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Can Gold-Mining Stocks Shock Investors and Surpass the Metal Itself?

Three major gold miners will report earnings in the next two  days. As weary investors have known for years, the metal itself or financial equivalents like SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) are usually the better bet than the  leading companies who mine for the metal.  And that's even the case when the price of the metal is rising, which theoretically, at least, is supposed to be a time when the miners outperform the metal. Over the past 12 months, thanks in part to a falling dollar and solid global economic growth, the price of gold has risen, with SPRD Gold Trust up  8% almost half of the gain of the S&P 500 during that period.