Gold mining stocks just hit their highest price since 2013. And I think they’re set to double by the end of the year.

The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE: GDX) holds a basket of gold mining stocks.

The exchange-traded fund (ETF) trades around $33 per share as I write this.

And it’s up 80% from its low in 2018.

You can see it in the chart below:

This fund holds the largest gold miners in the industry. It’s rising on two main forces.

2 Reasons for the Fund’s Climb

The forces propelling the GDX fund are rising gold prices and falling energy prices.

Here’s why…

A gold mine is a simple business.

The value of the gold in the rock has to be worth more than the cost of the concrete, steel, electricity and diesel fuel it takes to mine that rock. If it is, then the mine is profitable. If it isn’t, then it’s a bust.

Obviously, higher gold prices are good for gold miners. And on April 23, the gold price hit its highest price since 2012.

According to industry analysts at S&P Global Platts, energy prices can make up as much as 35% of a mining company’s cost of production.

Mining giant Anglo American PLC gets a huge bump when oil prices fall.

A spokesman for the company explained that, for every 10% move in the oil price, the company’s earnings swing about $50 million.

He said: “If the oil price comes down, that is a net positive benefit for our business, all other things being equal.”

All Things Aren’t Equal — Don’t Miss This Opportunity

And today, all things aren’t equal. The rising metal prices are going to create a massive jump in gold miners’ earnings.

Now, many investors will look at the chart above and think: I missed it.

Not us.

Here’s why those investors are wrong: The price of gold will easily eclipse its 2011 high price — $1,900 per ounce — this year. And as I’ve written, I expect it to break $2,000 per ounce in the next six months.

In 2011, at its peak, the GDX fund hit $60 per share. It’s only half that today.

So, I expect to see the fund double in price by the end of 2020. And it could go much higher.

That’s because the gold miners that make up the GDX are lean and mean. They learned to be profitable at much lower gold prices.

In 2016, the gold price was just $1,050 per ounce.

That means most of the rise in gold price will go directly to the bottom line. Earnings will soar. And so will the stocks.

I expect to see the price of GDX peak well above its 2011 high in the next 18 to 24 months.

So, if you haven’t bought gold miners yet, it’s time.

GDX is a great way to get broad exposure to the sector.

But you’ll make an average return. You have all the companies in the ETF — the good, the bad and the ugly.

I expect GDX to do well. A double by the end of the year is fantastic!

But we can do better. Much better.

If you really want to beat the market, you focus on the best of the best.

Good investing,

Matt Badiali

Matt Badiali

Editor, Real Wealth Strategist

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