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Why the gold miners are ending the week with a BANG

Although the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 has dropped lower today, one area of the market is certainly booming.

The S&P/ASX All Ords Gold (Index: ^AXGD) (ASX: XGD) has jumped 2.8% this morning as investors pile into the gold miners again.

The Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) share price, the Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX: EVN) share price, and the Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited (ASX: SAR) share price are amongst the biggest movers in the sector, each rising by at least 3%.

Elsewhere Resolute Mining Limited (ASX: RSG), Perseus Mining Limited (ASX: PRU), St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM), and Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) have also made notably stronger-than-normal gains today.

Why have they jumped?

In the last three weeks the gold price has been on a steep decline, falling around 6.1% from the year-to-date high of US$1,295 an ounce it made in April.

But overnight the precious metal’s losing streak came to an end and it bounced off recent lows to US$1,226 an ounce as global markets retreated.

Should you invest?

Whilst I wouldn’t disagree with the opinion that a little bit of exposure to gold is a good thing, I do think this is perhaps the wrong time to add this exposure.

With interest rates in the United States expected to rise at least twice more this year, I believe widening bond yields will place significant pressure on the gold price.

This in turn is likely to put pressure on the share prices of Australia’s gold miners. As a result, I would suggest investors stay clear of the gold miners for the time being.

In the meantime I would sooner invest in these explosive growth shares than the gold miners.

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Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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