Industrial metal prices have struggled to find firm footing. Stefan Ioannou of Haywood Securities tees up near-, medium- and long-term scenarios for three industrial metals—copper, zinc and nickel—and explains why he is most enthusiastic about zinc.
A dearth of financing is culling the junior mining herd. Who will be left? Philip Ker, a mining analyst with PI Financial in Toronto, believes cash-flow generators in safe jurisdictions will continue to perform in this market.
Stock picking can be an exercise in compromise, and investors who wait for a perfect zinc mining project could be sitting on the sidelines — and missing out on profits. Matthew O'Keefe talks about his criteria for choosing investments in the zinc small-cap space.
The U.S. and Europe may have been skirting the edge of financial peril for years, but Christopher Ecclestone, who is the principal and mining strategist of London-based Hallgarten & Co., says that the gold price should drop this year as investors realize that there's no more cause for panic.
The head of Aheadoftheherd.com isn't looking for huge producers with so much overhead that they can't profitably mine an ounce of gold. Instead, Mills seeks out the smaller mines with low capital costs. That's where the money will be made in the next two years, he says.
We are not aware of any other active silver exploration company having recently started with an aggressive exploration program based on that many and high-grade samples from surface. We rate the prospects for an exploration success as exquisitely high.