Dow Jones Precious Metals Index Components

The Dow Jones Precious Metals Index, ticker symbol DJGSP, tracks the largest U.S.-listed or American depositary receipt gold, silver and platinum mining and exploration companies. The companies are categorized into either the gold mining sector or the platinum and precious metals sector. According to the December 2012 DJGSP Fact Sheet, of the 14 companies making up the index, the top four account for approximately 70 percent of the index's value.

Freeport Copper & Gold

Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, ticker symbol FCX, claims the No. 1 spot on the Dow Jones Precious Metals Index. Comprising 20.01 percent of the index, Freeport is the world’s largest publicly traded copper mining company. Yahoo Finance lists the company’s annual revenue and net income for the year ending Dec. 30, 2011, at $20.88 billion and $4.56 billion, compared to the annual revenue and net income for the previous year at $18.98 billion and $4.33 billion. The company headquarters is in Phoenix, and it operates mines in North and South America, Indonesia and Africa.

Barrick Gold Corp.

Barrick Gold Corp, ticker symbol ABX, makes up 18.67 percent of the index. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, the company in 2012 operated 27 mines spread over North and South America, Africa and the Australian-Pacific region. Yahoo Finance reports the company’s annual revenue and net income for the year ended Dec. 30, 2011, at $14.31 billion and $4.53 billion compared to the annual revenue and net income for the previous year of $11.00 billion and $3.63 billion.

Gold Inc.

Goldcorp Inc., ticket symbol GG, compromises 16.96 percent of the index. The company was founded in 1954 and has headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company mines gold, silver, copper, zinc and lead in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala and Argentina. The company’s annual report disclosed revenue and net income for the year ended Dec. 30, 2011, of $5.36 billion and $1.78 billion, compared to the previous year's revenue and net income of $3.73 billion and $1.04 billion.

Newmont Mining Corp.

Newmont Mining Corp., ticker symbol NEM, comes in at the No. 4 spot by making up 12.62 percent of the index. The company was founded in 1916 and is based in Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company mines gold, silver and copper in operations spread across the United States, Mexico, Ghana, Peru, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia. Yahoo Finance reports the company’s annual revenue and net income for the year ended Dec. 30, 2011, at $10.35 billion and $366 million, and annual revenue and net income for the previous year of $9.54 billion and $2.27 billion.

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