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Posted by ipso facto @ 10:29 on October 3, 2014  

Gold prices hurting miners? Throw Ebola into the mix

Already besieged gold miners are the most vulnerable to the lengthy and deadly Ebola outbreak in Africa, Deutsche Bank warned Friday

In an in-depth assessment of the disease‚Äôs likely impact, the bank concludes that from the gold mining companies operating in the continent Randgold Resources (LON:RRS) is particularly exposed due to the locations of its mines, as the company’s production is entirely focused on West and Central Africa.

Nordgold and AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE:AU) are also in a tough position, with 57% and 53% of their net present value (NPV) in the most affected region respectively, it adds.

Iron ore and aluminum producers, as well as oil drillers also have some exposure. ArcelorMittal (NYSE:MT) has iron ore assets in both Guinea and Liberia, while Vedanta Resources (LON:VED) is also present in Liberia and African Minerals (LON:AMI) has a mine in Sierra Leone.

Yesterday ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) announced it was postponing operations off the coast of Liberia, a hotspot in the Ebola pandemic.

The Texas-based oil major has a number of projects underway in West Africa, including the recently acquired 80% stake in a project off the coast of Liberia, a joint venture with Canadian Overseas Petroleum.

more http://www.mining.com/gold-prices-hurting-miners-throw-ebola-into-the-mix-97575/

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