The 6 Top Gold Stocks Now

There are two ways investors can gain exposure to gold.

One way would be to invest in the commodity itself, which can be done either by purchasing physical gold or buying shares in an exchange-traded fund such as the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), which tracks the price of gold.

The other way to invest in gold is to buy gold stocks. These are companies that explore for and produce gold, or collect income from royalty streams.

We rank these 6 gold stocks by our expected total annual returns over the next five years, which is a combination of future earnings-per-share growth, current dividend yield, and the impact of P/E expansion or contraction.

Gold Stock #6: Barrick Gold Corp (GOLD)

Barrick Gold was founded in 1983 and has since grown into the largest gold mining company in the world.

It has more than 62 million proven ounces of gold, and over 10 billion pounds of proven copper reserves, with operations on four different continents.

Top Mining Stock #5: Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM)

Newmont Goldcorp Corporation operates gold and copper mines on four different continents. The company was founded in 1916 as a holding company for investments in mineral, oil and gas properties.

Top Gold Stock #4: Rio Tinto plc (RIO)

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