Palladium Mining News

Prophecy Platinum closes $10 million private placement

Prophecy Platinum Corp. ("Prophecy Platinum" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NKL)(OTCQX:PNIKF)(FRANKFURT:P94P) is pleased to announce the closing of the non-brokered private placement previously announced on November 1, 2011 and increased on November 3, 2011. The Company has issued 3,709,489 common shares for total gross proceeds of $10,015,620.30.

Solitaire Minerals acquires platinum-group property in Northwest Ontario

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2011) - Solitaire Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:SLT) (Solitaire) is pleased to announce that the company has signed an option to acquire a 100% interest in a Platinum-Group Element (PGE) property north of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Previous exploration has located 14 mineral occurrences on the property with analytical results up to 2.2 grams per tonne of total precious metals ("TPM") or platinum + palladium + gold. A diamond drilling program is planned to test five conductors defined by a 2010 airborne VTEM® survey.

Eastern Platinum reports results for the three months ended September 30, 2011

Eastplats recorded earnings attributable to equity shareholders of the Company of $1,364,000 ($0.00 per share) in the quarter ended September 30, 2011 ("Q3 2011") compared to earnings of $4,039,000 ($0.01 per share) in the quarter ended September 30, 2010 ("Q3 2010").

Caledonia Mining gains 20% after six-fold increase in Q3 profits

Caledonia Mining, an African focused mining and exploration company with a mine in Zimbabwe, shot up 20% to 11 cents a share after announcing a six-fold increase in profits in Q3. The company said that gross profit was $9.36 million compared to $1.607 million in the comparative quarter. "This is almost a six-fold increase on the comparative quarter and is the seventh consecutive quarterly increase in gross profit," said the company in a statement.

Platinum Group Metals announces a new discovery extending the North Limb of the Bushveld Complex

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2011) - Platinum Group Metals Ltd.(TSX:PTM)(NYSE Amex:PLG) ("Platinum Group") is pleased to report drill intercepts grading 3.47 g/t Platinum, Palladium and Gold (2 PGE+Au) over 3.5 meters and 7.00 g/t 2PGE +Au over 5.0 meters at vertical depth of approximately 660 meters. The high grade, thick, layered intercepts are located in an area north of the previously mapped North Limb of the Bushveld Complex. This Northern extension of the Bushveld Complex was first discovered by the Company in early 2011 under cover rocks by drilling based on detailed geophysical and geochemical work. Drilling is continuing and the drill program is being immediately expanded. The intercepts are located on the 137 square kilometer Waterberg Property and the new zone has a projected, potential strike length distance of 7 kilometers.

Platmin recovers from 2010 loss, sees Q3 profit

In a swing from the $26 million loss reported in the September quarter last year, platinum group metal miner Platmin achieved a $7.5 million profit for the three months to end September 2011 on the back of first platinum sales. Johannesburg (I-Net

Retransmission: Gold Canyon closes bought deal private placement for gross proceeds of $15 million

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2011) -

Stillwater releases name of fatally injured miner; operations expected to resume tonight

Dale Alan Madson, 42, a Leadman Operator at Stillwater Mining died in a mining accident on Monday at the company's Stillwater Mine. Madson was working on the 3800 level of the mine The accident is being investigated by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. No other details of the accident were released. Mining operations were suspended following the incident and will resume with the evening shift today.

Prophecy Platinum arranges $8.1 million private placement

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2011) - Prophecy Platinum Corp. ("Prophecy Platinum" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NKL)(OTCQX:PNIKF)(FRANKFURT:P94P) announces that the Company has arranged a non-brokered private placement of 3,000,000 shares at a price of $2.70 per share to raise aggregate gross proceeds of $8,100,000. Company Insider Sprott Asset Management LP, on behalf of various funds and managed accounts, have committed up to 25% of this financing. Additional insiders of the Company are expected to subscribe at $2.72 per share pursuant to the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange. Finder's fees may be payable in connection with the financing in accordance with the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange.

Manitoba's Gossan Resources investing in Greece, undertaking private placement

Gossan Resources Limited (TSX VENTURE:GSS)(FRANKFURT/FREIVERKEHR & XETRA:WKN 904435) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with East Mining Company SA ("EMC") of Athens, Greece, to investigate and examine the possibilities of acquiring mineral projects within Europe, on a non-exclusive basis, and initially to assess three potential projects in Greece. Additional projects may be pursued.

Precious Metals Report: Gold still trading at US$130 premium over platinum

UAE. The Finance ministers of the Eurozone have recommended and agreed the next Tranche of €8 billion for Greece, subject to approval of the IMF. The summit of the Eurozone is expected to go into extra time until Wednesday, when they hope to finalize...

Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. reports third quarter 2011 financial results

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. PTP +2.18% today reported a net loss of $53.5 million and a loss per common share of $1.43 for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. The results for the quarter include net premiums earned of $166.8 million, net favorable development of $27.8 million, net investment income of $29.8 million and net realized gains on investments of $7.5 million. The results also reflect the net negative impact of $112.4 million from major catastrophe losses, net of retrocessional coverage, reinstatement premiums and taxes.

Down 20% in 7 weeks, platinum has further to fall

Commodity Online reports platinum group metals miners may be hit by the rapid growth in the number of electric cars on the road that do not need catalytic converters. In addition, manufacturers like Nissan have slashed the use of platinum in gasoline-powered vehicles in efforts to keep costs down. The drop in industrial demand has not nearly been offset by the surge in jewellery sales and platinum has lost almost a fifth of its value since the start of September while palladium is down 23%. FT quotes Barclays Capital research that notes at current levels of about $1,530 an ounce, platinum is trading close to or below the price at which some miners break even and that high-cost producers are already losing money.

Wallbridge Mining commissions the Broken Hammer feasibility study

Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM, FWB: WC7) ("Wallbridge" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has retained the services of Wardrop, A Tetra Tech Company ("Tetra Tech") and AMEC, two large multi-disciplinary engineering companies to complete the required studies for the development of its Broken Hammer deposit in Sudbury, Ontario. Tetra Tech will complete the Pre-Feasibility study ("PFS") and the subsequent Feasibility Study ("FS"). AMEC will complete the Environmental and permitting requirements. "The successful delivery of the bulk sample and its expected results have brought this project to the next phases of development namely Pre-Feasibility, Feasibility, and permitting."

North Bay Resources Inc. (NBRI) agrees to JV on Fraser River platinum project

North Bay Resources Inc. (OTCBB: NBRI) ("North Bay" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with Devlin's Bench Mining Ltd and P. Wright Contracting Ltd ("PWC") to enter into a joint-venture on North Bay's Fraser River Platinum Project in British Columbia. The Fraser River Platinum Property is located near Lytton in south-central British Columbia, Canada, and covers approximately 4.5 kilometers of placer claims along the Fraser River. The property includes the Van Winkle Bar, from which BC MINFLE 092ISW078 and BC Open File 1986-7 have documented historical assays of 5681 grams (182.67 ounces) per tonne platinum from black sand concentrate.

Colossus bulks up with $75 million bought deal

Canadian-based exploration and development company Colossus Minerals was trading lower in a lacklustre Toronto market on Friday after announcing it had raised $75 million in a bought deal. Colossus is active the mineral-rich Carajas region of Para State, Brazil where it is advancing the Serra Pelada project into production. Billed as one of the highest grade gold and platinum group metals deposits in the world, the area was host to the largest precious metals rush in Latin American history from 1980 to 1986.

Northam Platinum: Union Dispute With Zondereinde Division

The management of the Zondereinde division of Northam Platinum Limited advises that the annual wage negotiations with employee representative unions Solidarity and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) continued yesterday, 12 October and today,

Potential Platinum Underwriters (PTP) Trade Has $29.20 Breakeven

Platinum Underwriters (NYSE:PTP) closed Monday's dramatic trading session at $31.95. In the past year, the stock has hit a 52-week low of $28.05 and 52-week high of $46.42. Platinum Underwriters (PTP) stock has been showing support around $31.27 an...

Contractors strike at Aquarius Platinum's Everest Mine

A mining contractor at Aquarius Platinum's Everest Mine is on strike. The strike has been called by the Association of Mining and Construction Unions, which is demanding full organizational rights under the South African Labour Relations Act. The contractors on strike are employees of Murray & Roberts Cementation. "This is a technical dispute between AMCU and MRC, and no demands are being made by AMCU of Aquarius or its subsidiaries," said Aquarius Platinum (ASX:AQP) in a dispute.

Barclays analysis says precious metals may handle downturn best

Gold, silver, platinum and palladium, as well as other commodities, generally stand a better chance of handling a global economic downturn than other types of investments, Barclays Capital said Monday.

Physical buying from China drives gold rally, safe haven demand absent

Gold for December delivery traded up $37.30, or 2.3%, at $1,673.10 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange in early afternoon trade Monday, after climbing more than $40 earlier to touch an intraday high of $1,676.70. Gold's gains come amid strong buying during China's Golden Week despite the fact that buyers have to contend with bullion that is $300/oz more expensive than last year. Traders reported that the price of gold has been moving up and down in sync with the S&P 500 in the last four sessions, while the safe-haven buying that spurred the metal's three-year rally was largely absent. Other precious metals also benefited from a near 2% drop in the dollar index.

North American Palladium to expand flagship Ontario mine

Canada's North American Palladium said it plans to expand its flagship mine in Northern Ontario at a cost of around $75 million for the first phase of the project. Phase 1 of the Lac des Iles expansion should be completed in the fourth quarter of next year when the shaft will begin operating at a rate of 3,500 tonnes per day. The mine is located northwest of the city of Thunder Bay, and its primary deposits are palladium with some platinum, gold, nickel, and copper by-products. The company, which also operates two gold mines in Quebec, received a bump at the opening of trade in New York with the stock up 3.3% in a softer broader market.

Rusal completes $9.33 billion debt refinancing

As expected the proposal by Norilsk Nickel management to buy back some of the stake in it controlled by Oleg Deripaska’s RusAl has been rebuffed. 29.08, 12:39 The world’s largest aluminium producer, Rusal, has posted a 1H 2011 net profit of $1.085

Norilsk: May Sell Some Of Its Shares, Says Rusal May Dispute Buyback

MOSCOW -(Dow Jones)- Russian Polar miner OAO Norilsk Nickel (GMKN.RS) Wednesday said it may sell all or part of its treasury shares, representing in total a 9.23% stake in the company. Analysts said the shares may be sold to finance the buyback Norilsk

Stillwater withdraws offer after 'dramatic deterioration' on capital markets

Stillwater Mining Company on Monday became one of the first miners to find funding drying up following the punishment meted out to precious metals recently, when it announced after market close that it is withdrawing its proposed offering of senior notes due to the "dramatic deterioration of the capital markets during the past week." Stillwater said it still has enough funds for the $165 million net cash portion of the Peregrine transaction. The counter shed just over 1% of its value on the NYSE on Monday on a generally positive day for the markets, but is down 35% since last Monday. Stillwater is the only US producer of palladium and platinum and is the largest primary producer of platinum group metals outside of South Africa and Russia. Platinum was trading at $1,565/oz on Monday, down from a year-high of $1,916/oz.