According to market experts, silver prices are expected to go up, especially after outpacing gold prices in the year 2010. Driven by monetary factors and forces of supply and demand, the prices of the precious commodity are expected to reach its all time high in the next 12 to 18 months. This has been orchestrated by the fact that silver trading grew by 29% while customer numbers also hit twenty-one thousand. If you need to know what are the most traded silver stocks in the USA, then here they are.
Silver Wheaton Corporation (Ticker: SLW)
This is one of the unique companies in this line of business. It is considered by many as the most stable silver trading company. This is largely attributed top its stable and unique model of doing business. It mainly obtains the commodity through signing long-term purchase contracts. This is contrary to most companies which do the mining by themselves. Currently, it has about 15 purchase agreements, from where it obtains high quality silver at relatively lower prices. According to the company estimates, it will hold about 40 million ounces of silver in annual production in 2013 from 23.5 million ounces in 2010. Its mangers own up to 10% of the shares. On the other hand, its return equity stands at 9.7%.
Pan American Silver (Ticker: PAAS)
According to analysts, this company could gather momentum and outperform most trading companies. The management of this company is busy reassuring its investors about its ability to extract silver in one of the biggest open fields in the world. The project which is in Argentina is estimated to contain close to 632 million ounces of silver. Analysts are confident that the company is capable of outperform silver, after experiencing some uncertainty over whether it should continue operating or not.
Goldcorp (Ticker: GG-N)
Although its name denotes as though it operates in gold stock, Goldcorp is one of the top traded silver stocks in the United States. Globally, it controls about 13 million ounces of silver annually. After the company reported that its revenue had risen to 28 % in the third quarter, its share rose to $48 down from $12. According to analysts, Goldcorp is one of the companies that a serious investor should consider eyeing.
Silver Standard (Ticker: SSRI-Q)
Though its transition from exploration to production posed many challenges to this company, its able leadership and high-quality assets are still attracting many investors. Its darkest moments came in the third quarter of 2011 when it lost about ten cents a share, against the projection of 6 cents by Wall Street. This was caused by lower silver production and higher interest rates.
Its attempt to adjust to recover from foreign exchange loss also cost it 4 cents per share against market projections of tow cents. However, it brought in a new CEO who is working hard to get it out of the woods.
Minefinders (Ticker: MFN-A)
This company can greatly benefit with any slight jump in silver prices. According to market projections, the company, which currently trades at about $10.80 could instantly hit between $13 to $15. However, there are risks associated with this as well which is between %7 to $7.5. The company lost about 7 cents a share in the last quarter of 2011 which was much lower than what market analysts had projected. Currently, Minefinders controls the multimillion ounce silver mine in Mexico.
Coeur d’Alene Mines (Ticker: CDE-N)
Over the last few years, the company was nowhere in the limelight. However, it picked up its performance in the second half of 2011, becoming one the most respected companies trading in silver. Until September of 2011, its shares were valued at 2 cents a share, which was much higher than the analysts had projected. However, this was below consensus estimates which projected that it would gain about 7 cents a share.
Buenaventura Mining Company Inc. (Ticker: BVN)
This is one of the companies that trade in both silver and gold. It currently operates in seven mines and is also a minor shareholder in many others. Besides silver, it also mines copper, and has about 18.5% shareholding in Cerro Verde copper mine. Despite that fact that its CEO is a major shareholder, the company still scores highly in terms of management. This can be manifested by its returns, which hit 28.5% in 2010. This is arguably the highest of all silver stocks in the whole of the United States. Currently, it trades in the New York Stock Exchange, and boasts of over 10.1 billion market capitalization. Its sales have increased at the rate of 10% for the last three years, making it one of the traded silver stocks in USSA.
Endeavour Silver Corporation (Ticker: EXK)
This is a Canada-based company that primarily operates in Mexico. It scores very highly in term of performance. Though there have been stock appreciations of 188%, its sales volume have increased at the compounded rate of 45% in the last three years. This is by far the highest of any other silver company. This will eventually translate to better earnings and even appreciation in stock values in the next few years. Its share price is valued at $5, and a market capitalization of about $225 million dollars. With each distinction come some security concerns. However, such risks come with greater rewards.
Mines Management, Inc. (Ticker: MGN)
This company does acquisition, development and exploration of mineral deposits in the USA. Its biggest project is found in Montana, where it owns about 1,500 acres of land mines. Its directors and top officers have heavily invested in the company, owning about 20% shares. The management has however managed to increase the values of the shareholders from $0.91 to $2.64 which represents a 200% increase. This was done without taking any debts into consideration. Currently, it does not have any long-term debt and boasts of 0% debt-to-equity ratio. Its balance sheet is also very strong. It has a working capital of $7.7 million dollars and liabilities totaling $1.7 million. It has a share price of $ 5 and a market valuation of around $68.83 million.
First Majestic Silver Corp. (Ticker: AG)
This company has over $1.61 billion dollars in market capitalization. It is trading at the ratio of 64.25. At the moment, its share price stands at %15. On the other hand, its debt to equity ratio stands at $2.46. Its accumulative debts are around $5.47 million.