The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index closed down for the fifth day in a row, falling by over 1 per cent on Wednesday, again following weak leads from Wall Street overnight, where the Dow Jones Index fell by 1.65 per cent.
Both BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) and Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) were down 1.6%, and Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) fell 1.4%, while the big four banks all posted lower prices. National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB) dropped 1%, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) lost 0.8%, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) was down 0.4% and Westpac Banking Corporation (ASX: WBC) fell just 0.1%
However, the following three stocks did much better than the index; jumping by more than 1 per cent thanks to rising gold prices. No surprise then, that they are all gold mining companies.
Evolution Mining Limited (ASX: EVN) rose 2% to $1.73. Evolution owns four gold and silver mines in Queensland and Australia, and was created through a merger of Catalpha Resources and Conquest Mining in late 2011. The company also acquired Newcrest Mining's (ASX: NCM) interests in the Cracow and Mt Rawdon gold mines at the same time.
Alacer Gold Corp (ASX: AQG) rose 1.4% to $7.99. The company has an interest in a gold mine in Turkey, which produced 185,000 ounces of gold in 2011, its first year of production. Alacer also owns two gold operations in Australia at Higginsville and South Kalgoorlie, as well as a 49% interest in the Frog's Leg mine, 20kms west of Kalgoorlie. Alacer's mines produced 421,000 ounces of gold in 2011 and the company is aiming to ramp up production to over 800,000 ounces by 2015.
Medusa Mining Limited (ASX: MML) rose 1.4% to $5.09. Medusa Mining is an Australian based gold producer, focusing solely on the Philippines, and aims to become a mid-tier, 400,000 ounce per year gold producer. The company produced over 100,000 ounces of gold in 2011, at a cash cost of US$189. With an average selling price per ounce of US$1,371, its no wonder the company reported a 68% jump in net profit to US$110m for the 12 months to June 2011.
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