According to Bloomberg, about 59% of analysts covering AngloGold Ashanti (AU) have given it “buy” recommendations. About 24% of analysts have issued “hold” recommendations, and 18% have issued “sell” recommendations on the stock.
Over the years, we’ve seen the company’s share price move in line with analyst recommendations. Its consensus target price now stands at 29.8 South African rand, or about $2.12, implying a potential upside of 13% from its current market price of 26.4 rand.
Other gold mining company ratings
Among South African gold mining companies, AngloGold Ashanti remains the analysts’ favorite, with the highest percentage of “buy” recommendations at 59%. Harmony Gold (HMY) and Gold Fields (GFI) have the lowest percentages of “buy” recommendations, at 36% and 40%, respectively. Sibanye Gold (SBGL) has “sell” ratings from 7% of analysts.
Recent ratings changes
While many analysts commented on AngloGold after its 1H16 results, there have been no rating changes for the company. RBC Capital Markets and Morgan Stanley maintained their “outperform” rand “overweight” ratings, respectively, for the stock.
Previously, on July 6, Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded AngloGold from “buy” to “hold” while upgrading Harmony Gold from “hold” to “buy.” For AngloGold, DB believes that the valuation and the risk-to-reward outlook justifies a “hold” rating. DB maintained its “hold” rating for Gold Fields and Sibanye Gold in the same note.
Continue to the next and final part for a look at valuations.