Zinc Mining News

Goldman’s near-term bearish turn on commodities

Yesterday was quite a weak day in the commodity markets, with a few staging outside reversals on their charts. It appears some (much?) of this weakness was due to a report by the very influential […]

China’s commodity feast far from over

When a Chinese vase that might be barely a century old fetched $18 million recently at a Sotheby’s auction in New York—obliterating its pre-sale estimate of just $1,000—that was surely based on inflation fears and money printing by the Federal Reserve. Conversely, when the sale of a much more esteemed ceramics collection failed to live up to the hype Thursday night in Hong Kong, clearly worries about slowing economic growth were to blame, exacerbated by Chinese monetary tightening.

Glencore to seek as much as $12.1bn in London, Hong Kong IPO

Glencore International plc plans to raise up to $12.1 billion in a London and Hong Kong IPO, according to a term sheet seen by Reuters on Thursday, cashing in on a resources boom and giving the trading giant the fire power to grow through acquisitions. The much anticipated initial public offering, set to value the company at up to $60 billion, will mark the end of four decades of closely guarded privacy for the world's biggest commodities trading company.

Azure Minerals signs $13M copper exploration joint venture with Japanese state company

Azure Minerals, a Mexico-focused precious and base metals explorer, said today it has entered into an agreement to form a joint venture with a Japanese state-owned corporation to explore the El Tecolote Project in Sonora, Mexico. According to the press release, Japan, Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), a Japanese state-owned entity, will spend $US5 million over three years, in order to earn a 51% interest in El Tecolote. The company can earn another 19% stake by spending a further $8 million, which would take its total equity in the project to 70%.

Buenaventura announces strike by contractor workers at the Uchucchacua mine

Compania de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. ("the Company" or "Buenaventura") (NYSE: BVN; Lima Stock Exchange: BUE.LM), Peru's largest publicly-traded precious metals mining company announced today that Contractors at the Uchucchacua Mine commenced a strike related to […]

Selwyn announces Scotia mine mineral resources

Selwyn Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SWN) ("Selwyn") is pleased to announce a NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate for the Scotia mine (formerly known as the Gays River mine) in Nova Scotia that includes both the […]

Canadian M&A deal volume to grow led by base metals miners

Miners, especially of base metals, will drive Canadian merger and acquisition activity for the rest of 2011, although oil and gas and financial services will also be significant, bankers said on Tuesday.

Banks circle Donner Metals

Donner Metals Ltd. (DON-TSX-V) is currently constructing a joint venture zinc mine with Xstrata Zinc Canada (XTA-L) on the Bracemac-McLeod deposit in Québec, while exploring a number of different financing scenarios.

Nevsun increases mineable reserves at Bisha by 40% using updated metal prices

Nevsun Resources Ltd. (TSX:NSU)(NYSE Amex:NSU) is pleased to announce the revised reserve estimate for its Bisha mine in Eritrea. The revised estimate has increased the total proven and probable reserves to 28.3 million tonnes from the previously reported 20.1 million tonnes (2006 feasibility study). The net impact of higher throughputs and lower cut-off grade has resulted in an extended mine life of 13 years, while increasing previously reported robust cash flow.

Markets quake

The metals markets were briefly sidetracked by the Japanese earthquake and subsequent nuclear emergency. Gold did not know whether to go up or down in response to the damage wrought in Japan and the financial measures the Japanese government took. Was it inflationary? Or was it the straw that broke the camel's back of global recovery? Read the full report

Australian Junior unearths large zinc anomaly in Botswana

Mt. Burgess has identified a large zinc soil geochemical anomaly on its Kihabe-Nzuu base metals prospect in Botswana. Mt Burgess Mining NL (ASX: MTB), which has been actively exploring Botswana and Namibia for more than a decade -- initially for diamonds

Selwyn mobilizes

Selwyn Resources has mobilized the mining equipment and supplies integral to the Selwyn Project Joint Venture's proposed underground advanced exploration program.

Strategic Metals Ltd. announces closing of $16.25 million private placement

Strategic Metals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SMD) ("Strategic") is pleased to announce the closing of the Can$16.25 million private placement announced on February 23, 2011, consisting of the sale of 5,000,000 common shares at a price of […]

HudBay Minerals triples profit in Q4 2010

HudBay Minerals posted some big gains in its fourth-quarter and year-end financials, the Toronto-based miner reported on Wednesday. Net earnings in Q4 2010 more than tripled to $24.5 million, compared to $7.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Year-end numbers were also impressive, with net earnings of $73 million — a 475% increase over 2009 after adjusting for gains on the sale of investments, the company stated.

Matthew Zylstra: Value in small-cap gold producers

Northern Securities Analyst Matthew Zylstra seeks out junior precious metals stocks with value in the ground and growth potential that are not yet obvious to the markets. He also looks for companies that have unrecognized base metal potential that can significantly reduce the cash costs of precious metals production.

Laconia to acquire Lennons Find Base Metal Project and Yandicoogina Project

Laconia Resources, a Perth-based exploration company, purchased Jabiru Metals Limited (ASX: JML) equity in the Lennons Find Base Metal project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Laconia made the announcement on Wednesday in a statement. Laconia also agreed to purchase Shaw River Resources (ASX: SRR) 100% interest in the nearby Yandicoogina project, located less than 10km along strike from the Lennons Find project.

Panamanian government indicates intent to repeal modified mineral resources code; contract-law 9 unaffected

Inmet Mining Corporation (TSX:IMN) announced today that the government of Panama intends to repeal recently enacted legislation, known as Law 8, that modified the Panamanian mineral resources code. The intent to repeal Law 8 recognizes concerns from indigenous communities residing within areas known as Comarcas that are recognized under Panamanian law. Inmet's Cobre Panama project is neither situated on nor adjacent to any Comarcas, and has had government and local community support.

Zinc fights the common cold

Zinc may be good for your everyday galvanizing and diecasting, but it may also be good at fighting colds. According to the Cochrane Collaboration, zinc taken as a lozenge or syrup reduced the duration and severity of the common cold in healthy people. "People taking zinc are also less likely to have persistence of their cold symptoms beyond seven days of treatment. Zinc supplementation for at least five months reduces incidence, school absenteeism and prescription of antibiotics for children with the common cold."

Silvercorp up 4 per cent after positive preliminary assessment

Silvercorp announced on Thursday that it received a positive preliminary assessment for its Silvertip silver-lead-zinc project in northern British Columbia. Silvercorp's stock was up 4% on the TSX on Friday. The report prepared by Golder Associates favoured a small mine and mill operating seasonally at 500 tonne per day or 72,000 tonne per year. "The initial capital cost of the project is estimated to be $US49 million with sustaining capital costs over the remaining mine life (21 years) estimated at $US54.2 million. The payback period is estimated at 4 years for the base case and 2 years for the upside case after reaching commercial production."

Fund flows pushing commodities prices higher, but at what cost?

Citigroup’s Metals and Mining team issued a note Monday talking about how fund flows - not global economic growth - are driving commodities prices higher.

Acadian Mining spins off zinc and lead assets to focus on gold exploration

Acadian Mining shares were up 30% on Tuesday morning trading after it announced it will spin off lead and zinc assets so it can focus on gold exploration. Selwyn Resources Ltd. will acquire all the […]

Palladium a hot metal favorite in 2011

First things first: North American Palladium has moved 51% higher over the past thee months. This is just one example of how palladium and platinum miners are substantially outperforming the broader market as sentiment has gone from bullish to “just buy the thing.”

Zinc, cobalt grabbing some ‘green’ traction

Zinc and cobalt often fall into that esoteric metals category called byproduct, meaning they are generally an afterthought for miners who are keen at getting at, say, nickel or copper deposits. Still, both metals are being increasingly targeted for their use in growing markets, such as rechargeable batteries for electric cars.

Vedanta posts 35% Q3 upturn; zinc production climbs

Quarterly gross earnings hit record at $895 million. Refined zinc output up 20% since purchase of operations from Anglo American.

Drilling intercepts at the Ying Mine add to Silvercorp's resources and reserves

At the Ying Mine in China, Silvercorp Metals reported on Monday the results of a underground diamond drilling program that showed high grade silver, lead and zinc.