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By Ellsworth Dickson Historically, the metal cobalt was a by-product of mines that were mainly…

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By Ellsworth Dickson

Historically, the metal cobalt was a by-product of mines that were mainly concerned with other metals, for example, silver. That was the case for the1903 silver rush around the Town of Cobalt in northeastern Ontario. The hundreds of veins in the camp featured high-grade silver values accompanied by several cobalt minerals.

The silver rush was slow to get started but by 1906 there were 263 mining companies in the Cobalt district. Many famous mines were built such as the Coniagas, Nipissing 407, Agaunico, Silverfields, O’Brien, Glen Lake Mines, Deer Horn Mines, Agnico, Temiskaming, Trethaway, Hi-Ho, Cart Lake and more.

Silver mining continued into the 1980s with cobalt still of secondary interest. The Cobalt area mines lay dormant until about 2017 when the rising price of cobalt resulted in a staking rush with both cobalt and silver of interest. Since 2017, there have been a number of activities in the Cobalt camp – exploration and drill programs, staking, new discoveries, consolidations, changes of plans, and so on. The initial fever has naturally given way to people in it for the long haul. (more later on)

Cobalt is used to make superalloys, high-temperature alloys, cutting tools, magnetic materials, petrochemical catalysts, pharmaceuticals, steels and glaze materials. Back in the 1990s, only 1% of cobalt demand was from its use in rechargeable batteries.

Today, the cobalt market is largely being driven by “new economy” drivers, including lithium-ion batteries, consumer electronics, Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) that are the dominant uses for lithium-ion batteries, representing 64% of cobalt demand in 2020.

Various world governments have actually mandated the manufacture of EVs and the tapering off of internal combustion engines, resulting in an EV sales growth forecast of 30%. Consequences of the COVID virus have sometimes affected the cobalt marker but that will eventually end. Cobalt is currently trading at US$24.03 per pound, up about 57% from a year ago. Consequently, cobalt explorers and developers have targeted projects in various locales around the world.

Cobalt, being a fairly rare metal, means that there are not that many cobalt projects or mines – either as a primary commodity or as a secondary product, usually with copper, nickel or silver Cobalt is not like, say, the gold or copper sector that generates many projects and mines.

Commodity trader and miner Glencore Plc [GLEN-LSE] recently said it will restart operations at the world’s largest cobalt mine, Mutanda in southeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), towards the end of this year and return to production in 2022.

The DRC (Kinshasa) continues to be the world’s leading source of mined cobalt, supplying approximately 70% of global mine production. The use of child labour at artisanal mines is a big problem.

According to the United States Geological Survey, 2020 mine production was DRC: 95,000 tonnes; Russia: 6,300 tonnes; Philippines: 4,700 tonnes; Canada: 3,200 tonnes; China: 2,300 tonnes; U.S.: 600 tonnes; and Australia: 5,700 tonnes. In 2020, total global production in 2020 was 140,000 tonnes with world reserves pegged at 7.1 million tonnes.

The 2021 diamond drilling program at the Fortune Minerals NICO Project, NWT.

Thanks to the burgeoning EV industry, cobalt demand is expected to steadily increase as manufacturing ramps up which bodes well for the cobalt sector.

Besides northeastern Ontario, there are not a great number of other cobalt projects in North America. One company that stands out is Fortune Minerals Limited [FT-TSX] that has attracted investor interest because its flagship NICO project in Canada’s Northwest Territories that is one of the most advanced cobalt development assets outside the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Fortune is one of only a handful of global companies that could emerge as a possible supplier of “ethical cobalt” to consumers seeking an alternative to the DRC, currently the source of over 60% of the world’s production.

Amnesty International has warned electric car companies to seek out alternatives to the DRC, which is well known for its mineral wealth, but also civil wars and corruption.

However, Fortune is more than just a play on cobalt. The unique metal assemblage of the NICO deposit includes open pit and underground proven and probable reserves of 33 million tonnes, containing 1.1 million ounces of gold, 82 million pounds of cobalt, 102 million pounds of bismuth, and 27 million pounds of copper.

According to a 2014 feasibility study and recent optimizations, that material could support average annual production for the first 14 years of a 20-year mine life (2020 mine plan), including 1,800 tonnes per year of cobalt in battery grade cobalt sulphate, 47,000 ounces per year of gold in doré bars, 1,700 tonnes per year of bismuth in ingots and oxide and 300 tonnes per year of copper in cement precipitate.

The study suggest that ore can be extracted from a proposed open pit and underground mine and mill that will produce a bulk concentrate for shipment to a refinery that the company plans to construct in southern Canada.

The products that would be produced at the proposed refinery include cobalt chemicals used to make high performance rechargeable batteries, bismuth metals and chemicals, as well as gold.

It is worth noting that the company has received environmental assessment approval and key permits to construct and operate the NICO mine and concentrator in the Northwest Territories.

Fortune also owns the satellite Sue-Dianne copper-silver-gold deposit, located 25 kilometres north of the NICO mine site and other exploration projects in the Northwest Territories, and maintains the right to repurchase the Arctos anthracite coal deposits in northwest British Columbia that were previously bought by a British Columbia Crown corporation.

A helicopter prepares a diamond drill pad at the Fortune Minerals NICO Project, NWT.

Fortune sees Sue-Dianne as a potential future source of incremental mill feed that could extend the life of a NICO mill and concentrator

Sue-Dianne hosts an indicated resource of 8.4 million tonnes grading 0.80% copper, 3.2 g/t silver and 0.07 g/t gold. On top of that is an inferred resource of 1.62 million tonnes of grade 0.79% coper, 2.4 g/t silver and 0.07 g/t gold.

“Cobalt has a critical role in the accelerating transition to e-mobility, and advanced assets like our NICO Project are needed to help satisfy the growing demand and diversify the supply chain,” said Fortune President and CEO Robin Goad.

The NICO project is located 160 kilometres northwest of Yellowknife and 50 kilometres north of Whati, a First Nations community in the North Slave region

Due to the remote location, the Tlicho Highway, under construction for the NWT government, is a key enabler for the NICO development and is nearing completion and expected to open to the public later this year. The $213 million, 97-kilometre all-season road to the community of Whati, together with the spur road that Fortune plans to construct, will allow metal concentrates to be trucked from the mine to the rail head at Hay River or Enterprise, NWT for railway delivery to the company’s planned hydrometallurgical refinery.

Fortune has talked about a total project cost of around $775 million. But the focus now is on various optimizations and refinery sites aimed at delivering a more financially robust project compared to the one envisaged in the 2014 feasibility study.

In keeping with that effort, Fortune recently launched a 3,000-metre drill program to test for a potential expansion of the NICO deposit at the east end of the deposit. It said exploration crews will also test up to four additional targets defined by previous geology and geophysics programs.

Fortune recently raised almost $542,000 from a private placement offering of 3.9 million issued that were issued at 14 cents per unit. It also received a grant of $144,000 from the Government of the NWT.

On October 22, 2021, Fortune shares were trading at $0.13 in a 52-week range of 27 cents and $0.06, leaving the company with a market cap of $47.58 million based on 366 million shares outstanding.

Other companies within the cobalt mining space worth mentioning include:

Canada Silver Cobalt Works Inc. [CCW-TSXV; CCWOF-OTC] recently reported high-grade cobalt assays from its Castle East discovery located 1.5 km from its 100%-owned, past-producing Castle Mine near Gowganda in the silver-cobalt district northeast of the Town of Cobalt where the company has completed 42,000 metres of a 60,000-metre drill program aimed at significantly increasing its 43-101 resource estimate. Canada Silver Cobalt Works recently discovered a major high-grade silver vein system at Castle East. The company also has a pilot plant and processing facility.

Kuya Silver Corp. [KUYA-CSE] has given notice of intention to exercise an option to earn a 70% interest in all of First Cobalt Corp.’s [FCC-TSXV; FTSSF-OTCQX] remaining mineral rights in the Cobalt camp. Kuya previously acquired a 100% interest in a property package surrounding the Kerr Lake area for $4-million.

First Cobalt owns a hydrometallurgical cobalt refinery in the Town of Cobalt. The refinery has the potential to produce either a cobalt sulfate for the lithium-ion battery market or cobalt metal for the North American aerospace industry or other industrial and military applications.

With permits and building infrastructure already in place, the First Cobalt Refinery will be operational as early as 2022. Once operational, the Refinery will produce 25,000 tonnes of battery-grade cobalt sulfate per annum, representing more than 5 per cent of all cobalt produced around the world.

Cruz Battery Metals Corp. [CRUZ-CSE; BKTPF-OTC; A2DMG8], formerly Cruz Cobalt Corp., completed a three-hole, 837-metre diamond drill campaign at the Hector Silver-Cobalt property. The company is a large mineral land holder in the Cobalt area and also includes the Bucke, Coleman, Johnson and Lorraine prospects.

Fuse Cobalt Inc. [FUSE-TSXV; FUSEF-OTC; 43W3-FSE], formerly Lico Energy Metals, recently reported that the government of Ontario announced a joint $10-million investment in the First Cobalt refinery in Cobalt Ontario. Significantly, this refinery is located approximately 1,500 metres west of the company’s cobalt exploration property. Fuse holds the Teledyne Cobalt property in Bucke and Lorrain Townships as well as the Glencore Bucke property located on the west boundary of the Teledyne property.

Brixton Metals Corp. [BBB-TSXV; BBBXF-OTCQB] has 100% interests in the Langis-Hudbay silver-cobalt project near the Town of Cobalt. The Langis Mine produced 10.4 Moz silver at 25 oz/ton and 358,340 lbs of cobalt between 1908 and 1989. Between 1903 and 1953 the Hudson Mine produced 4 million ounces of silver and 185,570 lbs cobalt.

iMetal Resources Inc. [IMR-TSXV; ADTFF-OTC] reported grab sample values of 67.9, 29.6 and 11.3 g/t gold from its flagship Gowganda West property.

The Eagle mine of Lundin Mining Corp. [LUN-TSX; LUNMF-OTC; LUMI-Sweden] in Michigan produces a cobalt-bearing nickel concentrate.

Jervois Global Ltd. [JRV-TSXV, ASX; JRVMF-OTC] is constructing the Idaho cobalt project (ICP) about 40 km from Salmon, east-central Idaho. It is a primary cobalt deposit with production estimates of 1,200 tons per day of super-alloy grade high-purity cobalt metal over a 7-year mine life.

The company has committed more than US$30-million toward equipment, materials and labour costs, both on-site and for detailed engineering. Construction, procurement and engineering schedule is on time with plan and commissioning of the mine expected from mid-2022. Currently, underground construction has commenced.

The company said that this historic step marks the first time in decades that the United States will have a primary cobalt mine within its borders.

Bryce Croker, CEO of Jervois, said, “Cobalt is a crucially important material for both defense and civilian applications. The electrification of the United States and global transportation sectors are currently and expected to continue driving exceptional cobalt demand growth.”

Some analysts are predicting a 17% increase in cobalt demand this year over 2020 and even more demand in the future due to the electrification of the world’s vehicle fleet. For example, the Ford Motor Company [F-NYSE] recently announced a US$11 billion investment to build electric vehicles in Tennessee and Kentucky, creating 11,000 new jobs. News doesn’t get much better than that.

 

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Best Mining Penny Stocks to Buy Right Now? 3 To Look at This Month

Will these mining stocks make your watchlist? When discussing mining penny stocks,…
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When discussing mining penny stocks, it is difficult not to highlight how well they have performed over the last year and a half. It all started with the pandemic, which pushed precious commodities like gold and silver to new highs. As a result, more types of mining equities began to perform better. There are far more of these assets than many investors think.

Many people think of gold and silver stocks when they think about mining assets. In reality, there are numerous different types of mining stocks. Companies in this category include those that look for copper, steel, uranium, lithium, lead, and other minerals. Bitcoin mining stocks, for example, can be considered for this type of asset.

What should you look for when investing in mining penny stocks, you may be wondering? There are a few critical actions that may be taken to ensure that the moment is perfect to invest in a company. The first and most obvious step is to read the news from across the world. Consider how the pandemic affected and continues to affect the mining industry. Sector news is also critical; for example, shortages and growing demand are useful pieces of information to have. Let’s look at three mining stocks performing well in December 2021.

Top Mining Stocks To Watch

Denison Mines Corp. (NYSE: DNN)

Denison Mines Corp. is a mining penny stock that just gained 2% on December 2nd. This is a mining business that is engaged in uranium development. The development business owns a 95 percent share in the Wheeler uranium project, which is located in the Athabasca Basin of northern Saskatchewan. This is a mining stock that has previously gotten a lot of attention on this site due to its consistent upward market momentum.

The corporation announced the adoption of an Indigenous Peoples Policy, or IPP, on December 2nd. The Board of Directors endorsed this, which indicates the company’s acknowledgment of the critical role of Canadian business in reconciling with Indigenous peoples in the country. This is consistent with Denison’s pledge to take action to advance reconciliation. This was critical for the corporation because it operates in several areas across Canada that are on Indigenous peoples’ traditional territory.

President and CEO of Denison, David Cates said, “I believe Industry has an important role to play in acknowledging, and building awareness of, the history of Indigenous people in Canada and the critical importance of pursuing the objectives of reconciliation. As such, the adoption of an Indigenous Peoples Policy is a notable step in our Company’s journey to bring reconciliation to the forefront of what we do and how we do it.” DNN stock has increased in value during the last six months. Will DNN stock be added to your watchlist as a result of its recent advancements?

IAMGOLD Corporation (NYSE: IAG)

IAMGOLD Corporation is a gold mining company that has seen its stock price rise in the previous 30 days. This firm looks for, develops, and manages land for the sale of gold in a variety of countries. IAMGOLD is a global company with operations in North America, South America, and West Africa. These territories are home to the Westwood mine, the Boto gold project, and a slew of other ventures.

IAMGOLD released their third-quarter results for 2021 on November 3rd. The firm released its third-quarter results for 2021 on November 3rd. IAMGOLD generated $121.6 million in mine-site free cash flow, while adjusted EBTIDA was $265.7 million. During the same time period, IAMGOLD reported a total net loss of $20.1 million, or $0.04 per share. Despite certain flaws in its financial results, IAMGOLD has had several moments of strong performance this year.

CEO and President of IAMGOLD, Gordon Stothart said, “The third quarter of 2021 saw improvement in our operating performance supported by the continued strong results at Essakane. Rosebel performed in line with the revised plan. Construction activities at Côté continue to proceed well, reaching 36% project completion at quarter-end.” Is IAG on your list of mining penny stocks to watch right now?

New Gold Inc. (NYSE: NGD)

We’ve previously identified New Gold Inc. as a mining penny stock with a lot of momentum on multiple occasions. This firm develops and manages a number of mineral properties throughout North America. The Rainy River gold-silver mine, which it controls 100 percent of, is one of its most important assets. The Rainy River mine is located in the Canadian province of Ontario. In addition, the corporation owns a 100% stake in the New Afton gold-copper mine. This mine is in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

On October 13th, the company revealed its third-quarter operational results. New Gold produced a total of 105,628 gold equivalent ounces throughout this time. Rainy River and New Afton mines yielded 60,785 and 44,843 gold equivalent ounces, respectively. Due to fewer tons milled, its gold equivalent production dropped in the third quarter.

President and CEO of New Gold, Renaud Adams said, “We remain on track to deliver on our updated guidance, and we continue to make progress towards securing the Company’s future growth at both assets. Our liquidity position improved for a third consecutive quarter, and I continue to expect meaningful free cash flow generation from our operations in the near-term” Amid these new developments, will NGD be on your mining penny stock watchlist?

Top Mining Penny Stocks To Buy?

Penny stocks are infamous for being extremely volatile and unpredictable. As a result, it is suggested that you concentrate on studying and investing carefully. No one knows what will happen to mining stocks in the market as long as inflation fears persist. As we approach 2022, only time will tell what happens to mining penny stocks. For the time being, which companies will you add to your watchlist?

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The Buckingham Graphite Project – Noble Mineral Exploration (TSX.V: NOB)

CEO, Vance White and Exploration Manager, Wayne Holmstead had us out to the Buckingham Graphite property to highlight the opportunity it presents the company….

CEO, Vance White and Exploration Manager, Wayne Holmstead had us out to the Buckingham Graphite property to highlight the opportunity it presents the company. Graphite of this quality will be in high demand as several auto manufacturers have publicly stated they will shift to EV’s by 2030. Furthermore, the Quebec government is already taking steps to ensure that Quebec is a leader in Battery metals, manufacturing and clean energy.

About The Buckingham Graphite Project

The Buckingham graphite property is located in the Outaouais area of the Grenville Subprovince of Quebec. It consists of 30 claims (1803 hectares) and contains 3 separate graphite occurrences. The main occurrence (McGuire) was worked by Stratmin Inc. in 1985-86 when a ground electromagnetic survey was done following a regional airborne survey. Three diamond drill holes were completed to intersect the electromagnetic anomalies, 2 of which intersected graphite mineralization which was found to be hosted by marble and gneissic rocks.

Although the nature of the graphite on the Buckingham Property has not been determined, graphite concurrences in this area are normally coarse grained, flake graphite. This type of graphite is the most desirable of the naturally occurring types that is used to produce lithium-based batteries. Lithium-based batteries are required for a variety of ‘green’ technologies, including electric vehicles. The global demand for these types of products is expected to rise as world governments lean towards environmentally friendly products rather than petroleum-based ones.

The second graphite occurrence (Cummings) is described as a “deposit in the form of narrow bands of graphite occurring in gneiss and marble over a length of 300 m and a width of 30 m. The graphite occurs in several irregular bands within the 30 m zone.” The Cummings Occurrence is located about 1.5 km southeast of the McGuire Occurrence.

The third graphite showing on the property is called the Robidoux Occurrence and is located about 4 km east of the McGuire Occurrence. It was described by the Quebec Superintendent of Mines in a 1910 report as a “partially uncovered graphitic bed over a length of about forty feet. Some shallow pits have also exposed graphitic outcrops, presumably of the same bed, for an additional distance of 75 to 100 feet. The bed where exposed by the main stripping is about four feet thick and dips into the side of a low hill at an angle of 40 to 50 degrees.” It was also noted that “the graphite ore contains over 30% carbon.”

About Noble Mineral Exploration

Noble Mineral Exploration Inc. is a Canadian-based junior exploration company which, in addition to its shareholdings in Canada Nickel Company Inc., Spruce Ridge Resources Ltd. and MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd., and its interest in the Holdsworth gold exploration property in the Wawa, Ontario area, holds approximately 72,000 hectares of mineral rights in the Timmins-Cochrane areas of Northern Ontario known as Project 81. Project 81 hosts diversified drill-ready gold, nickel-cobalt and base metal exploration/VMS targets at various stages of exploration. More detailed information is available on the website at www.noblemineralexploration.com

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With Fisker Up 33% in November, Is There Still Room for Growth?

Electric vehicle (EV) company Fisker (NYSE:FSR) has had a roller-coaster year. But now with 2021 reaching a close, FSR stock is on a roll. Specifically,…

Electric vehicle (EV) company Fisker (NYSE:FSR) has had a roller-coaster year. But now with 2021 reaching a close, FSR stock is on a roll. Specifically, the month of November was big for the company, highlighted by an Ocean EV unveiling at the LA Auto Show. FSR stock closed out October at $16.05. By the last day of November, it was worth $21.39. That’s a 33% gain — not bad for one month.

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Can the climb continue? After all, although we have finally seen a completed version of the vehicle, the Fisker Ocean is still a year from production in November 2022.

A lot could go wrong between now and then. It’s also possible that the excitement over the Ocean’s debut has boosted FSR stock to a point where further gains are unlikely, at least in the short term. As such, it’s time to take a closer look at this Portfolio Grader “C” rated stock and see if it deserves a spot in growth-oriented portfolios.

FSR Stock: The Ocean Is Real and Consumers Are Onboard

The start of 2020 was not long ago, but it was the beginning of a new era. Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) had begun ramping up to mass production levels. In 2019, the EV maker delivered 367,500 vehicles, up 50% from the prior year. Further, a total of 2.1 million EVs had been sold globally in 2019 as well. Meanwhile, CEO Henrik Fisker was preparing for CES 2020 with his prototype battery-powered Ocean SUV.

Details were lacking at CES and Fisker’s claims were taken with a big grain of salt. For instance, an article in The Verge noted that Fisker was known for “ambitious vision” but also had a reputation for his “trouble executing.”

Fast forward to November 2021.

Climate change reality is hitting home. Now, the White House is pushing to make half of all vehicles sold in the U.S. zero-emission certified by 2030. That means there will be a lot of EVs. One recent report put the value of the global EV market at over $2.49 trillion by 2027.

So, now publicly traded, Fisker is capitalizing on these catalysts by showing off its production-ready Ocean SUV. The battery-powered Fisker Ocean starts at $37,499 and can be had for just $379 per month on a flexible lease. Plus, it’s not just any old EV — the model is also one of the world’s most sustainable vehicles, thanks to features like a vegan leather interior and its extensive use of recycled materials.

The fact that FSR stock got a bump in November is really a no-brainer, then. But more importantly, Fisker is showing every sign that it’s executing.

The Bottom Line on FSR Stock

It’s easy to see the potential in Fisker. The market for EVs is huge and, after decades as a curiosity, battery-powered vehicles are going mainstream. 

Tesla has shown just how spectacular the growth potential is for EV makers. Now, the company has a first-mover advantage and is unlikely to lose market dominance anytime soon.

I’m not trying to suggest that Fisker is another Tesla. However, Tesla has shown it’s possible to do the unthinkable —  not only starting an EV company from scratch, but also going from zero production capacity to 238,000 EVs manufactured in a quarter.

Will FSR stock ever see the explosive growth that TSLA stock has seen? It’s 33% climb in November was a good start. There’s also no shortage of analysts who are bullish on Fisker. For instance, Bank of America analyst John Murphy recently upgraded his price target from $18 to $24.

The bottom line here? Fisker has potential and the risk involved with investing in this company is considerably less than it once was. With production a year out, there are ways its plans could still go sideways. However, with production-ready versions of the Ocean already on display — details published and pricing confirmed — FSR stock is looking more and more like a good candidate for long-term growth.

On the date of publication, neither Louis Navellier nor the InvestorPlace Research Staff member primarily responsible for this article held (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.

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