News and Reports

Year in Review 2023 and Outlook for 2024

January 04, 2024

The past year was a difficult one overall for the metals, with the main standouts to the upside being a geopolitical risk-driven gain in gold, a China-driven rise in iron ore and a surge in uranium on broadening global support for nuclear power (Figure 1). A jump in global interest rates to near two-decade highs saw recession fears persist all year, and while one still did not actually eru...Read More

Year in Review 2022 and Outlook for 2023

January 2023

This year the post-global health crisis boom was brought to an end by a surge in inflation to forty-year highs, a major rise in global interest rates in an attempt to curb the rising prices and surging geopolitical risk after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. While precious metals held up reasonably well as markets turned to them as a risk hedge, by Q2/22 the higher interest rates put an end t...Read More

Chile: The Heart of Global Copper

October 2021

Chile is the world leader in copper production, at 28.5% of the total in 2020, and this looks set to continue, with the country having the largest global reserves, at 23.0% of total. It is also the global leader for molybdenum, which is often found along with copper, and is a major lithium player, holding 51.1% of global reserves. Read More

Newfoundland Gold

June 2021

Newfoundland has become a gold exploration hotspot over the past few years, with the sector seeing some of its strongest activity ever. While the province remains a small contributor to Canadian gold production, it has a substantial mineral industry well supported by the government, focused on iron ore, copper and nickel, and the surge in exploration suggests that gold output from the...Read More

Nevada Gold Mining and Canadian Juniors

April 2021

Nevada is the core of the U.S. gold output, accounting for by far the majority, at 75.4% on average for the past year. The state looks set to remain a dominant player in U.S. gold, as it accounts for 49% of total U.S. reserves, with Alaska slightly ahead with 51% of reserves, but just 8.6% of current production. The U.S. accounts for 6.1% of global gold output, making Nevada one of the largest gol...Read More

An Overview of the Golden Triangle

July 2020

The Golden Triangle in northwestern British Columbia has historically been a major site of Canadian gold production, beginning as early as the mid 1800s. There was a wave of production in the 1990s which cooled as the gold price declined, but larger scale production resumed in 2017, and the area has seen surging exploration interest over the past year, given that the region has some of the largest...Read More

An Overview of Quebec Gold Mining

April 2020

In this report we outline the Quebec gold mining industry, including its major producers, and a survey of many of the junior miners focused on the province. Quebec accounts for 34% of Canadian gold production (second to Ontario, with 44%) and remains a major focus for both producers and junior miners.Read More

An Overview of the Red Lake Mining District

January, 2020

Red Lake has been one of the most prolific gold mining districts in Canada and the world, with exploration having started in the 1920s, and production, which began in the 1930s, continuing to the present day. The district is known for the high grade of its gold, its infrastructure, and strong institutional support, given the long history of mining in the area.Read More

Excellent cobalt anomalism seen at Classic Minerals' Fraser Range Project

January 01, 1970 /

Classic Minerals (ASX:CLZ) today updated the market on its FraserRange nickel-cobalt project in WA. While CLZ is primarily concentrating its attention on goldexploration at its flagship Forrestania Gold Project, it has also completed areview of its Fraser Range dataset. The review identified 'excellent cobaltanomalism' at the project's Rubys Reward prospect, including up to 1399ppmcobalt. The...Read More

Caeneus completes RC drilling at Pilbara nickel-copper-cobalt deposit

January 01, 1970 /

Caeneus Minerals (ASX:CAD) this morning provided an explorationupdate regarding its 80% owned Pardoo Project in WA's Pilbara region. CAD reported that it has completed a 10 hole RC programmeat the Pardoo Highway nickel-copper-cobalt deposit that it owns in a joint venturewith Arrow Minerals (ASX:AMD). The Highway deposit has been a focus for past explorersprimarily attempting to identify the sourc...Read More

How U.S.-Russia tensions could revive Canada's struggling uranium mines

January 01, 1970 /

Just months after Saskatoon-based Cameco Corp. laid off hundreds of workers and shuttered the largest high-grade uranium mine in Canada, the market for the radioactive metal used in nuclear power generation is suddenly in flux, as tensions between the U.S. and Russia flare.Last week, in response to new U.S. sanctions, Russian lawmakers proposed measures that would halt enriched uranium exports to...Read More

Lithium Australia to produce lithium-ion cathode powder

January 01, 1970 /

Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has finalised its acquisitionof advanced cathode material production technology, acquiring 99.7% of theequity in Brisbane-based technology company - the Very Small Particle Company (VSPC).Cathode powder producer, VSPC, has spent 14 years andapproximately A$30 million developing some of the world's most advancedmanufacturing techniques for the production of cathode ma...Read More

Dateline Resource strikes lucky: discovers near-surface gold

January 01, 1970 /

Colorado-based gold explorer, DatelineResources (ASX:DTR), today revealed its discovery of near-surface visible goldmineralisation at Mineral Hill, which forms part of its Lucky Strike tenements.This newly exposed vein holdssignificant potential - initial exploration activities have unveiled geological similaritiesto the Lucky Strike vein, trending in the same direction.Encouragingly, this recentl...Read More

Cobalt play Meteoric Resources releases positive report

January 01, 1970 /

Meteoric Resources (ASX:MEI) has released an operational update for the three months to 31 March. In the quarter, MEI confirmed high-grade cobalt mineralisation at Mulligan with rock chip samples grading up to 9.71% cobalt and 16.5 g/t gold, and picked up two new primary cobalt projects in Canada - the Gillies Limit Project and the Burt Cobalt Project, as shown below:In addition, assay results fro...Read More

Castillo spots new cobalt targets, looks to build Resource

January 01, 1970 /

Castillo Copper (ASX:CCZ) todayannounced that an updated desktop review has identified newprimary cobalt targets at the Cangai Cobalt Project(previously Jackaderry North).A key finding is the material exploration upside for cobalt mineralisationacross both Cangai cobalt/copper projects.Exploration for new cobalt targets is set to progress concurrentlywith the Cangai Copper Mine expansion campaign....Read More

Lithium Australia identifies abundant Li20 micas at Lepidolite Hill

January 01, 1970 /

Following its announcement yesterday that it had finalised its acquisition of the Very Small Particle Company, Lithium Australia (ASX:LIT) has this morning informed the market it has found abundant lithium micas within the ore found at its Lepidolite Hill project.Test work on ore-sorting products confirms LIT's successful separation of lithium micas using an X-ray transmission ore-sorting method,...Read More

Archer to develop new battery tech with Uni of NSW

January 01, 1970 /

Archer Exploration Limited (ASX:AXE) has today announced the signing of a Collaboration Agreement and a complementary Research Service Agreement with The University of New South Wales (UNSW) to develop and implement AXE's graphite and graphene materials for use in lithium-ion battery energy storage systems. The aim of the research will be to achieve technological advances through AXE's graphite an...Read More

Empire Resources begins high grade ore processing

January 01, 1970 /

Empire Resources Ltd (ASX:ERL) hasprovided an update on its progress at the Penny's Find Gold Mine.The Penny's Find Joint Venture (PFJV)has now commenced its fourth toll treatment campaign at the Lakewood Milllocated on the outskirts of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia. ERL has indicated that the latest tollcampaign will process some 28,000 tonnesof high grade ore from the open pit at Lakew...Read More

Independent schools dominate top spots in annual ranking of B.C. elementary schools

January 01, 1970 /

The Report Card on British Columbia's Elementary Schools 2018 collects a variety of relevant, objective indicators of school performance into one, easily accessible public document so that anyone can analyze and compare the performance of individual schools. By doing so, the Report Card assists parents when they choose a school for their children and encourages and assists all those seeking to imp...Read More

'Outstanding' results from Archer's manganese test work

January 01, 1970 /

ArcherExploration Limited (ASX:AXE) has today informed the market of 'outstanding'results from recent metallurgical test work conducted on a composite drillsample sourced from the its 100% owned Jamieson Tank Manganese Project in SouthAustralia. The test work undertakenby an independent laboratory has confirmed that manganese from AXE's JamiesonTank project can make electrolytic manganese dioxide...Read More

Lithium Australia adds Pilbara lithium-tin-tantalum project

January 01, 1970 /

LithiumAustralia NL (ASX:LIT) today announced that it has acquired the MoolyellaLithium-Tin-Tantalum Project (EL 45/4766) in the Pilbara region of WA, about1300km north-east of Perth. LITpurchased this tenement from Anova Metals Australia Pty Ltd. Consideration forthe acquisition is $25,000 cash and $25,000 of fully paid shares in LIT valuedat the 20-day VWAP of $0.1509 (equating to 165,653 shares...Read More

Metal prices roiled by U.S.-Russia trade spat but commodity CEOs say ignore the 'tweetstorm'

January 01, 1970 /

In the latest sign of the volatile state of the commodities’ markets, the U.S. Treasury Department on Monday dialled back the scope of its sanctions against Russia, aluminum and palladium prices plunged while Canadian metal companies’ shares also slipped.Last week, palladium hit US$1,040 per ounce - its highest price since February - in what many executives attributed to fears tha...Read More

'A perennial disappointment': Glencore's prize cobalt miner Katanga bogged down with problems in Congo

January 01, 1970 /

Katanga Mining Ltd. will soon be the world’s top cobalt miner, churning out thousands of tons of metal and billions of dollars in revenue for Glencore Plc. It’s also turning into a major thorn in the commodity giant’s side.Katanga is controlled by Glencore but trades in Toronto, making it one of few options for equity investors seeking exposure to the coveted battery ingredient....Read More

Reducing Ontario's personal and corporate income tax rates to 8% would attract investment, top talent

January 01, 1970 /

Over the past fifteen years, Ontario's provincial economy has struggled relative to the rest of the country. The reasons for Ontario's economic weakness are complex and varied. However, public policy choices have been a contributing factor.One area that stands out as a particularly strong candidate for reform is tax policy. Specifically, Ontario's personal income tax (PIT) system undermines Ontari...Read More

Black Rock rails graphite sample from Mahenge

January 01, 1970 /

This product is classified as 'very high risk' in nature due to itslocation and geopolitical situation of the region. Finfeed advises that extracaution should be taken when deciding whether to engage in this product,however if you are not sure whether it is suitable for you we suggest you seekindependent financial advice.Black Rock Mining (ASX:BKT) today announced that it hassuccessfully railed a...Read More

Barrick shifts focus to growth as it looks to replenish project pipeline after years of debt reduction

January 01, 1970 /

After several years marked by operational difficulties and debt reduction, Barrick Gold Corp. on Tuesday opened its first quarter earnings in 2018 by telling shareholders it received two credit upgrades and is returning its focus to growth. Gold production hit 1.05 million ounces this quarter - down 20 per cent from last year and behind pace to meet its annual target of 4.5 to 5 million ounces - b...Read More

Chaarat Gold offers to buy Centerra's Kumtor mine in Kyrgyzstan

January 01, 1970 /

ALMATY — London-listed Chaarat Gold Holdings (CGH) offered on Tuesday to buy Kyrgyzstan’s largest gold mine, Kumtor, from Canada’s Centerra Gold for an undisclosed cash sum, in a deal that would also involve Kyrgyz state firm Kyrgyzaltyn.Centerra and Kyrgyzstan have had a series of disputes over sharing profits from Kumtor, and Chaarat said it was offering the Central Asian natio...Read More

Pre-acquisition update on MinRex's cobalt-scandium projects

January 01, 1970 /

MinRexResources Limited (ASX:MRR) has delivered an update on its currentpre-acquisition due diligence for three cobalt-scandium-nickel projects in NSWand WA being undertaken by a geology consultant. Due diligencework by the geology team on the Pacific Express project in NSW is now focusedon six prospective areas for high-grade cobalt-scandium mineralisation. Provingup the region's prospectivity fo...Read More

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