TGR: Do all three of those companies have the money to move forward?
BC: Lake Shore and Premier certainly do. Kaminak is putting together a feasibility study, so sometime this year it will probably want to raise money. But it’s not going broke, for sure. Ross Beaty and Lucas Lundin just put money into it.
TGR: That’s a vote of confidence.
BC: It’s pretty encouraging, yes.
TGR: You’ve commented that the gold price has held up surprisingly well in many currencies, with much of the downside behind us. You even ventured that we could see some temporary optimism. Give us something to be hopeful about.
BC: It’s been bad so long that it has to get good. I think it’s a reasonable speculation that we’re going to see some optimism in 2015, but overall, I’m not terribly positive toward the junior sector or the gold price in the short term. I think 2015 looks a lot like this year did. The upside there is that we’re going to have real opportunities to buy the few quality exploration groups and deposits that will be much more valuable come 2016 and 2017.
TGR: Gold prices and junior mining stocks are often very cyclical. You have tax-loss selling, then you have the “January effect” and then “sell in May and go away.” Do those clichés still hold up in today’s market? Can we expect a January effect in 2015?
BC: I think so. That’s my bet on those last three stocks we talked about, but who knows. It’s been a pretty crazy couple of years.
TGR: Thanks for sharing your insights, Brent.
BC: My pleasure.
Brent Cook brings more than 30 years of experience to his role as a geologist, consultant and investment adviser. His knowledge spans all areas of the mining business, from the conceptual stage through detailed technical and financial modeling related to mine development and production. Cook’s weeklyExploration Insights newsletter focuses on early discovery, high-reward opportunities, primarily among junior mining and exploration companies.
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