These acquisitions could be a big opportunity for junior miners like Northern Star Resources Ltd.  Evolution Mining Ltd.

On the other hand, if the deal falls through for good, both Barrick and Newmont are facing the same old problems of debt-laden balance sheets and stagnating global supply. At the same time, though it has slid marginally in recent months, the U.S. dollar remains a strong safety investment. As far as other precious metals are concerned, gold is still competing with the ultra in-demand palladium, up 23 percent YTD, and even platinum, up 8.6 percent YTD, as the best near term growth investment.

At the very least, the consolidation among gold miners has given equity traders something to look forward to. You would think, given the uncertain geopolitical picture, that gold will remain a viable option for investors seeking safety. But until it can breach that massive technical resistance, we shouldn’t expect too much from the yellow metal.

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