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Top 20 Investors Speak on Uranium’s Returned Aura

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Uranium play Aura Energy has returned to the boards, timing its run to perfectly coincide with the upswing in sentiment around the commodity and its clean energy potential.

Recapitalised and returning from 16 months in the wilderness, dual-listed Aura’s (ASX:AEE) focus is the greenfield Tiris uranium project in Mauritania, where the company recently upgraded the JORC resource to 56 million pounds uranium oxide at a 100 parts per million U3O8 cut-off grade.

The company also updated its definitive feasibility study with 2021 numbers in August – moves which have been met on London’s AIM market with a 280% surge in value over the past month alone.

It appears the local market took notice too, with the company’s share price jumping almost 600% in early day ASX trade.

Speaking on today’s milestone, Aura Energy CEO and managing director Peter Reeve said it was a great time to be relisting with Tiris on the books.

“Momentous day for Aura as we relist on the ASX with a soaring uranium price!” he told Stockhead.

“The relist sets the stage for Aura to advance the low capex, low cash cost Tiris uranium project to development and we’re really looking forward to the months ahead.”

Reeve said in a release to market yesterday that plenty of work had been done to get the company and project to this point.

“Over the past months, Aura has undertaken and completed a number of project advancement initiatives on Tiris, well positioning the company for a strong 2022 financial year, as we fast track the Tiris Uranium Project to production,” he said.

The work won’t slow either. Aura expects to undertake an opportunity review to lower the forecast operating costs over the coming months and will also receive results from a net emissions study.

Vanadium assays are also expected, which Reeve said could result in further cost reductions.

Water drilling at the Tiris uranium project in Mauritania. Pic: Supplied.

There’s an Aura about AAE

The market has taken notice of what AAE’s top 20 shareholders have known for a while – that this is a story worth investing in.

AAE’s top 20 accounts for around 73% of its overall investor book and includes some high profile and famous names who are bullish on the company and its commodity space.

John Hancock is among them. While his family name may be more historically synonymous with iron ore, Hancock said the future looked bright for nuclear power.

“Having successfully invested in commodities driving a zero emissions future, I was drawn to Aura Energy’s Tiris uranium project as it presents a near-term development opportunity with considerable upside potential,” he said.

“Bill Gates recently financed TerraPower’s small modular nuclear reactor in Wyoming, with this safe technology holding the potential to be a game-changer for nuclear power generation as the modules can be factory built, shipped to site and installed side by side as energy needs grow.

“We’ve seen the uranium market take a turnover the past month and I look forward to uranium continuing to become a leading global source of zero emissions energy.”

High profile investor Peter Proksa is also on the list, and said the Aura narrative was compelling enough for him to make his first investment into the uranium space in 15 years.

“Aura Energy fits my investment criteria with significant upside potential with a project at an advanced stage of development,” he said.

“Aura’s Tiris Uranium Project has importantly advanced to DFS stage but also has a low capital cost to move towards production.

“I see significant upside considering the current market valuations for Aura’s peers who are at similar development stage but have higher capital costs and are at many multiples of Aura’s valuation.”

Proksa said any management issues were behind Aura, with the steady hand of Martin Rogers at the helm as chairman.

“Aura’s future looks bright, and it’s uranium’s time to take advantage of the search for a cleaner energy source,” he said.

“The EV revolution will, I feel, be a key factor in the need for uranium as an important energy source of the future.”

A member of Aura’s top 20 shareholder list who has more than a decade’s experience in uranium mining, Alexander Molyneux is another name that investors may recognise on the company’s books.

Molyneux’s past credits include founder and prior chairman of TSX-listed Azarga Uranium, CEO of Paladin Energy, and an advisory role to asset manager Eightstone Oclaner’s specialist uranium investment fund.

He’s backing the commodity’s recent run to go the distance.

“Uranium bottomed in 2018 and not only has the price been steadily rising since then but purchasing activity has been increasing too, which is the most important sign,” he said.

“The pandemic slowed the normalisation activity for uranium but it didn’t set it back. The industry is now poised for the next turning point where North American and European utilities, having nearly exhausted their discretionary inventory and contract positions, will need to rapidly accelerate their purchasing.

“Given the industry is already in a production deficit, we can expect a major breakout in uranium price.”

Molyneux said he decided to support Aura’s recent recapitalisation with a personal investment because it was uniquely placed in a uranium market on the upcycle.

“The key reason I like Aura Energy is the combination of the ‘ready to go’ nature and strong economics of its Tiris Uranium Project,” he said.

“In uranium, we actually have a lot of known resources compared to annual consumption and I believe the next up-cycle will move quickly once it moves to the next phase. Hence why in general I’m attracted to projects already at DFS stage that can provide quick production leverage.

“Tiris has not only passed the DFS milestone but it has a relatively modest capital requirement of A$107M, which should mean it can move quickly through the final financing stage into production.”

 

 

 

 

This article was developed in collaboration with Aura Energy, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing. 

This article does not constitute financial product advice. You should consider obtaining independent advice before making any financial decisions.

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Torq Resources Options Santa Cecilia Gold-Copper Project, Shares Up

Torq Resources Inc. [TORQ-TSXV; TRBMF-OTCQX; S8QA-FSE] has acquired an option to earn a 100% interest…

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[nxtlink id="269591"]Torq Resources Inc.[/nxtlink] [TORQ-TSXV; TRBMF-OTCQX; S8QA-FSE] has acquired an option to earn a 100% interest by paying US$25 million and spending US$15.5 million on exploration, subject to an NSR, on the 3,250-hectare (32.5 km2) Santa Cecilia gold-copper project, located approximately 100 km east of the city of Copiapo, northern Chile.

The project is in the southern region of the world-class Maricunga belt and immediately north of the El Indio belt. It is estimated the Maricunga belt could host up to 90 million ounces of gold in a belt is characterized by gold epithermal and gold-copper porphyry deposits, including multi-million-ounce deposits such as Salares Norte, La Coipa, Cerro Maricunga, Marte, Lobo, La Pepa, El Volcan, Caspiche and Cerro Casale.

The Santa Cecilia project is located immediately adjacent to the Norte Abierto project, held by Newmont and Barrick, which is comprised of the Caspiche and Cerro Casale gold-copper porphyry deposits. Collectively, these deposits contain proven and probable reserves of 23.2 million oz gold and 5.8 billion lbs copper and measured and indicated resources of 26.6 M oz gold and 6.7 B lbs copper.

Limited historical exploration work at Santa Cecilia was performed by the previous operator, a major international mining company in 1988-1990 when it drilled 47 holes, totaling ~14,000 metres, and completed 1,200 metres of exploration tunnel development that defined epithermal gold and gold-silver mineralization as well as gold-copper porphyry mineralization at surface and shallow depths, respectively.

A subsequent operator drilled two deeper holes in 2012 that successfully encountered gold-copper-molybdenum porphyry mineralization underlying the shallow mineralization defined by the previous operator.

Shawn Wallace, Executive Chair, said, “The Santa Cecilia gold-copper project represents the culmination of our acquisition strategy in Chile. It is our belief that exploration at a project of this magnitude will be transformative for Torq.”

There are three primary target types associated with the 10 square km surficial hydrothermal alteration footprint: Surface epithermal disseminated oxide gold mineralization defined by the previous operator’s shallow drilling, high-grade gold-silver epithermal structures and veins, as observed in the previous operator’s exploration tunnel and associated drilling, and underlying copper-gold-molybdenum porphyry mineralization analogous to the Newmont/Barrick Caspiche and Cerro Casale deposits, as defined by the 2011-2012 drill holes.

At the Cerro del Medio Target, drill highlights from previous operator (1988 – 1990) included 256 metres of 0.43 g/t AuEq, or 0.37 g/t gold and 0.04% copper in hole SP-SC-23. Hole SP-SC-24 returned 162 metres of 0.58 g/t AuEq, or 0.36 g/t gold and 0.14% copper. Refer to company press release for more similar drill results.

The Vetas Condor high-grade gold – silver epithermal mineralization is encountered on the western flanks of the Cerro del Medio target area where east-west trending quartz-alunite structures are exposed over a 1 km by 350-metre area.

The previous operator completed 1,100 metres of horizontal exploration tunnels that were oriented sub-parallel to parallel to the quartz-alunite ledges. Highlighted intercepts from this section of the tunnel, while not true width, demonstrate the high-grade potential of the structures, and include 2.38 g/t gold and 101 g/t silver over 32 metres and 0.66 g/t gold and 13.5 g/t silver over 134 metres. In addition, ~436 metres into the tunnel, a high-grade vein sampled 58 g/t gold and 27 g/t silver over 2 metres. At the Vetas Condor Target, drill results from previous operator (1988-1990) included 20 metres of 7.05 g/t AuEq.

In late trading October 22, shares of Torq gained $0.16 to $0.80 on a volume of 890.000.

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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.

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These 7 High-Upside Stocks Belong in Your Portfolio

Navigating the stock market is a difficult task for the inexperienced. The first step in making a successful trade is understanding how prices work and…

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Navigating the stock market is a difficult task for the inexperienced. The first step in making a successful trade is understanding how prices work and what they represent. However, one of the best approaches you can take is seeking out high-upside stocks.

It is a value investing approach. A good value investor looks for companies with low prices relative to their intrinsic worth and is willing and able to buy shares when they’re cheap. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy, but intelligent risk management demands caution.

I’m taking a deep dive into high-upside stocks that are looking to break out of this list. But at the same time, all of these companies have solid operating models; these aren’t fly-by-night operations. But a word of caution before moving forward: even the best consensus estimates are just estimates in the end. They can go wrong. It’s very important to make sure the stock that you are interested in actually matches your risk-return profile.

With that in mind, here are seven high-upside stocks to buy:

  • Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:OXY)
  • Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ:PENN)
  • Fox Corp. (NASDAQ:FOX)
  • ChargePoint Holdings (NYSE:CHPT)
  • Barrick Gold (NYSE:GOLD)
  • Teladoc Health (NYSE:TDOC)
  • Shopify (NYSE:SHOP)

High-Upside Stocks: Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY)

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TipRanks 12-Month Consensus Price Target: $39.21 (17% upside potential)

Occidental Petroleum is a privately owned company that produces and sells crude oil. The stock of this American multinational corporation has been steadily rising over recent decades due largely to increased sales from its operations in Latin America, especially Colombia.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic was devastating for Occidental Petroleum and other companies in the space. The energy company was already dealing with the $57 billion purchase of Anadarko Petroleum. At the purchase, many analysts questioned the wisdom of accepting so much additional debt to finance the purchase. The pandemic added to the company’s miseries. In response, Occidental is disposing of non-core assets to decrease leverage.

But now, things are getting back to normal, and energy prices are on the move. Therefore, OXY stock has all the potential for a comeback.

Penn National Gaming (PENN)

Penn (PENN) National Gaming logo on the website homepage.Source: Casimiro PT / Shutterstock.com

TipRanks 12-Month Consensus Price Target: $95.33 (26% upside potential)

Penn National Gaming operates casinos and racetracks with 44 facilities spread across America and Canada. It also owns a 36% stake in Barstool Sports company.

Over the last decade, the regional land-based casino operator has done very well, a rare outlier the last year. Penn National Gaming’s revenue for 2020 was $3.579 billion. In 2019, annual revenue came in at $5.301 billion, representing a decrease of 32%.

However, things are doing very well in the year thus far. But by investing in Barstool Sports, the company has carved out a niche in mobile sportsbook betting.

High-Upside Stocks: Fox Corp. (FOX)

The Fox Corporation (FOXA) headquarters in New York City.Source: Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com

TipRanks 12-Month Consensus Price Target: $44.50 (13% upside potential)

Fox Corporation has become one of America’s most successful media companies. They produce and license news programs for distribution through cable television systems as well direct broadcast satellite operators.

With advertiser spending rebounding, things are looking pretty good for FOX. Most recently, the company reported record earnings for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2021 financial results. Revenue grew by 20%.

A rise in advertising revenue was seen across all three segments: television (51%), cable network (17%) and other revenues (30%). With the pandemic slowly receding into the background, things will only get better from this period. According to Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lachlan Murdoch, “We look forward to the year ahead, anticipating the return of normalized sports and entertainment calendars and the start of the midterm election cycle.”

ChargePoint Holdings (CHPT)

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TipRanks 12-Month Consensus Price Target: $32.89 (54% upside potential)

ChargePoint operates the largest network of separately owned EV charging stations, active in 14 countries. As the world pivots towards clean energy, companies like ChargePoint stand to benefit immensely. We have already seen President Joe Biden release a comprehensive $2 trillion infrastructure and economic recovery package that has a significant EV component.

To accommodate the expected growth of EVs by 2030, AlixPartners estimates $300 billion is needed to build out global infrastructure, including $50 billion in America, a feat that would take quite some time and effort. But as the Chinese proverb goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Under Biden’s infrastructure plan, 500,000 charging devices would be installed in a national EV charging network in America by 2030.

Against this backdrop, ChargePoint, an industry leader, becomes an enticing prospect for any portfolio. Most recently, analysts expected the company to narrow losses to 12 cents apiece. But ChargePoint reported a second-quarter loss of 13 cents. However, sales finished at $56 million — an increase from their prior year’s same quarter by 61% and beating expectations.

Looking ahead, ChargePoint expects revenue between $60 million and $65 million for its third quarter. In addition, the company hiked full-year revenue guidance between $225 million and $235 million, from $195 million to $205 million, for the fiscal year ending January 31, 2022.

High-Upside Stocks: Barrick Gold (GOLD)

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TipRanks 12-Month Consensus Price Target: $25.79 (31% upside potential)

Barrick Gold is a Canadian multinational mining company that engages in the production and sale of gold and copper and mining-related activities such as exploration for new deposits or mine development on old ones to increase its reserves quantity.

Global miners have been a major hot topic in the investment world this year. Shares of global mining companies skyrocketed to record highs last year. It turns out these stocks were not worth their value, though, as prices fell with international turmoil.

Barrick’s latest EPS figure of 29 cents beat analysts’ expectations by a narrow margin. The company reported revenue of $2.89 billion, which missed estimates of $2.92 billion. Even though gold production fell 9.4% in the second quarter, realized prices rose 5.5%. This is because there were more buyers than ever before, thanks to people who wanted one safe-haven asset during this time of uncertainty caused by pandemic fears and a weakened dollar.

Barrick restated a capital investment plan of $1.8 billion to $2.1 billion on the bright side. The production plan is reaffirmed at 4.4 million ounces to 4.7 million gold ounces and 410 million pounds to 460 million pounds of copper.

Teladoc Health (TDOC)

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TipRanks 12-Month Consensus Price Target: $200.95 (45% upside potential)

Teladoc Health is multinational telemedicine and virtual healthcare company. They have primary services including, but not limited to, medical opinions via teleseminars or email correspondence, AI-powered analysis on prescription drugs and patient records from various providers such as hospitals or insurance companies.

Last year was a satisfying one for the company. Due to strict lockdowns, patients turned towards telemedicine for their needs. It led to a bonanza for companies like Teladoc, which saw full-year revenue jump 98% year-over-year to $1.1 billion. However, now that things are getting back to normal, there is a fear that a slowdown may occur. In the second fiscal quarter, Teladoc finished with a net loss of $133.8 million, or 86 cents a share, which more than doubled the loss from the year-ago period.

Looking ahead, the company anticipates third quarter revenue between $510 million and 520 million, with a net loss range of 78 cents to 68 cents a pop. For the full year, they guided for $2 billion to $2.025 billion in sales alongside an expected per-share loss range from $3.35 to $3.60.

High-Upside Stocks: Shopify (SHOP)

shopify logo sign on building facadeSource: Beyond The Scene / Shutterstock.com

TipRanks 12-Month Consensus Price Target: $1,709.95 (20% upside potential)

Shopify is the go-to platform for e-commerce stores. It offers secure, reliable and scalable cloud services that enable online retailers to sell their products across different channels with a single click of a button from anywhere in the world.

In announcing second-quarter 2021 financial results, the tech giant, for the first time, achieved a $1 billion revenue quarter on record gross merchandise value (GMV). Total revenue ended up at $1.1 billion, an increase of 57% from the year-ago period. GMV was $42.2 billion, a jump of $12.1 billion or 40% year-on-year. Adjusted net income came in at $284.6 million, or $2.24 per diluted share. These figures compare very favorably with adjusted net income of $129.4 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, last year.

Shopify’s digital commerce trends were very strong in the first half of 2021. It combined the secular growth in e-commerce, stimulus distributed this March and April, and lower than expected operating expenses. As a result, full-year 2021 adjusted operating income is expected to outpace last year’s results.

On the publication date, Faizan Farooque did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

Faizan Farooque is a contributing author for InvestorPlace.com and numerous other financial sites. Faizan has several years of experience in analyzing the stock market and was a former data journalist at S&P Global Market Intelligence.

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