Close menu

October 20th, 2023 | 08:00 CEST

Desert Gold, Netflix, Allianz - The stocks investors prefer now

  • Mining
  • Gold
  • insurance
  • Media
Photo credits:

The gold price is currently experiencing a high phase triggered by the conflict in the Middle East. In the last four weeks, the price has risen by 6%. This development is not only piquing the interest of investors but is also boosting companies like Desert Gold Ventures, which is piloting an ambitious gold project in West Africa. Their flagship project, the Senegal Mali Shear Zone (SMSZ), is at the heart of this. With escalations in international cities rising, people prefer to stay home and watch Netflix. The stock shot up 12%. And what do you do if your car catches fire, as happened yesterday in Hamburg's Elbe Tunnel? It is good to have insurance with Allianz...

time to read: 3 minutes | Author: Juliane Zielonka
ISIN: DESERT GOLD VENTURES | CA25039N4084 , NETFLIX INC. DL-_001 | US64110L1061 , ALLIANZ SE NA O.N. | DE0008404005

Table of contents:

    Nick Luksha, President, Prospect Ridge Resources
    "[...] As we look at four or more zones in more detail from the beginning, investors can expect a continuous news flow that will underscore our vision of the Holy Grail project as a giant opportunity. [...]" Nick Luksha, President, Prospect Ridge Resources

    Full interview


    Desert Gold: Conflict in the Middle East strengthens demand for gold

    According to Barron's, the price of gold is at its highest level in four weeks, and the conflict in the Middle East is boosting demand for the precious metal. Since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, the price has risen about 6%. A troy ounce of gold now costs up to USD 1962 on the London Stock Exchange. According to ANZ Banking, demand among investors for "safe havens" is expected to remain strong in the event of further escalation.

    Canadian explorer Desert Gold Ventures is exploring for gold and other precious metals in Mali. Desert Gold's flagship project, the Senegal Mali Shear Zone Project SMSZ, covers a 38 km stretch of the prolific namesake zone in West Africa, associated with four world-class gold mines. At 410 sq km, it is one of the largest gold exploration projects in West Africa, having already discovered over 20 open gold zones.

    Desert Gold is on the trail of further potential discoveries of significant gold deposits thanks to its exploratory work. In the immediate vicinity are major household names such as Barrick Gold. Investors should take a closer look at this investment case in the wake of increased global gold demand. Concerns that the Israel conflict could spill over to other countries in the Middle East are keeping investors reaching for gold.

    Netflix stock rises 12%: Subscriber boom drives prices

    All that glitters is not gold. Shares of streaming giant Netflix posted an upward price jump this week. Prices rose from EUR 327.90 to EUR 368 - an increase of 12%. The main trigger for this increase is the recent subscriber boom at Netflix. The Company expected to gain 6 million new customers, but the figure was 8.76 million, significantly higher than the media group's estimates.

    The reason for the rapid increase in subscriber numbers, however, is quite simple: Netflix is now taking decisive action against shared passwords or accounts. Now, subscribers have two options: They can either pay for their own account or add an additional member to an existing account for EUR 4.99 per month. This price corresponds to the cheapest subscription in Germany, which, however, includes advertising.

    Despite the impressive 12% increase, Netflix shares are far from their former high of EUR 610. 1.5 years ago, the Company experienced its first-ever subscriber decline. The stock subsequently plummeted by 35%. Like streaming competitor Amazon Prime, Netflix has limited options to boost profits. One is to increase prices in the US, France and the UK.

    Allianz expands its Italian portfolio with the expansion of property and liability insurance

    Well, would you look at that: Recently, the Italian-born CFO of Allianz moved to Generali, and now the German insurance group is expanding its business in Bella Italia, acquiring Tua Assicurazioni from Generali in a deal worth EUR 280 million.

    Tua Assicurazioni is a subsidiary of Assicurazioni Generali and is strong in property and liability insurance solutions in the Italian market. The Italian company specializes in motor insurance and has a distribution network of nearly 500 independent agents and brokers. With this latest acquisition, Allianz aims to expand its distribution in Italy. The transaction is still awaiting regulatory approval and is expected to close in Q1/2024. Upon completion of the acquisition, Allianz anticipates increasing its market share in the property insurance sector in Italy by almost 1%. The Allianz Group expanded its presence in Italy in 2021 with the acquisition of Aviva Group's Italian P/C unit, which is known as Allianz Viva.

    Demand for gold as a "safe haven" remains strong in the face of possible further escalations in the Middle East, according to ANZ Banking. As a result, Canadian exploration company Desert Gold Ventures offers an interesting investment case. With its flagship Senegal Mali Shear Zone (SMSZ) project in close proximity to big-name companies like Barrick Gold, Desert Gold is attracting investors looking to capitalize on global demand for gold. The well-known streaming giant Netflix recently saw an impressive 12% increase in its shares. The main reason is the 8.76 million new subscribers instead of the 6 million the Company anticipated. The growth is a result of Netflix's firm approach against shared passwords and accounts. The Allianz Group is strengthening its presence in Italy by acquiring Tua Assicurazioni in a deal worth EUR 280 million from Assicurazioni Generali. With this move, Allianz is further expanding its property and liability insurance portfolio in Italy.

    Conflict of interest

    Pursuant to §85 of the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG), we point out that Apaton Finance GmbH as well as partners, authors or employees of Apaton Finance GmbH (hereinafter referred to as "Relevant Persons") may hold shares or other financial instruments of the aforementioned companies in the future or may bet on rising or falling prices and thus a conflict of interest may arise in the future. The Relevant Persons reserve the right to buy or sell shares or other financial instruments of the Company at any time (hereinafter each a "Transaction"). Transactions may, under certain circumstances, influence the respective price of the shares or other financial instruments of the Company.

    In addition, Apaton Finance GmbH is active in the context of the preparation and publication of the reporting in paid contractual relationships.

    For this reason, there is a concrete conflict of interest.

    The above information on existing conflicts of interest applies to all types and forms of publication used by Apaton Finance GmbH for publications on companies.

    Risk notice

    Apaton Finance GmbH offers editors, agencies and companies the opportunity to publish commentaries, interviews, summaries, news and the like on These contents are exclusively for the information of the readers and do not represent any call to action or recommendations, neither explicitly nor implicitly they are to be understood as an assurance of possible price developments. The contents do not replace individual expert investment advice and do not constitute an offer to sell the discussed share(s) or other financial instruments, nor an invitation to buy or sell such.

    The content is expressly not a financial analysis, but a journalistic or advertising text. Readers or users who make investment decisions or carry out transactions on the basis of the information provided here do so entirely at their own risk. No contractual relationship is established between Apaton Finance GmbH and its readers or the users of its offers, as our information only refers to the company and not to the investment decision of the reader or user.

    The acquisition of financial instruments involves high risks, which can lead to the total loss of the invested capital. The information published by Apaton Finance GmbH and its authors is based on careful research. Nevertheless, no liability is assumed for financial losses or a content-related guarantee for the topicality, correctness, appropriateness and completeness of the content provided here. Please also note our Terms of use.

    Der Autor

    Juliane Zielonka

    Born in Bielefeld, she studied German, English and psychology. The emergence of the Internet in the early '90s led her from university to training in graphic design and marketing communications. After years of agency work in corporate branding, she switched to publishing and learned her editorial craft at Hubert Burda Media.

    About the author

    Related comments:

    Commented by Armin Schulz on February 21st, 2024 | 07:30 CET

    Barrick Gold, Desert Gold, Renk - Golden times everywhere?

    • Mining
    • Gold
    • Defense

    The world is full of economic uncertainty and geopolitical tensions. These are ideal conditions for gold, which is still considered a safe haven. There are now several factors that point to a sustained upswing in gold prices. One factor is the increased involvement of central banks, which are increasing their reserves to an extent not seen for decades. Another factor is the discussion within the BRICS nations about introducing a new currency backed by gold as a counterweight to the dominant US dollar. Therefore, today, we look at two gold companies and shed light on Renk, a representative of the defense industry, which is also experiencing golden times.


    Commented by Juliane Zielonka on February 21st, 2024 | 07:15 CET

    Saturn Oil + Gas, Plug Power, Deutsche Pfandbriefbank - Energy shares and falling knives - where is it worth getting in?

    • Mining
    • Oil
    • Hydrogen
    • greenhydrogen
    • Banking

    The Canadian company Saturn Oil & Gas has announced its capital and operating budget plans for 2024. The main focus is on sustainable oil and gas production with high capital returns, a structured capital allocation and continuous rapid debt repayment. Plug Power is also gaining momentum and taking strong cost-saving measures to maintain its position at the forefront as a green hydrogen provider. Deutsche Pfandbriefbank (pbb) came under the spotlight last week as investors dumped shares due to its involvement in the US office real estate market. Is this bank a falling knife, or does this week offer a potential entry point? We provide the background.


    Commented by Fabian Lorenz on February 21st, 2024 | 07:00 CET

    Top news: BYD, Bayer and Globex Mining

    • Mining
    • Gold
    • Commodities
    • Electromobility
    • chemicals

    Bayer shocked investors yesterday with the announcement of its dividend cut, which shouldn't have been much of a surprise. The Company is burdened with high debt, endless legal fines, and an empty pharmaceutical pipeline. In an initial reaction, analysts have lowered the share price target. BYD, on the other hand, is doing well operationally. Only the share price is not picking up. Will a share buyback turn the share price around? For those who want to profit from the commodity boom with reduced risk, then Globex Mining's stock is attractive. The news flow is strong, and those who act quickly can still register and follow the live presentation of the mining incubator at the 10th International Investment Forum, IIF, today.