Top Five Russian Gold Stocks

Russia is very rich in natural resources. Some estimates suggest that the total value of Russia’s natural resources exceed $200 trillion. So it’s no surprise that Russia is one of the world’s leading suppliers of gold. Russia is currently the world’s sixth-largest gold producing country with 11% of the world’s unmined gold reserves. But considering the country’s massive land expanse that covers 11 timezones, many geologists consider Russia to be the single largest unexplored gold region in the world, with large deposits only recently being discovered. Russia is the world’s top energy supplier. The country is the global leader in both crude oil and natural gas production. Russia is also the third-largest exporter of black coal, recently inking a deal to supply 475 tonnes of coal to China over the next 25 years . Estimates widely vary, but geologists estimate Russia to hold between 25% and 40% of the world’s unmined gold resources. Russia’s gold industry is highly fractured, with over 600 companies (half private) working in the sector. The country has increased total gold production 38% since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. This year, Russia expects to increase gold production slightly to 6.6 million ounces. After that, experts predict the country will increase output to 7.9 million ounces by 2015. The development of large gold projects held by companies such as Kinross Gold (NYSE: KGC ) and Polyus Gold (OTCBB: OPYGY ) are projected to the main contributor to the increase in Russia gold production. Below you’ll find the top five public-traded Russian gold companies by production volume: Rank Company Exchange: Symbol Share Price Market Cap Annual Russia Gold Production Percent of Company Production Percent of Russian Production 1 Polyus Gold OTCBB: OPYGY US$26.00 US$9.9 Billion 1.26 million ounces 100% 19% 2 Kinross Gold NYSE: KGC US$16.50 US$11.6 Billion 694,000 ounces 31% 11% 3 Petropavlovsk LSE: POG 11.50 2.2 Billion 487,000 ounces 100% 7% 4 Polymetal LSE: PMTL 14.00 5.6 Billion 311,000 ounces 100% 5% 5 High River Gold Mines TSX: HRG C$1.00 C$800 Million 236,000 ounces 70% 4% Most accessible to North American investors Figures from 2009 In my most recent report for Wealth Daily , I go into much more detail about Russia’s metals and mining industry and tell you how I think the best approach to investing in the country’s gold sector. You can read my report called The Definitive Guide to Russian Gold Stocks by simply clicking here . Good Investing, Luke Burgess Editor, Wealth Daily Investment Director, Hard Money Millionaire and Underground Profits Top Five Russian Gold Stocks originally appeared in Wealth Daily . Wealth Daily is a free daily newsletter featuring contrarian investment insights and commentary.

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