James Kwantes
James Kwantes is an editor and mining reporter from Vancouver, Canada. He spent the last decade with Vancouver Sun, covering investing, mining and other business topics. James is the founder of the World of Mining blog and is the editor of Resource Opportunities, a subscriber supported investment newsletter covering compelling early stage mining companies.
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POSTED ON February 11, 2016 BY James Kwantes

Agnico Eagle CEO Sean Boyd sounded relaxed on the company’s Thursday conference call announcing Q4 results. But if the mining boss was jumping for joy on the inside, it would be hard to blame him. The stars seem to be aligning for Agnico Eagle (AEM-T), which produces two-thirds of its gold from mines in northern… Continue Reading

POSTED ON February 10, 2016 BY James Kwantes

It was mushrooms that brought Shawn Ryan to the Yukon, but gold that secured his fortune and reputation. Specifically, soil sampling leading to the discovery of gold, millions of ounces of it. His Yukon exploits also brought him a measure of fame — the prospector appeared on the cover of the New York Times Magazine… Continue Reading

POSTED ON February 09, 2016 BY James Kwantes

Platinum Group Metals reached a milestone this morning with news that its Maseve mine (formerly called WBJV Project 1) in South Africa produced its first concentrate for delivery. News of hot commissioning comes as the platinum price continues to bump along at about US$940 an ounce, levels visited during the height of the 2008 financial… Continue Reading

POSTED ON February 09, 2016 BY James Kwantes

Redemption. Along with diamonds, it’s what North Arrow Minerals will be looking for in two active exploration programs to kick off 2016. The diamond explorer just kicked off a 2,500-metre, $1.69-million drill program at Pikoo, its Saskatchewan diamond discovery, that will further delineate diamond-bearing kimberlites and test new targets. Joint-venture partner Stornoway Diamond (20%) has… Continue Reading

POSTED ON February 05, 2016 BY James Kwantes

It’s fair to say Tintina Resources (TAU-V) and its Black Butte copper project in Montana makes the grade. The Johnny Lee deposit at Black Butte hosts 11.6 million tonnes at 3.6% copper, including a lower zone above 6% copper. “These are amazingly high grades, it’s very rare to see these in mineable quantities in nature,”… Continue Reading

POSTED ON February 04, 2016 BY James Kwantes

Morien Resources has a market capitalization under $14 million but doesn’t act much like a junior resource company. Instead of issuing shares to raise money for projects, the cash-rich royalty firm is buying back stock as its partners build out the assets. Morien owns royalties on the Donkin coal mine in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia,… Continue Reading

POSTED ON February 04, 2016 BY James Kwantes

Mining veteran Bruce McLeod took over as CEO of Sabina Gold & Silver last Feb. 15 and has steered the company through an eventful and successful year. Sabina published two Feasibility Studies showing strong economics for the company’s rich Back River gold project in Nunavut, including a low-capex option that would focus on high-grade open… Continue Reading

POSTED ON February 03, 2016 BY James Kwantes

There were some insider buys of note in last night’s SEDI filings, including Osisko founder Robert Wares picking up some AZ Mining (he’s a director there) and a rather large bet on B2Gold by one of its directors. AZ Mining (AZ-T) Geologist Robert Wares, an AZ Mining director, bought 100,000 shares at 37 cents on… Continue Reading

POSTED ON February 01, 2016 BY James Kwantes

Carlin Trend gold explorer Gold Standard Ventures (GSV-V) landed a C$16.1-million investment from Goldcorp (G-T) this morning, fortifying its treasury to explore and build ounces in Nevada’s Railroad-Pinion district. The deal was done at $1/share, a gravity-defying 11% premium to Friday’s closing price. Goldcorp takes a 9.9% stake on an increasingly crowded shareholder registry. OceanaGold… Continue Reading

POSTED ON January 28, 2016 BY James Kwantes

Tiny Aston Bay Holdings (BAY-V), a junior with a copper-zinc project in Nunavut, seized the market’s attention today by announcing a preliminary joint-venture deal with the world’s largest mining company. According to the exclusive letter of intent, BHP Billiton would pay a minimum of $40 million in exploration expenditures over 9 years – including $2.5… Continue Reading

POSTED ON January 27, 2016 BY James Kwantes

Redemption. Along with diamonds, it’s what North Arrow Minerals is looking for after a disappointing 2015 that saw a lower-than-expected valuation on a coloured diamond package from Qilalugaq hammer the share price. It’s also the subject of the latest news out of the exploration company, which has sold a package of royalties on its Redemption… Continue Reading

POSTED ON January 26, 2016 BY James Kwantes

Mountain Province Diamonds (MPV-T) CEO Patrick Evans opened his breakfast talk at Roundup Monday morning with a macro look at global diamond supply and demand, through the lens of Canadian production. Evans painted a somewhat dire picture, saying that Canada’s No. 3 position as a diamond producer is threatened because of “paltry” dollars being spent… Continue Reading

POSTED ON January 25, 2016 BY James Kwantes

Robert Friedland was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame earlier this month, and this morning`s news out of Ivanhoe Mines (IVN) offered another demonstration why he belongs there. Ivanhoe announced a major new copper discovery, Kakula, about 5 kilometres west of its existing Kamoa resource in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kamoa is… Continue Reading

POSTED ON January 22, 2016 BY James Kwantes

Deep below the surface of Mongolia’s southern Gobi desert, men and machinery are laying the foundation for a mining enterprise that will drive the country’s economy for decades to come. Shaft 2 at Oyu Tolgoi’s underground mine expansion is 1.3 kilometres deep and will provide access to some of the largest stores of copper and… Continue Reading

POSTED ON January 21, 2016 BY James Kwantes

Several Athabasca Basin uranium plays announced their winter exploration plans this morning, including Fission Uranium, CanAlaska Uranium, Purepoint Uranium and ALX Uranium Corp. For CanAlaska’s (CVV-V) plans, check out Tommy’s article. It’s an interesting time in the Basin, with leading explorers Fission Uranium and NexGen Energy very active on the financing and resource fronts. Fission… Continue Reading