*** BREAKING NEWS ***
General Moly Announces Strategic Partnership with AMER International Group to Become a Major Shareholder (Press release, 04/17/2015)
AMER has agreed to work with General Moly to procure and support a senior secured term loan (“Bank Loan”) of approximately $700 million from a major Chinese bank or banks for development of the Mt. Hope Project. AMER will guarantee the Bank Loan, which is anticipated to have normal and customary covenants and security arrangements.
GMO up 35% at $0.78 per share (10:01 AM)
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The Colonel's latest Mining Quarterly Column:
"Major Henry G. Catlin and the Eureka-Croesus Revival" Online edition pages 60 to 74.
And latest Kitco News Commentary: As Copper Goes, So Goes Gold (03/16/2015)
*** Local Mining News ***
MIDWAY RAMPS UP GOLD PRODUCTION AT PAN MINE AND PROVIDES OPERATIONS UPDATE (Press release, 04/02/2015)
MIDWAY POURS FIRST GOLD AT PAN MINE (Press release, 03/27/2015)
*** Closing Prices (04/02/2015) ***
Yesterday's closing prices (Markets closed for Good Friday):
Goldman Sachs Commodity Index
S&P GSCI 435.2 (392.20 low on 03/18/2015) 5/15 contract
Nymex oil (WTI) $56.64 per barrel
Brent crude $64.32 per barrel
Comex copper $2.7785 per pound
Comex gold $1,204.8 per ounce
Comex silver $16.285 per ounce
Latest Nevada gasoline prices
Things are becoming curiouser and curiouser in the land of dragons. Shanghai shares are moving ever higher fueled by expectations that stimulus will aid a faltering Chinese economy. The parabolic rise in China stocks has brought Asian equities markets to new 7-year highs. In her pre-market brief, Wells Fargo Metals Director Janet Miraola quoted Mike Bird of Business Insider:
China’s economy is not looking too healthy right now. But its probably even worse than it looks. Power output is completely flat and imports from the country’s commodity suppliers are plunging. Domestic demand is plunging for the only time ever on record. Even in the midst of the global financial crisis domestic demand did not actually fall.
Hmm, now tell us what you really think!
Metals are feeling the China market frenzy too as Comex copper made a new high earlier this morning at $2.818 per pound before falling back to $2.7785 - still a comfortable 14% above January lows. Gold is showing good resilience around the $1,200-level as I note in the new Kitco Gold Survey below (my target for next week is $1,210).
The wonderland theme extends to the red metal as further reported by Mirasola yesterday as the 14th World Copper Conference came to a close:
COPPER – the well telegraphed summary has been on re-play in Santiago this week – that of the scarcity of new copper deposits, falling grades at mines in Chile, North America, Australia and Indonesia and ever-increasing operating costs to develop projects. Go figure then as everyone wakes up this morning and starts to leave Santiago for their homes, the red metal sees a nice bounce back up and through the 100d MA ($5995) to $6000+ [$2.72+ per pound].
Today continues the copper advance above the 100-day moving average - all this drama plays out in a strong U.S. dollar environment. If copper breaks $2.87 ($6,333) next week things are really nuts, at least statistically speaking*.
Bad news is good, at least in an easterly direction. U.S. equities are taking a more sober path today as the S&P 500 and DOW are both off more than 1 percent...the Colonel needs to check with the Mad Hatter on future market directions. Stay tuned, pardner.
Zach M. Spencer, MBA General Moly|Mt. Hope & Liberty Mines
The press release is below today's headline photo. The best of luck to the General Moly team!
The Eureka Miner's Gold Value Index (GVI), which measures gold value against oil, copper and silver independent of currency, continues to bullishly trend higher (dashed orange line, click for larger view):
This morning's GVI at 109.8 is trending down from its January peak but still comfortably above the long term trend. Any number above 100 is considered a high value for gold; the 1-month rolling average is 114.9.
The January 28, 2015 GVI (point C) is at high levels not seen since the dark days of early-2009 (point A). Reassuringly gold has been trending higher relative to these key commodities (i.e. real stuff, not paper money) since mid-2006.
New Kitco Gold Survey
Kitco News has resumed its weekly gold survey under the stewardship of its chief editor Neils Christensen - the best of luck on its debut!
Here is the Colonel's input for this week:
Q: Where do you see gold’s price headed next week, up, down or unchanged?
A: Up. Target price: $1,210 per ounce.
Stabilization around the $1,200 per ounce level continues with a small bias to the upside. Gold has strengthened in value relative to U.S. equities since mid-March continuing that trend with this morning's equity downdraft. Weakness in domestic stocks going forward is supportive for gold price. The yellow metal premium relative to key commodities copper & oil remains positive but declining.
The Spring 2015 Edition of the Mining Quarterly is now accessible online. Marianne Kobak McKown has done another outstanding job of compiling Nevada's premier mining publication! It has engaging articles on Barrick Goldstrike's new way to process ore and updates on Bald Mountain, progress at Newmont's Long canyon and a terrific conversation with Dana Bennett, our new President of the Nevada Mining Association.
This issue also features a column I wrote about Major Henry G. Catlin - a mover n' a shaker in the early mining days of Eureka, Nevada. A bold futuristic mining plan, deathbed pack and surprising twist of fate combine to remind us not much has changed in the luck of miners and the importance foreign markets. The Nevada Mining Press declared in 1919, "There is no more interesting character living among old school mining engineers than Major Henry G. Catlin." Have a good read!
"Major Henry G. Catlin and the Eureka-Croesus Revival" Online edition pages 60 to 74. (scroll bar at bottom of page allows you to easily access pages)
Cheers - Colonel
Photos by Mariana Titus