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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:


#32563   FWIW I got in on the drop thinking CPTMatt 07/26/16 10:46:00 AM
#32562   GSS Definitely execution risk as they proceed underground on Bobwins 07/26/16 09:47:42 AM
#32561   GSS here is a pretty good article laying CPTMatt 07/26/16 04:21:03 AM
#32560 A$.79 Bobwins 07/26/16 12:56:35 AM
#32559   SFEG, from .001 to .063 kozuh 07/25/16 05:58:15 PM
#32558   UBR.v changed symbol to HPQ and spinning Bobwins 07/25/16 12:20:21 PM
#32557   GSS .8149 lost .1851 posted Bobwins 07/25/16 10:42:30 AM
#32556 A$.225 Based on a headsup Bobwins 07/25/16 01:37:00 AM
#32555   President Trump versus Tesla ??? kozuh 07/24/16 11:32:36 PM
#32554   TESLA is going to commission the Giga Factory Bobwins 07/24/16 03:03:52 AM
#32553   Axmin Inc (AXM.V/AXMIF) - Currently trading for PE baystock1 07/23/16 11:25:45 PM
#32552   EXN.T EXLLF Forgot a main part of the checkmate28 07/22/16 08:57:19 PM
#32551   EXN.T I would buy it here anywhere near checkmate28 07/22/16 12:27:47 PM
#32550   HBM - Bought some today. Higher PM CPTMatt 07/22/16 11:42:59 AM
#32549   AVI Gilbert weighs in. My favorite indicator as checkmate28 07/22/16 11:37:06 AM
#32548   $RGC.V Redstar Gold - Grade is King - dj4321 07/22/16 09:22:18 AM
#32547   Thank-you...never bought aussie deposit based cos. before... have mytvsbroke 07/21/16 11:57:24 PM
#32546   GPM.V and Zinc... dr_airtime 07/21/16 01:20:48 PM
#32545   ORL.TO/OROCF Any opinions on the board? They CPTMatt 07/21/16 12:52:33 PM
#32544   no mention of zinc or silver in news mytvsbroke 07/21/16 12:32:24 PM
#32543   I've been reading this board now for quite mytvsbroke 07/21/16 11:45:32 AM
#32542   AURCANA RECEIVES PAYMENT FOR OIL & GAS LEASES basserdan 07/20/16 12:13:04 PM
#32541   PRU.TO - if long see slide 13 dr_airtime 07/19/16 06:07:42 PM
#32540   I read The Speculative Investor for the technical Lone Clone 07/19/16 10:45:48 AM
#32539   TV.TO/TREVF - Expands High-Grade Silver-Lead-Zinc Mineralization in Magistral CPTMatt 07/19/16 09:27:15 AM
#32538   ALP.V News Today. elmacanuck 07/18/16 06:12:27 PM
#32537   WAF.V/WAF.AX - bought on maybe Roxgold 2.0 dr_airtime 07/18/16 12:42:19 PM
#32536   Claude Cormier.. dr_airtime 07/18/16 12:50:36 AM
#32535   Silver Bull Announces Private Placement of Cdn$651,000, Including basserdan 07/14/16 11:31:50 PM
#32534   The key for Heron is how much of Lone Clone 07/14/16 08:36:36 PM
#32533   2 more Zinc Miner Stories. dr_airtime 07/14/16 02:40:29 PM
#32532   $RGC.V - Grade is King - Unga the dj4321 07/14/16 09:12:03 AM
#32531   If I could buy it in the US nsomniyak 07/13/16 09:37:06 PM
#32530   couldn't find one when I posted last night. Bobwins 07/13/16 09:35:15 PM
#32529   Is there a US otc symbol for nsomniyak 07/13/16 09:30:10 PM
#32528   Be ready to take profits on TV.TO. Management Lone Clone 07/13/16 02:16:45 PM
#32527   If you want a more leveraged lithium play, Lone Clone 07/13/16 02:13:56 PM
#32526   TV.TO - Buying on breakout.... dr_airtime 07/13/16 12:37:48 PM
#32525 Probably jumped the gun. Bobwins 07/13/16 10:34:42 AM
#32524 A$.01 Bobwins 07/13/16 12:04:19 AM
#32523 - Bobwins, here is nice summary: dr_airtime 07/11/16 06:46:15 PM
#32522   More sincers to look at. Lone Clone 07/11/16 01:04:40 PM
#32521   CPTMatt GORO, At this point I need to checkmate28 07/11/16 12:58:04 PM
#32520   Apologies; it's actually the other guy -- huesos Lone Clone 07/11/16 12:56:41 PM
#32519   LC GORO As to IKN I only checkmate28 07/11/16 12:13:33 PM
#32518   You guys are hilarious with your crazy conspiracy Lone Clone 07/11/16 11:13:08 AM
#32517   Avoid Trevali. I learned the hard way that Lone Clone 07/11/16 11:05:53 AM
#32516   GORO now 5.40. Jaw dropping. What CPTMatt 07/11/16 11:04:34 AM
#32515   Huesos Re GORO +.32 TO $5.20 Keeps on checkmate28 07/11/16 10:35:10 AM
#32514   Zinc - HBM Hudbay an old board favorite CPTMatt 07/11/16 06:56:02 AM