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Royal Road Minerals to expand drilling campaign at Colombian project

The Jersey-based miner was granted permission to drill two mining…

TSXV greenlights ATEX’s acquisition of Chilean copper project

Shares in the Vancouver-based company start trading today.

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IAMGOLD plans to keep on buying

IAMGOLD Corporation, which produces nearly one million ounces of gold each year, is looking is looking for projects capable of 150,000/oz of gold per year and has two million oz of reserves. The company made the announcement during a corporate presentation in October. Bloomberg reported that the company is looking for transactions in the range of $300 million to $500 million.

BHP rumoured to be bidding $1.3B for Brazilian iron ore producer

Mining M&A is heating up with more takeover rumours, says The Australian, quoting a report from UK-based newspaper The Sunday Times. The Times reported that BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP), the world's largest miner, is close to launching a $1.3 billion bid for Ferrous Resources, a Brazilian iron ore producer controlled by a number of international hedge funds including Philip Falcone's Harbinger Capital. According to The Australian, Ferrous is valued at some $3.9 billion, with the company "needing to spend about $5bn developing its Viga mine in Minas Gerais state in Brazil, which would include a 400km slurry pipe to carry the ore to its own port at Presidente Kennedy in nearby Espirito Santo state."

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.

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Quadra FNX announces a 9% increase in Q3 2011 copper production

Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. ("Quadra FNX" or the "Company") (TSX:QUX) announces that consolidated payable production for the three months ended September 30 increased 9% compared to Q2 2011 and 30% compared to Q1 2011 and totaled 60 million pounds of copper, 26 thousand ounces of total precious metals ("TPMs") and 3 million pounds of nickel. Paul Blythe, President & CEO comments; "This is our strongest quarter since 2009, driven by Robinson and continuing strong performance from our Sudbury operations. We are seeing continuing and significant improvements in production at Robinson. The various measures that we have taken are delivering increased flexibility and productivity.

White Tiger Gold and Century Mining combination gets a green light from Canadian regulators

The combination of White Tiger Gold (CVE:WTG) and Century Mining received approval on Wednesday from the Government of Canada under the Investment Canada Act. Century Mining will become an indirect subsidiary of White Tiger. "We appreciate the approval given by the Government of Canada. We are now one step closer to creating a larger, more diversified gold mining company with multiple properties in various stages of production and development in Canada, Russia, and Peru" said Daniel Major, President and Chief Executive Officer of Century and Dr. Geoffrey Cowley, Chief Executive Officer of White Tiger in a joint statement.

Hecla increases revolving credit agreement to $100 million

Hecla Mining Company ("Hecla") HL +3.79% announces that it has reached an agreement with its lenders to increase the amount available under its undrawn secured revolving credit facility to $100 million from $60 million. The amendment is effective immediately and represents a new three-year term on the facility. The financial covenants and interest rate at LIBOR plus 2.75% to 3.5% depending on the leverage ratio of the Company, remain unchanged. The lenders for the credit facility are Scotia Capital and ING Capital LLC.

First Majestic’s Q3 silver production 4% lower

First Majestic (TSE:FR) announced that its Q3 silver production was 4% lower from the prior quarter and 6% lower from the same quarter in 2010. The company produced 1,708,865 silver ounces in Q3 compared to 1,780,379 in Q2. In early morning trading, the company's stock was up 20 cents to $17.69 a share. The company believes that silver production should increase due to operational improvements at La Parrilla, its Mexican mine. First Majestic completed a new 1,000 tpd flotation circuit, which will replace an old 425 tpd flotation circuit and will allow silver production to ramp up in the fourth quarter.

Endeavour Silver’s production continued to rise in 3rd quarter, 2011; revenues jumped 93% to US$38.8 million

Endeavour Silver Corp. (TSX:EDR)(NYSE:EXK)(FRANKFURT:EJD)announced today that silver and gold production from the Company's two operating silver mines in Mexico, the Guanacevi Mine in Durango State and the Guanajuato Mine in Guanajuato State, continued to rise year-on-year in the Third Quarter, 2011. Silver production was up 8% to 858,738 ounces (oz) and gold production was up 7% to 4,926 oz compared to the Third Quarter, 2010. Revenues jumped 93% for the quarter to US$38.8 million thanks to both higher silver and gold production and higher realized metal prices.

Crystallex announces proposed private placement to raise up to US$120 million

Crystallex International Corporation (TSX:KRY)(OTCQB:CRYXF) ("Crystallex" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that a wholly-owned subsidiary (the "Issuer") proposes to complete a best efforts private placement offering (the "Offering") of up to 120,000 units (the "Units") at a price of US$1,000 per Unit for aggregate proceeds of up to US$120 million. Each Unit will consist of one face value US$1,000 principal amount senior secured note (the "Notes") bearing simple interest at a rate per annum to be determined payable on maturity or redemption and one contingent value right (the "CVRs").