Copper Resilient Despite US Dollar Gains

Copper’s price resilience over recent years is a reflection of sound market fundamentals. Demand is being driven by both traditional and new-age applications, whilst the supply-side reflects challenges around a market that’s heavily dependent upon ageing mines. The path of least resistance suggests a continuation of copper’s price strength that began back in late 2015, with prices close to a five year-high.

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Indicators Point To A Silver Rally

Silver does not experience the same level of investor awareness as gold. For this reason, silver’s prospects often get ignored by the mainstream media and the investment community generally. Gold dominates investor sentiment in the precious metals space, mainly because the metal is more heavily traded and there are many more listed companies offering exposure to gold than for silver.

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New Gold Deal Underlines Rimfire Potential

Rimfire Mining (ASX: RIM, Share Price: $0.02, Market Cap: $19m) is a NSW gold exploration play that’s managed to sustain measured but active exploration activity on its flagship Fifield gold exploration project in NSW with encouraging results. The negotiation in 2016 of a major farm-out JV deal with Canada’s New Gold underlines the region’s potential and is a vote of confidence in RIM’s work so far.

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Market Confidence Returns For Mustang Resources

Mustang Resources (ASX: MUS, Share Price: $0.09, Market Cap: $48m) is an investment proposition quite like no other, offering exposure to the company’s emerging Montepuez ruby production project in northern Mozambique. Mustang is currently undertaking a fast-tracked strategy to commercialise the project, which lies adjacent to the world’s largest ruby deposit – operated by Gemfields Plc.

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Interest Builds Around AusQuest

AusQuest Limited (ASX: AQD, Share Price: $0.02 Market Cap: $10m) has a strategy of focusing exclusively on ‘big-picture’ exploration projects, both domestically and abroad. The company has implemented a Strategic Alliance Agreement (SAA) with diversified miner South32 (ASX: S32) to develop a pipeline of high-potential exploration opportunities, with South32 funding all exploration activity.

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High-Grade Gold Hits Continue For WAF

West African Resources (ASX: WAF, Share Price: $0.36, Market Cap: $174m) is one of our favourite African gold exposures. Operating in Burkina Faso since 2007, it ranks as the largest ASX-listed acreage holder within the country and has accelerated its progress towards production status via aggressive drilling, enhanced gold resource base and positive PFS results at its Sanbrado Project.

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Oklo Extends Seko Gold Mineralisation

Oklo Resources (ASX: OKU, Share Price: $0.24, Market Cap: $68m) continues to enjoy significant success with respect to its gold exploration activities, focused on western and southern Mali. Oklo maintains a portfolio of seven strategically-located projects, encompassing a total of 1,389 sq km. Ongoing results from air-core, RC and diamond drilling have returned extensive gold mineralisation.

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Record Monthly Mine Production For Orinoco

Orinoco Gold (ASX: OGX, Share Price: $0.064, Market Cap: $32m) is demonstrating encouraging progress with respect to remedial work aimed at recommencing gold operations at its Cascavel mine in Brazil, with a number of important milestones – comprising the declaration of a maiden JORC-compliant Resource at Sertão, process plant enhancements and record monthly mine development.

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Quality Partners Highlight Minotaur Potential

Minotaur Exploration (ASX: MEP, Share Price: $0.083, Market Cap: $17m) is one of our most respected copper exploration plays – maintaining a strong and diverse portfolio of exploration projects, a well-credentialed exploration team, together with solid cash reserves and high-profile joint venture partners – ensuring a high-level of exploration activity. It maintains Sprott Group as a 12.87% shareholder.

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Antipa Highlights Exploration Potential

Antipa Minerals (ASX: AZY, Share Price: $0.022, Market Cap: $26m) maintains a first-class acreage position within the mineral-rich Telfer province of Western Australia – a fact reflected in the lucrative agreement with mining behemoth Rio Tinto Exploration, which allows for Rio to spend up to $60 million on exploration and appraisal of Antipa’s Citadel gold and copper project within the Telfer region.

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