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Wheaton Precious Metals beats 2017 guidance, lifts dividend 29%
Published: 22 Mar 18
The world’s largest precious metals streaming firm Wheaton Precious Metals has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.09 a share – up 29% year-on-year as record production lifted the bottom line. The Vancouver-headquartered company reported full-year silver output of 28.6-million ounces, which was 5.7% lower than 2016, while gold output fell 3.1% over 2016 to 355 104 oz. This compared favourably with the production guidance of 28-million ounces of silver and 340 000 ounces of gold for 2017.
Caledonia Mining hits new production record at Blanket mine; to increase mine stake
Published: 22 Mar 18
LSE Aim- and TSX-listed gold producer Caledonia Mining has achieved a new production record at its flagship Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, reporting a 11.5% year-on-year output improvement to 56 133 oz for 2017. The London-based company, which owns a 49% stake in the Blanket gold mine said all-in sustaining costs fell 7% year-on-year to $847/oz, helping the miner to boost profit some 11% to $9.4-million.
Rising synthetic diamond output lifts discount to natural stones Rising synthetic diamond output lifts discount to natural stones
Published: 22 Mar 18
An analysis from independent New York-based diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky has shown that prices for synthetic laboratory-created diamonds are falling at an accelerating pace. Lab-created diamonds have enjoyed a 71% year-on-year improvement of its discount to natural equivalents over the past 12 months. Today, synthetic diamonds sell about 30% to 40% cheaper to their natural equivalents, compared with discounts in the range between 11% to 20% a year ago.
B2Gold sets record straight as Mali mulls mining code amendments
Published: 22 Mar 18
Canadian miner B2Gold has issued a statement confirming that the full details of any proposed new Mali mining code and the timing for its implementation are not known at this time. The miner responded to recent media reports attributing statements to a government minister at a joint news conference with the International Monetary Fund that suggested that if compromises with mining companies are not achieved, amendments to the mining code may be unilaterally implemented.
Global copper deficit widens 21% in 2017 as refined supplies stagnate Global copper deficit widens 21% in 2017 as refined supplies stagnate
Published: 21 Mar 18
The latest data from the Lisbon, Portugal-based International Copper Study Group (ICSG) points to a 21% year-on-year global deficit of refined copper, as refined supplies remain stagnant. During 2017, the global refined copper balance slid to a deficit of 163 000 t of red metal, compared with the 135 000 t recorded during 2016, which has been adjusted for changes in Chinese bonded stocks.
Emgold outlines nearly 300 000 oz of gold, plans 2-phased approach to develop Golden Arrow
Published: 21 Mar 18
A technical report on the Golden Arrow deposit, in Nevada, has outlined compliant indicated and measured resources of nearly 300 000 oz of gold, showing the project is deserving of further work to determine its financial viability, a news release by junior explorer Emgold Mining advised this week. The Vancouver-based junior contracted Mine Development Associates, in Reno, Nevada to undertake the technical study as part of a deal to acquire a 51% stake in the property that is owned by fellow TSX-V-listed firm Nevada Sunrise Gold.
Canada's PM optimistic on NAFTA as deal on autos appears closer
Published: 21 Mar 18
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he remained optimistic Canada would get a good deal at the NAFTA modernisation talks amid signs negotiators could be closer to settling one of the trade pact's most contentious issues. Officials are due to meet next month for the eighth round of talks, which have bogged down as Canada and Mexico try to digest far-reaching US demands for changes to the $1.2-trillion North American Free Trade Agreement.
The lithium sector surge is poised to ignite a deals bonanza The lithium sector surge is poised to ignite a deals bonanza
Published: 21 Mar 18
The tripling in lithium prices over three years is poised to fuel a multi-billion dollar rush of deals as major players jostle for dominance to supply the metal needed for the electric vehicle battery revolution. China’s expected to lead a mergers and acquisition bonanza as companies seek to wrest more control of the market from Western rivals.
First Quantum steadies as CEO hopeful of escaping giant tax bill
Published: 21 Mar 18
First Quantum Minerals recovered from what was shaping up to be its worst two-day drop in two years as its chief executive officer said he’s hoping to talk his way out of a $7.9-billion tax bill in Zambia - which includes $5.7-billion in interest. First Quantum received a letter from the Zambia Revenue Authority dated Monday “noting an assessment for import duties, penalties and interest on consumables and spare parts,” the Vancouver-based company said Tuesday in a statement. The southern African nation accounts for 84% of First Quantum’s revenue.
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