Spot gold prices broke new records this week, climbing as high as $US1,980/oz before retracing slightly.

That surpasses the previous high set in September 2011. It also represents a scorching ~30 per cent gain since January, as investors continue to hedge their bets against one of the worst global economic downturns on record.

Even silver – gold’s poor cousin – is finally making its move.

This bullish (some say overheated) gold price environment has lit the fuse under an increasing number of ASX-listed gold stocks, small and large.

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Over the past year, 128 of the 164 gold stocks on our list have made gains; 58 of those by 100 per cent or more.

Of the miners, Evolution Mining (ASX:EVN) +23 per cent, Saracen Mineral Holdings (ASX:SAR) +50 per cent, Silver Lake Resources (ASX:SLR) +74 per cent, Perseus Mining (ASX:PRU) +135 per cent, and Ramelius Resources (ASX:RMS) 135 per cent, have made notable gains over the past year.

USD (yellow) and AUD (orange) gold prices over the past 12 months.

Here’s how ASX gold stocks performed for the period July 27 – July 31 [intraday]:

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CODE NAME 1 WEEK RETURN % 1 YEAR RETURN % PRICE [INTRADAY FRIDAY] MARKET CAP
NCM NEWCREST MINING 3 3 34.95 $ 29,427,552,256.00
NST NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES -2 18 15.29 $ 11,489,275,904.00
EVN EVOLUTION MINING -6 23 5.82 $ 10,209,439,744.00
SAR SARACEN MINERAL HOLDINGS -2 50 5.95 $ 6,816,487,424.00
RRL REGIS RESOURCES -1 7 5.67 $ 2,948,066,560.00
SBM ST BARBARA -9 0 3.35 $ 2,467,862,016.00
SLR SILVER LAKE RESOURCES -2 74 2.455 $ 2,253,433,088.00
PRU PERSEUS MINING 3 135 1.525 $ 1,835,686,528.00
RMS RAMELIUS RESOURCES -2 135 2.165 $ 1,756,980,736.00
GOR GOLD ROAD RESOURCES -3 34 1.835 $ 1,663,057,792.00
RSG RESOLUTE MINING -4 -25 1.305 $ 1,488,816,384.00
WGX WESTGOLD RESOURCES -2 26 2.4 $ 1,012,754,944.00
WAF WEST AFRICAN RESOURCES -2 177 1.025 $ 918,597,504.00
DEG DE GREY MINING -12 1268 0.7 $ 877,884,032.00
BGL BELLEVUE GOLD -1 81 1.05 $ 843,441,472.00
ALK ALKANE RESOURCES -3 225 1.215 $ 708,346,176.00
CMM CAPRICORN METALS 2 150 2 $ 637,262,848.00
RED RED 5 8 15 0.26 $ 529,089,216.00
TBR TRIBUNE RESOURCES 1 6 7.35 $ 395,609,312.00
CDV CARDINAL RESOURCES 1 99 0.735 $ 383,997,888.00
EMR EMERALD RESOURCES 11 70 0.62 $ 316,535,552.00
CHN CHALICE GOLD MINES -8 500 1.02 $ 315,192,096.00
MAU MAGNETIC RESOURCES 0 216 1.42 $ 299,517,344.00
AUT AUTECO MINERALS 3 2543 0.185 $ 282,092,224.00
TIE TIETTO MINERALS -8 276 0.64 $ 228,265,248.00
CYL CATALYST METALS -2 17 2.64 $ 218,359,200.00
SVL SILVER MINES 26 162 0.21 $ 212,126,256.00
DGO DGO GOLD -1 314 3.23 $ 192,392,304.00
DCN DACIAN GOLD 5 -35 0.325 $ 189,147,680.00
MML MEDUSA MINING 8 17 0.83 $ 170,391,328.00
CAI CALIDUS RESOURCES -5 93 0.58 $ 154,515,104.00
BDC BARDOC GOLD -1 8 0.085 $ 146,450,032.00
OKU OKLO RESOURCES -11 97 0.32 $ 144,055,504.00
RND RAND MINING 10 -25 2.38 $ 143,153,376.00
WMX WILUNA MINING 0 27 1.4 $ 136,887,248.00
TTM TITAN MINERALS 20 -19 0.15 $ 134,023,416.00
KCN KINGSGATE CONSOLIDATED -5 90 0.55 $ 123,293,136.00
RXL ROX RESOURCES -21 195 0.058 $ 113,952,224.00
BCN BEACON MINERALS 6 6 0.038 $ 105,978,336.00
VAN VANGO MINING 4 -31 0.12 $ 99,767,344.00
BC8 BLACK CAT SYNDICATE 5 122 0.855 $ 98,510,912.00
MKR MANUKA RESOURCES 90 79 0.465 $ 95,676,056.00
AOP APOLLO CONSOLIDATED -8 59 0.35 $ 94,183,456.00
TAM TANAMI GOLD -4 48 0.077 $ 92,832,664.00
KZR KALAMAZOO RESOURCES -10 171 0.69 $ 90,587,296.00
ARV ARTEMIS RESOURCES 5 141 0.082 $ 88,230,464.00
CHZ CHESSER RESOURCES 135 518 0.235 $ 85,606,880.00
AAR ANGLO AUSTRALIAN RESOURCES 3 205 0.18 $ 81,687,576.00
FML FOCUS MINERALS 22 14 0.445 $ 80,409,368.00
BBX BBX MINERALS -8 -23 0.185 $ 79,294,920.00
ADN ANDROMEDA METALS 0 35 0.05 $ 74,399,464.00
MZZ MATADOR MINING LIMITED -2 63 0.44 $ 70,623,720.00
NUS NUSANTARA RESOURCES 2 71 0.32 $ 66,901,740.00
HRZ HORIZON MINERALS 0 7 0.14 $ 65,681,404.00
GSN GREAT SOUTHERN MINING -3 167 0.16 $ 65,455,324.00
ERX EXORE RESOURCES 10 51 0.11 $ 64,829,172.00
STN SATURN METALS 10 111 0.77 $ 64,645,220.00
TSO TESORO RESOURCES 13 232 0.135 $ 64,299,680.00
PDI PREDICTIVE DISCOVERY -8 477 0.086 $ 60,967,584.00
ARL ARDEA RESOURCES 24 35 0.52 $ 60,409,724.00
BRB BREAKER RESOURCES 8 -29 0.28 $ 60,143,220.00
SIH SIHAYO GOLD 0 115 0.026 $ 58,737,560.00
NVA NOVA MINERALS -2 70 0.047 $ 58,613,056.00
TRY TROY RESOURCES 2 -2 0.091 $ 57,517,804.00
DGR DGR GLOBAL 15 -8 0.078 $ 56,719,344.00
HAW HAWTHORN RESOURCES 20 177 0.18 $ 55,030,076.00
MDI MIDDLE ISLAND RESOURCES 0 257 0.025 $ 54,212,488.00
MEU MARMOTA 8 185 0.057 $ 53,241,852.00
BRV BIG RIVER GOLD 18 167 0.04 $ 51,401,388.00
MEI METEORIC RESOURCES 5 26 0.039 $ 50,483,888.00
MLL MALI LITHIUM -6 4 0.145 $ 49,188,956.00
MTH MITHRIL RESOURCES -4 400 0.025 $ 47,243,952.00
ERM EMMERSON RESOURCES -1 -24 0.1 $ 45,550,284.00
HRN HORIZON GOLD LIMITED -2 214 0.56 $ 44,387,756.00
SKY SKY METALS -29 154 0.15 $ 41,161,652.00
PRX PRODIGY GOLD -4 -43 0.067 $ 40,063,304.00
AUC AUSGOLD 0 150 0.035 $ 39,823,184.00
VRC VOLT RESOURCES -5 1 0.018 $ 38,390,552.00
VMC VENUS METALS -4 37 0.26 $ 36,258,884.00
AWV ANOVA METALS -3 171 0.031 $ 34,917,160.00
GBZ GBM RESOURCES 0 277 0.105 $ 34,482,380.00
MAT MATSA RESOURCES 0 -3 0.15 $ 34,060,104.00
LNY LANEWAY RESOURCES 11 -9 0.01 $ 33,795,592.00
GML GATEWAY MINING -9 43 0.02 $ 33,433,582.00
GMN GOLD MOUNTAIN -2 -24 0.049 $ 31,944,134.00
MTC METALSTECH -7 1600 0.255 $ 31,581,910.00
CTO CITIGOLD CORP 300 233 0.02 $ 31,214,078.00
MCT METALICITY -8 112 0.022 $ 31,106,028.00
AZS AZURE MINERALS -21 57 0.155 $ 30,556,782.00
ARS ALT RESOURCES 2 53 0.049 $ 30,481,164.00
AGS ALLIANCE RESOURCES -9 79 0.17 $ 30,311,014.00
NAG NAGAMBIE RESOURCES 7 28 0.06 $ 29,496,008.00
KRM KINGSROSE MINING 5 11 0.041 $ 29,200,294.00
ADV ARDIDEN -18 367 0.014 $ 29,005,950.00
HMX HAMMER METALS 19 116 0.046 $ 27,662,192.00
AME ALTO METALS 24 182 0.089 $ 26,770,358.00
TLM TALISMAN MINING -13 59 0.14 $ 26,127,974.00
LEX LEFROY EXPLORATION 8 31 0.275 $ 25,121,686.00
WWI WEST WITS MINING -5 150 0.02 $ 24,555,030.00
GMR GOLDEN RIM RESOURCES 14 45 0.016 $ 24,282,856.00
E2M E2 METALS 3 -26 0.185 $ 22,960,032.00
MKG MAKO GOLD 8 36 0.135 $ 21,671,306.00
KTA KRAKATOA RESOURCES -13 263 0.087 $ 21,392,500.00
GNM GREAT NORTHERN MINERALS 13 73 0.026 $ 21,374,266.00
KWR KINGWEST RESOURCES -3 -13 0.165 $ 21,333,440.00
SAU SOUTHERN GOLD 23 10 0.165 $ 20,532,600.00
DTR DATELINE RESOURCES 0 -33 0.002 $ 20,525,196.00
RML RESOLUTION MINERALS -19 130 0.073 $ 20,385,326.00
GWR GWR GROUP 14 -43 0.08 $ 20,375,698.00
ONX ORMINEX 12 -72 0.04 $ 19,946,780.00
RGL RIVERSGOLD -28 183 0.048 $ 19,704,884.00
GSM GOLDEN STATE MINING -4 299 0.34 $ 19,647,670.00
HXG HEXAGON ENERGY MATERIALS 23 -29 0.065 $ 18,715,738.00
AQI ALICANTO MINERALS 7 38 0.076 $ 18,494,880.00
AMG AUSMEX MINING GROUP -6 -74 0.034 $ 18,069,754.00
TAR TARUGA MINERALS 5 82 0.038 $ 17,964,602.00
DTM DART MINING 0 130 0.22 $ 16,865,800.00
GRL GODOLPHIN RESOURCES 7 20 0.25 $ 15,634,342.00
GUL GULLEWA -14 188 0.095 $ 15,425,444.00
OAU ORA GOLD 13 100 0.017 $ 15,135,214.00
CWX CARAWINE RESOURCES 3 39 0.2 $ 14,681,085.00
CY5 CYGNUS GOLD -16 147 0.18 $ 14,476,450.00
CLA CELSIUS RESOURCES -14 -25 0.018 $ 14,043,925.00
BNR BULLETIN RESOURCES -10 163 0.071 $ 13,626,274.00
CGN CRATER GOLD MINING -8 -31 0.011 $ 13,502,455.00
NWM NORWEST MINERALS -19 -25 0.12 $ 13,414,429.00
MSR MANAS RESOUCES -17 67 0.005 $ 13,215,812.00
BAR BARRA RESOURCES 10 5 0.023 $ 12,526,831.00
AYR ALLOY RESOURCES 3 44 0.036 $ 11,912,510.00
ANL AMANI GOLD 50 -50 0.001 $ 11,757,295.00
SLZ SULTAN RESOURCES -5 157 0.185 $ 11,138,807.00
NXM NEXUS MINERALS 4 65 0.072 $ 10,481,217.00
MOH MOHO RESOURCES 0 180 0.14 $ 10,119,782.00
XTC XANTIPPE RESOURCES 0 -17 0.0025 $ 10,047,522.00
TNR TORIAN RESOURCES 19 65 0.019 $ 9,925,987.00
ALY ALCHEMY RESOURCES -15 18 0.018 $ 9,909,438.00
PUR PURSUIT MINERALS 54 150 0.02 $ 9,905,624.00
CXU CAULDRON ENERGY 33 40 0.028 $ 9,407,246.00
TMX TERRAIN MINERALS 8 333 0.013 $ 9,401,093.00
PUA PURE ALUMINA -8 -4 0.022 $ 8,976,878.00
KGM KALNORTH GOLD MINES 11 43 0.01 $ 8,942,401.00
A1G AFRICAN GOLD -11 23 0.16 $ 8,825,294.00
DAU DAMPIER GOLD -3 24 0.031 $ 8,307,566.00
CDT CASTLE MINERALS -6 200 0.015 $ 8,271,164.50
DHR DARK HORSE RESOURCES 33 -60 0.002 $ 8,072,737.00
MLS METALS AUSTRALIA 50 100 0.003 $ 8,018,382.00
PGI PANTERRA GOLD -17 25 0.038 $ 7,805,666.00
NES NELSON RESOURCES 1 63 0.068 $ 7,462,139.00
TSC TWENTY SEVEN CO 0 25 0.005 $ 7,431,604.50
OKR OKAPI RESOURCES 21 18 0.2 $ 7,208,573.00
RDS REDSTONE RESOURCES 33 78 0.018 $ 7,169,464.50
NAE NEW AGE EXPLORATION 50 167 0.012 $ 7,110,243.50
BYH BRYAH RESOURCES 4 -33 0.056 $ 6,920,073.50
AVW AVIRA RESOURCES 20 100 0.006 $ 6,875,000.00
GBR GREAT BOULDER RESOURCES -7 16 0.056 $ 6,672,699.50
RMX RED MOUNTAIN MINING 33 100 0.007 $ 6,078,220.50
AAJ ARUMA RESOURCES 11 25 0.006 $ 5,456,483.50
SMI SANTANA MINERALS 0 -33 0.002 $ 5,367,891.00
SFM SANTA FE MINERALS -5 -23 0.071 $ 5,170,134.00
ARM AURORA MINERALS 0 57 0.022 $ 5,153,864.50
MAR MALACHITE RESOURCES 9 -40 0.06 $ 4,081,356.25
GED GOLDEN DEEPS 27 -46 0.012 $ 3,507,607.00
VKA VIKING MINES 0 0 0.011 $ 3,450,896.50

 

Small Cap Highlights

Chesser Resources (ASX:CHZ) +135%

West African explorer Chesser caught the market’s attention this week with some extremely high-grade gold intercepts at the Diamba Sud project in Senegal, including 10m at 25 grams per tonne (g/t).

“Results like this are exceptional and rare,” managing director Mike Brown said.

“Whilst this discovery is still at an early stage, the consistency, high-grade and thickness from near surface is remarkable.”

 

Manuka Resources (ASX:MKR) +90%

Manuka, which listed on the ASX last week as the first resources IPO of 2020, is already making waves.

It helps that the small NSW gold producer also has exposure to the silver price.

Manuka recently poured first gold at the Mt Boppy project and plans to start processing the Wonawinta project’s significant silver stockpiles in the June quarter next year.

 

Pursuit Minerals (ASX:PUR) +54%

It wasn’t ‘new’ news, but former vanadium play/shell company Pursuit reminded punters this week that it was running the ruler over a high grade gold-silver-PGM project in Arizona called Buck Mountain.

The deal, first announced on July 17, comes with a non-JORC resource of 1.248 million tonnes grading 6.1g/t for 244,000oz gold.