5 Top Weekly TSXV Stocks: Red Pine Up 125 Percent on Wawa News

Last week’s top-gaining TSXV mining stocks were Red Pine, Chilean Metals, Stratabound Minerals, Beauce Gold Fields and Vertical Exploration.

The S&P/TSX Venture Composite Index (INDEXTSI:JX) closed last Friday (February 26) at 1,018.42, down from its open of 1,100.48 at the start of the week.

In the commodities space, gold fell below US$1,800 per ounce last week, while its sister metal silver briefly neared the US$30 per ounce mark before dropping back below US$27.

Base metals fared better, with copper continuing its hot streak by registering a 10 year high.

The TSXV-listed mining stocks below saw the biggest share price moves last week:

Here’s a look at what may have moved their share prices over the last five days.

1. Red Pine Exploration

Precious metals-focused Red Pine Exploration has honed its effort on Ontario, Canada, where its flagship Wawa gold project is located. According to the company, the property is home to several former mines with combined historic production of 120,000 ounces of gold.

Last Tuesday (February 23), Red Pine entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement to acquire the remaining interest in Wawa; previously its stake in the project sat at 63.31 percent. The company’s share price rose 125 percent last week to close at C$0.09.

2. Chilean Metals

Exploration company Chilean Metals holds copper-gold and battery metals properties in Chile and Canada. Its key assets include a pending 80 percent interest in the NISK project in Quebec’s James Bay area; NISK is centered on nickel, copper, cobalt and platinum-group elements.

Last Thursday (February 25), the company received conditional approval from the TSX Venture Exchange to acquire 80 percent of NISK via a series of option payments and work commitments. Chilean Metals’ share price increased 104.88 percent during the period to end at C$0.42.

3. Stratabound Minerals

Stratabound Minerals is focused on high-potential gold and copper projects in North America, with assets in jurisdictions including the Yukon and New Brunswick.

On Thursday of last week, the company reported initial assay results for the first six of 15 drill holes completed at its Captain copper-cobalt-gold-silver deposit in New Brunswick. Stratabound’s share price leaped 66.67 percent over the five day period to close at C$0.30.

4. Beauce Gold Fields

As it name suggests, Beauce Gold Fields is focused on placer to hard-rock exploration in the Beauce region of Southern Quebec, Canada. The company’s flagship property is the St-Simon-les-Mines gold project, which it says is the site of Canada’s first gold rush.

The latest news from Beauce came on February 19, when it closed a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $415,800. Last week, the company’s share price rose 63.16 percent to finish at C$0.31.

5. Vertical Exploration

Vertical Exploration states that its goal is to identify, acquire and advance high-potential mining prospects in North America. Its main property is the Quebec-based St-Onge wollastonite property. Wollastonite is an industrial mineral comprised chemically of calcium, silicon and oxygen.

Last Monday (February 22), Vertical Exploration reported “positive and encouraging results” from a wollastonite research and development program undertaken with Agrinova. The company’s share price rose 60 percent during the period, finishing at C$0.20.

Data for 5 Top Weekly TSXV Stocks articles is retrieved each Friday at 10:30 a.m. PST using TradingView’s stock screener. Only companies with market capitalizations greater than C$10 million prior to the week’s gains are included. Companies within the non-energy minerals and energy minerals are considered.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Charlotte McLeod, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

Editorial Disclosure: Chilean Metals is a client of the Investing News Network. This article is not paid-for content.

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RC drilling program to re commence shortly to test targets immediately below the existing Pilot minePhase 4 of Altan’s 2021 program will be for approx. 1500 metres and expected to be completed mid-December with assay results to followSite work for the drill site and clearing of the access roads for arrival of the rigs have been completedPhase 5 of the drilling program is scheduled for January 2022Altan Rio Minerals …

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Cigar Lake was the largest producer of uranium in 2020. But what are the other top uranium mines? Find out here.

In 2020, world uranium mine production came to 56,287 tonnes of U3O8. Kazakhstan was the top-producing country by far at 19,477 tonnes, followed by Australia and Namibia.

Together, those three nations accounted for over two-thirds of uranium mining, with Kazakhstan taking a 41 percent share. Additionally, a wide variety of uranium-mining companies contribute to the world's production.

But where in the world are the top uranium mines? While many of them are located in Kazakhstan, Canada and Australia, that's not the case for all of the largest uranium mines.


To give investors a better idea of where the top uranium mines are located and where the nuclear fuel comes from, the Investing News Network has put together a list of the 10 biggest uranium mines in the world, based on the latest statistics and information from the World Nuclear Association. Read on to learn more about uranium miners, plus uranium reserves and uranium exploration.

1. Cigar Lake

2020 production: 3,885 tonnes

Northern Saskatchewan-based Cigar Lake is number one on this list of the world's top uranium mines. It is known for being the highest-grade uranium mine, with an average grade of 14.69 percent U3O8.

Uranium miner Cameco (TSX:CCO,NYSE:CCJ) owns 50 percent of Cigar Lake and is the mine's operator. Ore from the underground mining property is processed at Orano's McClean Lake mill, located 70 kilometers from the mine.

Throughout 2020, operations were halted and started only to be halted again by a series of coronavirus outbreaks. Cameco restarted uranium production in April 2021 only to have to again close up shop temporarily in July 2021 as fires in the region led to evacuations.

Cigar Lake was commissioned in 2014 and began commercial uranium production in May 2015. It accounted for 8 percent of global uranium output in 2020. Orano (37.1 percent), Idemitsu Uranium Exploration Canada (7.875 percent) and TEPCO Resources (5 percent) also hold stakes in the mine.

2. Husab

2020 production: 3,302 tonnes

The Husab open-pit uranium mine in Namibia is owned by Swakop Uranium, a partnership between China and Namibia. Epangelo Mining Company, a Namibian state-owned entity, owns 10 percent of Swakop, while Taurus Minerals holds the other 90 percent; Taurus itself is owned by China General Nuclear Power Group and the China Africa Development Fund.

According to the Namibia Uranium Association, Husab represents China's single largest investment in Africa. Husab was discovered in 2008, and produced its first drum of uranium oxide for export in December 2016. As of 2020, the operation accounted for 7 percent of global uranium production.

3. Olympic Dam

2020 production: 3,062 tonnes

Next up on this list of top uranium mines is the Olympic Dam mine, which is owned by BHP (ASX:BHP,NYSE:BHP,LSE:BHP). The mine produces copper, along with uranium, gold and silver. Olympic Dam, which has underground and surface operations, plus a fully integrated processing facility, has been in action since 1988, and in 2020 its output accounted for 6 percent of the world's uranium production.

Australia has the largest uranium reserves in the world, and holds about 30 percent of potential global supply. As mentioned, in 2020 the country was the world's second largest producer behind Kazakhstan.

4. Inkai, sites 1 to 3

2020 production: 2,693 tonnes

The in situ recovery Inkai uranium mine is a joint venture between Cameco (40 percent) and uranium miner Kazatomprom (LSE:KAP) (60 percent). Inkai accounted for 6 percent of the world's uranium output in 2020.

Kazatomprom's operations have been impacted by COVID-19, with the company announcing in early April 2020 that it would be reducing operational activities at all of its mines in Kazakhstan for several months. In August, the company resumed operations, but said its planned production levels through 2022 would decrease by 20 percent.

5. Karatua (Budenovskoye 2)

2020 production: 2,460 tonnes

The in situ recovery Budenovskoye 2 operation, located in Kazakhstan at the Karatau mine, produced 5 percent of the world's uranium in 2020. The Karatau mine is owned by the Karatau joint venture, a Kazakh-registered limited liability partnership that is held by uranium producer Kazatomprom and Uranium One.

Uranium One is a subsidiary of ROSATOM, Russia's state-owned nuclear energy company. Uranium One takes care of ROSATOM's uranium output outside Russia.

Karatau started producing in 2009, and the joint venture has the right to carry on exploration, mining and sales operations at Budenovskoye 2 under a long-term subsoil use contract with Kazakhstan.

6. Rö​ssing

2020 production: 2,111 tonnes

The Namibia-based Rössing uranium mine was responsible for 4 percent of the world's production in 2020. The open pit has operated since 1976 and was the country's first commercial uranium mine.

Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO,LSE:RIO,NYSE:RIO) was the company that brought Rössing into production, but it is no longer involved in the mine. In November 2018, Rio Tinto announced that it would be selling its majority stake of 68.62 percent, and it completed the sale in July 2019. Rio Tinto sold its share of Rössing to China National Uranium.

Aside from China National Uranium, a number of companies have interests in Rössing. The Namibian government has 3 percent, the Iranian Foreign Investment Company has 15 percent, the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa owns 10 percent and individual shareholders own the rest.

7. SOMAIR

2020 production: 1,879 tonnes

SOMAIR is a subsidiary of uranium producer Orano that operates in Niger; it is 63.4 percent owned by Orano and 36.66 percent owned by Sopamin, the state agency that manages mining in Niger. SOMAIR is responsible for a large uranium mine, as is Cominak, another nearby Orano subsidiary in Niger. SOMAIR began production in 1971.

Uranium mining will begin at a third site near SOMAIR and Cominak when market conditions are more favorable. SOMAIR produced 4 percent of the world's production for uranium in 2020.

8. Four Mile

2020 production: 1,806 tonnes

Quasar Resources' Four Mile in situ leach operation is the second top uranium mine in Australia. The high-grade, roll-front deposit was discovered in 2005 about 8 kilometers from the formerly producing Beverly uranium mine. Construction of the mine began in December 2013, followed by commercial production in June 2014.

Four Mile produced 4 percent of the world's production for uranium in 2020. The deposit is also prospective for iron-oxide copper-gold mineralization.

9. South Inkai (Block 4)

2020 production: 1,509 tonnes

The South Inkai in situ mine is another property held jointly by Uranium One (indirect 70 percent) and Kazatomprom (30 percent). Production began at South Inkai in 2009 and it accounted for 3 percent of the world's uranium production in 2020.

10. Kharasan 1

2020 production: 1,455 tonnes

Kharasan is an in situ leach operation in the Syr Darya basin of the Kyzylorda region in Kazakhstan. The uranium mine is owned by Kazatomprom (33.98 percent) and Uranium One (30 percent). A consortium of Japanese utilities and a trading company hold the remainder.

Commercial production at Kharasan began in 2013, and in 2020 the operation accounted for 3 percent of the world's uranium production.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Melissa Pistilli, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

The investigation of psychedelic drugs for their medical benefits is attracting investors. How does the leading US drug agency feel?

The development of the psychedelics industry depends on myriad factors, but one of the most critical is its relationship with a principal medical authority.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the leading authority for drug approvals in the US. This federal body determines whether medical products will ultimately reach the hands of patients.

The FDA reviews the clinical data created by established medical studies evaluating the feasibility of drug compounds or products as treatments for specific ailments.


As a federal agency, the FDA has to adhere to federal policy for drugs in the US. The country's national drug-scheduling system provides data on all kinds of drugs and the regulations they must follow.

Several psychedelic compounds currently find themselves in the Schedule I category, which receives the heaviest scrutiny in the eyes of federal authorities. Cannabis is also listed in this segment.

If this is the case, then why are companies in the psychedelic drug development space pursuing clinical studies and looking for FDA approval? Interestingly, despite the legal status of these drugs, the FDA isn't so closed off that it won't examine their potential.

During the first Prohibition Partners LIVE online event, Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), told the audience he sees the FDA as an engaged partner in conversations surrounding the construction of clinical trials with psychedelic agents.

Doblin added that he perceives the FDA as a regulatory agency willing to put science over politics when it comes to the medical benefits of psychedelics. MAPS is investigating the use of MDMA as a method of psychotherapy for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.

In 2017, this psychedelics-based method was granted "breakthrough therapy" designation by the FDA in a move that represented a change in the drug authority's perspective.

In October 2021, Doblin said MAPS expects to finish its second Phase 3 trial of MDMA in October 2022.

MAPS is a non-profit organization that is not looking to change its status anytime soon. While the group does take donations, investors looking to play the market are interested largely in public companies.

In late 2020, the psychedelics investment market saw excitement when Compass Pathways (NASDAQ:CMPS) listed directly onto a senior US stock exchange.

Similar to MAPS' method, the work done by Compass Pathways has also received support from the FDA. In 2018, the company confirmed the receipt of "breakthrough therapy" designation from the FDA for its study of treatment-resistant depression (TRD) using psilocybin. In November 2021, Compass Pathways reported positive topline data from a completed Phase IIb clinical trial of psilocybin therapy for TRD. The company also announced that it is beginning a Phase II psilocybin therapy trial for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Significance of changing mentality on psychedelics

A report by Psychedelic Support highlights the fact that the FDA and National Institutes of Health have commented on the medical benefits associated with psychedelics-based treatments.

"The message was clear. The FDA will evaluate risk-benefit profile of psychedelic substances in the same way as other investigational drugs," the report indicates.

According to the report, the agency's requirements for clinical trial designs highlight the following specifications:

  • How psychedelics work in a particular setting.
  • Timing of administration.
  • Structured approach or will multiple approaches work?
  • How fast does symptom reduction occur and how long are symptoms decreased?
  • Do people relapse, and if so can the drug retrieve them from relapse?

Investor takeaway

From the information currently available, it's clear that one of the biggest drug authorities in the world appears to be slowly but surely increasing its support of psychedelics.

What's more, the medical indications show a promising market that is already garnering support among investors. The psychedelics space looks set to continue developing as more companies come to market.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Melissa Pistilli, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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