When analysing how your investment portfolio is constructed, it is always prudent to consider having a small percentage in companies that perform well in a bear market. Gold mining companies typically outperform in this type of market.
Here are two ASX gold mining shares that I'd consider adding to your portfolio…
Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM)
Newcrest Mining Limited is the largest gold producer listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and one of the largest gold producers in the world.
The Newcrest share price has softened slightly since its results announcement on Thursday, with investors expecting a little bit more. Underlying profit was up 104% to A$237 million on the back of strong gold production, while net debt reduced by 8%.
Newcrest's strategy is to continue growing through expanding its current mines and look for opportunity via mergers or acquisitions. Along with this, there is a large focus on continued exploration and partnerships with explorers for new discoveries.
The Newcrest Mining share price is currently trading near its 52-week high on a P/E ratio of 29.
Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST)
Northern Star Resources Limited is another global-scale Australian gold producer with Tier-1 world-class projects located in Australia and North America.
The Northern Star share price has continued a stellar run after releasing positive results on Wednesday, with revenue up 43% from the previous corresponding period and underlying net profit after tax up 11%. The result is even more impressive due to the record investment of A$83 million spent on exploration and expansionary capital, including A$10 million spent on the Pogo investment.
The strength of Northern Star's balance sheet allows for countercyclical acquisitions and sector-leading returns. This is not a common luxury for many mining shares, which can be crippled during market downturns in commodity prices.
The Northern Star Resources share price currently is trading right near its 52-week high on a P/E ratio of 23.
Whilst mining companies come with their own inherent risks, Newcrest and Northern Star represent good options as a small hedge in your portfolio. Both companies are trading near their 52-week highs so I'd consider waiting for a dip before buying in.