NEW YORK ( TheStreet)- Newmont Mining ( NEM), Silver Wheaton ( SLW) and Stillwater Mining ( SWC) are likely to surpass peers during this earnings season on the back of precious metals' rally during the second quarter, competitive advantages and bargaining opportunities.Newmont Mining Newmont Mining, the largest gold producer in the U.S. and second largest in the world, is scheduled to announce second-quarter results on July 28. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the company to post earnings of 89 cents per share compared to earnings of 35 cents per share, and $1.11 per share during the second quarter of 2009 and first quarter of 2010, respectively. Sales for the period are expected at $2.236 billion compared to $1.602 billion a year earlier, and $2.242 billion a quarter ago. Meanwhile, EBITDA for the quarter is expected to reach $1.135 billion from $648 million and $1.131 billion in the second quarter of 2009 and first quarter of 2010, respectively. Overall, gold stocks are likely to post higher earnings following the metal's bull run during the quarter -- prices were up 30% year-over-year and 8% quarter-over-quarter. High-grade mining at Batu Hijau will likely boost Newmont's earnings. In addition to mines in the U.S., Canada and the Asia-Pacific, the company is developing mines in Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico and Peru, where the influence of geopolitical factors is least. Most importantly, the company is among the lowest-cost gold producers of the world, with cash costs of $241 an ounce in the first quarter of 2010. The stock has nine buy, eight hold, and one sell ratings, as per TheStreet's Analyst ratings guide. Newmont and Barrick Gold ( ABX) are trading at lower price-to-earnings multiples of 15.0 and 13.6, respectively. Other major gold producers, Goldcorp ( GG), Kinross Gold ( KGC) and Agnico-Eagle Mines ( AEM), are trading at PE multiples of 34.6, 23.2 and 29.8, respectively. Silver Wheaton Silver Wheaton, top silver stock pick for the past few months, is scheduled to announce its second-quarter results on August 11. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the company to report earnings of 16 cents per share compared to earnings of 6 cents per share and 13 cents per share in the second quarter of 2009 and first quarter of 2010, respectively. Over the past two months, consensus earnings estimates of analysts for the second quarter increased from 14 cents to 16 cents a share.