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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:


#32419   USA.TO: dr. airtime bbotcs 05/27/16 02:34:15 PM
#32418   New Carolin Gold Corp. (the "Company" or "New dj4321 05/27/16 01:34:14 PM
#32417   Hello checkmate28, Luke_McCain 05/27/16 08:38:42 AM
#32416   DNI Metals more. Theres another nice asset the checkmate28 05/26/16 08:13:18 PM
#32415   DNI Metals DMNKF Since the pop in checkmate28 05/26/16 07:30:26 PM
#32414   Small Jr. next door to Nemaska Lithium : elmacanuck 05/26/16 08:29:08 AM
#32413   Gold headed down again. Havent been able to checkmate28 05/25/16 09:02:26 AM
#32412   REG.V had another big day with volume today Lone Clone 05/24/16 07:17:45 PM
#32411   CGE.V Don't know how big Moriarty's position is but dr_airtime 05/24/16 06:52:56 PM
#32410   Thanks for highlighting Corex. I remember Castle Bobwins 05/24/16 05:33:02 PM
#32409   CGE.V – godfather of heap-leach’s sunset project. dr_airtime 05/24/16 01:37:18 PM
#32408   USA.TO - yep dr_airtime 05/24/16 11:19:05 AM
#32407 heard this one rec'd by the Scotia JustForFun7 05/24/16 10:08:45 AM
#32406 - 5.77% JustForFun7 05/24/16 10:02:04 AM
#32405   USA.TO - a turn around 3 years in dr_airtime 05/23/16 11:05:51 PM
#32404   AUE.TO Definitley gambling shares. This is from Tim Oliver dr_airtime 05/23/16 10:54:27 PM
#32403   Bobwins: bbotcs 05/23/16 05:33:05 PM
#32402 Here's an article about Osisko Gold Bobwins 05/23/16 12:45:05 PM
#32401   Dr. Airtime re: AUE.TO news on mill re-start daredguy 05/23/16 12:22:05 PM
#32400   PRU.TO - could be a good opp to dr_airtime 05/20/16 02:06:19 PM
#32399 +.07 to C$3.74 Orocobre continues Bobwins 05/20/16 11:50:50 AM
#32398   Thanks Bob... I did remember you mentioning them JustForFun7 05/19/16 02:48:00 PM
#32397   The only one that hasn't been discussed is Bobwins 05/19/16 01:34:56 PM
#32396   AUE.TO - daredguy dr_airtime 05/19/16 12:44:41 PM
#32395   If you've ever been foolish enough to give Lone Clone 05/19/16 10:06:48 AM
#32394   Great news today from one of my explorers, Lone Clone 05/18/16 05:24:57 PM
#32393   Dr. Airtime, if you get a chance, take daredguy 05/18/16 04:50:34 PM
#32392   thanks for the picks and the back JustForFun7 05/18/16 04:07:33 PM
#32391   LYD.TO currently +25% - fully financed today dr_airtime 05/18/16 12:41:35 PM
#32390   AVK.TO - a visual of the undervalution. dr_airtime 05/18/16 12:02:40 PM
#32389   PRU.TO - JustForFun dr_airtime 05/18/16 11:51:35 AM
#32388   checkmate28: Thank you for bbotcs 05/18/16 11:23:38 AM
#32387   Bobwins, great pick on EDV.... you have done really JustForFun7 05/18/16 10:48:24 AM
#32386   still high on PRU? JustForFun7 05/18/16 10:47:09 AM
#32385   AVK.TO - putting the pieces together. dr_airtime 05/17/16 05:48:44 PM
#32384   Otto Rock weighs in on the DMM trainwreck. Lone Clone 05/17/16 09:54:53 AM
#32383   AVK.TO/AVNZF - new pick.... dr_airtime 05/13/16 05:25:01 PM
#32382   I find Google Finance... dr_airtime 05/12/16 01:58:50 PM
#32381   In the silver space, there is also the Lone Clone 05/12/16 12:39:13 PM
#32380   But be warned that Yahoo is not great Lone Clone 05/12/16 12:37:17 PM
#32379   FYI you can lookup symbols by typing the CPTMatt 05/12/16 08:34:57 AM
#32378   thanks - that is very helpful nsomniyak 05/11/16 08:39:33 PM
#32377   SMT.TO - Found it. dr_airtime 05/11/16 07:45:23 PM
#32376   I was looking for an off the top nsomniyak 05/11/16 06:32:00 PM
#32375   SMT.TO - that is what I will.. dr_airtime 05/11/16 06:31:07 PM
#32374   SMT.TO - that is what I will.. dr_airtime 05/11/16 06:31:06 PM
#32373   SMT.TO - that is what I will.. dr_airtime 05/11/16 06:28:53 PM
#32372   EXN.T Excellon Res Q1 Production and Financials checkmate28 05/11/16 05:23:36 PM
#32371   I hadn't bought quite as much Starcore as Lone Clone 05/11/16 02:20:25 PM
#32370   Your previous post suggested that SMT.TO would be nsomniyak 05/11/16 01:22:09 PM