About six months ago the gold price peaked at an all-time high above $2,050/oz.

Since then, it has fallen back to bounce between a relatively tight $US1800/oz to $US1900/oz range.

While investor sentiment has cooled a bit, the price is currently just 8.9 per cent off its peak.

In the last six months, Newcrest (ASX:NCM) has made $842 profit on every gold ounce it produced. That culminated in record H1 profits of $439 million.

During the December quarter Regis (ASX:RRL) made over $1000 clear profit on every ounce it sold.

Northern Star (ASX:NST) – which has merged is fellow major producer Saracen (ASX:SAR) — also enjoyed record profits of $226m.

The list goes on. The big boys are also paying decent dividends back to shareholders — if that’s your thing.

Winners & Losers

Here’s how 222 ASX-listed gold/silver stocks are performing

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CODE NAME 1 WEEK RETURN % 1 MONTH RETURN % 6 MONTH RETURN % 1 YEAR RETURN % PRICE [INTRADAY FRI] MARKET CAP
ADN Andromeda Metals 11 3 488 598 0.3 $ 678,109,265.51
LCY Legacy Iron Ore -3 -24 460 1767 0.028 $ 181,169,916.99
ACS Accent Resources 82 100 340 780 0 $ 27,960,000.00
GWR GWR Group -5 -24 326 294 0.315 $ 96,547,991.04
CHN Chalice Mining 10 1 317 1340 4.32 $ 1,555,299,650.45
TMZ Thomson Res 3 36 317 508 0.15 $ 45,850,526.12
AYM Australia United Min 20 50 300 300 0.012 $ 20,268,352.34
VKA Viking Mines -9 0 273 385 0.042 $ 37,316,040.12
BAT Battery Minerals 10 45 220 300 0.032 $ 69,403,300.39
SRN Surefire Rescs NL 4 -11 213 1150 0.025 $ 23,427,349.80
WWI West Wits Mining 10 13 200 388 0.078 $ 89,202,814.94
RDN Raiden Resources 0 -14 200 300 0.024 $ 21,870,079.53
NVA Nova Minerals 0 -6 192 308 0.155 $ 258,841,730.29
AZS Azure Minerals -9 -11 173 221 0.45 $ 137,098,145.85
ANX Anax Metals 40 43 170 560 0.066 $ 19,334,243.39
SBR Sabre Resources 0 -27 167 300 0.008 $ 13,464,509.19
CLA Celsius Resource 0 -20 158 308 0.049 $ 44,010,904.05
ARN Aldoro Resources 39 78 156 60 0.32 $ 21,256,452.95
HWK Hawkstone Mng -4 330 153 760 0.043 $ 69,392,191.10
TNR Torian Resources 0 44 144 408 0.039 $ 28,849,752.48
SI6 SI6 Metals Limited 11 -38 133 600 0.021 $ 23,647,011.90
E2M E2 Metals -27 -29 124 131 0.415 $ 65,849,698.64
EMU EMU NL 0 19 122 21 0.051 $ 18,176,677.24
CGN Crater Gold Min -8 29 120 100 0.022 $ 28,232,404.94
AAU Antilles Gold 8 7 84 200 0.09 $ 16,587,040.17
PAK Pacific American Hld -8 -4 83 4 0.022 $ 7,008,867.80
REZ Resourc & En Grp 0 -13 83 180 0.042 $ 18,130,593.14
PUR Pursuit Minerals 17 13 82 356 0.034 $ 22,802,782.31
WCN White Cliff Min -13 -26 82 400 0.02 $ 10,342,696.98
TRM Truscott Mining Corp 42 50 80 238 0.027 $ 3,454,421.69
RMX Red Mount Min 0 -22 75 180 0.014 $ 16,267,192.36
GML Gateway Mining 6 0 74 120 0.033 $ 62,819,974.80
CEL Challenger Exp 9 64 72 106 0.37 $ 201,635,920.34
AMG Ausmex Mining Gp -4 12 68 7 0.064 $ 35,740,913.39
SPQ Superior Resources -12 15 67 220 0.015 $ 20,656,103.37
S2R S2 Resources 0 3 61 87 0.185 $ 58,254,868.12
RVR Red River Resources 1 -20 60 133 0.23 $ 119,088,104.41
LCL Los Cerros Limited 3 24 55 288 0.155 $ 72,855,740.12
FFX Firefinch 34 16 55 227 0.255 $ 203,296,205.06
THR Thor Mining PLC -6 6 55 183 0.017 $ 8,137,385.64
NXM Nexus Minerals 0 -15 53 162 0.11 $ 25,635,925.46
ZAG Zuleika Gold 6 -9 52 127 0.05 $ 17,444,155.52
ANL Amani Gold 50 0 50 -25 0.0015 $ 9,386,996.75
CDV Cardinal Reso 1 0 49 191 1.08 $ 595,926,904.68
KCN Kingsgate Consolid. 4 -2 49 68 0.94 $ 205,865,605.40
ADV Ardiden 0 10 47 529 0.022 $ 45,004,299.56
OAU Ora Gold Limited 5 5 44 15 0.023 $ 20,180,285.33
NML Navarre Minerals 6 -8 42 58 0.17 $ 92,674,165.67
AUC Ausgold Limited 16 21 41 263 0.058 $ 74,119,923.84
PKO Peako Limited 0 7 41 122 0.029 $ 5,569,571.13
NES Nelson Resources. -9 11 41 258 0.1 $ 14,009,982.38
MEI Meteoric Resources -7 -7 40 179 0.067 $ 89,385,424.65
YRL Yandal Resources 0 -8 39 80 0.39 $ 36,441,080.13
BBX BBX Minerals -5 -5 38 62 0.275 $ 112,855,823.34
HMX Hammer Metals -1 143 37 240 0.085 $ 63,007,290.53
A1G African Gold . -4 7 36 89 0.23 $ 11,829,755.95
HXG Hexagon Energy -28 22 36 69 0.083 $ 26,506,068.78
GIB Gibb River Diamonds 7 -1 34 73 0.078 $ 16,497,736.71
SLZ Sultan Resources 18 9 34 231 0.235 $ 15,297,565.58
SHN Sunshine Gold 3 9 33 33 0.0065 $ 29,800,000.00
SFM Santa Fe Minerals 0 19 30 50 0.105 $ 7,645,972.85
SKY SKY Metals -5 -8 29 -20 0.18 $ 44,396,969.04
FFR Firefly Resources -4 -4 29 285 0.135 $ 40,471,586.82
CXU Cauldron Energy -16 -26 28 164 0.037 $ 16,723,981.94
DCN Dacian Gold -4 -14 27 -48 0.445 $ 261,559,020.38
KRM Kingsrose Mining 7 20 26 33 0.048 $ 35,770,360.25
KAU Kaiser Reef -3 4 25 0.425 $ 40,659,508.68
DDD 3D Resources Limited 0 25 25 150 0.005 $ 18,076,860.46
MLS Metals Australia 25 25 25 150 0.0025 $ 8,381,807.15
MRZ Mont Royal Resources 28 2 23 34 0.295 $ 9,631,152.30
NPM Newpeak Metals 0 0 20 20 0.003 $ 16,773,648.28
MSR Manas Res 0 0 20 200 0.006 $ 13,801,367.99
NAE New Age Exploration 0 0 18 333 0.013 $ 15,431,395.33
SVL Silver Mines Limited 12 25 17 175 0.275 $ 286,540,704.18
EMR Emerald Res NL -7 1 17 62 0.76 $ 402,009,821.46
TAM Tanami Gold NL -6 -14 15 100 0.082 $ 96,357,957.77
DEG De Grey Mining -5 -13 15 447 0.875 $ 1,140,917,273.99
DCX Discovex Res 13 13 13 80 0.009 $ 11,363,558.72
KWR Kingwest Resources -5 -3 12 6 0.175 $ 28,433,363.73
NAG Nagambie Resources 23 42 12 33 0.064 $ 30,495,873.11
BYH Bryah Resources 6 -6 12 40 0.067 $ 9,826,592.51
VRC Volt Resources 5 67 11 67 0.02 $ 43,256,562.02
CAZ Cazaly Resources -2 -7 11 86 0.041 $ 15,149,117.21
TSO Tesoro Resources -12 -15 10 636 0.225 $ 114,890,523.45
SMI Santana Minerals -9 -6 7 -52 0.15 $ 17,104,895.40
ARV Artemis Resources -13 -26 7 153 0.096 $ 103,445,552.85
GRL Godolphin Resources -2 2 7 20 0.24 $ 19,764,544.11
BCN Beacon Minerals 5 8 5 18 0.039 $ 103,436,979.95
ZNC Zenith Minerals -4 0 4 131 0.12 $ 35,323,203.60
CBY Canterbury Resources 30 19 4 -40 0.125 $ 11,001,874.38
SVY Stavely Minerals -11 -16 4 -6 0.65 $ 170,929,751.06
GBZ GBM Rsources 4 0 4 150 0.13 $ 54,127,257.50
BNR Bulletin Res 3 -6 4 286 0.081 $ 14,343,445.92
PNM Pacific Nickel Mines 0 4 4 -43 0.057 $ 8,537,151.52
CY5 Cygnus Gold Limited -6 -6 3 278 0.17 $ 18,371,916.66
ALY Alchemy Resource 6 19 2 94 0.019 $ 13,444,869.06
WMX Wiluna Mining Corp -2 -6 2 16 1.28 $ 151,994,437.12
BDC Bardoc Gold -4 -9 1 -4 0.08 $ 138,812,590.08
BRV Big River Gold -2 9 0 127 0.05 $ 89,483,697.40
DRE Drednought Resources -27 -20 0 220 0.016 $ 36,189,559.06
AQI Alicanto Min 5 0 0 64 0.115 $ 35,960,920.71
TSC Twenty Seven Co. 0 0 0 -25 0.006 $ 12,757,925.28
FAU First Au 5 11 0 100 0.02 $ 10,761,692.72
PRS Prospech Limited -3 -20 0 0.165 $ 10,728,397.19
AVW Avira Resources -9 -38 0 150 0.005 $ 6,875,200.00
MKR Manuka Resources. 13 19 -3 0.465 $ 44,381,943.36
GUL Gullewa Limited -3 -1 -3 164 0.087 $ 15,866,459.70
HRN Horizon Gold -4 0 -6 219 0.51 $ 44,777,360.97
AAJ Aruma Resources -8 -29 -6 89 0.085 $ 9,960,327.14
KSN Kingston Resources -4 -4 -6 41 0.24 $ 69,472,676.77
VMC Venus Metals Cor -6 7 -6 15 0.225 $ 33,992,703.68
CWX Carawine Resources 0 -14 -7 2 0.215 $ 23,955,778.44
MHC Manhattan Corp 4 4 -7 367 0.028 $ 37,135,803.40
RDS Redstone Resources 0 0 -7 133 0.014 $ 7,411,820.22
DGO DGO Gold Limited -3 -8 -8 44 2.62 $ 184,614,887.48
GMN Gold Mountain 0 7 -8 -30 0.045 $ 31,981,784.23
MAU Magnetic Resources 5 21 -8 114 1.42 $ 306,963,355.34
ARL Ardea Resources 26 17 -9 6 0.555 $ 70,857,173.01
BGL Bellevue Gold -1 -5 -9 88 1.01 $ 872,477,409.83
CHZ Chesser Resources -7 -2 -9 100 0.2 $ 90,168,125.00
OKR Okapi Resources 0 -9 -9 167 0.2 $ 8,994,015.00
PUA Peak Minerals 8 12 -10 194 0.028 $ 17,211,674.26
BRB Breaker Res NL 0 11 -11 -21 0.21 $ 66,797,390.45
MML Medusa Mining -5 11 -11 13 0.85 $ 178,771,038.86
WGX Westgold Resources. -9 -15 -11 -6 2.06 $ 915,527,383.20
AOP Apollo Consolidated 0 10 -12 41 0.345 $ 101,017,206.50
PNR Pantoro Limited -2 -4 -12 120 0.22 $ 309,847,610.16
ONX Orminex 13 42 -12 -28 0.044 $ 23,738,344.34
AME Alto Metals Limited -4 -14 -13 133 0.077 $ 31,478,941.50
AGS Alliance Resources 30 23 -13 121 0.215 $ 44,723,683.81
BC8 Black Cat Syndicate -1 3 -13 90 0.73 $ 78,357,493.57
CTO Citigold Corp 0 8 -13 189 0.013 $ 35,368,751.72
KGM Kalnorth Gold 0 0 -13 225 0.013 $ 11,625,120.78
GED Golden Deeps 8 8 -13 -48 0.012 $ 10,069,973.49
CMM Capricorn Metals 3 4 -14 39 1.72 $ 595,076,416.11
BAR Barra Resources 0 -11 -14 26 0.024 $ 16,262,594.42
HAW Hawthorn Resources -10 -18 -15 60 0.09 $ 30,016,405.17
MZZ Matador Mining 11 14 -15 52 0.365 $ 61,495,671.24
TAR Taruga Minerals 4 6 -15 257 0.05 $ 22,860,075.30
GTR Gti Resources 4 -4 -16 225 0.026 $ 16,112,949.95
WAF West African Res -6 -14 -16 75 0.85 $ 769,909,055.13
MEU Marmota Limited -2 -6 -16 15 0.046 $ 44,552,549.74
ENR Encounter Resources -11 -24 -17 25 0.125 $ 41,023,281.39
KTA Krakatoa Resources -7 -13 -17 117 0.065 $ 18,689,650.00
KAI Kairos Minerals 13 -3 -17 264 0.034 $ 53,637,290.14
SAR Saracen Mineral 0 -2 -17 14 4.69 $ 5,265,564,163.30
OBM Ora Banda Mining -6 -6 -17 63 0.29 $ 244,244,367.53
RED Red 5 Limited 1 -19 -18 -25 0.22 $ 423,745,296.76
RGL Riversgold -4 -19 -19 340 0.044 $ 17,445,896.20
LNY Laneway Res -7 -7 -19 8 0.0065 $ 22,650,395.60
MVL Marvel Gold Limited 12 -8 -19 -31 0.047 $ 22,888,982.61
RND Rand Mining -6 -6 -19 -26 1.7 $ 102,252,407.50
TTM Titan Minerals 4 14 -19 4 0.125 $ 142,431,554.25
PRU Perseus Mining 0 -1 -20 2 1.19 $ 1,533,071,087.50
NUS Nusantara Resources 4 -3 -20 0 0.28 $ 64,196,441.96
XTC Xantippe Res 0 0 -20 0 0.002 $ 8,149,128.80
PDI Predictive Disc 2 14 -20 856 0.066 $ 69,157,487.98
EVN Evolution Mining 0 -2 -21 19 4.63 $ 8,047,821,970.35
NST Northern Star -1 -6 -22 -12 11.98 $ 9,113,834,727.90
CYL Catalyst Metals -3 -2 -22 -32 2.07 $ 199,540,317.69
MKG Mako Gold 0 5 -22 54 0.105 $ 28,296,576.22
STK Strickland Metals -11 -25 -23 120 0.033 $ 14,319,151.71
FML Focus Minerals -3 -8 -25 47 0.36 $ 66,703,226.23
GMR Golden Rim Resources 20 20 -25 20 0.012 $ 32,840,829.63
NCM Newcrest Mining 5 -1 -26 -12 26.12 $ 21,410,112,321.48
AMI Aurelia Metals 1 -11 -26 -1 0.4 $ 493,730,610.00
MTC Metalstech -11 -15 -26 254 0.17 $ 24,916,498.46
CAI Calidus Resources -3 -7 -26 68 0.445 $ 155,773,961.07
GBR Greatbould Resources -4 -16 -27 20 0.0405 $ 7,710,450.57
DTM Dart Mining NL 0 -11 -27 155 0.165 $ 16,491,003.54
G88 Golden Mile Res 0 -23 -28 -21 0.044 $ 5,412,806.43
CST Castile Resources 3 -40 -28 0.18 $ 35,947,821.78
TBR Tribune Res -4 -4 -29 21 5.8 $ 304,314,846.60
AL8 Alderan Resource 6 -2 -29 346 0.1 $ 31,283,814.66
KZR Kalamazoo Resources -9 -22 -29 -23 0.49 $ 62,851,888.32
RMS Ramelius Resources -3 -12 -30 10 1.41 $ 1,164,044,690.38
TIE Tietto Minerals 1 7 -30 31 0.405 $ 179,699,505.12
MCT Metalicity Limited -5 0 -31 419 0.018 $ 33,140,897.71
NWM Norwest Minerals 1 0 -31 -18 0.09 $ 9,251,415.22
TLM Talisman Mining -2 -11 -31 16 0.093 $ 17,356,439.81
GOR Gold Road Res 2 -6 -32 -25 1.2 $ 1,077,907,816.30
AAR Anglo Australian 0 -11 -32 4 0.125 $ 70,681,006.08
AGG AngloGold Ashanti -4 -3 -32 -1 5.82 $ 544,167,366.50
ERM Emmerson Resources 3 -4 -33 -22 0.074 $ 35,731,186.68
RXL Rox Resources 8 -20 -33 44 0.039 $ 79,943,310.06
TRY Troy Resources 1 -8 -33 -8 0.084 $ 64,392,920.28
DTR Dateline Resources 0 -20 -33 0 0.002 $ 20,525,195.19
ALK Alkane Resources -5 -9 -34 -23 0.77 $ 476,311,040.00
AQX Alice Queen -3 18 -34 -15 0.033 $ 38,204,724.92
TKL Traka Resources 33 -19 -34 145 0.003 $ 14,690,000.00
SBM St Barbara Limited 3 -3 -34 -19 2.25 $ 1,622,323,662.20
SLR Silver Lake Resource 1 -11 -34 -8 1.55 $ 1,397,296,874.28
MTH Mithril Resources -13 5 -36 91 0.021 $ 51,705,126.90
LEX Lefroy Exploration 0 0 -38 11 0.2 $ 24,601,981.74
HRZ Horizon -4 15 -38 5 0.115 $ 65,317,148.00
MAT Matsa Resources -1 -7 -39 -27 0.098 $ 27,114,670.90
RRL Regis Resources -2 -7 -39 -21 3.46 $ 1,812,575,859.66
TMX Terrain Minerals -10 -18 -40 125 0.009 $ 6,621,849.08
SAU Southern Gold -2 -15 -41 -37 0.098 $ 20,906,218.09
AWV Anova Metals -4 -15 -41 227 0.023 $ 37,260,449.20
GSN Great Southern -3 -1 -43 38 0.083 $ 36,401,633.60
AUT Auteco Minerals 4 14 -43 422 0.12 $ 188,061,472.32
OKU Oklo Resources 6 -10 -43 -16 0.19 $ 93,245,515.22
CDT Castle Minerals 0 0 -44 0 0.009 $ 6,592,507.36
VAN Vango Mining -3 -14 -44 -54 0.067 $ 69,231,622.67
MDI Middle Island Res 0 -20 -46 139 0.275 $ 32,246,272.19
GNM Great Northern 8 8 -46 63 0.013 $ 11,802,954.85
RSG Resolute Mining 0 -11 -46 -39 0.69 $ 772,724,894.20
PRX Prodigy Gold NL 2 -17 -46 -28 0.043 $ 24,966,987.06
MOH Moho Resources 3 -8 -47 -32 0.082 $ 7,494,653.52
MGV Musgrave Minerals -7 -4 -49 259 0.345 $ 186,628,032.15
STN Saturn Metals 1 -33 -51 -3 0.435 $ 48,809,029.50
SIH Sihayo Gold Limited 7 -16 -51 10 0.016 $ 55,281,921.20
RML Resolution Minerals 0 -13 -54 -47 0.033 $ 9,944,063.57
GSM Golden State Mining -3 -14 -66 105 0.15 $ 8,495,430.00
SSR SSR Mining Inc. -3 -12 21.3 $ 381,163,822.00
SNG Siren Gold -6 -18 0.58 $ 37,010,704.70
BNZ Benzmining -9 -9 1.15 $ 25,089,404.92
NSM Northstaw 10 4 0.48 $ 18,400,000.00
AGC AGC 3 0.19 $ 12,529,547.54
M2R Miramar -4 -18 0.245 $ 10,556,880.00
MEG Megado 0 -3 0.19 $ 7,298,783.64

 

Top six performing gold stocks

LEGACY IRON ORE (ASX:LCY) +460%

In December, Legacy — a small WA gold-iron ore explorer – made big, high volume gains on speculation it was looking to fire up its Mt Bevan magnetite iron ore project again.

No, it said. Our focus is moving the small 184,100oz Mt Celia gold project in the Eastern Goldfields into production.

In February, new drilling at the Yilgangi gold deposit near Mt Celia has returned thin but very high grade, near surface intercepts like 1m at 10.9 g/t and 1m at 17.8 g/t.

“We are encouraged with these results as it provides further confidence of additional mineralisation in the area and more importantly a potential linking of known mineralisation into a larger geological system,” Legacy chief exec Rakesh Gupta says.

 

ACCENT RESOURCES (ASX:ACS) +340%

This small, very tightly held WA gold-iron or explorer bolted out of the gates in early trade.

Accent “continues to assess investment opportunities and projects for acquisition or development” in conjunction with majority Chinese shareholders Rich Mark Development Group (+67 per cent) and Xingang Resources (21 per cent).

(Someone called ‘Grandmaster Fortune’ also holds a +4 per cent stake in the company. Outstanding name.)

 

THOMSON RESOURCES (ASX:TMZ) +317%

Precious metals explorer Thomson is close to wrapping up its acquisition of the previously producing Webbs and Conrad silver projects in NSW.

The high-grade Webbs deposit produced ~55,000t of ore grading at least 23oz (about 710 grams per tonne) silver between 1884 to 1901.

Conrad was historically one of the largest silver mines in the New England region, producing about 3.5moz of silver along with lead and tin.

 

AUSTRALIA UNITED MINING (ASX:AYM) +300%

Sleepy explorers Australia United and MinRex Resources (ASX:MRR) surged in October after inking a joint venture agreement over a project in the popular Lachlan Fold Belt of NSW.

MinRex, which will pay Australia United an initial $1m in cash and shares, could then earn up to 80 per cent of the project by spending $2.25m on exploration.

 

VIKING MINES (ASX:VKA) +273%

In January, gold explorer Viking  appointed new chief exec Julian Woodcock – a geologist with a proven history of discovering and developing new projects.

It also picked up more ground near its high grade First Hit gold project in WA, where drilling in the 2000s intercepted high grades like 9m at 64.7g/t just below a historic resource.

Prior to closure due to depressed gold prices below $US320/oz, First Hit produced ~30koz ounces of gold at an average grade of ~7.7g/t gold.

No modern exploration activity has been conducted in the past 18 years.

In February, a review of historic underground sampling at the First Hit gold mine uncovered exceptional grades up to 1056g/t.

 

BATTERY MINERALS (ASX:BAT) +213%

Last year, graphite-gold play Battery Minerals locked in the acquisition of a Victorian gold-copper project near Stavely Minerals’ (ASX:SVY) world-class Cayley Lode discovery.

The tenement covers 809sqkm and hosts the historic Moyston gold mine, which produced ~75,000oz at 22g/t gold.

The boundary of the exploration licence is also just 7km from the rich Stawell gold mine, which has produced ~5Moz of gold.

The explorer has raised a cool $6.2m to give this interesting project – and potentially its graphite assets — a real good shake.