The Company recorded first quarter earnings of $168 million or $0.88 per share (basic) compared to earnings of $55 million or $0.55 per share for the previous year. The higher earnings in the current quarter were driven by a $134 million pre-tax gain on the disposition of Gold Wheaton shares, higher average copper prices and the inclusion of the Sudbury operations following the merger with FNX. These factors were partially offset by lower sales volumes at Robinson and Carlota. Adjusted earnings for the first quarter totalled $51.8 million or $0.27 per share (basic) compared to $55.3 million or $0.56 per share (basic) for the previous year.
Palladium Mining News
GFMS, in its recently-published "Platinum & Palladium Survey 2011", is forecasting that platinum will sustain a gross surplus in 2011 of a similar magnitude to that of 2010. Mine production is expected to increase modestly this year, and while GFMS describes the situation in South Africa as "challenging", including risks surrounding this year's wage negotiations, the prospect of a repetition of the major disruptions of 2007 and 2008 is relatively low. The prospect of relatively buoyant prices also underpins increased supply from recycling and GFMS doubts that fabrication demand this year and keep pace with supply, let alone exceed it.
[Highlights from] Stillwater Mining Company:
- Net income of $36.2 million or $0.34 per diluted share -- nearly triple first quarter 2010 earnings
- Mined PGM production increased to 131,200 ounces
- Continued strong prices for palladium and platinum
North American Palladium Ltd. ("NAP" or the "Company") (TSX:PDL)(NYSE Amex:PAL) today released an updated mineral reserve and mineral resource estimate for its Vezza gold project and Sleeping Giant gold mine, located in the Abitibi gold district in Quebec. "We are pleased to see the Vezza gold project advance in accordance with the budget and timeline, as this supports our strategy to organically grow our gold division," said William J. Biggar, President and CEO. "Future growth will come from the continued exploration and development of our advanced gold projects in the Abitibi region, where we have a significant land position and an underutilized mill."
If you’ve been long palladium, you know much of the ride over the last two years has been remarkable. The white metal gained 350% in value between January 2009 and February 2011. It practically doubled in price in 2010 alone – the best performance of any commodity (followed by silver, corn and wheat). Palladium investors were flying high.
The latest bonanza grade gold-PGM drill results from the Serra Pelada project in Brazil are making it easy for Colossus Minerals (TSX: CSI) to live up to its name. Since 2007 Colossus Minerals and 25-percent joint-venture partner COOMIGASP have been pushing the southwestern extent of high-grade gold, platinum and palladium mineralization beyond a historic open-pit mine.
Colossus Minerals drills 7.30 metres at 1494.7 g/t gold, 516.6 g/t platinum and 558.9 g/t palladium in extensions of central mineralized zone at Serra Pelada, Brazil
Colossus Minerals Inc. (the "Company" or "Colossus")(TSX:CSI) is pleased to announce additional assay results from the 25,000 metre surface drilling program at the Serra Pelada Gold-Platinum-Palladium Project, the Colossus-COOMIGASP Joint Venture located in Para State, Brazil. "Drilling such high-grade gold, platinum and palladium approximately 700 metres down plunge from the outcrop of the Central Mineralized Zone in the historic Serra Pelada pit continues to demonstrate the robustness of this mineralized system," commented Ari Sussman, Colossus CEO. "We wait with great anticipation for early 2012 when construction of the underground decline advances to the point that enables the Company to see the Central Mineralized Zone first hand and extract the first of three 2,500 tonne bulk samples from it."
One way precious metals investors try to maximize their results is buy predicting which of gold or silver (and some people also consider platinum and/or palladium) will outperform the other going forward. A correct judgment has often led to dramatic results.
The commodity bull has shown little sign of running out of steam - until now. Prices began to stumble as soon as a note from Goldman Sachs, the American banking giant, whizzed around trading desks across the globe last week. The broker advised clients to close its profitable "CCCP" play, which involved investing in a basket of crude oil, copper, cotton, platinum and soybeans. The commodities team, led by Jeffrey Currie, argued that after gaining 25pc since December, the risks to the trade had changed.
Magma Metals Limited (ASX & TSX: MMW) (“Magma” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the completion of an A$20 million placement of approximately 71.4 million new fully paid ordinary shares at a price of A$0.28 per share (“Issue Price”) (the “Placement”).
An organisation operating out of Dillon in Nevada has been formed as "Jewelers for Japan" to raise funds for the thousands of victims in Japan and it is asking jewelers and consumers to donate scrap gold and silver jewellery in lieu of cash. The refiner Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico will refine the gold and silver scrap without a fee with all proceeds going directly to the American Red Cross.
Palladium has given traders and investors quite a ride over the past year — mostly on the long side. The launch of the ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (PALL) put a bid on the white metal's already-tight supplies last year. Palladium prices have risen 53 percent in the last 12 months, but that counts a month-long slump that dragged prices down to the $730 level from an $862 peak. The sell-off in PALL shares started at $85 and recently ended at $72.
Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, the General Director and Chairman of the Management Board of MMC Norilsk Nickel (the Company) met with the President of the Republic of South Africa Jakob Zuma in RSA. The meeting was held as part of the General Director's business visit to the Republic of South Africa. The parties discussed further development of the Company's projects in RSA.
All in all it was a great week. Markets rebounded nicely and shrugged off higher oil prices and put in very good performances.
In its latest Commodity Companion publication, RBS explains why it prefers aluminium, copper, platinum and palladium to bulk commodities and silver on a view through to 2014.
Mustang Minerals Corp. and 19.9% shareholder Western Areas NL are pleased to announce a significant new drill discovery of platinum and palladium mineralization at shallow depth at Mustang's 100% owned Mayville Property. The Mayville Property […]
Gold rose on Thursday, sustained by a rise in ETF holdings, stronger physical demand and a weaker dollar, but investor selling to cover losses in other markets limited gains. Platinum [ XPT= Platinum and palladium […]
It was quite a week to be sure. Markets were turbulent and have broken down slightly with the Nasdaq leading.
Gold futures rose for the second straight session as Japan’s strongest earthquake on record boosted demand for a haven asset, reports Bloomberg. Palladium fell for an eighth straight session, the longest slump since July 2008. Equities declined worldwide as officials said the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami may top 10,000. Technicians tried to contain damage from a second explosion at a nuclear plant north of Tokyo.
Franconia shareholders have approved an agreement whereby Duluth will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Franconia, and Franconia will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Duluth. Franconia's assets are expected to be rolled into Twin Metals Minnesota LLC, a Duluth (60%) and Antofagasta plc (40%) joint venture.
Papuan Precious Metals Corporation: Sampling Returns Copper Values as High as 23.86% from Ioleu Creek Prospect, Mt. Suckling
Papuan Precious Metals (TSX VENTURE:PAU)(OTCQX:PAUFF) announced that it has received geochemical results from 25 rock samples collected at its 100% owned Ioleu Creek copper-gold prospect, Mt Suckling, Papua New Guinea. In addition, platinum group element […]
It was a strong week for the precious metals especially Silver. We had a few large players in the world talk about Gold and the coming further weakness of the US Dollar and it’s lessening role throughout the world.
Lung-blackening pollution and Arctic isolation have not stopped Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel from attracting graduates to work in its mines. Andrey Ostroukh, writing for Reuters, describes how nickel and palladium mining have transformed this former Gulag town into a thriving city of 210,000.
Mapping project by British Columbia Geological Survey identifies "unprecedented opportunities" in new zones and offers insights in Romios' Dirk/Newmont Lake area Geology
Romios Gold Resources announced that a 2010 mapping project from the British Columbia Geological Survey confirmed Romios' previous claims that the Dirk property mineralization is analogous to and may be as large as the Galore Creek project. Samples collected by Romios from the Dirk property produced numerous anomalous values including a 3.0 metre chip sample of 6.21% Cu, 0.57 g/t Au, and 44.1 g/t Ag. The BCGS also reports values up to 21 ppb platinum and 64 ppb palladium from samples that they collected from the Dirk property.
Markets were weak this past week and not just for a day or two. Us markets have violated key levels, but are bouncing for now.