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Why shares in this ASX gold miner are on the move today

The Regis Resources Limited (ASX: RRL) share price is one to watch in early trade after the gold miner’s latest quarterly update. Regis Resources shares opened morning trade down around 1%, but have since lifted to be trading 1.08% up at the time of writing.

What did Regis Resources announce today?

Regis Resources’ quarterly gold production climbed to 90,849 ounces for the quarter ended 31 December 2019. That represents a 3.67% increase on the September 2019 quarter, as cash flow from operations climbed $17.5 million to $100 million.

Cash and bullion increased by $21.4 million to $168.8 million at the quarter-end as cash costs fell lower.

The Aussie gold miner also recorded a decrease in its all-in sustaining cost (AISC) throughout the period. Regis Resources’ AISC fell 1.22% to $1,219 per ounce in the December quarter, largely due to higher production numbers.

The group’s full-year production guidance remains unchanged with a production range of 340,000 to 370,000 ounces. The AISC is expected to be at the upper end of its $1,125 to $1,195 per ounce guidance range.

Positively, the group’s Duketon Gold Project improved its performance during the quarter. Cash cost before royalties fell to $866 per ounce compared to $914 per ounce in the prior quarter.

Regis Resources cited a higher average gold price, higher mining volumes and drill and blast costs as factors for increasing its AISC for the year.

How has the Regis Resources share price performed recently?

The Regis Resources share price slumped lower in 2019, in what was a disappointing year for shareholders.

The group’s shares fell from $4.91 per share on 4 January to $4.34 per share on 31 December. However, there are signs of a brighter start to 2020.

Shares in the $2.35 billion gold miner are up 8.35% in January to be ahead of the S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX: XJO).

That’s a solid start for an ASX 200 stock with a 3.46% dividend yield on offer to investors as well.

Foolish takeaway

The Regis Resources share price is fluctuating on the back of today’s update. However, it’s still doing better than listed rival St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM), which has seen its share price drop nearly 3% in early trade.

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