Gold Digger: Bullish sentiment is rewarding exciting exploration stories, not just the big discoveries
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Gold prices nudged above $1,700/oz ($2,700/oz) this week. While COVID-19 could still impact production figures in 2020, most producers – especially the Australians – should be making very healthy margins at these levels.
Here’s how ASX gold stocks performed for the period April 10 — April 17 [intraday]:
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At the junior end, investors continue to reward solid stories and exceptional discoveries.
This week Predictive Discovery (ASX:PDI) rocketed +1000% from ~$3m to +$30m on the back of a brand new discovery at the North-East Bankan prospect in Guinea.
The long time prospect generator hit numerous shallow, thick, and high-grade gold intercepts like 10m at 26.52 grams per tonne (g/t) gold across a “very broad zone” at least 450m long.
“Many of the holes either started or stopped in gold mineralisation, which is therefore open both at depth and to the east and west on most drill lines,” Predictive managing director Paul Roberts says.
“The mineralisation is also open to the north and south so there is plenty of scope to grow this further with more drilling.”
The explorer received a speeding ticket this week from the ASX after the share price jumped substantially — about 60 per cent for the week — for no apparent reason.
Resolution pointed to a March 31 announcement which indicates that maiden drilling has hit a “Pogo-style system”.
“Further, RML advised that assay results from this drilling program were expected approximately four weeks from that time – due in approximately two weeks’ time from today,” the company said.
“Additionally, the gold price has reached a seven year high in US dollar terms and may be contributing to interest in RML’s projects.”
Also in Alaska is explorer Nova Minerals (ASX:NVA), which is up 213 per cent over the past 12 months and continues to surge.
A new drilling campaign aims to add substantially to the Estelle project’s existing 2.5 million-ounce resource, which the former lithium explorer believes is just the beginning.
“Like I have said many times in the past, not all that many opportunities come around to drill a system this large such as what we have at Estelle, with an established 2.5-million-ounce inferred gold resource on a small area, open significantly in all directions — and this is one of 15 known targets,” Nova chairman Avi Kimelman says.
Beleaguered producer Dacian Gold (ASX:DCN) was hammered on its return to trading after announcing a $98m cap raise at a massive discount to the current share price.
The WA miner, which fired up the brand-new Mt Morgans Gold Operation (MMGO) near Laverton in January last year, has been struggling with high production costs and a smaller than expected resource size.
The stock is now down +70 per cent over the past 12 months.