St Barbara Share Price Rises with Growing Economic Tension

At time of writing, St Barbara Ltd’s [ASX:SBM] share price is up a strong 6.3%, now trading at $3.70.

St Barbara is a gold miner and explorer and has assets in Western Australia and Papua New Guinea.

This comes in response to a previous sell off resulting in a 5.8% drop at one point yesterday.

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Strong performance for St Barbara

Despite this sell off, St Barbara’s share price has still performed quite well over the past year as seen below:

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There are a few crucial reasons why St Barbara has been so volatile recently.

Firstly, a recent production announcement had total production of gold down to 98,547 ounces, compared with 19,436 ounces in the prior quarter this year.

This lead to its earlier drop.

But now for the interesting bit, something to pique your interest.

Gold stocks could profit from market jitters

US 10-year T-bond yields are at sitting at 3.2%, their highest level since 2011.

This surge in bond yields is down to the recent Federal Reserve interest rate hike, and the prospect of more hikes to come.

This has coincided with recent jitters out of Europe, with Italy’s budget blowout.

Italy’s debt to GDP ratio is already high at 130%, and is set to get worse.

An Italian debt default would put the viability of the Euro currency in grave danger.

It would also trigger a truly massive economic crisis.

The risk of this happening could send gold prices into overdrive, something that could only benefit St Barbara.

Keep your eyes on St Barbara over the coming weeks and months.

The same goes for these other gold miners — Evolution Mining Ltd [ASX:EVN]Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd [ASX:SAR]Northern Star Resources Ltd [ASX:NST], and Newcrest Mining Ltd [ASX:NCM].


Ryan Clarkson-Ledward,
Markets & Money

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Ryan Clarkson-Ledward is a junior analyst for Markets & Money. Ryan has degrees in both communication and international business. His priority is bringing you the latest price updates on stocks through ASX updates, as well as supporting Sam Volkering with background research. As part of the team at Markets & Money his aim is to provide unbiased and relevant news for readers. Ryan’s work with Sam is designed to provide research that complements Sam’s analysis for small-cap and technology stocks. Together, their objective is to break through all the jargon and give you the hard facts to inform your investment decision-making. Ryan writes for:

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