Kirkland’s imminent reserve update puts spotlight on its leveraged neighbours

Barry FitzGerald

The promise of a big reserve increase at the rich Fosterville mine has investors salivating. Little wonder, given its grade of ~20gpt and costs of around US250/oz. And now the anticipation is spilling into nearby juniors such as Chalice, which is among those set to drill for the next Fosterville.... Show More

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Kumova’s Alderan gives a glimpse of the good stuff as copper-gold assays beckon

Barry FitzGerald

The Alderan rollercoaster has taken shaken shareholders back to where the journey began a year ago. But a picture of drilling core in this week’s ASX release suggests they may be onto something. And is a marriage of Capricorn and Eastern Goldfields being sought by the pair’s large common shareholder? Show More

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Spring air brings a whiff of takeover fever to the junior gold sector

Barry FitzGerald

This week’s bid for gold mining hopeful Explaurum has stoked speculation about which explorers could be targeted next as producers look to capitalise on their strong cash generating capacity. Plus, analysts warm to Venturex as Northern Star lends a hand and Kairos shows nuggets are news again in the Pilbara. Show More

Fast-growing gold explorers could provide an opportunity in an oversold space

Barry FitzGerald

Backing the right gold explorer can be a rewarding strategy. Expanding inventories, such as those unveiled recently by Breaker Resources and Bellevue Gold, combined with growing evidence that a discovery will be economic and therefore become a mine, allows investors to ride a wave of strong value creation. Show More

Zircon looks set to give investors some good times

Barry FitzGerald

Mineral sands prices have risen sharply this year and are tipped to continue climbing on the back of a supply deficit. This has underpinned share price gains for emerging producers such as Sheffield, Strandline and Image, which stand to benefit handsomely as their projects progress in parallel with growing demand. Show More

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Recognition that lithiums ain’t lithiums said to help explain price volatility

Barry FitzGerald

Once high-flying lithium stocks have tanked of late. Lower lithium prices, which are being blamed on over-supply, are said to be responsible. But those close to the action say all is not what it appears and a recovery is coming. Plus, the Chinese come knocking for Cassini’s battery metals. Show More

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Official figures show Creasy’s WA nickel-copper find could provide needed feed for hungry Independence

Barry FitzGerald

A usually-overlooked departmental document has lifted the lid on the size of Mark Creasy’s base metals find in WA – and it is fuelling speculation that Independence Group will be keen to gets its hands on it. And speaking of discoveries, there is growing interest in Great Boulder’s drilling campaign. Show More

Breaking News: Creasy confirms major base metals discovery in WA

Barry FitzGerald

Exclusive: Prospector Mark Creasy confirms he has made a big base metals find in WA. Creasy’s deposit is 25km from Independence’s Nova-Bollinger project, fuelling speculation that a deal is around the corner. And exploration is hotting up at PolarX’s Alaska Range project, causing this week’s raising to be heavily over-subscribed. Show More

Strong A$ gold price fuels talk of M&A among mid-tiers

Barry FitzGerald

With bumper margins and bloated kitties, Australia’s mid-tier gold miners are primed for M&A. But this time, it’s expected to be more bolt-on than mega-merger. Smaller companies with growing inventories are seen as potential targets. And talking of targets, Argonaut Resources is about to drill several in the Gawler Craton. Show More

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Satellite photo shows Independence’s real deal with Creasy is still in the making

Barry FitzGerald

Independence Group’s announcement this week of a $21m exploration agreement with prospector Mark Creasy only served to fuel talk they are working on a much bigger deal. And this satellite image shows why many believe there is much more to come. Plus, knocked-down explorer Explaurum fights back with strong results. Show More

Stuffed to the gunnels with stock, Tolga and the boys await news from the Alderan front

Barry FitzGerald

Early Syrah backer Tolga Kumova has filled his boots with shares in $66m Alderan and is now excitedly – or nervously – waiting for results from drilling at its Frisco copper project in Utah. Plus, Rio’s deal with Alloy is more evidence the multi-national has landed a big copper find... Show More

Sunstone on cusp of major copper-gold find in Ecuador as drill permit looms

Barry FitzGerald

The team behind the massive SolGold and Tujuh Bukit copper-gold discoveries is now running Sunstone .. and they believe there is strong evidence that they are onto their next big find. Now they are preparing to drill. Plus, Centaurus Metals’ nickel-cobalt discovery catapults it into the booming battery metals sector. Show More

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