Best Junior Silver Stocks of 2017 on the TSXV

Which TSXV-listed junior silver stocks are the top performers so far this year? We've compiled a list to guide investors.

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Silver has underperformed gold so far this year, and as of early December had dipped below $16 per ounce. 

The white metal has been buffeted by a number of factors, including the rise of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. Indeed, Adrian Ash of BullionVault said recently that silver investment demand has sunk as bitcoin has swamped financial headlines.” 

Even so, some junior silver stocks have performed well this year, with a few recording impressive increases. The list below was generated on December 7, 2017 using the Globe and Mail’s market data filter, and it shows the TSXV-listed silver companies that have seen the biggest share price gains year-to-date.

Only companies with market caps above $5 million are included. If you think we’ve missed a junior silver stock that should be listed, please let us know in the comments. Our list of this year’s top-performing TSX-listed silver stocks can be viewed here.

1. New Nadina Explorations (TSXV:NNA)

Current price: $3.53; year-to-date gain: 4,052.94 percent

First on our list of top-performing junior silver stocks is New Nadina Explorations. The company has a number of properties in BC, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

New Nadina’s latest news came on December 4, when it announced that it had raised $693,750 from the first tranche of a non-brokered private placement. All of the money will be spent on exploration and drilling at the company’s BC-based Silver Queen silver-gold-copperleadzinc project.

The plan is to complete about 6,000 meters of drilling at the Blue zone anomaly intersected earlier this year. According to New Nadina, samples from the Blue zone are currently in the lab, with results pending.

2. Jaxon Mining (TSXV:JAX)

Current price: $0.23; year-to-date gain: 525 percent

It’s been a big year for Jaxon Mining, an exploration and development company focused on acquiring highly prospective properties in BC. 

The company currently holds two key assets, but its main focus this year has been the Hazelton project, which is prospective for world-class Eskay Creek- and Equity Silver-style mineralization. Most recently, Jaxon announced the completion of a Phase I drill program at Hazelton. First assays are expected in late December, and the company is already planning exploration and drill programs for spring 2018.

3. Castle Silver Resources (TSXV:CSR)

Current price: $0.28; year-to-date gain: 292.86 percent

Castle Silver Resources is focused on developing its past-producing Castle silver-cobalt mine in Ontario. Commenting recently on the company’s progress, President and CEO Frank Basa said, “we expected to find more cobalt and silver at the Castle property [in 2017], and our exploration results were excellent.”

The company is also testing the Re-2OX process to recycle lithium-ion batteries by stripping the casing, leaching the cathode of the batteries and forming a high-purity precipitate containing valuable metals. In October, Castle signed a provisional milling agreement with Granada Gold Mine (TSXV:GGM). 

4. Maya Gold & Silver (TSXV:MYA)

Current price: $0.36; year-to-date gain: 153.57 percent

Maya Gold and Silver’s flagship project is the Zgounder silver mine in Morocco. In late November, the company released its Q3 results, declaring silver production of 384,122 ounces of silver so far this year at Zgounder. President and CEO Noureddine Mokaddem said at the time that the company was pleased with production advances at the mine and with “exceptional drill results” from a campaign this year. 

In its latest press release, Maya provided the first results from its surface percussion drilling program, commenting, “[t]hree out of the first six holes intersected silver mineralization of interest.” 

5. Canuc Resources (TSXV:CDA)

Current price: $0.34; year-to-date gain: 34 percent

Canuc Resources’ main asset is its San Javier silver-gold project in Mexico. According to the company, it hosts a high-grade silver-gold system, and is located about 140 kilometers southeast of Hermosillo.

The company announced a drill program at San Javier in July, and since then has begun to release results. On October 4, Canuc reported that hole SJ17-003 had intersected high-grade silver with meaningful gold, lead and zinc credits. It has also been sampling underground workings and the Carranza breccia zones at San Javier. In its latest press release, Canuc said it has acquired the title to a new mining concession in exchange for 150,000 shares and US$50,000 in cash.

Did you invest in junior silver stocks this year? If so, did they make this list? Let us know your top picks in the comments section.

The data for this article was retrieved on December 7, 2017 using The Globe and Mail’s market data filter. Only TSXV-listed silver companies with market capitalizations greater than $5 million are included.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Amanda Kay, currently hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

Editorial Disclosure: Canuc Resources, Castle Silver Resources and Granada Gold Mine are clients of the Investing News Network. This article is not paid-for content.

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Best Silver Stocks of 2017 on the TSXV

By Melissa Shaw, October 16, 2017

Silver is underperforming gold so far in 2017, and as of noon PST on Monday (October 16) it was trading at $17.23 per ounce.

“There hasn’t really been that much investor appetite in the metal,” Bart Melek, head of commodity strategy at TD Securities, told the Investing News Network earlier this month. However, despite a lackluster market, some junior silver stocks have performed well this year.

The list of junior silver stocks below was generated using The Globe and Mail’s market data filter, and it shows the TSXV-listed silver companies that saw the biggest share price gains from January 1 to October 16, 2017.

Only companies with market caps above $5 million as of October 16 are included. If you think we’ve missed a junior silver stock that should be listed, please let us know in the comments. Our list of this year’s top-performing TSX-listed silver stocks can be viewed here.

1. Bitterroot Resources (TSXV:BTT)

Current price: $0.205; year-to-date gain: 471.43 percent

Bitterroot Resources has several projects in Canada and the US, including its Hackberry silver project in Arizona. Bitterroot, through its US subsidiary Trans Superior Resources, acquired the mining claims comprising the Hackberry property in January from the Hughes Family Trust.

In August, the firm announced plans to start drilling at Hackberry in early September. Most recently, on September 25, Bitterroot closed a non-brokered private placement. It included 5,331,000 units priced at C$0.20 for gross proceeds of C$1,066,200, plus 999,500 flow-through common shares priced at C$0.22 for gross proceeds of C$219,890. The company plans to use the money to fund drilling at Hackberry and for working capital.

2. Maya Gold and Silver (TSXV:MYA)

Current price: $0.370; year-to-date gain: 164.29 percent

Maya Gold and Silver’s flagship project is the Zgounder silver mine in Morocco. The firm recently released its September production results, commenting that it put out 46,331 ounces of silver, a 10.22-percent increase from the previous month. Its objective is 45,000 to 55,000 ounces of silver per month.

The company plans to integrate flotation cells into the processing circuit at Zgounder by the end of Q1 2018. Once that is done, the tonnage of ore processed will increase from 187 tonnes day to up to 500 tonnes per day, while processing costs will be reduced by 15 percent.

3. Castle Silver Resources (TSXV:CSR)

Current price: $0.170; year-to-date gain: 142.86 percent

Castle Silver Resources is focused on developing its past-producing Castle silver-cobalt mine in Ontario. The company has been busy at the property this year, and on August 31 it announced the completion of 22 drill holes from surface. Assay results will be released as they are received.

The company is also testing the Re-2OX process to recycle lithium-ion batteries by stripping the casing, leaching the cathode of the batteries and forming a high-purity precipitate containing valuable metals.

In addition to its Castle mine, the company’s portfolio includes the former Beaver and Violet cobalt-silver mines in Ontario. Castle Silver is testing the recovery of cobalt-silver and nickel from tailings and historical waste rock from both past-producing mines.

4. Canuc Resources (TSXV:CDA)

Current price: $0.42; year-to-date gain: 68 percent

Canuc Resources’ main asset is its San Javier silver-gold project in Mexico. According to the company, it hosts a high-grade silver-gold system, and is located about 140 kilometers southeast of Hermosillo.

The company announced a drill program at San Javier in July, and since then has begun to release results. Canuc’s latest results came on October 4, when it reported that hole SJ17-003 intersected high-grade silver with meaningful gold, lead and zinc credits. It has also been sampling underground workings and the Carranza breccia zones at San Javier.

5. Arizona Silver Exploration (TSXV:AZS)

Current price: $0.26; year-to-date gain: 30 percent

Arizona Silver Exploration holds the Arizona-based Ramsey silver project, which includes the historic Ramsey mine. Ramsey hosts a polymetallic system of predominantly silver with potential lead-zinc by-products and recently identified anomalous to economic concentrations of gold.

The company has released a slew of news about Ramsey this year, putting out its latest news midway through September. Arizona Silver said at the time that a drill rig was scheduled to arrive at the project that week to start a second 2017 drill campaign. The aim of the 1,500-meter program is to test two targets known as the western IP anomaly and the Ramsey mine extension.

The data for this article was retrieved on October 16, 2017 using The Globe and Mail’s market data filter. Only TSXV-listed silver companies with market capitalizations greater than $5 million are included.

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

Editorial Disclosure: Arizona Silver Exploration, Canuc Resources and Castle Silver Resources are clients of the Investing News Network. This article is not paid-for content.

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Best Silver Stocks of 2017 on the TSXV

By Melissa Shaw, July 6, 2017

The silver price is up 4 percent year-to-date on the back of continuing geopolitical tension. Investors have flocked toward the safe-haven metal, and as of July 5 it was trading at $15.99 per ounce.

Unsurprisingly, some junior silver stocks have gained as a result. The list of junior silver stocks below was generated using The Globe and Mail’s market data filter, and it shows the TSXV-listed silver companies that saw the biggest share price gains from January 1 to July 5.

Only companies with market caps above $5 million as of July 5 are included. If you think we’ve missed a silver company that should be listed, please let us know in the comments. Our list of this year’s top-performing TSX-listed silver stocks can be viewed here.

1. Castle Silver Resources (TSXV:CSR)

Current price: $0.24; year-to-date gain: 242.86 percent

Castle Silver Resources is focused on developing its past-producing Castle silver-cobalt mine in Ontario. The company has been busy this year, and on June 6 began underground bulk sampling at Castle. The sample will be put through Castle Silver’s Re-2OX hydrometallurgical process to produce high-purity cobalt powders for the battery sector. Castle Silver is also testing the Re-2OX process to recycle lithium-ion batteries by stripping the casing, leaching the cathode of the batteries and forming a high-purity precipitate containing valuable metals.

The firm has also released drill results this year, and most recently, on June 15, closed the final tranche of a private placement to raise a total of $1.2 million.

In addition to its Castle mine, the company owns the former Beaver and Violet cobalt-silver mines located in Northeastern Ontario. Castle Silver is testing the recovery of cobalt-silver and nickel from tailings and historical waste rock from both past-producing mines.

2. Aura Silver Resources (TSXV:AUU)

Current price: $0.06; year-to-date gain: 50 percent

Aura Silver Resources has also been busy this year. It completed a spring drill program at its Greyhound property in Nunavut in May, and is expecting to release assay results in July. Then, on June 23, Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM,NYSE:AEM) completed Phase I of an option agreement to acquire a 51-percent interest in Greyhound; Agnico Eagle has the option to increase its ownership in the property to 70 percent by providing a preliminary economic assessment or by dedicating $5 million towards exploration.

Aura Silver is also exploring the Taviche District in Mexico, an area known for gold and silver mining, and is actively looking for a partner to continue drilling.

3. Avino Silver & Gold Mines (TSXV:ASM)

Current price: $0.45; year-to-date gain: 16.88 percent

Avino Silver & Gold Mines rounds out our list of best junior silver stocks. It has five operations in Mexico and four in Canada, and has released a slew of news so far this year, including an updated preliminary economic assessment for retreating mine tailings for its Mexico-based Avino mine.

More recently, on May 8, the company announced that the processing plant and mine expansion at its Avino and San Gonzalo mines has been progressing well since first discussed in January. The updates would increase throughput capacity at the processing plant by about 70 percent.

The data for this article was retrieved on July 5, 2017 using The Globe and Mail’s market data filter. Only TSXV-listed silver companies with market capitalizations greater than $5 million are included.

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

Editorial Disclosure: Castle Silver Resources is a client of the Investing News Network. This article is not paid-for content.

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Best Silver Stocks of 2016 on the TSXV

By Charlotte McLeod, April 13, 2017

The silver price has been on a tear so far in 2017 — as of 5:00 p.m. EST on April 13, it was up an impressive 17.7 percent.

Concerns about US President Donald Trump, upcoming European elections and other factors have left investors rushing for safe-haven metals, and it seems unlikely that these worries will abate soon. Some experts believe silver may rise to nearly $20 per ounce before the year comes to an end. And of course, some silver-focused companies are also enjoying gains.

The list below was generated using The Globe and Mail’s market data filter, and it shows the TSXV-listed silver companies that saw the biggest share price gains from January 1 to April 13. Only companies with market caps above $5 million are included. You can click here to view our list of the top-performing TSX-listed silver stocks in Q1.

1. Castle Silver Resources (TSXV:CSR,OTCMKTS:TAKRF)

Current price: $0.28; year-to-date gain: 271.46 percent

At the top of our list of best junior silver stocks is Castle Silver Resources. The company’s flagship property is Castle, a past-producing silver and cobalt mine. It is located 85 kilometers northwest of Ontario’s Cobalt silver camp, and according to the company its No. 3 shaft produced a total of 22,257,871 ounces during various stages of operation between 1917 and 1989. Castle Silver’s portfolio also includes the past-producing Beaver and Violet silver-cobalt mines.

So far in 2017, the company has released preliminary results from bench-scale metallurgical flotation and gravity testwork on surface rock samples and tailings collected from the Beaver and Castle properties. “We are very encouraged by these metallurgical results. We plan to undertake additional metallurgical testing for the optimization of grind and reagents,” said Frank Basa, president and CEO of Castle Silver. The company also closed a private placement for gross proceeds of $952,685.

2. Aura Silver Resources (TSXV:AUU,OTCMKTS:AUSVF)

Current price: $0.07; year-to-date gain: 62.5 percent

Aura Silver Resources is second our list of best junior silver stocks. The company is focused on Mexico-based Taviche project and the Greyhound project in Canada. The former is located in the San Jose mining district, which is reportedly one of Mexico’s first historic silver-mining areas. The latter is a gold-silver property in Nunavut that the company believes is highly prospective; Agnico-Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM,NYSE:AEM) has the option to earn an interest in 15 claims that comprise part of Greyhound.

In the first quarter of 2017, Aura closed the first and second tranches of a non-brokered private placement, raising a total of $1 million. The company also announced in March that drilling will resume at Greyhound in April. Agnico-Eagle will be following up on 2015 results at the project.

[Editor’s note: Arizona Silver Exploration’s (TSXV:AZS) share price rose 47 percent from January 1 to April 13, but it was not picked up by The Globe and Mail’s market data filter. You can learn more about the company by clicking here.]

3. Avino Silver & Gold Mines (TSXV:ASM,NYSEMKT:ASM)

Current price: $2.4; year-to-date gain: 30.05

In third place on the list of best junior silver stocks is Avino Silver & Gold Mines bills itself as one of the industry’s lowest-cost silver producers. Its assets are all located in Mexico and Canada, and they include two producing precious metals mines, as well as another project that’s currently in trial production. Avino has a diversified portfolio of gold, silver and base metals exploration properties as well.

The company has put out a slew of news so far in 2017. It has released its 2016 production and financial results, and has also announced an updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its oxide tailings project. The oxide tailings are located at the company’s Avino mine in Mexico, and the PEA includes the results of the company’s 2016 resource estimate for the Avino property, which holds both the Avino mine and the San Gonzalo mine.

“We are extremely pleased with the very attractive economics of the Oxide Tailings Resource PEA. These positive results will enable us to plan the next steps, identify any additional studies and move forward in advancing the oxide tailings project,” said David Wolfin, president and CEO of Avino.

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

Editorial Disclosure: Arizona Silver Exploration and Castle Silver Resources are clients of the Investing News Network. This article is not paid-for content.

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Comments
  • Please correct your latest list! TSXV stock Arizona Silver Exploration, Inc. appreciated 47% during the period Jan.1, 2017 to April 13, 2017, significantly better than Avino Silver & Gold’s 30 1/2%.

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    • Charlotte

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for pointing that out! We used this Globe and Mail tool to get the data used in the article, and Arizona Silver Exploration did not show up:

      http://www.globeinvestor.com/v5/content/filters.html

      We looked at companies with market caps above $5 million, so maybe that is part of the issue. In any case, we’ve now added a note to the article about Arizona Silver Exploration’s performance.

      Charlotte

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