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 November 06, 2015 BY James Kwantes

Following last week’s decision by the Federal Reserve to hold the key rate at near-zero levels, comments by Janet Yellen this week heightened anticipation among investors that a rate hike could finally eventuate in December. This expectation comes after growing criticism from several commentators concerned that communication from the Fed, and Yellen in particular, appears… Continue Reading

POSTED ON November 05, 2015 BY James Kwantes

Independent mine consultant Tim Oliver described Rubicon Minerals’ Phoenix mine as “toast” in CEO Chat on Oct. 5 and this morning he appeared on BNN to elaborate. Shares of Rubicon Minerals (RMX-T) have been hammered, dropping from $1 to 0.20 in the past month after environmental problems, a temporary shutdown order and finally, Tuesday’s announcement… Continue Reading

POSTED ON November 05, 2015 BY James Kwantes

It’s been a quiet year for Mark O’Dea’s Pilot Gold (PLG-T) on the Kinsley Mountain front, but this morning the company released an initial resource estimate for the 79% owned Nevada deposit. For all types of mineralization, the company reported a total resource of 405,000 oz indicated at average grades of 2.27 g/t Au, as… Continue Reading

POSTED ON November 04, 2015 BY James Kwantes

The province of B.C. announced today it has initiated an environmental assessment of IDM Mining’s Red Mountain underground gold project near Stewart in northwestern B.C. IDM submitted the project description to provincial and federal goverment agencies in the summer, following two years of environmental baseline studies covering areas including surface and groundwater quality, hydrology, archeological assessments,… Continue Reading

POSTED ON November 04, 2015 BY James Kwantes

I’m dating myself here, but when I saw the AuRico Metals news release about drill intercepts at its Kemess East property this morning, I was reminded of Crocodile Dundee’s line when a young punk tried to rob him: “That’s not a knife. THIS is a knife.” The company, a royalty spinoff from the Alamos Gold-Aurico… Continue Reading

POSTED ON November 02, 2015 BY James Kwantes

A few news releases of note on a fairly quiet Monday morning – it must be the post-Halloween chocolate hangover. Continental Gold (CNL-T) Continental Gold has provided an update on its environmental permitting process, which it is working closely with Colombia’s national government on. Continental now expects to file a revised environmental permit application to… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 30, 2015 BY James Kwantes

As a junior mining newsletter writer in the 2000s, Paul van Eeden made shareholders a lot of money with astute, well-reasoned picks. Now he plans to repeat the feat as executive chairman of Synodon (SYD-V), a remote sensing company that uses aerial surveys to detect pipeline leaks. The technology was developed by the Canadian Space… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 29, 2015 BY James Kwantes

Good morning, investors. Time to go long baby formula and diapers? Chinese couples will now be allowed to have two children after the country’s Communist leadership lifted a one-child policy instituted in 1980 to address fears of a population boom. The population boom happened anyway but now economic concerns have taken centre stage`. China is facing the… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 27, 2015 BY James Kwantes

Fission Uranium CEO Dev Randhawa says he’s determined to fight through both negative market sentiment and the opposition of some retail shareholders who want him to step down after the failed merger with Denison Mines. Randhawa said in a phone interview late this morning that it’s business as usual as he advances and markets Fission’s… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 27, 2015 BY James Kwantes

Michael Berry of Disruptive Discoveries Journal is out with a good slide deck on macro and metals themes that he presented earlier this month for the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association. Mining investors know the story well – excess supply and insufficient demand have hit commodity prices hard, as well as the energy-reliant Canadian economy. Meanwhile, debt… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 27, 2015 BY James Kwantes

Sandstorm Gold (SSL-T) Sandstorm Gold is making a foray into silver and base metals through a blockbuster $152-million streaming agreement with Yamana Gold. The deal, funded through Sandstorm’s line of credit, sees the company pick up: a silver stream on Yamana’s Cerro Moro mine development, including interim silver deliveries between 2016 and 2018 on operating… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 23, 2015 BY James Kwantes

Chile-focused prospect generator Arena Minerals has landed a third major, Teck Resources, and a US$19.5-million commitment to help develop copper projects at its Atacama Copper project in northern Chile. The agreement announced today will see Teck Chile spend US$19.5 million in two stages over 6 years to acquire up to a 60% interest in the… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 23, 2015 BY James Kwantes

Uranium explorer Kivalliq Energy Corp. released drill results from a new discovery at its Nunavut property earlier this week, and CEO Jim Paterson and president Jeff Ward stopped by the CEO.CA office in Vancouver to talk about it. Through a terrible market for junior mining companies generally and uranium plays specifically, Kivalliq has managed to… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 22, 2015 BY James Kwantes

Eastern Platinum (ELR-T) “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” the saying goes. In the case of Eastern Platinum, the smoke was the multiple delays in closing a deal that would have seen a Chinese buyer pick up Eastern Platinum’s PGM business in South Africa. The flames arrived yesterday after the market close when Beijing Hehe Fengye… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 21, 2015 BY James Kwantes

NovaCopper (NCQ-T) Alaska copper-zinc developer NovaCopper has more rich intercepts to add to the resource at its Arctic deposit in Alaska’s Ambler mining district. The 14-hole diamond drill program, which yielded 3,056 metres of core, was designed to test the continuity of mineralization as well as upgrade resources from inferred to measured and indicated categories… Continue Reading