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General Moly Announces Second Quarter 2013 Results (8/2/2013)
General Moly Announces Results of Annual Meeting (6/14/2013)
Mt. Hope construction continues despite financial issues (by Marianne Kobak McKown, Elko Daily Free Press, 5/31/2013)
General Moly Provides Finance Update (5/15/2013)
A very detailed General Moly briefing for investors on the status of Mt. Hope molybdenum project:
General Moly Investor Presentation
See earlier March 22 and March 29 reports for a full chronology of the $665 million Hanlong loan suspension.
Latest Nevada Gas Prices (click this link)
My latest Kitco commentary: Copper & Gold - The Thin Red Line (08/12/2013)
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Friday's morning prices...
Below are the morning prices used for today's analysis:
COMEX Gold price = $1,363.4/oz (December contract most active)
COMEX Silver = $23.060/oz (September)
COMEX Copper = $3.3665/lb (September)
NYMEX WTI crude = $107.30/bbl (September)
ICE Brent crude = $109.85/bbl (September)
Eureka Miner’s Gold Value Index© (GVI) = 83.70 (gold value is trading at a discount to oil and near fair value relative to copper)
Value Adjusted Gold Price© (VAGP) = $1,361.1/oz
COMEX - VAGP = $2.3/oz; gold is trading at a declining premium to key commodities.
General Moly (GMO) = $1.83 down 0.54%
Barrick Gold (ABX) = $19.36% down 2.27%
Newmont Mining (NEM) = $32.51 down 2.26%
Comex gold had its best week in nine months trading up this morning at $1,363.4 per ounce and briefly touching $1,374.3 earlier. It gained value relative to the U.S. dollar, U.S. equities and global commodities copper and oil. The escalating tensions in Egypt helped give the yellow metal a needed boost and seasonal buying in India and China is beginning. Unfortunately, the ole Colonel remains bearishly cautious fearing the cap for gold could be in the $1,410 area with the possibility of lower prices later this year.
Please checkout my input to the weekly Kitco News Gold Survey (below) and most recent Kitco News commentary for my latest thoughts on copper and gold, Copper & Gold - The Thin Red Line (08/12/2013).
This morning we continue our summer story about Mt. Hope. The next installment (Part VI) will be posted Friday, August 30.
Mt. Hope - A Journey in Space and Time (Part V, Giddy-Up Mail Service)
A multi-part series that circumnavigates the Mt. Hope molybdenum mine site on Eureka County back roads and highways. Starting with the creation of molybdenum in the early universe, this journey will cover the geology of the area as well as its colorful history. There will be two trips, Loop#1 and #2, which include ranches of early settlers, a portion of the Pony Express Trail, a challenging section of the old Eureka-Palisade Railroad and a mine site tour. If you'd like to visit Mt. Hope, please make arrangements beforehand with Zach Spencer, General Moly's Director of Media Relations. Like any mine site, there are both security and safety concerns at Mt. Hope, but Zach and the Mt. Hope team do everything possible to accommodate public interest in their project. You can contact Zach by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The trip odometer is rolling 12 miles so slow down and take a peek at the Mt. Hope water works project. The newly graded extension to your right ambles towards Mt. Hope in the distance (above photo) and the large black pipes will some day bring water from the Kobeh Valley to the mine processing facility on the southeast face of the Mt. Hope mine site. Construction has stopped awaiting new financing for the mine but a lot of progress was made earlier this year.
Here's a nice view of Lone Mountain in the distance to give you a sense for how far we've traveled.
Roberts Creek Ranch (Mile 13.0)
In a few minutes we'll pass a turn-off to the right called Henderson Road or M-108A in your handy Atlas of Eureka County (Part II). We're coming back to this point but first let's go a few more miles on M-108 to Roberts Creek Ranch up ahead. At mile 13.0 there is a ranch sign and a caution to drive slowly. This is private property but if you obey the sign and respect the area you probably won't get any ventilating holes in your hat.
[Note: For future reference, a few miles beyond this sign Roberts Creek Road joins Roberts Creek-Santa Fe Ranch Road (G-125). We'll take our Mt. Hope Loop #2 ranch tour later this summer on Three Bars Road (M-107); G-125 is the connecting link between our present loop and the longer loop#2.]
In 1859, Captain J.H. Simpson camped with his survey crew just up ahead at Roberts Creek. Then called by its Indian name Sheowite Creek, it flows with other waterways into the Kobeh Valley filling a vast underground aquifer. We learned last week that Captain Simpson discovered this area while trying to find a shorter route to California (Part IV) and that the Simpson Park Range to the west is named after this exploration. Here's the Captain's account in May of that year:
". . . She-o-wi-te Creek, a fine one, 4 feet wide, l foot deep and quite rapid. It sinks about 1 rnile below camp. Grass along it and on side-hills." (ref: XP Roberts Creek)
The good Captain talked with local Indians apparently concluding this was one of their camps.
Giddy-Up Mail Service - Roberts Creek Station
In the spring of 1860, this same location was the site of one of the original Pony Express stations. There is some controversy whether Bolivar Roberts' or Howard Egan's crew built the Roberts Creek Station but the the station, ranch, creek and surrounding mountains are all named for the former. Both men were key to implementing a crazy scheme to carry mail from St.Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California in just ten days. The Overland Pony Express would utilize relay stations spaced roughly 10 miles apart with fresh horses for brave riders carrying a small locked pouch of mail.
From April 3, 1860 to October 1861, it became the West's most direct means of east–west communication before the telegraph brought its demise. The brief history of the Pony Express was an important first step in tying the new state of California with the rest of the country. In these parts the Pony Express Trail roughly followed Captain Simpson's route from Sulphur Springs Station by Sadler-Brown Road (M-110), around the south base of Mt. Hope, to Roberts Creek Station and then on to a third station in Grubb Flat just north of Bean Flat which we discovered in Part IV. We'll pass through Grubb Flat on Loop #2.
Peter Damele, father of sons Pete and Tommy, recalled the old Pony Express station was a log structure, taken down by later owners of the Roberts Creek Ranch (ref: XP Roberts Creek). Pete and Tommy operate the Dry Creek and Ackerman Ranches in nearby Lander County. Filbert Etcheverry owned Roberts Creek which was handed down to his son Jimmy. We'll go into more of the rich history of ranches in this area on Loop #2.
Henderson Road Turn-off (Mile 14.4)
Heading back south on Roberts Creek Road, we return to the Henderson Road turnoff (M-108A) pictured in today's headline photo (Mile 14.4 counting the double-back from Roberts Creek, on Google Earth it's called Garden Pass Road). Going east from this point follows the Pony Express trail to the base of Mt. Hope.
We'll pick up the tour in two weeks, happy trails til' then!
Spot moly oxide prices have stabilized at the $9 per pound-level. Here are the latest numbers compliments of moly benchmark miner Thompson Creek (TC):
Metals Week Weekly Average: US$9.305 as of August 12, 2013 (updated weekly)
Ryan's Notes Average: US$9.275 as of August 13, 2013 (updated twice weekly)
The London Metal Exchange (LME) futures contracts remain above spot prices this week. Remember that this is a thinly traded futures market and contract prices reflect developments in Europe probably more than the global spot price averages above.
3-month seller's contract $20,600 per metric ton ($9.34 per pound)
15-month seller's contract $21,325 per metric ton ($9.67 per pound)
The Colonel's Gold, Silver & Copper Prices for Next Week
Here is my weekly input to the weekly Kitco Gold Survey:
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