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This board is for discussing junior miners in both base and precious metals. The commodities boom appears to be a longer term issue so these stocks should become more important as investors try to find small companies that are discovering new deposits.

The typical scenario is that the big companies have such high overhead that they can only look for huge deposits. However as commodities rise in price and all producers max out production, the larger players struggle to replace reserves. The junior miners typically fill that role by finding deposits and then selling out to the cash rich bigger players.

My normal investing strategy is to look for profitable stocks with low p/e's. That strategy is difficult with mining stocks because most are not in production or are losing money.

My alternative strategy is to look for miners with near term potential to begin production. Those are the stocks that I will attempt to focus on along with any stocks that are actually profitable.





Zinc prices have underperformed relative to other base metal prices during the commodity boom of 2010-11.  There is supposed to be a surplus in supply in the near term but significant shortages could develop over the next few years.  Several large zinc mines are slated to run out of reserves during this time period and demand is expected to continue to increase. 


  China remains the most important barometer of base metal fortunes.  If their economy continues to grow, copper usage and prices will continue to be supported at the current high levels.

Capstone Mining Corp
F.D. 82.1M, The company is buying back 10% its shares from mid 07-mid 08. Holding ~20m shares of SST.v plus warrants.
Cash cost about 40c copper net byproduct credit, going lower as smelter charges drop in 08 and lead price jumps.
Recently increased its mill output by 120% under budget. Guiding 26 M lb of copper, 11.3M lb of zinc and 4.1M lb of Lead in 08.
New resource update by sep 07.

S.O. 38.1M + 3.9M (InterMoly) + 12M (PP, fully allocated)=54M
F.D. 42.6M + 3.9M (InterMoly) + 24M (PP, fully allocated)=70.8M
2007 guidance: 125 M lb copper and 60 K oz gold
Q1 2007 production: 36.6 M lb copper and 31 K oz gold. Cost: ~$1.5/lb

Taseko Mines Ltd. (TGB)
S.O. 113.6 M
F.D. 126.4 M
2007 guidance: 60-70M lb copper and 1 M lb of moly. Cost: ~$1.5/lb
Production set to increase to 120 M lb copper and 1.4 M lb of moly in late 2008 and cost will go down to close to US$1.1/lb area.




S.O. 90.4M
F.D. 105.5M


Profitable mine in Peru has financed much of the development of their new mine in Mexico.  Producing over 2million oz of silver now, targeting 5million+ oz in 2013 when new San Jose mine should be at full production capacity.




Silver Wheaton is the biggest silver streamer.  They finance many junior miners by buying future production of silver at fixed prices.  The typical price they pay is 3.90/oz.  The miner gets needed financing to bring mines into production and SLW gets all or a percentage of their future silver production.  Silver Wheaton has financing power that many juniors lack.  Now that they have been in business for several years, their initial investment projects are coming into production and raising SLW's production levels.  Lower risk way to play silver because of diversification and lack of mining risk.  SLW is relatively low overhead. They have a small office staff of finance experts who continue to add deals to the portfolio and production without significantly adding to overhead now and in the future.  



Worldwide, there are hundreds of nuclear powerplants on the drawing board.  The current mining supply is well below current usage.  The deficit is being supplied by Russia from deactivated nuclear warheads.  That program is going to end in 2013 and Russia has indicated they will retain whatever is remaining of their inventory for their own nuclear powerplant use.  As that deadline approaches, there is more and more likelihood that uranium will increase in price.  

Strathmore Minerals STM.v
 Near term producer, with two projects being advanced towards production.  Strathmore has a JV with Sumitomo to develop Roca Honda in New Mexico and is pursuing licensing for the Gas Hills Project in Wyoming.  Strathmore has a large acreage position in the US of prospects that it intends to JV or sell to concentrate on it's core products.  These properties were acquired many years ago at very low prices.  

Uranerz Energy URZ





MontyHigh's blog, quite informative:

A Good web site for juniors:


#31856   Unfortunately, Trevali management is known for stunts like this. Lone Clone 05/22/15 08:13:15 PM
#31855   For Weekend Viewing - Silver Senior Charts dr_airtime 05/22/15 03:10:13 PM
#31853   yeah I had to get out on this JustForFun7 05/22/15 09:43:15 AM
#31852   Just got increased to 30 million, down 8% today bobby1231 05/21/15 10:29:09 AM
#31851   LOADED ON OPTIONS IN JANUARY - Preparation Congo Mining 05/21/15 02:36:14 AM
#31850   I guess existing Trevali shareholders are 'fortunate' that Lone Clone 05/20/15 06:34:13 PM
#31849   Recent mews $MMMW crowdfunding Solarman 05/20/15 04:28:26 PM
#31848   Here is why we had resistance bobby1231 05/20/15 04:24:27 PM
#31847   Trevali Announces Updated Stratmat Deposit Resource Estimate Lone Clone 05/20/15 01:20:27 PM
#31846   Forum Uranium Plans Gravity And Radon Surveys For basserdan 05/20/15 09:23:08 AM
#31845   epk.v C$.36 followup article from Danny Bobwins 05/19/15 10:50:56 PM
#31844   1 OUNCE OF GOLD = $35 Congo Mining 05/19/15 08:13:25 PM
#31843   Trevali Commences Mill Commissioning at Caribou Zinc Mine Lone Clone 05/19/15 11:56:47 AM
#31842   TV.v/TREVF -.02 to C$1.14 Bobwins 05/19/15 11:54:50 AM
#31841   Here's my weekly investment work... MontyHigh 05/17/15 05:28:46 PM
#31840   Trevali financial quarterlies out -- Lone Clone 05/15/15 01:28:31 PM
#31839   Kootenay Silver announces San Diego project optioned to basserdan 05/15/15 08:57:22 AM
#31838   The organized criminals (banks and the government), will the cork 05/13/15 04:17:19 PM
#31837   AUMN I was watching the quarterly balance sheet of theseeker03 05/13/15 03:10:39 PM
#31836   EPM.v/empgf +.06 to C$.32 Bobwins 05/12/15 11:19:42 AM
#31835   Andy Home on zinc -- a must-read IMO Lone Clone 05/12/15 09:29:50 AM
#31834   SAS St Andrew Goldfields +.03 finally starting to checkmate28 05/11/15 12:11:36 PM
#31833   I also have shares in TGM and AKG, Lone Clone 05/10/15 09:10:53 PM
#31832   FWIW, Here's my weekly investing work MontyHigh 05/10/15 03:51:16 PM
#31831   Thanks for the feedback Bob. JustForFun7 05/09/15 02:31:03 PM
#31830 is one of my two gold producers Bobwins 05/08/15 06:42:57 PM
#31829   Bob, what do you think of EDV? JustForFun7 05/08/15 01:15:08 PM
#31828   this article highlights six gold producers with excellent Bobwins 05/08/15 10:11:25 AM
#31827   SAS From that article Another nice summary. checkmate28 05/08/15 08:57:50 AM
#31826   SAS.TO - Here are some more clearly articulated points... dr_airtime 05/07/15 07:58:59 PM
#31825   Dr Air SAS.v Nice Summery. Still a favorite checkmate28 05/07/15 04:16:06 PM
#31824 JustForFun7 05/07/15 02:05:36 PM
#31823   SAS.TO - nice pop this week & European dr_airtime 05/07/15 01:11:02 PM
#31822   Lone - PG.TO. Thanks for the reminder. dr_airtime 05/07/15 12:39:20 PM
#31821   I made one mistake -- Hardrock will start Lone Clone 05/06/15 09:07:42 PM
#31820   I was surprised and pleased to see that Lone Clone 05/06/15 05:46:04 PM
#31819   There is one more factor affecting zinc. Zinc Lone Clone 05/06/15 05:28:34 PM
#31818   Silver Bull Heightens Focus on Zinc with New basserdan 05/05/15 02:15:33 PM
#31817   Silver Bull... MontyHigh 05/04/15 09:18:48 PM
#31816   SVBL They are almost out of money. its a xrymd 05/04/15 08:41:01 PM
#31815   Silver Bull Seems Attractive At First Glance... MontyHigh 05/04/15 08:26:37 PM
#31814   Silver Bull Updates It's NI43-101 Resource To 4.670 basserdan 05/04/15 04:12:59 PM
#31813   About 30 days ago Checkmate28 said checkmate28 05/04/15 10:55:05 AM
#31812   London has a ZINC ETF MontyHigh 05/04/15 10:23:30 AM
#31811   GWA, hey checkmate. I'm still holding on to Traderfan 05/04/15 10:13:39 AM
#31810   There's been a deficit during the last couple garb0 05/04/15 04:45:54 AM
#31809   Nice summary! It's hard to see a compelling the cork 05/03/15 07:54:03 PM
#31808   Thanks for the thoughts on zinc miners... MontyHigh 05/03/15 04:25:53 PM
#31807   Obviously not a pure zinc play but don't the cork 05/03/15 03:07:46 PM