Editor's note: As part of our partnership with PBS's Nightly Business Report, TheStreet's Alix Steel appeared on NBR Tuesday to profile large-cap gold mining companies that could outperform their junior rivals in 2011. (Watch video and read transcript here.)gold prices made record highs in 2010 and takeovers abounded, investors bought up shares of small gold explorers hoping to strike gold on the "next big thing." NovaGold ( NG) rallied 125.79%, International Tower Hill ( THM) jumped 53.6% and U.S> Gold ( UXG) skyrocketed 211.6%. While investors were distracted by merger madness, shares of the big gold companies waned. Goldcorp ( GG) rallied only 13%, underperforming the gold price, and Barrick Gold ( ABX) was up 31.67%.
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