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American Creek $AMK.ca Provides Update and Information on Annual General & Special Shareholder Meeting $TUD.ca $SII.ca $GTT.ca $AFF.ca $SEA.ca $SA $PVG.ca $AOT.ca $ESK.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 10:10 AM on Friday, November 27th, 2020

Cardston, Alberta–(Newsfile Corp. – November 27, 2020) – American Creek Resources Ltd. (TSXV: AMK) (the “Company” or “American Creek”) – announces that with respect to its annual general and special meeting (the “Meeting“) of shareholders (“Shareholders“) scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 3, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Company is encouraging Shareholders and proxyholders not to attend the Meeting in person, particularly if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

In order to comply with the Orders of the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer currently in effect related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in response to the additional directives of the Provincial and Federal governments and health authorities, the Meeting will not be open to the public. Access to the Meeting will be limited to essential personnel and registered Shareholders and proxyholders entitled to attend and vote at the Meeting. There will be strict limitations on the number of persons permitted entry to the Meeting in order to ensure adherence to social distancing requirements. It will also be mandatory for all persons in attendance at the Meeting to wear a face mask/covering.

In order to minimize group sizes and respect social distancing regulations, all Shareholders are urged to vote on the matters before the Meeting by proxy which can be submitted electronically, by mail, or by phone as further described in the Company’s management information circular dated October 29, 2020, by no later than 10:00 a.m. (Vancouver time) on December 1, 2020.

Given the current exceptional circumstances and the requirement to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic risks, there will be no management presentation at the Meeting, nor will there be a question and answer session with management.

As the situation regarding COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, the Company reserves the right to implement additional precautionary measures related to the Meeting if deemed appropriate.

The Company thanks its valued Shareholders and apologizes for any inconvenience caused as a result of the precautionary safety measures taken in respect of the Meeting.

About American Creek

American Creek holds a strong portfolio of gold and silver properties in British Columbia.

Two of those properties are located in the prolific “Golden Triangle”; the Treaty Creek joint venture project with Tudor (Walter Storm) as well as the 100% owned past producing Dunwell Mine.

The Company also holds the Gold Hill, Austruck-Bonanza, Ample Goldmax, Silver Side, and Glitter King properties located in other prospective areas of the province.

For further information please contact Kelvin Burton at: Phone: 403 752-4040 or Email:
[email protected]. Information relating to the Corporation is available on its website at www.americancreek.com

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

This news release contains forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Readers should not place undue importance on forward-looking information and should not rely upon this information as of any other date. Actual results could differ materially because of factors discussed in the Company’s management discussion and analysis filed with applicable Canadian securities regulators, which can be found under the Company’s profile on www.sedar.com. The Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Gold Miners Free Cash Flow Yield Turns Positive SPONSOR: Durango Resources $OSK.ca $BTR.ca $SII.ca $TLG.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 12:07 PM on Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
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sponsor: Durango owns 100% interest in the Trove claims, in the Windfall Lake area between Val d’Or and Chibougamau, Quebec., which are surrounded by Osisko Mining Inc. The property is compelling due to the coincidence of gold found in tills, coinciding with magnetic highs, several Induced Polarization anomalies and two faults crosscutting the property. Durango is undergoing a final review process for the proposed 3,000m drill program in 2020. Click Here For More Info

Crescat November Research Letter:

Gold & Silver Miners Turn Over a New Leaf:

  • Top 50 largest gold and silver miners have had five straight quarters of positive free cash flow for the first time in the last three decades.
  • Gold and silver mining companies are the real beneficiaries of today’s macro environment with strong balance sheets, high growth, and still incredible undervaluation.

One of the few areas of the equity market that is meaningfully improving fundamentally is the precious metals mining industry. With gold and silver prices at their current levels, these companies are set to massively expand their margins. This is indeed a new phenomenon for the miners. After 25 years of constantly losing money and regrettably creating a long-standing reputation of being capital destroyers, this industry is becoming one of the most disciplined and profitable businesses in the global economy today. In fact, the median stock among top 50 largest gold and silver miners has had five straight quarters of positive free cash flow for the first time in the last three decades. We believe this is only the beginning. These stocks are becoming new cash flow machines with the strong support of precious metals prices moving higher. Gold and silver mining companies are the real beneficiaries of today’s macro environment with strong balance sheets, high growth, and still incredible undervaluation.

Risk Parity Exhaustion

Among all the demand drivers for gold, we view the lack of competing cheap assets being a major one. For the first time in history, junk bonds and stocks are record overvalued in tandem. We have only seen the exact opposite of this. That was in the Global Financial Crisis when US equities and corporate bonds both hit rock bottom. This time, we are on the other side of the coin. Both sides of the so-called risk parity strategy, stocks and bonds, are at extreme valuations. In a world of near zero to negative yields and frothy valuations across almost every risky asset, it will become imperative for investors to seek out undervalued assets that are true beneficiaries of the current macro environment. In our view, precious metals are poised to become the new core must-have asset for capital allocators. Gold and silver are risk-off alternatives to bonds in the portfolios of prudently minded investors in today’s market. At the same time, attractively priced, high-growth gold and silver mining companies serve to ignite the animal spirits of traders and investors looking for a risk-on alternative to overvalued, low-growth stocks at large.

source: https://www.crescat.net/crescat-november-research-letter/

Gold Miners Free Cash Flow Yield Turns Positive SPONSOR: Tajiri Resources $TAJ.ca $GXS.ca $EDV.ca $IMG.ca $GUY.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 5:38 PM on Monday, November 23rd, 2020
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Gold & Silver Miners Turn Over a New Leaf:

  • Top 50 largest gold and silver miners have had five straight quarters of positive free cash flow for the first time in the last three decades.
  • Gold and silver mining companies are the real beneficiaries of today’s macro environment with strong balance sheets, high growth, and still incredible undervaluation.

One of the few areas of the equity market that is meaningfully improving fundamentally is the precious metals mining industry. With gold and silver prices at their current levels, these companies are set to massively expand their margins. This is indeed a new phenomenon for the miners. After 25 years of constantly losing money and regrettably creating a long-standing reputation of being capital destroyers, this industry is becoming one of the most disciplined and profitable businesses in the global economy today. In fact, the median stock among top 50 largest gold and silver miners has had five straight quarters of positive free cash flow for the first time in the last three decades. We believe this is only the beginning. These stocks are becoming new cash flow machines with the strong support of precious metals prices moving higher. Gold and silver mining companies are the real beneficiaries of today’s macro environment with strong balance sheets, high growth, and still incredible undervaluation.

Risk Parity Exhaustion

Among all the demand drivers for gold, we view the lack of competing cheap assets being a major one. For the first time in history, junk bonds and stocks are record overvalued in tandem. We have only seen the exact opposite of this. That was in the Global Financial Crisis when US equities and corporate bonds both hit rock bottom. This time, we are on the other side of the coin. Both sides of the so-called risk parity strategy, stocks and bonds, are at extreme valuations. In a world of near zero to negative yields and frothy valuations across almost every risky asset, it will become imperative for investors to seek out undervalued assets that are true beneficiaries of the current macro environment. In our view, precious metals are poised to become the new core must-have asset for capital allocators. Gold and silver are risk-off alternatives to bonds in the portfolios of prudently minded investors in today’s market. At the same time, attractively priced, high-growth gold and silver mining companies serve to ignite the animal spirits of traders and investors looking for a risk-on alternative to overvalued, low-growth stocks at large.

source: https://www.crescat.net/crescat-november-research-letter/

VIDEO – American Creek Resources $AMK.ca Discusses Reasons For Spinout, Including Protecting Assets From Possible Acquisition $TUD.ca $SII.ca $GTT.ca $AFF.ca $SEA.ca $SA $PVG.ca $AOT.ca $ESK.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 3:34 PM on Monday, November 23rd, 2020
American Creek Provides Update on Its First Quarter Filings

American Creek Resources (AMK:TSX-V) Treaty Creek Project has been the subject of incredible discussion in 2020, including by Eric Sprott who stated Treaty Creek may have as much as 50,000,000 ounces of gold this summer.

There isn’t a single junior exploration company that isn’t envious of Treaty Creek and the one good problem it is creating for the Company – it is overshadowing everything else in the Company.  As such, AMK recently announced the following:

“American Creek Announces Spinout of Dunwell Property and Other Properties and Assets and Sets Date for Annual General & Special Meeting”

Watch this powerful interview with CEO Darren Blaney as to the reasons for the spinout that go well beyond the obvious. 

Durango $DGO.ca Provides Update on Windfall Lake Drill Campaign $OSK.ca $BTR.ca $SII.ca $TLG.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 9:32 AM on Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Durango Resources Inc.(TSXV:DGO) (Frankfurt-86A1) (OTC:ATOXF), (the “Company” or “Durango“) is pleased to provide an update on the exploration program on its wholly owned Trove Property and East Barry Property at Windfall Lake, Quebec.

Trove Property

To date, 1,047m have been drilled in six holes on the Trove Property at an average depth of 174m. The objective of the drill campaign is to test IP anomalies derived from previous exploration work on the Trove Property. The Company is satisfied that the induced polarization (“IP“) target zones have been intersected as planned on the first six holes. Further, approximately 1,000 samples are pending assays at the labs. The samples were submitted to the labs in batches as they were collected, and are expected to be completed soon.

Unseasonably wet and warm weather in the Windfall area has proved challenging for moving the drill between holes at Trove. The weather provided the exploration team an opportunity to take a short break which also helped to reduce the back log with the labs (currently up to 45 day turn around) before the scheduled resumption of drilling expected on Monday, November 23, 2020. Another six high priority holes are planned on the Trove Property to test coincident geophysical and geochemical anomalies beginning on Monday.

East Barry Property

Durango has recently submitted drill permit applications for the East Barry claim block to test a high priority target coincident with high till anomalies of up to 2.19 g/t gold and pristine gold grains in till trend. As soon as the weather conditions are favourable for access, a drill will be commissioned to East Barry to test a geophysical anomaly which aligns with an artificial intelligence (“AI“) target.

Marcy Kiesman, CEO of Durango, stated, “While the warm weather was helpful for Durango’s exploration crew expanding the ground exploration program onto the East Barry Property this past month, it has created challenges for drilling on the Trove Property. Our team has been successful working on three of the four IP grids and drilling six of the high priority holes as planned on the Trove Property thus far. Our team was also effective in completing surface work on the East Barry Property which provided a compelling case for test drilling in an area with a known AI target. We look forward to continued drilling into the winter months and releasing the assay results as they become available.”

The technical contents of this press release were approved by George Yordanov, professional geologist, an Independent Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. The Trove Property has not yet been subject to an NI-43-101 report.

Trove Property, Quebec

Durango owns 100% interest in the Trove claims, which are surrounded by Osisko Mining Inc. (TSX-OSK), in the Windfall Lake area between Val d’Or and Chibougamau, Quebec. The 1,185 hectare property is compelling due to the coincidence of gold found in tills coinciding with magnetic highs, several Induced Polarization anomalies and two faults crosscutting the property. The fault systems north and south of the Trove, control gold mineralization elsewhere, indicating the Trove has excellent exploration potential. Durango received all the final drill permits for the Trove property in September 2019 and is currently undertaking its inaugural drill program.

East Barry Property, Quebec

Durango owns 100% interest in the East Barry claims which run parallel to Trove claims. The East Barry block is over 7,740 hectares in size and borders the eastern perimeter of Osisko’s holdings and the southern perimeter of Bonterra’s holdings and is less than 4km south of the Gladiator deposit. The East Barry claims host a gold trend which covers approximately 10km in length and is subparallel to the main Barry Fault held by Osisko Mining. In 2018, a till sampling program was conducted by Durango and one of the till samples returned forty-two (42) pristine gold grains with reported gold values of 2.184 g/t Au. A high count of pristine gold grains indicates that the gold has travelled a very short distance from its source. The East Barry block underwent an Induced Polarization (“IP“) survey in 2018 which identified a high priority target coincident with the high count of pristine gold grains.

About Durango

Durango is a natural resources company engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral properties. The Company is positioned for discovery with a 100% interest in a strategically located group of properties in the Windfall Lake gold camp in the Abitibi region of Quebec, Canada.

For further information on Durango, please refer to its SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Marcy Kiesman, CEO

Telephone: 604.428.2900 or 604.339.2243

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.durangoresourcesinc.com

AGORACOM Small Cap 60: Durango Resources (DGO:TSXV) Drilling The Trove Property in Windfall Lake Adjoining Osisko $OSK.ca $BTR.ca $SII.ca $TLG.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 9:53 AM on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
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Highlights:

  • Maiden Drill program underway at Trove
  • Located in Windfall Lake gold District
    • Surrounded by Osisko
  • 100% interest in the Trove and East Barry claims
  • Currently the most active gold exploration camp in Canada
    • 21 drill rigs onsite at Windfall in 2020
  • 40% Inside Ownership
    • Marcy Kiesman, President & CEO owns 16%
  • Positioned for Discovery

Client Feature: The 4 Reasons Goldman Sachs Believes Candente Copper $DNT.ca is a World Class Company $CN.ca $FCX.ca $TECK.ca $FSUGY $PER.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 12:56 PM on Friday, November 13th, 2020

The 4 Reasons Goldman Sachs Believes Candente Copper is a World Class Company

Candente Copper (TSX: DNT, BVL: DNT) owns 100% of a copper deposit in Peru and has big plans to become a miner.

Candente owns a large, economic, copper ore body in Peru waiting to be mined. Cañariaco Norte is a 100% owned feasibility-stage porphyry copper deposit.

Simply put, it is a mountainous rock body that holds 7.5 billion pounds of copper and has had multiple scientific studies propelling it along the way toward production. Strengthened by Goldman Sachs belief it is one of the top 80 copper deposits yet to be exploited and strategically guided by Australian Iron Ore giant Fortescue’s 19% inside ownership, Candente has the lowest quartile production costs that make it an intriguing project today and a must have for tomorrow.

 Reasons Why Candente Copper is A Top Small Cap Copper Company

1. Goldman Sachs has Canariacao Norte listed as one of the top 80 projects waiting to be developed worldwide and is top 42 in South America. Mining projects take a long time to be developed due to the strict standards required to prove metal content in the ground, which Candente has proven it has tremendous amounts of.

A single, contiguous, open-pit mineable deposit of 7.5B pounds Measured and Indicated and can be mined for 22 years once in production speaks to the stability of the project 

2. Supported Strategically by Fortesque’s 19.9% Ownership 

Fortesque is recognized as a global leader in the mining industry. Fortesque holds 19% Candente and became involved to advance Canariaco further into development. Fortesque committed 1$Million in January 2020 with an eye toward production and is considered a strategic investor, which means they have a long-term timeline for joint exploitation of the asset.

Fortescue is one of the largest global iron ore producers, recognized for its culture, innovation and industry-leading development of world class infrastructure and mining assets in Western Australia. This is truly a partnership which seeks to equally progress Canariaco into development and Candente into production status. The accepted odds for a discovery to find its way into production is about 1 in 1000, and speaks to the sheer difficulty of the exercise.

Candente is close to the finish line and Fortesque is there for the final push.

3. Canariaco is in the lowest quartile of production costs

Once in production Canariaco is in the lowest quartile of production costs for projects waiting to be developed Operating costs of US$0.988 per pound of copper

 Canariaco has 7.5Billion pounds of copper measured and indicated capable of generating annual production of 262,000,000lbs of copper, 39,000 oz gold & 911,000 oz silver over initial mine life of 22 yrs(@ 95,000 tpd). A long stable mine life is what attracts quality investors like Fortesque.

Canariaco is a stable, long term investment once it is producing because its output is consistent every year. The risk has been removed from the project.

4. Canariaco is the 1st of 3 projects all in the same area waiting to be discovered.

Candente has the opportunity to make further discoveries through Canariaco South and Quebrada Verde, both within a 5km trend that shares infrastructure. Management believes Canariaco Sur is a mineable deposit and will add tremendous support to shareholders in the future. Quebrada Verde demonstrates the same minerology and potential as both Norte and Sur which and requires future exploitation

Each of these projects will benefit greatly from Canariaco’s development as it will make development even cheaper than Canariaco Norte due to the infrastructure that will be in place, possible pushing Canariaco’s future overall costs even lower.

Click Here To Discover Why Candente Copper is Tomorrow’s Copper Deposit to Be Owned Today

Labrador Gold $LAB.ca Announces Discovery of Visible Gold in Quartz Vein at Kingsway $RIO.ca $WHM.ca $SIC.ca $NXS.ca $NVO.ca $CFE.ca $NFG.ca $SII.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 10:51 AM on Monday, November 9th, 2020

Highlights

  • Two occurrences of visible gold found in quartz vein separated by 15 metres
  • The northeast trending quartz veining has been traced over 550m
  • Textures of quartz veining are typical of epizonal style gold deposits

TORONTO, Nov. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Labrador Gold Corp. (TSX.V:LAB | OTCQX:NKOSF | FNR: 2N6) (“LabGold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the discovery of visible gold in quartz vein at its Kingsway Project near Gander Newfoundland. The Kingsway project is located within the highly prospective Gander Gold District to the northeast of New Found Gold Corp’s gold discovery announced earlier this year.

Two occurrences of visible gold in quartz vein were found, the first in outcrop and the second in subcrop, separated by approximately 15 metres. The quartz vein occurs in an underexplored area of the Kingsway Property where recent mapping and prospecting has uncovered a corridor of northeast-trending quartz veining hosted primarily in green-grey to black shale that extends over a strike length of at least 550 metres. While nine-metre-wide blow-outs of the quartz vein are seen sporadically along this corridor, contacts between the vein and host rock have not yet been adequately exposed to determine the true thickness of the vein over its length.

Veining is typically bright white, massive to vuggy, locally stylolitic with carbonate and sericite alteration. Vugs often contain euhedral quartz infilling. Prospecting has revealed that quartz veins along this corridor locally contain pyrite, chalcopyrite, and arsenopyrite. Fine grained visible gold has been observed in annealed quartz and vuggy gray quartz in the two occurrences. These features are characteristic of epizonal gold deposits similar to those identified on New Found Gold’s Queensway property to the south. Detailed sampling and mapping of this veining is ongoing. Samples collected to date will be delivered to Eastern Analytical laboratory today and results will be reported when available. Historical assessment reports do not note this quartz vein occurrence.

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“We are very excited to announce the first visible gold found in the area covered by the Kingsway Property. This significant discovery is a result of the thorough work of LabGold geologists and prospectors, said Roger Moss, President and CEO of Labrador Gold. “The similarities to the gold mineralization at New Found Gold’s Keats Zone to the south are striking and gives credence to the district scale potential of the gold mineralization. We intend to aggressively follow up these occurrences with further detailed sampling and mapping, RAB drilling and, in the new year, diamond drilling.”

Roger Moss, PhD., P.Geo., President and CEO of LabGold, a Qualified Person in accordance with Canadian regulatory requirements as set out in NI 43-101, has read and approved the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for the disclosure contained in this release.

The Company gratefully acknowledges the Newfoundland and Labrador Ministry of Natural Resources’ Junior Exploration Assistance (JEA) Program for its financial support for exploration of the Kingsway property.

About Labrador Gold
Labrador Gold is a Canadian based mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition and exploration of prospective gold projects in Eastern Canada.

In early March 2020, Labrador Gold acquired the option to earn a 100% interest in the Kingsway project in the Gander area of Newfoundland. The property is along strike to the northeast of New Found Gold’s discovery of 92.86 g/t Au over 19.0 metres on their Queensway property. (Note that mineralization hosted on adjacent or nearby properties is not necessarily indicative of mineralization hosted on the Company’s property). In early July 2020, the Company signed an option agreement to acquire a third license to add to the property package which now covers approximately 77 km2. Infrastructure in the area is excellent located just 18km from the town of Gander with road access to the project, nearby electricity and abundant local water.

The Hopedale gold property covers much of the Florence Lake greenstone belt that stretches over 60 km. The belt is typical of greenstone belts around the world but has been underexplored by comparison. Initial work by Labrador Gold has identified a 3 kilometre mineralized section of the northern portion of the belt in the vicinity of the known Thurber Dog gold showing where grab samples assayed up to 7.8g/t gold.

The Ashuanipi gold project is located just 35 km from the historical iron ore mining community of Schefferville, which is linked by rail to the port of Sept Iles, Quebec in the south. The claim blocks cover large lake sediment gold anomalies that, with the exception of local prospecting, have not seen a systematic modern day exploration program. Results of the exploration to date show gold anomalies in soils and lake sediments over a 15 kilometre long by 2 to 6 kilometre wide north-south trend and over a 14 kilometre long by 2 to 4 kilometre wide east-west trend.

The Company has 101,674,175 common shares issued and outstanding and trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol LAB.

For more information please contact:             

Roger Moss, President and CEO      Tel: 416-704-8291

Or visit our website at: www.labradorgold.com 

Twitter: @LabGoldCorp

AGORACOM Small Cap 60: Durango Resources $DGO.ca Drilling The Trove Property in Windfall Lake Adjoining Osisko $OSK.ca $BTR.ca $SII.ca $TLG.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 12:12 PM on Friday, November 6th, 2020
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  • Maiden Drill program underway at Trove
  • Located in Windfall Lake gold District
    • Surrounded by Osisko
  • 100% interest in the Trove and East Barry claims
  • Currently the most active gold exploration camp in Canada
    • 21 drill rigs onsite at Windfall in 2020
  • 40% Inside Ownership
    • Marcy Kiesman, President & CEO owns 16%
  • Positioned for Discovery

As China Goes Green, Copper Market Expected to Tighten Further SPONSOR: Candente Copper $DNT.ca $CN.ca $FCX.ca $TECK.ca $FSUGY $PER.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 2:28 PM on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
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The most pessimistic forecasts of copper demand, and pricing, during the worst pandemic in 102 years, have failed to materialize.

From a four-year low in March, when the coronavirus slammed into Europe and North America, the red metal used widely in construction, communications, transportation and energy transmission, has mounted a serious comeback.

As of this writing spot copper is trading at $3.08 per pound, compared to around $2.10/lb in mid-March – a gain of 46%. The spot price has stayed above $3.00 since Oct. 8 – which is remarkable considering the reports of impending economic doom, amid a second wave of covid-19 infections in Europe and North America.

The following analysis by AOTH has copper showing no signs of slowing down; in fact, while the copper market was tight before the pandemic began, we expect it to tighten even further, due to a constellation of factors, starting with China.

The Chinese economy became the first major world economy to return to its pre-virus growth trajectory, when it posted positive numbers in the second quarter. Recent figures from China’s National Bureau of Statistics indicate that third-quarter GDP growth is up 4.9% from a year ago. Between April and June, Q2, the bureau reported a 3.2% rise. The Chinese are well ahead of their trading rivals as they strive to put the pandemic for which they were responsible, behind them.

According to the World Bank and the OECD, the Chinese economy in 2020 will grow 2% – the only G20 country to mark positive economic output this year. Beijing has managed to largely contain the virus in recent months after the pandemic shut down its economy. Commerce and travel have been allowed to resume, which is driving economic growth and fueling demand for copper and other industrial metals, like aluminum and nickel, whose prices are also climbing.

Other reasons for a rising copper price include covid-related restrictions imposed on the copper mining industry, along with speculative interest in the metal due to a weaker US dollar.

Copper output from the world’s top 10 producers declined 3.7% during the second quarter, due to nation-wide lockdowns in Chile, Peru and Mexico.

China’s copper dominance

Chinese growth statistics have always figured prominently in copper price forecasts – no surprise considering that China is responsible for just under half of the world’s production of copper and copper alloys semis, the industry term for first-stage products made from refined copper.

The Asian superpower is also the largest importer of unwrought copper, along with copper ores and concentrates.

Its manufacturing sector back on track, China’s copper imports rose sharply over the past four months; in September, the country imported 62% more copper than the same month in 2019. Unwrought copper imports of 4.9 million tonnes during the first nine months of the year, were up 41% from the same period last year.

According to Reuters columnist Clyde Russell, China has been vacuuming up copper, boosting the price at a time when demand elsewhere in the world was looking sickly as the virus spread.

Why is China importing so much copper? Russell claims the buying spree is being driven by Beijing’s stimulus spending following the national lockdown during the first four months of the year. But he also says it is likely that substantial volumes of copper are flowing into stockpiles, either strategic or commercial.

We agree, and have been writing quite a bit about this lately.

Obviously we can’t say for sure, given China’s opaque statistics, but we suggest a good chunk of the raw materials are going into bulking up the Chinese Military, in particular its navy patrolling the South China Sea. In other words, China is preparing for war.

The mining industry’s experience of China locking up the world’s mineral resources testifies to how far the Chinese will go to ensure their ever-growing demand for mined commodities is met.

Locking up supply

While iron ore ad copper were the hot targets of overseas acquisitions by Chinese firms as they sought to feed an economy that up until 2015 was growing at double digits, the Chinese have also gone after gold, nickel, tin and coking coal. More recently the most desired metals are those that feed into the global shift from fossil fuels to the electrification of vehicles. This has meant a hunt for lithium, cobalt, graphite, copper and rare earths – metals that are used in electric vehicles, of which China has become the world’s leading manufacturer. EVs use a lot of copper, four times as much as a regular vehicle, and China hasn’t been shy about boosting its copper reserves to meet expected demand.

Two large Peruvian copper mines are owned by Chinese companies. Chinese state-run Chinalco owns the Toromocho copper mine, while the La Bambas mine is a joint venture between operator MMG (62.5%), a subsidiary of Guoxin International Investment Co. Ltd (22.5%) and CITIC Metal Co. Ltd (15%). The Chinese-backed Mirador mine in Ecuador opened in 2019.

Most of the metal produced under these off-take agreements will NEVER come to the market anyplace other than in China. Those metals that do, can have their supply shut down any time the Chinese want.

In Brazil, Chinese banks and investment groups have committed $15 billion of a $20b China-Brazil Fund, launched in 2016 to finance infrastructure projects.

The Made in China 2025 initiative, which aims to make China’s copper industry more efficient, is expected to grow Chinese copper demand by an additional 232,000 tonnes by 2025. This isn’t counting the need for more copper for railways, electric vehicles, car motors and power transformers.

SOURCE: http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article67933.html