Gold and silver stocks have been burning up the big boards lately, and the fire has finally spread to longstanding underperformer Coeur d'Alene Mines
Coeur's shares exploded as much as 15% higher Monday, after the miner posted solid fourth-quarter operating data boosted by this unrelenting bull market for both precious metals. Coeur's sales flew 75% higher, while cash flow rocketed 186% to reach $99.4 million for the period.
Keeping consolidated 2010 cash costs under control at $7.07 per ounce of silver, during a transitional year that saw the launch of Coeur's Kensington gold mine in Alaska, the miner is well-positioned to enjoy a further 59% expansion of gold output, to 250,000 ounces during 2011 (from 157,000 ounces in 2010). Silver volumes are seen rising 19%, to 20 million ounces.
At a moment when rival Hecla Mines
With one Deutsche Bank analyst placing a $54 price target on the stock last month, some of that potential strategic growth momentum may be gaining recognition. Of course, gold and silver price forecasts also work their way into bullish outlooks for stocks like Coeur, and CEO Dennis Wheeler remains "bullish on both metals given continued robust investment and monetary demand for both silver and gold, along with growing industrial demand." Goldcorp
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