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Aussie Uranium Stocks Soar After Australia Shifts to Reverse Ban on Domestic Nuclear Industry

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Aussie Uranium Stocks Soar After Australia Decides It Wants Nuclear Industry To Go With New Nuclear Subs

Following last night “historic” AUKUS deal, which officially pitted US and UK with Australia against China, in the process supplying the aussies with nuclear-powered subs (while enraging the French whose $50 billion contract to build diesel-electric submarines was scrapped as a result), Australia has a revelation: the deal would see Australia become the only country in the world with nuclear-powered submarines to not have its own domestic nuclear industry. This in turn immediately led to further calls to reverse a longstanding ban on developing local uranium resources.

“Getting nuclear subs makes sense for our national defense,” said Queensland Nationals Senator Matt Canavan, who has been leading a push in parliament to develop Australia’s nuclear industry. “But no country in the world has nuclear subs without having nuclear power,” he said.

“I thought before the subs deal we should have nuclear power — it makes even more sense now.”

As Australia’s Daily Telegraph poignantly observes, France, which was previously to supply Australia with diesel subs assembled in Adelaide, has its own fleet of 10 nuclear attack and nuclear ballistic missile submarines, and derives more than 70% of its domestic energy needs from nuclear power. Of course, Russia and the US both have large nuclear-powered naval fleets, and derive about 20% of their respective domestic electricity from nuclear.

China, meanwhile, is continuing to develop its own nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed navy but only relies on atomic energy for 5% cent of its power, thanks to its lax environmental standards and reliance on coal-fired power.

As a result, local mining industry figures, said that this was the perfect time to reignite the discussion about nuclear.

“This is a perfect opportunity to update our approach to nuclear energy by removing the cold-war era ban on uranium mining in NSW. It’s a real chance to develop a new industry here in NSW that could provide local uranium to meet our domestic energy and national security needs,” NSW Mining CEO Stephen Galilee said.

Galilee’s thoughts were echoed by the Minerals Council of Australia’s Tania Constable, who said of the deal, “This is an incredible opportunity for Australia’s economy — not only will we develop the skills and infrastructure to support this naval technology, but it connects us to the growing global nuclear power industry and its supply chains.

But, she added, “Outdated regulations at the federal and state levels that prohibit nuclear power — and in some cases exploration and mining of uranium — contribute to Australia being unable to properly even consider, let alone develop, this important industry.”

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, however, kiboshed any thought of leveraging a domestic nuclear industry off the deal, saying that a condition for the ALP’s support was that “there be no requirement of a domestic civil nuclear industry”.

His objection, however, fell on deaf ears and overnight Australia’s uranium stocks soared on hopes that Australia was indeed set to finally enter the nuclear era. As a result Deep Yellow jumped as much as 10%, Paladin Energy soared as much as 9.3%, Defense contractor Austal shares climbs as much as 7.4%; the most since March and Peninsula Energy jumped at much as 17%.

Meanwhile, back in the US uranium stocks have continued their ascent as more investors focus on Sprott’s attempt to go “Hunt Brothers” on uranium with his Sprott Physical Uranium Trust  which has been on a buying spree, bolstering its stockpile by 45% in four weeks after snapping up 8.1 million pounds of the commodity while prices soared. Uranium has surged 40% this month, putting pressure on utility owners and other users when supplies are dwindling and demand is set to take off thanks to more reactors being built around the world.

Discussing its strategy with Bloomberg, the Canadian firm behind the world’s only physical uranium fund said it wasn’t solely responsible for the move, but that hedge funds and family offices are driving up demand for the radioactive metal used to fuel nuclear reactors.

“I don’t think we’re crowding them out,” said John Ciampaglia, chief executive officer of Sprott Asset Management, which oversees the trust. “You’ve got end users that are trying to buy materials, you’ve got speculators and financial intermediaries in the market as well.”

Investment demand from non-utility buyers such as hedge funds and family offices has been strong this year, even before Sprott’s asset-management unit launched its trust on July 19, according to Ciampaglia. A few uranium development companies bought the physical commodity after raising equity in the capital markets rather than parking the proceeds into cash, he said.

Still, according to the latest data, Sprott’s trust holds about 26 million pounds of uranium, equal to about 14% of the annual consumption from the world’s nuclear reactors. The closed-end fund was formed out of an April takeover of Uranium Participation Corp., which held 18 million pounds of uranium, and its trust units trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The fund invests and holds substantially all of its assets in uranium, which is stored in highly secured facilities in Canada, France and the U.S.

Units of Sprott Physical Uranium Trust have soared 42% in September since our post “A Bitcoin-Like Opportunity In Uranium?”

Historically low prices and pandemic-driven mine disruptions have prompted uranium producers including Cameco to buy from the spot market to fulfill their long-term contracts with consumers. That means stockpiling by the Sprott fund may have the potential for tightening the market and boosting prices, in the process as prices rise, the value of the fund will rise as well, attracting more inflows, leading to even more uranium purchases, even higher prices and so on until we have another Hunt Brothers situation on our hands, only with uranium this time instead of silver.

The robust investment demand is built on a growing realization that nuclear power is becoming more accepted by policymakers worldwide as a way to limit greenhouse-gas emissions, Ciampaglia said Wednesday in an interview. Australia’s reaction was merely confirmation of this.

“That’s something that’s just recent, and you’re seeing this from the Biden administration acknowledging and providing support for nuclear,” he said. “And the European Union clearly identifies nuclear as part of the taxonomy.”

As Bloomberg adds, Uranium is also getting a boost from generalist investors who are seeking investments that meet environmental, social and governance criteria or support the energy shift away from fossil fuels, he said.

Then there’s the recent buzz from retail investors, with uranium becoming a recent target of the meme-stock frenzy that share tips on Reddit message boards. Cameco, the world’s second-largest uranium miner, was the most searched stock symbol on Monday, according to WallStreetBets Ticker Sentiment.

Reddit day-traders “seem to be into it,” Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Eric Balchunas said in an interview. “When you have something that’s starting to surge that’s been beaten for 10 years and there’s some more room to run potentially, I think that’s what they’re trying to do.”

Tyler Durden Thu, 09/16/2021 – 21:30

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Hawkish Powell Hits Stocks; Bitcoin Flat As Breakevens, Bond Yields & Bullion Bounce

Hawkish Powell Hits Stocks; Bitcoin Flat As Breakevens, Bond Yields & Bullion Bounce

A very mixed week across the asset-classes.

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Hawkish Powell Hits Stocks; Bitcoin Flat As Breakevens, Bond Yields & Bullion Bounce

A very mixed week across the asset-classes.

Hawkish Powell: rate-hike expectations surged higher but stocks gained, crude rallied but copper tumbled. Growth and Value stocks basically ended the week up around the same amount (while Cyclicals modestly outperformed Defensives). Perhaps most notably, rates vol and stock vol expectations are dramatically decoupled from one another.

Inflation: Breakevens soared to record highs… globally, bullion bounced but bitcoin ended the week unchanged and bonds only modestly higher in yield.

Source: Bloomberg

We do not that the long-end of the curve notably outperformed today (flattening the curve significantly) after Powell’s comments, in a clear signal from the market that it’s expecting a Policy error

Source: Bloomberg

Arguably, as Goldman details below, the market could be morphing back from a ‘stagflation’ narrative to a ‘reflation’ narrative

Heading into the week, the ‘stagflation’ narrative was continuing despite the fact that the S&P 500 had already bounced off of its late-September bottom and was heading back towards an all-time high.  And as we exit the week, the inflation debate seems to be evolving into a ‘the Fed will hike earlier’ narrative, with yields on 2-year Notes spiking to 0.50% — a level last seen in the first days of the pandemic way back on March 18, 2020.  Praveen Korapaty writes in last Friday’s note, “Front-end pressures mount,” that markets appear to have returned to a paradigm of simultaneously bringing forward and/or accelerating hike pricing and taking down terminal rate assumptions. Bond investors appear to be increasingly thinking that the rise in inflation that we have been observing will translate into an earlier Fed funds rate hike.

And yields on 10-year Treasuries also briefly touched 1.70% this week, suggesting that bond investors are actually also feeling fine about longer-term growth.  And this better feeling is also being reflected in stock prices with the S&P 500 breaking up above 4500 and hitting a new all-time high this week.  So, the ‘stagflation’ narrative seems to be morphing back into a ‘reflation’ narrative — something similar to what we were experiencing when the economy first ‘reopened’ last spring.

Digging into each asset class, stocks ended the week higher overall (despite today’s Powell-driven dip that sent Nasdaq down around 1% today)…

The S&P and Dow closed at record weekly closing highs…

In Canada, the S&P/TSX Composite is up 13 straight days to a new record high – the longest winning streak since 1985…

Source: Bloomberg

Rather interestingly, this week saw “get out and party” recovery stocks underperform the “stay at home and sulk” stocks…

Source: Bloomberg

Cyclicals modestly outperformed Defensives on the week…

Source: Bloomberg

Growth barely outperformed Value on the week…

Source: Bloomberg

TSLA topped FB in terms of market cap again today (to become the 5th biggest company in the S&P) as Musk’s carmaker surged to new record highs above $900…

Source: Bloomberg

But the week’s biggest gainer was Trump’s “TRUTH” SPAC which ended up over 800% (though at one point it was up over 1600%)…

Source: Bloomberg

VIX traded down to a 14 handle this morning – the lowest since before the pandemic lockdowns began…

Treasury yields ended the week higher, but the long-end notably outperformed…

Source: Bloomberg

The yield curve ended the week notably flatter (after a wild ride midweek back to last week’s highs)…

Source: Bloomberg

Policy Error? The flattening started with the June taper chatter…

Source: Bloomberg

Inflation Breakevens soared to record highs today (US 5Y topped 3.0%) across the globe today…

Source: Bloomberg

The dollar ended the week lower, chopping around at one-month-lows…

Source: Bloomberg

Cryptos had a wild ride for the week with Bitcoin reaching new record highs after BITO’s launch before fading back to unchanged on the week today (Ethereum modestly outperformed on the week)…

Source: Bloomberg

Bitcoin ended the week just above $60k, well off the $67k record high…

Source: Bloomberg

The newly launched Bitcoin (futures) ETF (BITO) ended below its opening level…

Bitcoin Futures were well bid as BITO launched but the premium over spot has faded since…

Source: Bloomberg

Commodities were very mixed with copper clubbed and silver soaring (gold and crude also rallied)…

Source: Bloomberg

Rather interestingly, the huge divergence between copper and silver occurred at a key resistance level (around 20 ounces of silver to buy copper)

Source: Bloomberg

Finally, we note Mizuho’s warning of the impact of today’s more hawkish speech from Fed chair Powell. Our view that the divergence of equity implied vol (at pre-pandemic lows) from rates implied vol (rising to the highs of the year in most markets) is unsustainable, is showing tentative signs of turning.

Source: Bloomberg

The sharp move lower in Nasdaq futures and widening of CDS indices is a warning shot, we feel, of how risk assets would break down if the Fed was to try to stamp out inflation at such an early point in the cycle as mid 2022.

Commodities relative to stocks are starting to flash some red alerts…

And if one needed an excuse to buy some protection against that whiplash reality check for stocks, VIX is at a critically cheap level relative to VXV…

Source: Bloomberg

That has not tended to end well for stocks.

Tyler Durden
Fri, 10/22/2021 – 16:01



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Top Mining Small Caps To Watch Right Now

Are mining juniors on your watchlist right now?

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Are These Mining Penny Stocks on Your Watchlist in October?

Mining penny stocks have become extremely popular over the last year or so. And, there are a few main reasons why that is the case. For one, mining stocks tend to be more stable than most others, as their trajectories are less affected by speculation. While this is more true with blue-chip mining stocks, it is also the case with mining penny stocks.

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In addition to this, many investors have turned to mining stocks this year as a way to avoid the ups and downs of the stock market as a result of Covid. Specifically, gold stocks are highly popular as they present a ‘safeguard’ investment against inflation and market volatility. Historically, gold has been a mainstay in the market during times of economic trouble. And while we are emerging from the pandemic right now, investors are still uncertain about the future. 

As a result, mining stocks remain very popular right now. As we continue to move into the end of the year, it’s worth keeping an eye on the demand for resources such as gold, silver, and other popular mined ores. This will help to illustrate how these stocks could perform in the future. With that in mind, let’s take a look at three mining penny stocks to watch right now. 

3 Mining Penny Stocks to Watch Right Now

  1. IAMGOLD Corp. (NYSE: IAG
  2. Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE: AUY
  3. B2Gold Corp. (NYSE: BTG

IAMGOLD Corporation (NYSE: IAG)

IAMGOLD Corporation is a mining penny stock that has climbed by over 30% in the past month with 5% of that occurring in the last five days alone. This company develops, explores for, and operates gold mining properties. These properties are located in the Americas and West Africa. Its mines include the Rosebel mine, Essakane mine, and Westwood mine among many others. In addition to gold, the company also searches for silver and copper as well.

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On October 19th, the company provided its preliminary operating results for the third quarter of 2021. All of IAMGOLD’s mines reported positive results during this period. Its Essakane mine had an average recovery of 83 percent at 3.3 million tons. Additionally, the Rosebel and Westwood mines provided positive results for the company as well.

“We achieved attributable production of 153,000 ounces during the third quarter and are pleased that our total attributable production is trending towards the upper end of the guidance range. Essakane continues to deliver strong results and Rosebel is performing in line with the updated plan.”

Gordon Stothart, the President, and CEO of IAMGOLD

Right now, many investors are turning to gold and mining stocks in general as a way to hedge bets against inflation. And as a popular gold stock, IAG could be worth looking into. Considering this, does it deserve a spot on your penny stocks watchlist?

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Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE: AUY)

Yamana Gold Inc. is another gold stock that has been moving up in the last few trading sessions. While its 8% gain over the past month is not as large as IAG’s, it is still substantial considering the relative stability of mining stocks. This company produces various precious metals in the United States however, its primary focus is on the production of gold. Silver is also a big market for Yamana, which it searches for at its development stage properties, exploratory sites, and land positions.

The most recent Yamana update was released on October 4th. The company announced that it will reveal its third-quarter operating and financial results after the market closes on October 28th, 2021. The next day, at 9 a.m. EDT, a conference call and webcast will be held. The financial results of Yamana Gold could have a big impact on its stock price if either positive or negative results are reported. This is something we see with most stocks, and for that reason, financial reports are always important to consider. 

The price of AUY stock is not just dictated by how the company is performing though. The prices of gold and silver are also major contributors to whether AUY stock will move up or down. It seems as though it is a balance between the price of gold, speculation, and the fundamentals when it comes to AUY stock. This is why it is important to stay up to date with the latest in the market. For now, will AUY stock be on your list of penny stocks to watch in October?

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B2Gold Corp. (NYSE: BTG)

B2Gold Corp. is one of the bigger recent gainers, pulling in over 26% in gains in the past month. As its name suggests, this company primarily produces gold however, it also searches for other precious metals as well. Currently, B2Gold has three operating mines in Mali, the Philippines, and Namibia. Additionally, B2Gold has other evaluation and exploration assets located in Uzbekistan, Finland, Burkina Faso, and more. It’s worth noting that the company also has an 81% interest in the Kiaka Project.

On October 19th, B2Gold Corp. reported its gold production and gold revenue from the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. The company’s total gold production for the quarter was 310,261oz, which is 7% higher than its budget. This number is also 18% higher than its third-quarter 2020 numbers. Based on its positive performance, the company’s annual production guidance range has been increased to 1,015,000 to 1,055,000oz. 

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The company stated, “The Company is currently compiling its consolidated cash operating costs and consolidated AISC results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2021, which will be released along with its third quarter and first nine months of 2021 financial results after the North American markets close on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.” B2Gold’s full third quarter 2021 financial results will be released on Tuesday, November 2nd after the markets close. Before these results are released, will BTG make your penny stock watchlist?

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Are Mining Penny Stocks Worth Buying Right Now?

Finding the best mining penny stocks to buy in 2021 can be challenging. But, with a keen insight into which stocks are performing well, what the industry is doing, and how it could perform in the future, it can be much easier to make money with penny stocks. Considering all of this, do you think that mining penny stocks are worth buying right now or not?

The post Top Mining Penny Stocks You Need to Know About Right Now appeared first on Penny Stocks to Buy, Picks, News and Information | PennyStocks.com.

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Crypto roundup: Valkyrie Bitcoin ETF debuts on Nasdaq; market down but Solana shines

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Bitcoin now has its latest US-based futures exchange-traded fund (ETF), with the Valkyrie BTF product officially launched on New York’s Nasdaq stock exchange. The crypto market overall, meanwhile, has pulled back a bit.

Digital asset manager Valkyrie’s ETF joins the similar ProShares product in the US market, BITO, which had been crushing it with record amounts of volume for an ETF launch in its first two days.

Because Bloomberg’s senior ETF analyst Eric Balchunas is the go-to guy on Twitter for insights on these matters, we’ve gone to his feed once again…

As for the Valkyrie Bitcoin ETF, it also seems to be off to a reasonable start. Shame its ticker couldn’t have been called BTFD, though… (Don’t geddit? Look it up here.)

“This Bitcoin Strategy ETF is a major leap forward for this asset class,” said Valkyrie CEO Leah Wald in a statement today.

“It enables investors to participate in the digital asset markets through a regulated, transparent product that trades on a trusted, reliable exchange and can be bought and sold as easily as any other investment currently available.”

 

Paul Tudor Jones still likes Bitcoin as inflation hedge

As has been well documented by Stockhead, and others, the current crop of regulator-approved ETFs track the value of BTC futures listed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).

A spot-backed, or physically backed Bitcoin ETF is the one the crypto crowd really wants, however, as this is the product that’d require funds to take full custody of Bitcoins, instead of essentially trading in IOUs at premiums and discounts to the actual BTC price.

As the famed billionaire hedge-fund manager Paul Tudor Jones said to CNBC earlier this week regarding the new ETFs:

“I think a better way to get in would be to actually own the physical Bitcoin, to take the time to learn how to own it,” before adding… “I think the ETF would be fine. I think the fact that it is SEC-approved should give you great comfort.”

Tudor Jones also confirmed Bitcoin is his preferred inflation hedge right now, against a weakening US dollar.

“Clearly, there’s a place for crypto,” he said. “Clearly, it’s winning the race against gold at the moment … It would be my preferred one over gold at the moment.”

We know who would agree with him…

 

Mooners and shakers

So, overall we’re seeing a reddish day in the crypto market, and that’s not necessarily anything to be concerned about. It might have something to do with some big-player profit taking after an extremely positive week on the whole. A week that clocked new all-time highs, and not just for Bitcoin.

Source: Coin360.com

At the time of writing, the entire crypto market cap, consisting of about 10,000 coins on about 550 exchanges, is down by about 1.5 per cent since this time yesterday. It’s chilling out around US$2.64 trillion in total valuation, give or take a few hundred million.

And as you can see from the top-coin market overview above, Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), crypto’s dominant ones, are a little stagnant today – down about two to three per cent in the past 24 hours.

There are outliers in the top 10, though, most notably “layer 1” smart-contract platform Solana (SOL), which is getting very close to touching the all-time high of $2.13 it set about a month ago. It’s changing hands for US$2.09 and up 15 per cent.

Could ex-England football striker Wayne Rooney have caused a surge? Yeah, probably not…

One of Solana’s main rivals, Polkadot (DOT), is also having a decent day, up about four per cent, and digging in around US$44. Anticipation for the Polkadot parachain crowdloans is building. They begin on November 11.

And there are other strong ones in this playing field faring even better: Avalanche (AVAX) is up 11.5 per cent since yesterday, while Fantom (FTM), and Elrond (EGLD) are both about 11 per cent to the good.

And the the highly rated Kusama-based platform Moonriver (MOVR) is also glowing, up 24 per cent since this time yesterday, and +54 per cent over the past seven days.

DeFi beaut THORChain (RUNE), meanwhile is still surging, up 18.5 per cent over the past day and 35 per cent on the week.

As for the overall market as we head into the weekend, it feels like we’re in another holding (or HODLing) pattern, waiting once again for the next big move.

Remaining cautious and level-headed about the crypto market is something to keep in mind, as a larger short-term correction is never off the cards… but there are no shortage of coinheads in the cryptoverse who still feel like the following…

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