*** Local Mining News ***
Barrick's Ruby Hill shuts down temporarily (11/05/2013, Elko Daily Free Press, Marianne McKown)
General Moly Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results (11/04/2013)
The latest General Moly briefing on the status of the Mt. Hope molybdenum project (with Webcast): General Moly - John Tumazos Very Independent Independent Research Conference (10/16/2013)
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 Long Ride from Lehman Brothers (Part II) (10/28/2013)
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Friday's AM prices used for this morning's analysis:
COMEX Gold price = $1,285.6/oz (December contract most active)
COMEX Silver = $21.410/oz (December)
COMEX Copper = $3.2350/lb (December)
NYMEX WTI crude = $94.62/bbl (December)
ICE Brent crude = $103.88/bbl (December)
Eureka Miner’s Gold Value Index© (GVI) = 85.09 (gold value relative to a basket of commodities that include oil, copper and silver)
Value Adjusted Gold Price© (VAGP) = $1,262.4/oz
COMEX - VAGP = +$23.15/oz; gold is trading at a small premium to key commodities.
General Moly (GMO) = $1.60 up 0.63%
Barrick Gold (ABX) = $17.89 down 1.60%
Newmont Mining (NEM) = $27.06 down 1.06%
Timberline Resources (TLR) = $0.1801 down 5.21%
S&P 500 = 1,762.66 up 0.88%
Another rough week for gold which got an extra kick down the mineshaft on this morning's much better-than-expected jobs report. Surprising nearly everyone, the Labor Department announced a 204,000 rise in nonfarm payrolls for October - even with the government shutdown! This number and a U.S. GDP growth of 2.8% released earlier this week suggest the economy may have more steam in its boiler than most economists thought. The news put the debate on the Federal Reserve's current monetary easing policy front and center - will their $85 billion per month bond buying program beginning tapering sooner than latter? Maybe December instead of March? Stay tuned.
A strengthening U.S. dollar on the jobs news got another boost from Europe where the ECB cut interest rates to counter deflationary pressures and France got a credit downgrade for not being aggressive enough to tackle fiscal problems and promote growth. A stronger dollar coupled with a startling jump in the 10-year yield clobbered gold prices which fell to $1,280.5 per ounce on the Comex before crawling back to presently trade at $1,285.6 - Ouch!
Please checkout my input to the Weekly Kitco Gold Survey (below) and latest Kitco commentary for more details on metal prices and news for the week.
Trouble at Ruby Hill
I heard last weekend that the Barrick Ruby Hill Mine had a high wall failure at the southeast end of the pit. The pit wall collapsed at 11:35 AM Saturday and fortunately all personnel and equipment had been brought to safety before the incident.
Mining Editor Marianne McKown wrote this excellent article in the Elko Daily Free Press Tuesday:
Barrick's Ruby Hill shuts down temporarily
The headline photo of the collapsed wall is looking south towards the historic site of the old Ruby Hill Mine. Engineers are presently determining the extent of the damage and developing a plan for when the mine can return to full operation.
The Kobeh mystery solved...
Last Friday we speculated about the location of new claims announced by Timberline Resources (TLR) in this press release:
Timberline Amends Property Agreement to Include Additional Claims in Nevada (Press release, 10/28/2013)
That column has now been brought up to date after I talked with Timberline Tuesday:
Update 11/05/2013: This report contacted Timberline Resources today and they confirmed the general Afgan-Kobeh area. Their claims are on a long lease arrangement with David Knight. The claims are 25 NW of Eureka as the "as the crow flies". Timberline said they would gladly identify the exact location when there is a future opportunity for the Eureka Miner and Timberline folks to get together.
A Journey in Space and Time
In September, we wrapped up an eight-part summer series on Mt. Hope. You can access the series with the links in the column to your right. We'll be back with a second series on Mt. Hope later this year or next. The second road trip is longer (110 miles) and will include ranches of early settlers, a second portion of the Pony Express Trail and a challenging section of the old Eureka-Palisade Railroad.
Loop # 1 (65 miles) was a fun trip - I hope you enjoyed the Mt. Hope journey in space and time and look forward to the next trip too!
Spot moly oxide prices remain stabilized above the $9 per pound-level. Here are the latest numbers compliments of moly benchmark miner Thompson Creek (TC):
Metals Week Weekly Average: US$9.66 as of Nov. 1, 2013 (updated weekly)
Ryan's Notes Average: US$9.70 as of Nov. 5, 2013 (updated twice weekly)
The London Metal Exchange (LME) futures are at the spot prices on the 3-month contract with the 15-month at nearly $10 per pound. Remember that this is a thinly traded futures market and contract prices may reflect developments in Europe more than the global spot price averages above.
3-month seller's contract $21,300 per metric ton ($9.662 per pound)
15-month seller's contract $22,040 per metric ton ($9.997 per pound)
The Colonel's Gold, Silver & Copper Prices for Next Week
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