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Bright Outlook For Gold and The following $AMK.ca $EXS.ca $GGX.ca $GR.ca $MQR.ca $OPW.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:51 AM on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Several analysts point out that the outlook for gold and, by association, gold stocks, is bright despite rising US interest rates.

  • Demand in India and China rebounds sharply in recent months
  • Trend towards increased use of scrap gold reverses over past five years
  • Divergence in cash costs between USD and non-USD denominated companies

By Eva Brocklehurst

Gold retains a role as both an investment and defensive asset and analysts believe it will remain an important part of portfolios for both the private sector and central banks. Gold is a store of wealth in unstable times and such times prevail.

ANZ analysts expect increased political uncertainty in the US will support gold in the short term despite higher interest rates. Gold prices are forecast to push past US$1300/oz over the next 12 months and there are positive long-term prospects as well.

In the wake of the US Federal Reserve’s recent increase to its Fed Funds rate, and if the three rate rises in the current cycle are anything to go by, Bell Potter also considers the outlook positive for gold. Typically, rising interest rates are considered negative for gold because of the increased opportunity cost of holding an asset with no yield. As the gold price is appreciating amid rising interest rates in the US this signals to the broker that both inflation and safe-haven trade are key themes in the gold market.

The ANZ analysts do not envisage rising US interest rates as a negative. Gold has rallied in all but one of the past seven rate-hike cycles since the 1970s. Gold has also outperformed when interest rates were increasing relatively slowly. Furthermore, the analysts believe, if the US political situation worsens this year, there is a possibility gold prices will breakthrough US$1300/oz. Safe-haven buying is a strong driver of investor demand and is usually sparked by macro shocks or political instability.

Emerging markets should drive demand for physical gold for some time and China and India are already the world’s largest gold consumers. Demand in India and China has rebounded sharply in recent months and the analysts observe the issues around de-monetisation in India are abating, while there has been a sharp pick up in China’s gold imports, which suggests previous constraints have eased.

Growth in salaries, automobile sales and passenger air travel in India is expected to support the country’s gold market over the next year as India’s gold demands tend to correlate with income growth. Gold holdings are also likely to increase at central banks and most of the future buying is expected from central banks in emerging markets as they move closer to developed world levels.

China is likely to dominate the recovery in the gold price as Asian financial centres open up and the ANZ analysts find no reason why Shanghai should not become a major centre for gold trading, provided the appropriate institution and legal reforms take place. Asia is expected to account for over half of the global economy by 2050.

Supply

On the supply side prices are supported by the fact that gold mines cannot expand rapidly. Gold production has risen by an average of just 0.9% since 1995, year-on-year. Mine supply remains the primary source of gold and the trend towards increasing use of scrap has reversed over the past five years. New gold in total supply rose to over 70% in 2016.

Those countries driving the growth in the primary source of gold are ones best place to do so in the future, the analysts assert. Gold reserves are concentrated, at around 70%, in just 10 countries and Australia and South Africa have the largest unmined reserves. Meanwhile, scrap supply is volatile and the extraction from recycled electronics costly, so scrap gold is heavily influenced by both the price of gold and economic cycles.

As the ASX gold index is now down -3% year-to-date, Bell Potter believes the best performances are being driven by company-specific catalysts among the single-mine producers and successful explorers. The broker observes, while the gold price has not cracked US$1300/oz yet, it has established a pattern of higher lows and higher highs.

With a relatively steady exchange rate the Australian-dollar gold price has followed a similar track. The broker also believes relative outperformance of equities versus gold bullion is an indicator of positive sentiment.

Meanwhile, the costs associated with gold mining have fallen globally by around 15% over the past three years. Most of the reductions have been made in operating or production costs. The biggest cost reductions have been experienced in Australia, the ANZ analysts observe, where total cash costs have declined an average -30% since 2012.

Two factors, exchange rates and oil prices, have helped drive costs down and the analysts estimate around 60% of gold mining costs are based in local currency terms and around 10-12% related to oil prices. Indonesia, South Africa, Australia and Canada appear to have been the biggest beneficiaries in this regard.

Divergence In Cash Costs

Citi has highlighted a divergence between the cash costs of US dollar-denominated and non-US dollar-denominated companies. South African gold producers, in particular, have sustained all-in cash cost hikes of 16% while those of US dollar-denominated companies declined by -2.7%. Citi expects that a strengthening South African rand will continue to put pressure on South African gold stocks as will rising capital and exploration expenditure.

The broker expects costs in the industry to rise this year as years of under-investment unwind, especially if a stable, or higher, gold price prevails. Citi believes consensus expectations do not appropriately reflect the rising costs and maintains a bearish view on the sector, particularly South African gold stocks.

Based on recent changes to the underlying MVIS Junior Gold Miners index and significant changes to the GDXJ methodology in the US, Macquarie expects the main impact will be on North America markets. Yet, key beneficiaries in the Australian context are Newcrest Mining ((NCM)), Evolution Mining ((EVN)), Northern Star ((NST)) and OceanaGold ((OCG)).

These stocks have been are seen returning to the index as the eligibility band is widened. Smaller stocks are expected to suffer as a result of the re-balance. Macquarie believes investors should keep buying quality in good jurisdictions where there are cornerstone assets.
Source: https://www.fnarena.com/index.php/2017/06/19/bright-outlook-for-gold/

Opawica Explorations Announces Purchase of Bazooka West Gold Property for 100% Ownership of Seven Contiguous Kilometres of Cadillac Larder Lake Break $OPW.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:10 PM on Friday, April 28th, 2017

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  • Exercised its option to acquire 100% interest in the Bazooka West property located in Beauchastel Township, Quebec, from Globex Mining Enterprises
  • Bazooka East and West gold properties combine for a total strike length of approximately seven kilometres along one of the most prolific auriferous structures in the world, the Cadillac Larder Lake Break

Shares for Services Agreement With AGORACOM

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA-(April 28, 2017) – Opawica Explorations Inc. (the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:OPW) announces that pursuant to its news releases dated August 2, 2016 and January 30, 2017, the Company has exercised its option to acquire 100% interest in the Bazooka West property located in Beauchastel Township, Quebec, from Globex Mining Enterprises Inc. (“Globex”), for consideration of a final option payment of $30,000 cash and 500,000 common shares of the Company which are subject to a four month hold period expiring August 22, 2017. Globex retains a 3% Gross Metal Royalty (“GMR”) with the Company retaining the right to purchase 1% of the GMR for $1,000,000 within five years.

The Bazooka East and West gold properties combine for a total strike length of approximately seven kilometres along one of the most prolific auriferous structures in the world, the Cadillac Larder Lake Break (“CLLB”). Opawica’s collective 100% ownership, subject to various underlying royalties, of these properties will now be referred to as the Bazooka Gold Property (the “Property”).

To date only 800 metres of strike length has been tested by limited shallow drilling and small mining activities undertaken in the early 1950’s through a 115 metre deep shaft on the Bazooka Gold Property. This outlines approximately six kilometres of untested strike length and the entire seven kilometres of the Bazooka Gold Property is open to depth for gold exploration.

The eastern border of Opawica’s Bazooka Gold Property adjoins Yorbeau Resources Inc.’s (“Yorbeau”) Rouyn Property that is currently under option for Kinross Gold Corporation (“Kinross”) to purchase a 100% interest for consideration that includes C$12 million in certain exploration expenditures and a single cash payment of US$25,000,000, plus 2% of the prevailing gold price multiplied by the number of ounces in measured, indicated and inferred resources identified in a resource estimate to be completed on the Rouyn Property (see Yorbeau press release dated October 25, 2016). In addition, the western border of the Bazooka Gold Property adjoins Richmont Mines Inc.’s Wasamac gold property (~3 million ozs Au resources).

All of these properties are within 10 kilometres of the Rouyn-Noranda mining camp and are located on, or near, the CLLB. The 220 kilometre length of the CLLB, and areas in general proximity thereto, between Matachewan, Ontario to Val D’Or, Quebec have yielded over 125 million ounces of gold from production and existing gold resources.

SHARES FOR SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH AGORACOM

The Company has entered into an online marketing and advertising agreement (the “Agreement”) with Agora Internet Relations Corp. (“AGORACOM”) for a one year term ending April 30, 2018. The Company expects to receive significant advertising exposure over the next 12 months through many content brand insertions on the AGORACOM network and extensive search engine marketing.

As compensation for the services to be provided, AGORACOM will receive $45,000 plus applicable HST and payment will be made by the issuance of common shares at a deemed price per share to be determined after the date the services are provided during the year. AGORACOM will be paid $9,000 plus applicable HST in value of shares upon commencement of the Agreement on May 1, 2017, and thereafter will receive $9,000 plus applicable HST in value of shares at the end of each quarter with the final share payment to be made on April 30, 2018. The shares issued to AGORACOM will be subject to a four month hold period from the date of each issuance of shares.

The Agreement and all securities proposed to be issued thereunder are subject to the acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange.

Mr. Yvan Bussieres, P.Eng., is the Qualified Person who has prepared or supervised the preparation of the information that forms the basis for the scientific and technical disclosure in this news release.

For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.opawica.com.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Service Provider (as the term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy of accuracy of this news release.

Forward-looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release relating to the Company’s exploration activities, project expenditures and business plans are approximate and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of securities legislation. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements. These forward looking statements represent management’s best judgment based on current facts and assumptions that management considers reasonable, including that operating and capital plans will not be disrupted by issues such as adverse market conditions, mechanical failure, unavailability of parts, labor disturbances, interruption in transportation or utilities, or adverse weather conditions, that there are no material unanticipated variations in budgeted costs, that contractors will complete projects according to schedule, and that actual mineralization on properties may not achieve any category of resource(s). The Company makes no representation that reasonable business people in possession of the same information would reach the same conclusions. Forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. In particular, fluctuations in the price of gold, equity markets or in currency markets could prevent the Company from achieving its targets. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. There is no guarantee that drill results reported in this news release or future releases will lead to the identification of a deposit that can be mined economically, and further work is required to identify resources and reserves. We seek safe harbour.

Fred Kiernicki
President and Chief Executive Officer
Opawica Explorations Inc.
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