Gold Miners Jump as Investors Run for The Hills

The gold bugs returned to the market on Thursday and shares of gold mining stocks rallied as a mix of sector news and weakness in the broader market drew investors to the group.

Stock losses accelerated on Thursday morning as a disappointing quarter from Macy's  (M) spooked the rest of the retail sector.

The S&P 500 was down 0.59%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.54%, and the Nasdaq slid 0.7%.

But gold shares sparkled, and Royal Gold  (RGLD) led the gainers, adding almost 5% after posting better than expected result and said its operating cash flow rose 15% to a record $75 million in its just-ended fiscal third quarter.

The company posted a $23.7 million profit or 36 cents a share for the quarter on revenue of $107.0 million in its fiscal third quarter ended March 31. Those numbers compare to a loss $67.7 million, or $1.04 a share, on revenue of $93.5 million a year ago.

Randgold and Newmont Mining  (NEM) rose 3.25% and 1.82% respectively.

Earlier Thursday Newmont unveiled an agreement to invest about $109 million for a 19.9 percent ownership of Continental Gold, supporting the near-term development of the high-grade Buritica gold project in Colombia.

Canadian miners also tagged along for the gains.

Barrick Gold  (ABX) and Goldcorp (G) each rose about 2.5% while Franco-Nevada  (FNV) and Silver Wheaton  (SLW) each rose about 1.5%.

The Philadelphia Gold and Silver Index rose 2.5%

Gold futures in New York rose 0.5%, adding $5.70 to trade at $1,224.60 in the late morning.

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