19 Jun '11, 4pm

Silver's down but don't count mining stocks out

TORONTO (Reuters) - Silver's recent 30 percent tumble presents an opportunity for bargain-hunters to buy shares of mining companies that produce the precious metal. While spot silver has fallen from a record $49.51 to the mid-$30 range, it is still well above last year's price, when it was hovering around $18 an ounce. Better still, demand for silver is rising -- it trades both as a safe-haven investment and as an industrial metal -- driving prices up 16 percent so far this year. At the same time, top silver equities such as Pan American Silver , Fresnillo and Silver Wheaton are down on the year, analysts say. "Investors might want to hold off buying equities except for the fact that many of the silver producers are trading at attractive valuations considering silver in the mid-$30s," said BMO Capital Markets analyst Andrew Kaip. "We recommend investors be selective and lo...

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