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China bear Jim Chanos could take some heat out of the miners, and gold producers could be out of favour again.

Miners

Hedge Fund manager Jim Chanos has talked freely about his bearish views on miners and mining related industries. It is known he is shorting Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) in preparation for a share price slide as supply chases down demand in China (see Tim Treadgold's High costs tarnish Fortescue's appeal).

Chanos’ comments could take some heat out of the miners over the coming days as the market digests the news and considers taking profits.

BHP Billiton (BHP), Rio Tinto (RIO) and Fortescue are all enjoying a more stable iron ore price and are edging back to yearly highs reached in February.   

Gold miners

Despite strong leads in general from offshore, gold miners might yet again be out of favour with investors. US jobless claims held near six-year lows, encouraging thoughts that the Federal Reserve will consider tapering. Spot gold lost ground, closing at $1323.

Gold miners have been moving more aggressively than the actual percentage price change in gold. With concerns over cost inflation, it has become an increasingly sensitive sector (see Cost changes raise gold bar).

Domestic gold miners have been feeling the pain of a gold price holding lower – Newcrest Mining (NCM) is down 8.12% and Oceanagold (OGC) is also down 12.37% over the past five trading days.

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