Head-to-head comparison: Alexco Resource (NYSE: AXU) and Barrick Gold (NYSE: GOLD)


Barrick Gold (NYSE: GOLDGet a rating) and Alexco Resource (NYSE: AXUGet a rating) are both commodity companies, but which is the better investment? We’ll compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Valuation and benefits

This chart compares revenue, earnings per share (EPS), and valuation of Barrick Gold and Alexco Resource.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Barrick Gold $11.99 billion 2.79 $2.02 billion $1.14 4:47 p.m.
Alexco Resource $17.16 million 3.79 -$2.51 million ($0.11) -3.64

Barrick Gold has higher revenues and profits than Alexco Resource. Alexco Resource is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Barrick Gold, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Barrick Gold and Alexco Resource.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Barrick Gold 16.87% 6.42% 4.42%
Alexco Resource -90.08% -10.37% -9.02%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

57.6% of Barrick Gold shares are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 27.3% of Alexco Resource’s shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership indicates that hedge funds, endowments, and large fund managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Notes

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Barrick Gold and Alexco Resource, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Barrick Gold 1 4 seven 0 2.50
Alexco Resource 0 0 0 0 N / A

Barrick Gold currently has a consensus target price of $31.01, suggesting a potential upside of 65.13%. Alexco Resource has a consensus target price of $3.25, suggesting a potential upside of 712.50%. Given Alexco Resource’s possible higher upside, analysts clearly believe that Alexco Resource is more favorable than Barrick Gold.

Risk and Volatility

Barrick Gold has a beta of 0.25, meaning its stock price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alexco Resource has a beta of 1.22, meaning its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Barrick Gold beats Alexco Resource on 9 out of 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Barrick Gold (Get a rating)

Barrick Gold Corporation is one of the industry’s leading gold and copper producers. Its shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GOLD and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ABX.

In January 2019, Barrick merged with Randgold Resources and in July of the same year it combined its gold mines in Nevada, USA, with those of Newmont Corporation in a joint venture, Nevada Gold Mines, owned and operated majority by Barrick. Nevada Gold Mines is the largest gold mining complex in the world. Barrick owns and operates six Tier 1 gold mines: Cortez, Carlin and Turquoise Ridge in Nevada, Loulo-Gounkoto in Mali, Kibali in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Pueblo Viejo in the Dominican Republic.

It has gold and copper mines and projects in 13 countries in North and South America, Africa, Papua New Guinea and Saudi Arabia. Barrick’s diversified portfolio spans the world’s most prolific gold districts and focuses on high-margin, long-lived assets.

About Alexco Resource (Get a rating)

Alexco Resource Corp. engages in exploration, evaluation, development and mining activities primarily in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The company explores deposits of silver, lead, zinc and gold. It holds interests in the majority of the historic Keno Hill Silver District project which includes the Flame & Moth, Bermingham, Lucky Queen, Bellekeno and Onek deposits, as well as 722 quartz mining claims, 873 quartz claims, 24 placer mining claims, 1 quartz mining license and 50% of 3 quartz mining leases, 2 Crown grants, 6 fee simple lots and 7 surface leases located in the Yukon Territory. Alexco Resource Corp. was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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