The first quarter of 2015 brought more of the same for the mining industry. Still, prices perked up slightly for a few metals, and there was some good news to be had over the first three months of the year. Here’s a look at some of our top articles and videos from the first quarter.
The first quarter of 2015 appears to have brought more of the same for the mining industry.
While the gold price has managed to perk up somewhat and copper has crept slightly higher in recent weeks, other commodities haven’t been so lucky. The iron ore price continues to hit new lows, and coal isn’t faring too well either.
Still, there was a bit of good news to be had over the first three months of the year. Here’s a look at some of our top articles and videos from that time period.
1. 10 Junior Stock Picks from John Kaiser
During a presentation at the 2015 Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC), John Kaiser of Kaiser Research shared some of his top junior mining picks. The list included companies focused on a number of metals, including copper, zinc and scandium. Companies mentioned included AMARC Resources (TSXV:AHR), InZinc Mining (TSXV:IZN) and Scandium International Mining (TSX:SCY). Click here to read the full article.
2. Ross Beaty: ‘This is the Kind of Time to be Buying Metal Stocks’
Also at VRIC, Resource Investing News had the chance to speak with mining legend Ross Beaty, chairman of Pan American Silver (TSX:PAA) and Alterra Power (TSX:AXY). Beaty spoke about a range of topics, including his interest in Odin Mining (TSXV:ODN) in Ecuador and his outlook on various commodities. Although he was still fairly bearish on most metals, he was more positive on what the current state of the market could mean for investors. “You want to be buying when no one else is buying,” he said, adding, “this is the kind of time to be buying metal stocks.” Click here to watch the full video interview.
3. Top 10 TSX Stocks of 2014
While 2014 was a tough year for many miners listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, some still recorded substantial gains. To kick off the year, we took a look at the 10 TSX-listed stocks that gained the most in share price in 2014. Topping off the list was Quebec-based gold producer Richmont Mines (TSX:RIC,NYSEMKT:RIC); it was followed by Balmoral Resources (TSX:BAR) and Detour Gold (TSX:DGC). Click here to read the full list.
4. 15 Junior Miners on Haywood’s Watch list
In its first-quarter Junior Exploration Report, Haywood Securities put out a list of companies that it was keeping an eye on at the start of the year. Not surprisingly, gold-focused companies dominated the list, but there were also a few representatives from the uranium space, including Macusani Yellowcake (TSXV:YEL) and NexGen Energy (TSXV:NXE), in addition to copper plays such as Panoro Minerals (TSXV:PML). Haywood updates its list regularly. Click here to read the full list from Q1.
5. PDAC 2015: Notes from the Floor
Though attendance was down from last year at this year’s PDAC conference in Toronto, there was no shortage of events to take in. The team spoke to analysts and industry experts, took in a few presentations, and grabbed a picture of one of the huge drills on display. A few of team members even had time for a quick trip to Niagara Falls. Click here to see our highlights from PDAC 2015.
Securities Disclosure: I, Teresa Matich, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.