Gold Digger: A weekly recap of the news driving ASX small cap gold stocks
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2019 was a superb year for many gold investors as prices rose +17 per cent on the back of some trade war-induced global economic uncertainty.
Gold investment is seen as a hedge against volatile economic conditions; the sort of conditions expedited by trade wars or the US’ recent deadly strike on Iran’s top general, for example.
This escalating Middle East conflict, as well as a smattering of sub-par economic data, has just pushed gold prices to four-month highs of ~$US1580/oz ($2270/oz):
And while Trump has indicated that the US and China will be signing a much-anticipated phase 1 trade agreement very soon (which could settle the markets, making gold less attractive) the Chinese have yet to confirm a signing date.
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Markets are still ticking over, but this time of year is usually pretty quiet on the news front. This didn’t stop the winner’s column dominating our basket of ~130 small cap gold plays this week:
Former cobalt play and #1 mover Twenty Seven Co (ASX:TSC) jumped 80 per cent on no news, prompting a ‘please explain’ from the ASX.
The explorer rolled out the ‘not aware of any info to explain the recent trading’ chestnut, before pointing to “highly encouraging” exploration results at the Rover project in December as a potential trigger.
Yesterday, Klaus Eckhof-backed Amani Gold (ASX:ANL) announced some decent gold hits at the Peteku prospect, part of the Giro project in the DRC. An initial four-hole program underneath an artisanal open pit hit grades like 3m at 3.18g/t gold, just 36m from surface.
A follow-up 10-hole program is planned, targeting mineralisation along strike and deeper below the Peteku open pit.
Here’s the best performing ASX small cap gold stocks for the period Dec 30- January 6 [intraday] >>>
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