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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:


#31169   TGZ - did some digging... dr_airtime 04/11/14 05:21:24 AM
#31168   TGZ.TO - Bought Deal @ $.83... dr_airtime 04/10/14 05:46:08 PM
#31167   WFEMF ~ About the Woulfe Mining Dividends PennyStockInvestor 04/09/14 08:47:15 PM
#31166   True enough dr airtime! HL's costs are still the cork 04/09/14 06:10:45 PM
#31165   TMM.TO/TGD - Had a nice quarter as well... dr_airtime 04/09/14 05:32:12 PM
#31164   Cork - HL.. dr_airtime 04/09/14 05:24:24 PM
#31163   HL - 2.5 million SILVER ounces – up the cork 04/09/14 05:13:55 PM
#31162   WFEMF Buffett, Terrorists & China Control This Metal PennyStockInvestor 04/09/14 07:34:22 AM
#31161   Aurcana Reports 55% Increase in Silver Equivalent for basserdan 04/07/14 11:28:47 AM
#31160   SGC.V - Lil' Nevsun SA article... dr_airtime 04/06/14 11:15:32 PM
#31159   Kootenay Silver announces generative program in Nechako Plateau basserdan 04/06/14 04:03:06 PM
#31158   LSG up +7% on earnings 77_ 04/04/14 10:05:53 AM
#31157   P.TO/PPP - Sold my Primero/Old Brigus today... dr_airtime 04/03/14 02:36:31 PM
#31156   SFEG undervalued at 0.05 77_ 04/02/14 10:56:35 AM
#31155   Thanks...that is what i figured you would say. bobby1231 03/31/14 04:43:09 PM
#31154   Bobby1231 - TGZ is better buy... dr_airtime 03/31/14 04:30:14 PM
#31153   Dr. Airtime What is a better buy bobby1231 03/31/14 03:17:08 PM
#31152   JPMorgan defeats appeal in U.S. silver price-fixing lawsuit basserdan 03/30/14 04:17:36 PM
#31151   MND.TO - Old fave on BNN... dr_airtime 03/27/14 02:46:27 AM
#31150   GWA, sounds good thx. I'm still with the Traderfan 03/26/14 08:25:39 PM
#31149   Dr Air GWA financing. More to think about. checkmate28 03/26/14 04:30:40 PM
#31148   Dr Air, GWA I see them chipping checkmate28 03/26/14 03:33:43 PM
#31147   Checkmate - GWA... dr_airtime 03/26/14 12:55:04 PM
#31146   GWA.v GWSAF Gowest Gold 52 Week high. No checkmate28 03/26/14 12:40:12 PM
#31145   Forum Commences Drilling At Northwest Athabasca JV To basserdan 03/25/14 10:51:39 AM
#31144   Thanks, I'll have to look at it. Tim Lamb 03/21/14 02:40:35 PM
#31143   Tim - Re: EDV.TO.. dr_airtime 03/21/14 01:10:57 PM
#31142   Hi dat: Tim Lamb 03/21/14 12:36:03 PM
#31141   TGZ.TO - First Technical Presentation... dr_airtime 03/17/14 01:01:19 PM
#31140   Evolving Gold Options Rattlesnake Hills Project basserdan 03/17/14 09:54:44 AM
#31139   Kozuh Re St. Andrews Goldfield. Insider buying was checkmate28 03/15/14 03:56:26 PM
#31138   St. Andrews Goldfields: insider buying ... kozuh 03/15/14 02:18:16 PM
#31137   the cork: TGB bbotcs 03/15/14 01:17:34 AM
#31136   TGB Agree. This may be the proverbial and the cork 03/14/14 04:23:45 PM
#31135   the cork: TGB bbotcs 03/14/14 04:09:21 PM
#31134   The recent New Prosperity decision contributes to making the cork 03/14/14 11:59:52 AM
#31133   Brigus Newco - Fortune, here is the ticker... dr_airtime 03/14/14 11:54:29 AM
#31132   TGB: Since copper has taken a hit, bbotcs 03/14/14 09:49:07 AM
#31131   Awesome! Great call and great move! the cork 03/13/14 01:26:41 PM
#31130   P.TO/PPP + .67/9% to $8.16 - old Brigus. dr_airtime 03/13/14 12:45:06 PM
#31129   Bobwins RE EXN.t Excellon I hear you checkmate28 03/13/14 02:08:26 AM
#31128   EDV.TO +.08 to $1.01 - Breakout for real! dr_airtime 03/12/14 05:47:37 PM
#31127   PTQ/ PTQMF .28 - Deal finally done? eom7 03/12/14 02:48:05 PM
#31126   GORO Nice move TO 5.75 Todays PR was checkmate28 03/12/14 11:07:12 AM
#31125   WFEMF ~ Why Warren Buffett is Loading Up PennyStockInvestor 03/11/14 04:08:39 PM
#31124   BAJFF technicals call for 0.065 77_ 03/11/14 02:37:46 PM
#31123   Gold Is Seasonal: When Is the Best Month basserdan 03/10/14 03:56:43 PM
#31122   News out again this morn on Fission Uranium elmacanuck 03/10/14 09:12:43 AM
#31121   Metanor Resources (.20) has cash cost of the cork 03/09/14 03:38:27 PM
#31120   Silver Bull Stands Out at the 2014 PDAC basserdan 03/07/14 08:55:14 AM