picking strategies. This page now provides live testing of 4 alternate stock picking strategies (Stock Picks: MVG, Stock Picks: S1, Stock Picks: S2 and Stock Picks: S3). Currently, the Stock Pick strategies are limited to TSX/TSXv producers. Access to full details on back testing results from various stock picking strategies is available to monthly / quarterly subscribers (customized per subscriber).

Although no buy and hold stock picking strategy can better or even equal the outstanding returns for the Oracle: Best 20, the Oracle: Best 20 does provide a hard upper bound against which to benchmark returns from an implementable stock picking strategy.

In a flat gold market, the performance difference between the stock picking strategies (the Stock Picks: groups) and gold equity ETFs is expected to narrow.

In a falling gold market, holding physical gold/silver is expected to loose the least of the various groups presented while the ETFs and stock picking strategies can be expected to yield the poorest returns.

Since holding gold/silver bullion investments in a falling market are, by definition, going to loose money, an overall gold/silver investment strategy to maximizing returns overall markets to consider is:

  • increasing investment weighting in Stock Picks as the price of gold rises,

  • move investments from Stock Picks to physical gold/silver as the price of gold becomes range bound, and

  • move into and stay in cash as the price of gold is falling.

GoldMinerPulse does NOT offer any investment advise. Rather, all discussions here of investment strategies are made to introduce GoldMinerPulse services - GoldMinerPulse provides actionable data to investment professionals to support their investment and trading strategies (see Contact for more details). The Stock Picks: MVG, S1, S2 and S3 are concrete example of the kinds of actionable information that can be built from value based metrics available from GoldMinerPulse.


Gold and Silver Production Statistics

Production Based on Last/Latest Four Quarters

Using the most recently available quarterly production reports, the gold and silver stocks listed on the TSX/TSXv are reporting production totals on a rolling 4 quarters of:

  • Gold: 29.48M ounces (1,010.74 tons or 916.93 tonnes), a 0.6% change over the 4 quarters ending at the prior quarter.

  • Silver: 166.9M ounces (5,722.29 tons or 5,191.17 tonnes), a 4.7% change over the previous 4 quarters ending at the prior quarter.

The running totals for quarterly production numbers for companies with a quarter ending in the months of July, August and September 2014, along with the changes on a Quarter on Quarter (QoQ) basis, for TSX/TSXv Gold and Silver producers are:

# Producers
Gold Produced
Latest Q Report
Gold Δ
Silver Produced
Latest Q Report
Silver Δ
69 of 86 5,644,014 oz
193.5 tons
175.5 tonne
7% 33,151,106 oz
1,137 tons
1,031 tonne

TSX/TSXv Gold Reserves and Resources

Gold reserves and resources for TSX/TSXv listed companies with at least 12.5% of their in situ metal values from gold:


Type of Equity

Gold Reserves


Gold Resources
(tons, inclusive of reserves)


Gold Producers

17930 41144

Gold Developers

3926 14341

Gold Explorers
>5M Oz AuEq

2025 8087

Gold Explorers
<5M Oz AuEq

127 6059

All Gold Equities

24009 69631

Based on gold production rates reports over the last 4Q, TSX/TSXv gold producers have 21.5 years of gold reserves.

TSX/TSXv Silver Reserves and Resources

Silver reserves and resources for TSX/TSXv listed companies with at least 12.5% of their in situ metal values from silver:


Type of Equity

Silver Reserves


Silver Resources
(tons, inclusive of reserves)


Silver Producers

178736 385993

Silver Developers

49925 132908

Silver Explorers
>5M Oz AuEq

6562 60803

Silver Explorers
<5M Oz AuEq

174 45326

All Silver Equities

235396 625031

Based on silver production rates reports over the last 4Q, TSX/TSXv silver producers have 33.6 years of reserves.

TSX/TSXv Gold and Silver Equities Statistics

The following table includes TSX/TSXv listed companies with at least 12.5 of their in situ metal values from gold or silver (in US$).

Type of Equity






>5M Oz AuEq


<5M Oz AuEq


Enterprise Value
Per Oz AuEq

$70 $9 $3 $9

Estimated Discovery Cost
Per Oz AuEq

  $11 $3 $20

Net Working Capital

$20,105M $890M $450M $591M

TSX/TSXv Company Counts by Category

TSX/TSXv company may appear at most one time in the following table. Companies without a gold/silver resource (generators, historic and grass roots) are included on the basis of qualitative assessment of descriptions published in quarterly financial statements.

Category # of Companies in Category

Gold/Silver Streaming and Royalty Companies


Gold/Silver Producers


Gold/Silver Developers


Gold/Silver Explorers


Gold/Silver Generator Model Companies
(No Gold or Silver Resource)


Gold/Silver Explorers with Historic Resource
(No Gold or Silver Resource)


Gold/Silver Grass Roots Explorers
(No Gold or Silver Resource)


Total Companies Listed in
(Current, historic, TSX/TSXv, CNDX, and others. See Note 1)


Note 1: All TSX/TSXv listed companies are required to file in However, companies include current companies, companies that no longer file (i.e. as a result of take over, merger, re-organization, bankruptcy, etc.), CNDX companies (Canadian over the counter market listings), and companies listed on foreign exchanges (e.g. US OTC, London, etc.) that have some connection with Canadian investors.

Gold ETF News

The daily changes in TSX/TSXv gold/silver equity holdings in the Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX), Market Vectors Gold Junior Miners (GDXJ), BMO Junior Gold Index ETF (ZJG) and Sprott Gold Miners ETF (SGDM) are noted below.

  • 20 November - GDX increased holdings by $27.4M. GDXJ increased holdings by $6.2M. SGDM and ZJG holdings were unchanged.

  • 19 November - GDX increased holdings by $11.6M. SGDM increased its outstanding shares by 100,000. GDXJ and ZJG were unchanged.

  • 18 November - GDXJ and GDX holdings were unchanged. SGDM increased its outstanding shares by 100,000. ZJG increased by 3,000 units.

  • 17 November - GDXJ decreased holdings by $6.6M. GDX and SGDM holdings were unchanged.

  • 14 November - GDX decreased holdings by $17.2M. GDXJ and SGDM holdings were unchanged.

  • 13 November - no changes to GDX, GDXJ or SGDM holdings.

  • Note: On 22 September Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) added a Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) holding as its 4th largest position.

  • Seabridge Gold (SEA CN, SA), a dynamic, well-funded company active in Northern British Columbia, is the only gold explorer/developer included in both the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) and the newly-launched Sprott Gold Miners ETF (SGDM). Visit Seabridge Gold Inc. Project Summary for the latest company headlines and resource metrics including the 20 November 2014 Seabrdige Gold Expects Substantial Expansion of Deep Kerr Resource at KSM

LBMA GOFO Rate and Shanghai Gold Exchange Interplay

On 21 November, the 1mth GOFO rate fell to -0.2450 (down from -0.2200 at the previous close).

A 1mth rate has been negative for 20 consecutive days in the current run of negative rates. The -0.2450 rate on 21 November is the lowest observed in the current period of negative GOFO rates and is the lowest since September 1999.

On 21 November, the 6mth GOFO rate closed to -0.0250 (down from -0.00750 at the previous close). The 6mth rate has been negative for 6 consecutive days. The -0.0250 rate on 21 November is the lowest observed in the current period of negative GOFO rates and is the lowest since September 1999.

This current run of negative 6mth GOFO rates ties previous record run set during August 2013. Unless the rate goes positive on Monday, presumably with a fresh supply of 400 ounce good delivery bars coming available in London, a new record period for negative 6 month GOFO rates will set based on LBMA published record running back to 1989.

See News for more details on GOFO negative rates and also see Physical Gold Shortage Worst In Over A Decade: GOFO Most Negative Since 2001 for a Zero Hedge commentary.

See SGE Gold Delivery From Vaults) for weekly changes relative to the same time period in 2013.

Shanghai Gold Exchange Gold Closing Price Versus Kitco Closing Price

The Shanghai Gold Exchange Yuan Renminbi price of gold and premium/discount in US dollars relative to the Kitco spot price at TSX close follows (yearly average and 1 year rolling time period comparisons):

Yearly Average Shanghai Gold Exchange Premium:

  • 2014 (YTD average): $3.08

  • 2013 (Full year average): $16.05

Rolling Week on Week Comparisons of Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) Premiums (Δ) vs Kitco Spot Gold Price:

Date Shanghai Gold Exchange Close - Au(T+D) Kitco Spot Price at TSX Close SGE Δ
Yuan Renminbi/gram US$/oz
21 November 2014 235.50 $1196 $1201 -$5
20 November 2014 233.50 $1186 $1195 -$9
19 November 2014 235.21 $1196 $1183 $13
18 November 2014 234.05 $1189 $1197 -$8
17 November 2014 234.25 $1190 $1186 $3
14 November 2014 227.36 $1154 $1190 -$37
23 May 2014 259.90 $1296 $1293 $3
22 May 2014 259.89 $1297 $1295 $2
21 May 2014 259.80 $1297 $1291 $5
20 May 2014 259.36 $1293 $1294 -$1
19 May 2014 260.56 $1299 $1293 $6
16 May 2014 259.70 $1296 $1293 $3
22 November 2013 245.52 $1253 $1242 $11
21 November 2013 245.80 $1255 $1242 $13
20 November 2013 251.00 $1282 $1245 $36
19 November 2013 250.67 $1289 $1275 $5
18 November 2013 253.05 $1292 $1274 $18
15 November 2013 252.82 $1291 $1288 $3

Currency conversions made using spot rates available on the date. The SGE Δ is computed as the SGE closing price in US$ minus Kitco Spot Price (bid) at TSX Close.

See the SGE page for daily updates on the Shanghai Gold Exchange, including a comparison of SGE gold delivery from vault in 2014 versus 2014.

Also see China Looking To Dominate Gold Market With International Shanghai Gold Exchange, a 27 June 2014 Kitco News story.

Friday's News Highlights

Select Friday's news headlines from the 1,346 mining stocks (producers, developers, explorers, base metal producers plus a few of the capital pool companies) GoldMinerPulse tracks:

  • Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NSU.TO) | Visit
    • 02:15pm EST Nevsun Denies Accusations of Human-Rights Abuses at Eritrea Mine [at Bloomberg more]
    • 09:44am EST Canada Stocks to Watch: RBC, Talisman and More [at The Wall Street Journal more]
    • 08:51am EST Canadian Miner Nevsun Calls Allegations `Unfounded` [at The Wall Street Journal more]
  • Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TRQ.TO) | Visit
    • 05:34am EST Mongolia gets new prime minister as economy slumps [Other more]
    • 03:35am EST Mongolia parliament elects new leader [at Financial Times more]

View more of Friday's news headlines here. Our news headlines update each TSX/TSXv trading day, typically mid morning and then several times during the trading day.

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