Which TSXV-listed junior gold stocks have performed the best so far this year? Our list includes the five biggest gainers.

While the gold price was up nearly 10 percent year-to-date as of mid-December, it doesn’t look set to end 2017 on a strong note.

Interest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, along with a higher US dollar and expectations of rising interest rates, have all reduced the yellow metal’s appeal. Nevertheless, some junior gold stocks did manage to come out on top in 2017.

The list below was generated on December 8, 2017 using the Globe and Mail’s market data filter, and it shows the TSXV-listed gold companies with the biggest share price gains year-to-date. Only companies with market caps above $10 million are included. You can also check out our list of the top-performing TSX-listed gold stocks here.

1. Metallis Resources (TSXV:MTS)

Current price: $1.88; year-to-date gain: 3,020 percent

Metallis Resources kicks off our list of best junior gold stocks with a whopping 3,000-percent increase. The company’s main focus is its Kirkham gold-coppersilvernickel property in BC’s Golden Triangle.

Over the course of 2017, Metallis has completed drilling at Kirkham, with its most recent update coming in September. President and CEO Fiore Aliperti said at the time that the project was “now showing potential for multiple deposit types along an under-explored corridor within the prolific Eskay Camp.” Since then, the company has raised $2.2 million via a private placement with investor Eric Sprott.

2. Revival Gold (TSXV:RVG)

Current price: $0.74; year-to-date gain: 1,340 percent

Revival Gold is a gold exploration and development company with three properties in the US. Formerly known as Strata Minerals, Revival Gold changed its name in July and also switched its focus to gold. 

Since then, Revival Gold has expanded its land position at the Arnett Creek gold project and executed an agreement under which it can gain a 100-percent interest in Meridian Beartrack, the owner of the Beartrack gold project. Both Arnett Creek and Beartrack are located in Idaho. Since its deal with Meridian, Revival Gold has announced “encouraging rock sample results” from Beartrack.

3. Novo Resources (TSXV:NVO)

Current price: $5.21; year-to-date gain: 537.5 percent

Analyst favorite Novo Resources is focused on Western Australia’s Pilbara region, where it holds a land package covering about 12,000 square kilometers. It also has property in Nevada’s Tuscarora district.

The company has attracted attention this year on the news that it may have found a counterpart to South Africa’s Witwatersrand gold belt. While it’s still too soon to tell, the company’s early success and high-profile backers — such as Eric Sprott and Keith Barron — have left investors interested.

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