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Implied GDX Analyst Target Price: $41

By The Online Investor Staff, Tuesday, May 24, 7:19 AM ET

Looking at the underlying holdings of the ETFs in our coverage universe at ETF Channel, we have compared the trading price of each holding against the average analyst 12-month forward target price, and computed the weighted average implied analyst target price for the ETF itself. For the Gold Miners ETF (NYSE:GDX), we found that the implied analyst target price for the ETF based upon its underlying holdings is $41.06 per unit.

With GDX trading at a recent price near $32.25 per unit, that means that analysts see 27.31% upside for this ETF looking through to the average analyst targets of the underlying holdings. Three of GDX's underlying holdings with notable upside to their analyst target prices are DRD Gold Ltd (NYSE:DRD), Silvercorp Metals Inc (AMEX:SVM), and Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE:EXK). Although DRD has traded at a recent price of $6.73/share, the average analyst target is 171.17% higher at $18.25/share. Similarly, SVM has 130.58% upside from the recent share price of $2.74 if the average analyst target price of $6.32/share is reached, and analysts on average are expecting EXK to reach a target price of $5.89/share, which is 63.64% above the recent price of $3.60. Below is a twelve month price history chart comparing the stock performance of DRD, SVM, and EXK:

DRD, SVM, and EXK Relative Performance Chart

Below is a summary table of the current analyst target prices discussed above:

Name Symbol Recent Price Avg. Analyst 12-Mo. Target % Upside to Target
Gold Miners ETF GDX $32.25 $41.06 27.31%
DRD Gold Ltd DRD $6.73 $18.25 171.17%
Silvercorp Metals Inc SVM $2.74 $6.32 130.58%
Endeavour Silver Corp EXK $3.60 $5.89 63.64%

Are analysts justified in these targets, or overly optimistic about where these stocks will be trading 12 months from now? Do the analysts have a valid justification for their targets, or are they behind the curve on recent company and industry developments? A high price target relative to a stock's trading price can reflect optimism about the future, but can also be a precursor to target price downgrades if the targets were a relic of the past. These are questions that require further investor research.

The average analyst target price data upon which this article was based, is courtesy of data provided by Zacks Investment Research via Quandl.com.
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