Gold Company’s ‘Ramp-up to Commercial Production on Track for Q2/20’

Source: Streetwise Reports   01/21/2020

An update on the project and its production is provided in a Haywood report.

In a Jan. 10 research note, Haywood analyst Kerry Smith reported that Lundin Gold Inc. (LUG:TSX) remains on track and on budget to achieve commercial production at its Fruta del Norte project in Ecuador in Q2/20. "Fruta del Norte is one of only a few new large mines being built," Smith highlighted.

Lundin poured first gold from the gravity circuit at Fruta del Norte on Nov. 16, 2019, after which it went on to produce 28,678 ounces of gold in 2019. Of those, 3,411 ounces were made into doré form, and the remaining 25,267 ounces were produced as a concentrate. Of the 3,400 tons of concentrate produced, 2,676 tons were shipped to a smelter in Finland.

Smith also reported on development progress of the mine and infrastructure. At year-end 2019, 13 kilometers of underground mine development were finished. Construction was 99.2% complete, and ore stockpiles amounted to 153,000 tons. Now, the water treatment plant is being commissioned. Boring of the south ventilation raise, in progress, is slated for completion in Q1/20. Lundin should get the paste plant and Zamora River bridge, which still need to be done, completed in Q2/20 and Q3/20, respectively.

The analyst pointed out that Lundin revised its life of mine plan for Fruta del Norte. It raised the all-in sustaining cost (AISC) by about 6.5% to US$621 per ounce from US$583; the new figure is lower than Haywood's revised life of mine AISC of US$635 per ounce.

An increase in the assumed gold price to US$1,400 per ounce from US$1,250 drove the new AISC, which boosted production taxes and royalties and lowered projected byproduct credits.

"Gold prices are moving higher, and timing is looking good for this new producer," commented Smith. Lundin is expected to produce 290,000 ounces of gold at Fruta del Norte in 2020.

Haywood has a Buy rating and a CA$9.25 per share target price on the company, whose stock is currently trading at around CA$9.42 per share.

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Explorer ‘On the Road to Production’

Source: Streetwise Reports   01/21/2020

The next steps for the precious metals company are provided in a ROTH Capital Partners report.

In a Jan. 17 research note, analyst Jake Sekelsky reported that ROTH Capital Partners raised its price target on SilverCrest Metals Inc. (SIL:TSX.V) to $7.75 per share from $7.25. The current share price is $6.85. "Our increased valuation is primarily a reflection of rolling our model forward to 2020, coupled with the inclusion of the company's financing announced in Q4/19," he added.

Sekelsky noted that SilverCrest will be announcing in Q1/20 results from several hundred holes drilled at the Las Chispas property in 2019. It will include all results available through the end of Q1/20 into the upcoming feasibility study. After, it will likely shift focus "from infill drilling for the feasibility study to expansionary drilling at various targets across the company's land package," he added.

The analyst highlighted that with C$124 million in its treasury, SilverCrest is well funded for both exploration and development work this year. Its financial position also portends a positive production decision, expected around mid-2020. Accordingly, production could begin as soon as late 2021 but more conservatively in Q1/22.

Sekelsky commented, "2019 featured significant exploration success culminating in the establishment of what we view as a significant resource estimate at Las Chispas, which outlined over 100 million high-grade AgEq ounces. Despite this, we believe the surface has just been scratched as Las Chispas and expected 2020 to serve as a transformational year."

ROTH has a Buy rating on SilverCrest.

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Silver Update: Expect a Price Decline

Source: Clive Maund for Streetwise Reports   01/20/2020

Technical analyst Clive Maund charts silver and predicts a small drop in the price of the metal.

If gold is looking set to react back over the short to medium term, which it does, then it implies that silver, which is weaker at this stage in the cycle, is set to react back too.

On silver's latest 6-month chart we can see that the fairly tight pattern that has developed over the past several weeks, which is widely interpreted to be a bull Flag, is now looking more like a small Head-and-Shoulders top, and being small, it has correspondingly small downside implications. It projects a drop soon at least to the upper boundary of the channel that silver broke out of in December. Factors making it more likely that the pattern is an H&S top are the way the advance reversed at resistance at the late September highs, with a dramatic high volume reversal candle appearing after a string of bearish looking candlesticks with long upper shadows, and, of course, the extreme positions evident on the COT and Hedgers' charts that we will come to shortly.


Should silver drop back now or soon it shouldn't have much effect on its long-term chart or outlook, for as we can see on its 10-year chart, it is still within a large base pattern and could drop to support in the $16 area, without doing any significant technical damage.


Silver's latest COT chart shows that there are still heavy Commercial short and Large Spec long positions that are pretty extreme, which normally leads to a retreat, unless of course "this time it's different."


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Although not at wild record levels like gold, silver's latest Hedgers' chart shows that the reading is still quite extreme and at levels that have only been exceeded on two previous occasions since prior to the 2011 bull market peak. It can be seen that readings at these sort of levels generally lead to a silver price decline.


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Chart courtesy of sentimentrader.com

The conclusion is clear: longs should either take evasive action or deploy appropriate hedges. Note that with our strongest silver stocks we will tend not to sell, but look to buy more on sector dips, such as the one that looks like it is imminent.

This article was originally published on CliveMaund.com on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

Clive Maund has been president of www.clivemaund.com, a successful resource sector website, since its inception in 2003. He has 30 years' experience in technical analysis and has worked for banks, commodity brokers and stockbrokers in the City of London. He holds a Diploma in Technical Analysis from the UK Society of Technical Analysts.

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Gold Update: May Retreat Before Next Upleg

Source: Clive Maund for Streetwise Reports   01/20/2020

Technical analyst Clive Maund looks at the charts and finds that gold may react back before continuing to climb.

At first glance gold looks like it may be about to advance out of a bull Flag, but there are a number of factors in play that we will examine that suggest that any near-term advance won't get far before it turns and drops again, and that a longer period of consolidation and perhaps reaction is necessary before it makes significant further progress.

On the 6-month chart we can see how gold stabbed into a zone of strong resistance on the Iran crisis around the time Iran's general was murdered, but after a couple of bearish looking candles with high upper shadows formed, it backed off into what many are taking to be a bull Flag.


The 10-year chart makes it plain why gold is vulnerable here to reacting back over the short to medium term, because it has advanced deep into "enemy territory": the broad band of heavy resistance approaching the 2011 highs, with a zone of particularly strong resistance right where it is now. It would be healthier and increase gold's chances of breaking out to new highs if it now backed off into a trading range for a while to moderate what now looks like excessive bullishness.


Thus it remains a cause for concern (or it should be for gold bulls) to see gold's latest COTs continuing to show high Commercial short and Large Spec long positions. Is it going to be different this time? The latest Hedgers' charts that we are now going to look at suggest not.


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The COT chart only goes back a year. The Hedgers' charts shown below, which are a form of COT chart, go back many years, and frankly, they look pretty scary.

We'll start by looking at the Hedgers' chart that goes back to before the 2011 sector peak. On it we see that current Hedgers positions are at extremes that way exceed even those at the peak of the 2012 sucker rally, which was followed by the bulk of the decline in the bear market that followed. Does this mean that we are going to see another bear market like that? No, it doesn't, but it does mean that these positions will probably need to moderate before we see significant further gains.


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Chart courtesy of sentimentrader.com

Looking at the Hedgers' chart going way back to before the year 2000, we see that the current readings are record readings by a significant margin and obviously increase the risks of a sizeable reaction. We can speculate about what the reasons for a decline might be, one possibility being the sector getting dragged down by a stock market crash after its blowoff top, which may be imminent, as happened in 2008, since it remains to be seen whether investors will rush into the sector as a safe haven in the event of a market crash.


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Chart courtesy of sentimentrader.com

Turning now to precious metals stocks, we see on its latest 10-year chart that GDX still looks like it is completing a giant Head-and-Shoulders bottom pattern. However, it is currently dithering just beneath resistance at the top of this base pattern, which means that it is vulnerable to backing off.


So, how then does gold stock sentiment look right now? As we can see on the 5-year chart for the Gold Miners' Bullish Percent Index, bullishness towards the sector is now at a very high level, 84.6%, which makes it more likely that stocks will drop soon rather than rally, and what they could do, of course, is rally some to increase this level of bullishness still further, and then drop.


Does all this mean that investors in the sector should suddenly rush for the exits? No, it doesn't, especially as the charts for many individual stocks across the sector look very bullish, and it may be that all that is needed is a cooling period of consolidation. However it does make sense to use hedges at extremes, such as leveraged inverse ETFs, and better still options as insurance, which have the advantage of providing protection for a very small capital outlay, a fine example being GLD puts, which are liquid with narrow spreads. We did this just ahead of the recent peak when Iran lobbed a volley of missiles at Iraq. We will not be selling our strongest gold and silver stocks, but instead look to buy more on dips.

Article originally published on CliveMaund.com on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

Clive Maund has been president of www.clivemaund.com, a successful resource sector website, since its inception in 2003. He has 30 years' experience in technical analysis and has worked for banks, commodity brokers and stockbrokers in the City of London. He holds a Diploma in Technical Analysis from the UK Society of Technical Analysts.

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The Only ‘Bubble’ That Counts

Source: Michael Ballanger for Streetwise Reports   01/20/2020

Sector expert Michael Ballanger considers the last week in the stock and precious metals markets.

Ever since Sept. 19, 2008, when Hammerin' Hank Paulson appeared in front of the U.S. Congress on bended knee and begged those clueless politicians for a bailout—which he did successfully—the spread of moral hazard throughout the world has been a contagion that makes the Bubonic plague appear as harmless as the common cold.

That was, in fact, the day that shall go down in fiscal infamy as a most dangerous precedent was etched into the fabric and soul of the U.S. financial system. Not only did it set the behavioral course for the banker-politico alliance, it laid out as an insidious blueprint the operation manual for treasury departments and central banks around the world, the result being where we are today, a global economy teetering on an Mount Everest of debt with no solution on any horizon.

This week the investor class has seen the continuation of an advance in that began with the first whispering of the phrase "repo operations" in September, the realization of which did not manifest itself until late October, when I penned the missive "Q4 Guesstimates."

As I wrote in September, "I have the feeling that the PPT, with DJT at the helm, is going to go all-out in making damn sure that we have a booming stock market going into 2020, so that his re-election chances don't suffer from the 'It's the economy, stupid' misfortune suffered by George Bush in his re-election run against Bill Clinton."

That was written on Oct. 20, 2019, with the S&P 500 at 2,986, and with investor sentiment completely undeterred by the Fed liquidity binge. Fast forward a paltry ninety days and $400 billion in repo injections, and here we sit now, at 3,316. Upon reflection, the only words that come to mind are "mission accomplished", a phrase used all too lightly by our leaders these days.

I was sitting in the big bay window overlooking the frozen expanse that is now Lake Scugog last night and was immediately reminded of just how much difference a year can make. This time last year, there were dozens of fishing huts standing all over the lake as temperatures were well below freezing for three solid weeks. This year, the lake is vacant of all fishing, snowmobiling and walking, but quite amenable to swimming should you be brave enough to venture out.


January 2019 (left); January 2020 (right)

This time last year, stock investors were stunned, like deer caught in the headlights, with bullish consensus around 20-something, and the CNN Fear-Greed index at a highly traumatized 26.

With the greed "needle" now at 97, it is truly amazing just what a difference an "accommodative Fed" means to investor psychology, price-to-earnings (P/E) multiples and bubbles. It is also important to remember that the bears have been pummeled like rented mules since March 2009, and only during one brief period in late 2019 have they enjoyed the warm glow of being "right." They have sold a great many books and newsletters crying "Wolf!" as we all too well know.

The chart you see above is a classic illustration of how these charlatans sell the unsuspecting investor using fear over greed as their hook. Do you ever wonder why Harry Dent is constantly writing about the "upcoming deflationary collapse?" It is because "doom and gloom" sells way more books than "good times are here again."

My beloved precious metals are doing their utmost to stave off the villainous attacks by the banker-politico alliance, but I am forced to respect history, despite the protests of dozens upon dozens are quasi-expert bloggers who point fingers and snigger maniacally at my seemingly unfounded caution. What the trolls fail to "get" is that I am actually 70% invested in physical gold and silver and a bunch of juniors—as in, I'm not exactly "short" or "out," just cautious.

Gold remains in an uncontested bull market and its price action is even more impressive given the "risk-on" status of the equities crowd. If you had told me in November that the S&P would be above 3,300 and the Dow 700 points from 30,000, I would have pegged gold in the mid $1,300s. But its resiliency is a testimonial to the reflationary actions of the Fed. The Fed needs velocity to kick in, and is prepared to let the economy run "hot" to secure it.

Silver remains locked in a consolidation pattern, with US$18.50 as a near-term cap and the 50-day moving average (dma) as the near-term support. As a trader I am comfortable being long physical and selected silver equities but uncomfortable with leveraged positions until we break out of the pattern. Stated another way, there is no reason to sell that which I own, but no reason to either add more or own futures, options, or leveraged exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

That said, the longer we consolidate within this elongated pennant formation, the bigger the advance once it is resolved. I must confess that silver's performance since I resumed my bullish stance in November has been a mild disappointment. The gold-to-silver ratio is mired in the mid-80s (86.33), unable to give the entire metals complex that much-needed adrenaline boost to clear the logjam in the HUI and in the Junior and Senior Gold Miners ETFs, which still reside well below my exit points from the Jan. 8 key reversal day.

COT Report (Jan. 14)

This week's COT was largely a non-event, with Commercials covering a modest 6,262 contracts in gold but adding 1,183 contracts in silver. Both aggregate positions held by Commercials remain bearish, which is yet another reason for caution in my trade setups.

Note the chart below that depicts the history of Commercial/Large Spec positioning versus price behavior dating back until 2017. It is so obvious to even an amateur technician how the aggressive Commercial shorting has capped price.

However, note the yellow arrows depicting the most recent price decline but virtually no change in the aggregate shorts held by the bullion banks. Is this because we are simply in a new bull market, or is it because the banks are desperate to keep a lid on price due to central bank repo activity? Whatever the explanation you choose, it is strange behavior and an aberration, certainly since 2011.

The S&P weekly chart goes back to 2017, and clearly shows a pattern of how corrections are born from elevated relative strength index (RSI) readings. I said that the gold chart looked "a tad overbought," but the S&P chart is more overbought than last summer, just before it took a Q4 20% haircut. . .until, of course, Smilin' Stevie Mnuchin mobilized the Plunge Protection Team (PPT) and saved Wall Street bonuses for 2019.

I have initiated a small put position on the S&P by way of the SPY March $300s. I started with a small position and am attempting to scale in to a larger one. The dilemma I have is that I hate adding to a losing position, which I lectured you all about in Email Alert 2020-09. (It is just so tempting to try to time this pending correction. . .)

Final Notes

To repeat for clarity purposes, I am trying to buy physical gold and silver below the market to secure a better entry point for all subscribers. (Voice from the back of the room: "Yeah, you and 20,000,000 other guys too!") Having said that, rest very unassured that there is no guarantee I'll be successful. But at the same time, missing a trade is better than doing a trade that winds up losing.

Next week will be important in that there are several items of interest on the news blotter, and if there are changes that need to be made, you will receive my instructions through the Email Alerts. As I sign off, an often-used quote that gets thrown around a great deal is, "May we live in interesting times," and it is usually a segue to one's opinion on geopolitics, religion or controversy. Lately, financial pundits have been using it as a way of obfuscating their current outlook for the global financial markets, so when I hear it uttered with brazen disregard for history, I am forced to laugh.

Why, pray tell? It is actually a Chinese curse. . .

Originally trained during the inflationary 1970s, Michael Ballanger is a graduate of Saint Louis University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in finance and a Bachelor of Art in marketing before completing post-graduate work at the Wharton School of Finance. With more than 30 years of experience as a junior mining and exploration specialist, as well as a solid background in corporate finance, Ballanger's adherence to the concept of "Hard Assets" allows him to focus the practice on selecting opportunities in the global resource sector with emphasis on the precious metals exploration and development sector. Ballanger takes great pleasure in visiting mineral properties around the globe in the never-ending hunt for early-stage opportunities.

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Palladium Miner Shows Promise

Source: Ron Struthers for Streetwise Reports   01/20/2020

Given current market conditions, the location and potential of its flagship project, and the strength of its management team, Ron Struthers of Struthers' Resource Stock Report believes this firm represents a solid investment.

I have been looking for a very good junior palladium stock, and I believe this is the best one out there for potential enormous gains. But before I get to that, it is important to have a look at the palladium market, because this bull market is much different than the last one.

The one from 1997 to 2000 was about three years' long, and then palladium dropped, giving up most of the gains in less than a year. There was a nice bump up from the 2008 crisis and then the price traded sideways for several years. The price bottomed at the end of 2015 with the severe bear market in precious metals.

Since then the price has been going steadily higher, with a major break out in 2016. This bull market is not going to end anytime soon for the reasons I will show you in the next couple pages.

Palladium is mostly used in the auto industry for pollution control with catalytic converters. Electric vehicles will be a long time coming to replace any significant amount of gasoline/diesel-driven vehicles. Meanwhile, pollution standards are being tightened that will keep demand high. China has been gobbling up palladium since their China 5 pollution standards took effect in 2013. China 6 will now be coming into effect, which will increase loads per vehicle of palladium. Many analysts have been commenting that China has been secretly stockpiling the metal and is driving prices.

There is no doubt the demand will remain strong, but the real story is on the supply side and I have more detail.

This next graphic illustrates the supply deficit since 2016.

It is obvious to see the increase demand from China as pollution regulations are tightened. They are now moving to China 6.

This next graphic of global mine production is very important because palladium supply is in very unstable regions.

The Russia supply from Norilsk Nickel has always been quite stable and is of no concern, but as investors we cannot really participate there. South Africa is the other big producer and that country is becoming very unstable. More worrisome is that is where all the future reserves are.

The world's largest platinum group metals (PGM) reserves are in South Africa, precisely in the Bushveld Complex (in the central-northern part of the country), which alone accounts for about 50% of the world's palladium resources. But overall South Africa has reserves of 63 million kilograms, which represent over 91% of the worldwide availability.

South African (SA) mines have always been plagued with labor issues, strikes and high costs. To make matters worse the country is now facing an energy crisis, with rolling blackouts shutting down mines. The country will probably become much more unstable, with unemployment hitting 10-year highs. Half the youth are unemployed, and the company that provides 95% of the electricity (when it can) is reporting record financial losses. This is a country teetering on the brink of chaos, which will likely be very disruptive to PGM mine supply.

With all the issues in SA, Sibanye Gold Ltd. (SBGL:NYSE) began diversifying out of the country and acquired the Stillwater PGM mine in the U.S. That used to be my favorite stock to play palladium bull markets. However, they jumped right back into the fray, acquiring Lonmin in late 2019, a struggling SA PGM producer. They promptly cut 5,000 jobs at the mine and it now appears Sibanye is moving more into PGMs from gold. The stock has done well with the rising palladium price, but at these stock prices and a move back to SA, it has become too risky.

Canada is the third largest producing country, so is an obvious place to look. A lot of the palladium production comes from major miners in the Sudbury nickel/copper complex as a byproduct. Obviously this is a good area to look, and there was an excellent investor proxy play there for investors called North American Palladium, which was operating the Lac des Iles palladium mine. Unfortunately for us investors, it was bought out last year by SA producer Implats.

The area had a number of discoveries back in the last bull market, around the year 2000, and I visited a number of those projects back then. I believe the best one is a junior company that just changed its name to Canadian Palladium Resources Inc. (BULL:CSE; DCNNF:OTCQB) (from 21C Metals), and they acquired the East Bull project last year.

East Bull was drilled by Freewest Resources Canada Inc. (FWR:TSX.V) and Mustang Minerals (now Grid Metals Corp. (GRDM: TSX.V) back in the 2000 era and now has a NI43-101-compliant, 523,000-ounce palladium resource. A private company, Pavey Ark Minerals, had the property, and in 2017 they twinned old drill holes and completed the work to bring the project to 43-101 standards. Canadian Palladium acquired a 100% option on the project last February. What makes it very appealing now is that the stock got whacked down in price in the poor junior market of late 2019.

Canadian Palladium
Recent Price: $0.14
52-week trading range: $0.06 to $0.265
Shares outstanding: 64.5 million approx.
All warrants and options are at $0.30 cents and higher

What I consider one of the most important highlights is the company is run by Wayne Tisdale. In the last 10 years he has advanced three juniors and sold them for large profits for his shareholders. He helped finance and advance the Rainy River project and sold it to NewGold in 2013 for $310 million. He developed US Cobalt and in 2018 sold it to First Cobalt Corp. (FCC:TSX.V; FTSSF:OTCQX; FCC:ASX) in a transaction worth about $150 million, to his shareholders' delight. Going back further, he helped finance oil and gas company Ryland Oil, which was bought out by Crescent Point Energy Corp. (CPG:TSX) in 2010 for a $121.8 million valuation.

Mr. Tisdale has a keen eye for finding projects that can quickly be advanced further to make them prime acquisition targets. Canadian Palladium only has a market value now of less than $10 million, and I have no doubt that Mr. Tisdale is going to do it again, and advance East Bull and sell it for hundreds of millions.

Highlights:

  • Company run by Wayne Tisdale
  • Low market valuation—CA$18 per ounce
  • East Bull with NI43-101-compliant, 523,000-ounce palladium resource
  • East Bull can easily be expanded to depth and along strike
  • Widely spaced drilling only needs infill drilling to upgrade resource
  • Over 2 million ounce potential
  • Close to Sudbury complex where ore can be processed

Management Highlights (from the company website)

Wayne Tisdale, CEO, has 40 years of experience in investing, financing and consulting to private and public companies in the areas of mining, oil and gas, and agriculture. He runs his own merchant bank and sits on the board of a number of private and public companies. Over his career, Mr. Tisdale has raised over $2 billion of both equity and debt financing, and has been instrumental in founding several highly successful companies, including Rainy River Resources (purchased by Newgold) and Ryland Oil Corp. (purchased by Crescent Point). Most recently, Mr. Tisdale was integral to the successful sale of US Cobalt to First Cobalt Corp., creating a post-transaction cobalt company valued at almost $400 million.

Michelle Gahagan, chair and director, has been a director of Canadian Palladium since January, 2011. Ms. Gahagan is currently a director of Moovly Media Inc, (MVY:TSX.V) and Versus Systems Inc. (VS:CSE). Prior to her involvement in merchant banking, Ms. Gahagan graduated from Queens University Law School and practiced corporate law for 20 years. Ms. Gahagan has extensive experience advising companies with respect to international tax-driven structures, mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Gahagan has successfully completed the Investment Management Certificate course offered by the Financial Conduct Authority (UK). Most recently, Ms. Gahagan was integral to the successful sale of US Cobalt to First Cobalt Corp.

Garry Clark, director, is a geologist (P Geo) with over 30 years of mineral exploration experience and has held various geological positions with a number of public mining companies. Mr. Clark has extensive experience in managing large-scale exploration and development programs internationally, including in Asia and North America, and has worked extensively in the Hemlo and Wawa districts. He is the executive director of the Ontario Prospectors Association (OPA) and currently serves on the Minister of Mines Mining Act Advisory Committee. Most recently, Mr. Clark was integral to the successful sale of US Cobalt to First Cobalt Corp.

Paul McGuigan, consultant, is a professional geoscientist with 42 years of international experience in economic geology and mineral exploration management, spanning grassroots exploration through to mine feasibility studies and mining operations. Early in his career, he was employed by IBM Canada Ltd., Geological Survey of Canada, Pechiney Ugine Kuhlmann, Imperial Oil, and Esso Minerals Canada. For the last thirty years, Mr. McGuigan has led several consulting and junior mining companies, operating in West Africa, the Middle East, the Southwest Pacific and all of North and South America. His geological expertise includes iron oxide-copper-gold (IOCG), volcanogenic massive sulphides, epithermal gold, porphyry Cu-Au, and residual & alluvial gold, platinum and diamond deposits.

Projects—East Bull

In the 1999–2000 period, Freewest drilled 27 holes for a total of 2,902 meters (2,902m) and carried out extensive surface trenching on present claim 4272475. Work by Mustang on the eastern part of the property (claim 1227910) included 11 drill holes for a total of 1,766m. The work by Freewest and Mustang forms the majority of the data for the current resource estimate. The company has copies of Freewest and Mustang logs, sample records and assay certificates for trenches and drill holes.

Additionally, Pavey Ark has reviewed and resampled drill core from the 27 BQ and NQ holes from the Freewest drilling program. Pavey Ark's exploration results in 2017 included:

  • hole EB17-01 that intersected 12.0 m at 2.87 g/t PGM+Au, 0.23% Cu and 0.13% Ni, and
  • hole EB17-03 that intersected 7.0 m of 3.21 g/t PGM+Au, 0.16% Cu and 0.07% Ni.
(Note: Au = gold, Cu = copper, and Ni = nickel)

In 2019, BULL completed their initial exploration program at East Bull and reported results Sept. 17, 2019. The following is from the company press release:

"These are highlights from the first sampling program on the East Bull palladium project and field program on the Agnew Lake project: The East Bull property hosts an Inferred resource of 11.1 million tons at 1.46 grams per tonne palladium equivalent (Pd eq) for a total estimate of 523,000 ounces of Pd eq.

"The grab sampling and mapping of the East Bay palladium mineralization has allowed BULL to determine locations to channel sample. The sampling focused on selecting sample locations that were not previously documented. The sampling and mapping were successful in defining areas of the mineralization that when channel sampled will provide economic mineralized intercepts that will increase confidence of the mineral resource. The channel samples will also allow definition of areas of higher-grade palladium that could to direct BULL to potential starter pit locations. The channel sample is a continuous sample cut using a diamond bladed rock saw:

  • "Seventy-three grab samples were selected to help identify the palladium-bearing rock types of the mineralized trend. Grab samples are used to determine the presence mineralization and may not be indicative of the overall grade of the zone.
  • Sampling successfully defined locations for channel sampling and the higher grades could indicate potential zones within the mineralized zone for higher-grade starter pits.
  • Range of palladium assay sample results (1,000 ppb is equivalent to 1.0 grams per tonne).

"Number of samples Range palladium (ppb)
8 Below detection limit
29 less than 100
17 101 to 500
5 501 to 1,000
5 1,001 to 2,000
6 2,001 to 4,000
3 4,001 to 6,569

"This is the same as g/t, so 6 samples ran 2 to 4 g/t palladium. Geological mapping and review of the Freewest diamond drilling in 2000 indicates the northeast-trending faults are composed of multi-intrusions of mafic to diabase dikes. Left lateral movement on the dikes is measured to be up to 100 metres. This graphic gives a good snap shot of the current resource and expansion potential, Mineralization starts at surface and the system appears to be about 30 meters wide. This would be an open pit operation."

Agnew Lake property (also from company resources)

"The Agnew Lake property was acquired in July 2017 after discussions with the company's advisers and review of the Ontario government geological database. It is located 80 kilometers west of Sudbury, Ontario, home of Glencore and Vale's Canadian nickel-copper-platinum-group-elements mining and smelting operations.

"The Agnew Lake property comprises over 260 claims (about 6,000 hectares) and is part of the larger East Bull Lake-Agnew Lake mafic-ultramafic complex. The company believes this acquisition will position it to be one of the larger non-producing palladium explorers in North America.

"The Agnew Lake magmas have major element compositions that are very similar to the model parent liquids proposed for the mafic portions of the Stillwater and Bushveld complexes. The Agnew intrusion and the East Bull Lake intrusion are also considered to host significant PGE-Cu-Ni mineralization in marginal rock units (Peck & James, 1990; Peck et al., 1993a, 1993b, 1995; Vogel et al., 1997)."

In late 2017, BULL completed some initial work on this project. Review of historical data indicated that various palladium-platinum showings were acquired within the staked area. A two-week prospecting and grab sampling program was completed to assess the locations and grade of the various showings. A total of 58 samples have been submitted to the lab."

Tisova Copper/Cobalt project, Czech Republic & Germany

BULL has a third advanced project, the 15,928-hectare Tisova project. It is not the focus now, but just might end up being Mr. Tisdale's fifth sale down the road some day. Here is a graphic of the historical work; more info can be found on the company presentation.

Financial

Last financial statements show just over $400,000 cash. The last financing was $2.8 million done at $0.18 per unit in a May 2018 placement, and included a 24-month $0.30 warrant. The company will have to raise more funding and I do not see any problem with that. When the stock gets over $0.30 they could have substantial financing with warrant exercise.

Summary

A recent update on palladium by TD Securities highlights tightening emission controls, and South Africa as I have explained, is risky, but most interesting is lack of speculative trading positions. TD comments positions held by traders are below average. This rally has room to move and if excessive speculation builds the stock could go way higher.

Regardless whether palladium is $1,200 or $2,000 per ounce, palladium discoveries and deposits will be worth premium valuations, especially in stable jurisdictions. The potential for discoveries in South Africa is very good, but the political risks are rising.

BULL has a lot more going for it besides the bull market in palladium (nice pun). Wayne Tisdale has been successful financing and increasing value of properties and dealing them off for large profits. I believe he will do it again, and he also has a loyal following of shareholders from his past success. BULL just acquired the property last year and there has been little exploration and no drilling, so it has been under the radar. The discovery is on surface, so will be cheap to mine, and is close to the Sudbury complex where refiners can recover PGMs. There are a couple other palladium exploration plays in Canada, but they are mostly old, stale stories, and I believe none have the short-term potential that the East Bull project has.

Currently the 523,000-ounce palladium resource is valued at a mere CA$18 per ounce, which is very low. Part of the reason is that the resource is only Inferred. If drilling success starts to prove larger potential and the resource gets move up to the measured and indicated category it could easily be valued at $300 to $500 per ounce.

The only exploration news from last year was sample results that came out last September, just when the junior market started heading south. The stock made a decent move higher, then just drifted lower until a typical year-end bottom. Last week the stock broke above the downtrend line when it hit $0.12 on good volume. I expect this move will take the stock to at least the $0.20 resistance area. The project has year-round access and the winter is a good time to drill. If we get that news, the stock could more easily break above the $0.20 resistance level.

Ron Struthers founded Struthers' Resource Stock Report 23 years ago. The report covers senior and junior companies with ample trading liquidity. He started his Millennium Index of dividend stocks in 2003 - $1,000 invested then was worth over $4,000 end of 2014 and the index returned 26.8% in 2016. He retired from IBM after 30 years in customer service, systems and business analyst, also developing his own charting software. He has expertise in junior start-ups and was a co-founder of Paramount Gold and Silver.

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‘High-Grade Gold’ Unearthed at Mexican Site

Source: Maurice Jackson for Streetwise Reports   01/20/2020

Drill results for this company's prospect, flanked by notable mines, is the subject of this interview with Proven and Probable's Maurice Jackson.

Maurice Jackson: Welcome to Proven and Probable. Joining us for a conversation is the president and CEO of Riverside Resources Inc. (RRI:TSX.V; RVSDF:OTCQB), John-Mark Staude. Riverside has some intriguing news now, starting 2020, regarding high-grade gold coming from the company's Los Cuarentas gold project in Sonora, Mexico.

John-Mark, before we discuss today's press release, for someone new to Riverside, please introduce the unique value proposition the company presents to the market.

John-Mark S.: Riverside is an integrated prospect generator company. We have major alliances with some of the biggest mining companies. We expose the shareholder to multiple opportunities and multiple commodities with a limited risk. We really like this model.

Maurice Jackson: Let's visit Sonora State, Mexico, where, as I understand, [you've] just returned from the field. John-Mark, talk to us about the Los Cuarentas gold project and the recent rock-chip sample program results. How did Riverside come up with such a project and acquire this location?

John-Mark S.: We're really excited. Riverside acquired the Los Cuarantes by optioning and then buying five projects from Millrock Resources Inc. (MRO:TSX.V; MLRKF:OTCQB). The location of Los Cuarentas is immediately to the east of the major gold mine of Mercedes that's operated now by Premier Gold Mines Ltd. (PG:TSX). It's immediately to the west of the Las Chispas project, which is very exciting for SilverCrest Metals Inc. (SIL:TSX.V), which has been making big discoveries, moving ahead quickly toward development, [which] shows that there's mining right adjacent to us. Our location is fabulous for very fast potential transactions, and we can see immediately that the high-grade material from the Los Cuarentas could feed into either Las Chispas or into Premier Gold Mines' Mercedes mining complexes.

Maurice Jackson: Now, for early 2020, Riverside just released some impressive rock chip sampling results from the current field program that is looking to set up drill targeting. Dr. Staude, can you briefly summarize the Los Cuarentas gold project and some of the key highlights from the recent sample program?

John-Mark S.: The location, with Las Chispas immediately to the east and Mercedes immediately to the west, makes Los Cuarentas an ideal [prospect]. In fact, we're surrounded by various mines, really a good mining location. These results are excellent for us. Having 25 grams of gold, high-grade gold, from dump samples and having multiple samples of rock float, rock chip, all having high-grade mineralization, really makes it exciting for us at the project Los Cuarentas.

Maurice Jackson: Consistency is paramount to achieve success and accelerate exploration efforts. How do the first set of results conducted by Riverside correspond with historical results on the Los Cuarentas?

John-Mark S.: Looking at the map, it shows the historical work along with Riverside's work. We have similar values along the structures here going multiple kilometers long—high-grade mineralization—and particularly the Santa Rosalia target, and the Santa Rosalia Sur target, are very good for high-grade mineralization right at the surface.

Maurice Jackson: John-Mark, you referenced two target areas. Can we take a more in-depth look at both of them please?

John-Mark S.: The first target is the Santa Rosalia. We can follow this target along strike here well over a kilometer with very little mining, hydrate mining in here, but no drilling. So we're very excited about the drill potential at the Santa Rosalia.

If you go to the Santa Rosalia Sur immediately to the south, there's an old drill hole that didn't reach the actual target and the target zone has wide intercepts of 6–8.8 grams, [and] other gold mineralization right at the surface next to the vein structures. On the Santa Rosalia Sur, we have a long zone, again, a kilometer of mineralization. Our team's been working hard. Very excited to have just got back from the field and now have this news—results out for the Santa Rosalia Sur target—[for] two of the top targets we have at the property.

Maurice Jackson: Dr. Staude, before we leave the Los Cuarentes gold project, what can you share with us regarding the genetic model?

John-Mark S.: The genetic model really fits for a dome complex. Here we see the dome breccia epithermal low sulfidation vein systems, the veins following structures and sheers, and particularly the sheers around different fault zones,. . .typical of the upper levels of an epithermal gold system. We really like that type of model and the potential for this type of epithermal rhyolite complex.

Maurice Jackson: Switching gears, John-Mark, what is the next unanswered question for Riverside? When can we expect an answer, and what will determine success?

John-Mark S.: The next unanswered question at the Los Cuarentes project is how big, how deep, and how far this can go? We will now focus our efforts on mapping, and more sampling, and getting a drill permit. We're very excited about the value proposition before us. Riverside could drill Los Cuarentas ourselves. We do have interest from other parties. We really like the results here, it's a super good project.

What would determine success is more high-grade gram thicknesses. We have to the east of us Las Chispas, and to the west we have the Mercedes mine. Riverside believes we have the potential for a mine at the Los Cuarentas. That would really help us determine success.

Maurice Jackson: Before we close, John-Mark, please provide us with an update on the capital structure.

John-Mark S.: Riverside continues to have a tight share structure, with 63 million shares out, no debt, and over $3 million cash. We're in a great financial situation and [have] a very focused share structure.

Maurice Jackson: Dr. Staude, for someone listening that wants to get more information on Riverside Resources, please share the contact details.

John-Mark S.: Please visit our website at www.rivres.com or phone us at (778) 327-6671.

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Dr. John-Mark Staude of Riverside Resources, thank you for joining us today on Proven and Probable.

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Viscount Likes a Lot of Silver

Source: Bob Moriarty for Streetwise Reports   01/19/2020

Bob Moriarty of 321gold explains why he has invested in this silver explorer with a project in Colorado.

Metals other than gold have finally gotten their wake-up call. Last week rhodium shot up to $7700 up from $575 three and a half years ago. Platinum broke $1000 to settle at $1027 and even silver was up.

South Africa has gone the Zimbabwe route. They are murdering white farmers and set the price of electricity below the cost of production. Much to their great surprise there isn't much being produced. Since South Africa mines 78% of platinum and palladium along with the trace PGM rhodium, metal prices look a lot higher in the future.

I've always been a fan of silver at the right price. With the ratio of gold to silver hovering above 86-1 silver is cheap relative to gold. So if you like gold because you see the Fed is doing their best to destroy the world's financial system, you should be buying silver. Over the last one hundred years the silver gold ratio has averaged 53-1. Above that silver is cheap relative to gold, below that gold is cheap relative to silver. Remember, buy when things are cheap and sell when they are dear.

Viscount Mining Corp. (VML:TSX.V; VLMGF:OTCBB) likes silver a lot. That's probably because they have a lot of it. The company owns 100% of the Silver Cliff project located in Colorado. When Tenneco was an oil and gas company prior to their sale in 1988, they spent millions drilling and doing a pre-feasibility study to put Silver Cliff into production. Their work showed fifty million ounces of silver at Silver Cliff. Of course that resource was prior to 43-101 so doesn't come with the money back guarantee that all 43-101 resources come with. It is now termed a "historic" resource. I don't have any particular problem with it. Tenneco wasn't going to go into production on a whim.

Silver Cliff does have an official 43-101 presumably coming with that standard double your money back guarantee. The resource came out in April of 2018 and showed 5.6 million ounces at 84 g/t silver in the indicated category and 7.1 million ounces at 70 g/t silver in the inferred category. The other 38 million ounces of silver that Tenneco found are probably still sitting right where they were in the 1980s waiting to be mined.

On the property there are a number of old mines dating back as far as 1878 when mining started until as late as 1894 when the price of silver wouldn't carry the cost of production. At the very worst, Silver Creek provides Viscount Mining and potential investors a cheap long-term call on the price of silver.

But Viscount is not a one trick pony. In their stable of horses, they also have the Cherry Creek property located in Nevada just north of Ely in Eastern Nevada. Cherry Creek consists of over 400 patented and unpatented claims along with mill rights.

Some of the earliest mining in Nevada came from some of the 20 past producing mines now belonging to Viscount. In as early as 1861 a gold silver vein was discovered just south of the Cherry Creek property with mining starting in 1863. Silver was the primary economic value but there was some gold and even tungsten.

Viscount believes there is some central source to the mineralization to all the different mines. This is the first time in 150 years that all the properties and former mines have been assembled in one company.

Like most juniors, Viscount is trying to hang on with their teeth until market conditions improve. The Fed has so totally distorted the financial system that FOMO is the primary reason for investors to toss their money onto the table and pick up the dice. It seems that the dumber the investment the more attractive it is to the punting public.

I managed to call the top of "Bitcon" correctly over two years ago. $600 billion (with a capital B) disappeared off to Bitcon heaven. The FOMO fans still don't understand that what they are holding in their hands smells like used dog poop because it is used dog poop. Even John McAfee now calls Bitcon "Ancient Technology." I'm not real sure how much credibility to hand McAfee for his free advice. The last time anyone listened to him was when he was teaching Trump how to style his hair the McAfee way.

Then we had weed and obviously investors in weed were doing too much weed and got whacked once again. Now Apple and Tesla are popular. It would seem there is no shortage of investor stupidity. FOMO isn't the best theory on investing, it is the worst.

Viscount needs to raise some money and get cranking but the market is being fickle. One day soon the tiny juniors will have their day and more money will come flowing into the resource sector. Meanwhile Silver Cliff puts a sort of floor under the shares. In 2006 and beyond, juniors were getting $3 an ounce for silver. Right now Viscount is only getting $1 an ounce so there isn't all that much downside. It is a cheap perpetual call on silver.

For those who have never participated in a metals bull market, they get really interesting. Tech stocks had their day; real estate had its day, weed and Tesla are testing investor stupidity and the general stock market has turned into a reverse IQ test for Mensa.

The door to the resource candy store is sort of tiny and when everyone wants in at the same time it's going to get crowded. And it is on the cards, it will happen.

I bought shares in the open market, I 'm going to sit on them patiently and wait. Viscount is an advertiser and I naturally am biased. Do your own due diligence.

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Platinum Group Metals’ Shares Trade Up 35% on Waterberg Mine Prospects and Soaring PGM Demand

Source: Streetwise Reports   01/17/2020

After opening flat today, shares of Platinum Group Metals Ltd. climbed to a new 52-week high price fueled by high demand and increases in platinum group metals prices. The firm claims its primary objective is now the advancement of the palladium dominant Waterberg Project in South Africa.

After reporting quarterly earnings earlier this week, Vancouver-based platinum and palladium focused mining company Platinum Group Metals Ltd.'s (PTM:TSX; PLG:AMEX) shares traded more than 35% higher today establishing a new 52-week high price of $2.869 per share.

The firm recently announced Q1/20 financial results for the period ending November 30, 2019 and provided a summary of recent events along with an updated outlook. For Q1/20, the company reported a net gain of $0.55 million compared to a net loss of $5.64 million in Q1/19, and posted a basic and diluted gain of $0.01 per share for Q1/20, compared to a loss of $0.19 per share in Q1/19. The company further advised that in December 2019 it closed a non-brokered private placement of shares resulting in gross proceeds to the company in the amount of $4.0 million.

The company advised in the report that at present it is mainly focused on advancing the palladium dominant Waterberg Project located on the North Limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa. The firm noted that a published independent Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) last September indicated that "the Waterberg Project will be one of the largest and potentially lowest cash cost underground PGM mines globally."

According to the company, "the Waterberg DFS projects a fully mechanized, shallow, decline access palladium, platinum, gold and rhodium ("4E") mine at an annual production rate of 420,000 4E ounces and a 45 year mine life."

The company provided upwardly revised Waterberg deposit estimates and reported updated measured and indicated mineral resources of 242.4 million tonnes at 3.38g/t 4E for 26.4 million 4E ounces and proven and probable mineral reserves of 187.5 million tonnes at 3.24 g/t 4E for 19.5 million 4E ounces.

The firm pointed out that "the spot metal basket price per 4E ounce for the Waterberg Project has increased by an aggregate of approximately 25% since spot prices for the DFS were measured on September 4, 2019. The market outlook for strong palladium demand and the potential for continued palladium supply deficits indicates a bright future for Waterberg's dominant metal."

Platinum Group Metals Ltd. is headquartered in Vancouver, B.C. and is an exploration and development mining company primarily focused on the development of palladium and platinum. The company has mining operations in Canada and South Africa. Its business is mostly engaged on the ramp up of production at the Maseve Mine, and the exploration, engineering and operation of the Waterberg joint venture platinum deposit in South Africa.

Platinum Group Metals has a market capitalization of around $120.6 million with approximately 61.83 million shares outstanding. PLG shares opened unchanged today at $1.95 from yesterday. Since the open shares have risen by more than 35% setting a new 52-week high price today of $2.869. The stock has traded today between $1.95 to $2.869 per share and is currently trading at $2.66 (+$0.71, +34.87%).

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Miner Is ‘Set Up for a Strong 2020’

Source: Streetwise Reports   01/16/2020

The numbers from the company's three operations are reviewed in a CIBC report.

In a Jan. 12 research note, CIBC analyst Cosmos Chiu reported that Dundee Precious Metals Inc. (DPM:TSX) posted a solid Q4/19 and its production for 2019 fell well within the guidance range. "Overall, the results confirm that the company is set up for a strong 2020 as Chelopech's high-margin production is complemented by Ada Tepe's first full year of operation."

Chiu reviewed Dundee's Q4/19 and 2019 numbers, which were in line with CIBC's estimates, and performance of each asset.

During the quarter, Dundee produced 69,500 ounces (69.5 Koz) of gold and 10 million pounds (10 Mlb) of copper, which took the year's total for each to 231 Koz and 37 Mlb, respectively. These quantities fell in the higher end of full-year 2019 guidance, which was 200–247 Koz for gold and 33–39 Mlb for copper.

As for Dundee's Chelopech operation in Bulgaria, it "continued its solid year," Chiu noted. Total production was 173 Koz of gold, versus guidance of 155–187 Koz. Copper production fell within the top end of guidance. During Q4/19, gold production was 43 Koz compared to CIBC's estimate of 42 Koz, and production was 10 Mlb, the same as CIBC's estimate. Dundee attributed Chelopech's production levels, Chiu relayed, to having mined in higher-grade gold areas of the deposit and having recovered more gold in the pyrite concentrate.

This year, Dundee will continue to drill at Chelopech "as it looks to extend the current eight-year reserve life at its flagship operation," noted Chiu.

Regarding Ada Tepe, also in Bulgaria, "it has progressed well since Dundee announced that the mine had completed its ramp-up on Sept. 27, 2019," Chiu indicated. Total production there in 2019 was 57 Koz of gold, in the high end of revised (lowered) guidance of 45–60 Koz. Q4/19 production came in at 26.5 Koz, under CIBC's forecast of 27.3 Koz. "The positive impact of higher-grade material was offset by milling downtime as the SAG mill was relined within the quarter," explained Chiu.

Gold sales of 38.9 Koz from Ada Tepe exceeded production due to there being extra gold concentrate in inventory from Q3/19. This was expected and should benefit Dundee's Q4/19 financials.

With respect to Dundee's Tsumeb operation in Namibia, it smelted 48,600 tons (48.6 Kt) of concentrate in Q4/19, more than CIBC's projection of 45.5 Kt. Dundee revised full-year guidance downward to 210–230 Kt due to scheduled maintenance of the smelter, and full-year production met that guidance. The company curtailed operations at Tsumeb from Sept. 3 through Oct. 25, during which annual maintenance was carried out. "No significant maintenance shutdown is now expected until 2021," Chiu pointed out.

CIBC has an Outperformer rating and a CA$7 per share price target on Dundee, whose current share price is about CA$5.94.

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