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From: PaperPerson7/26/2012 8:19:27 AM
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Gold steadies above $1,600 per ounce as euro, stocks softenThu Jul 26, 2012 3:38pm IST

By Jan Harvey

LONDON (Reuters) - Gold prices steadied above $1,600 an ounce on Thursday, taking a breather after posting their biggest one-day rise since late June the previous day, as a dip in the euro versus the dollar and a weaker tone to stocks took the heat out of its rally.

The metal benefited on Wednesday from gains in the euro on speculation the euro zone's bailout fund could be given access to central bank money, and as weak U.S. data prompted fresh talk that more monetary easing could emerge later this year.

It rallied 1.5 percent, its strongest one-day performance in nearly four weeks, but failed to maintain those gains on Thursday as downbeat corporate earnings weighed on European shares, and the euro eased on persistent worries about the possibility of Spain applying for a full bailout. .EU

"Yesterday's move above $1,600 an ounce was driven by more positive sentiment towards gold on the back of growing anticipation for QE," BNP Paribas analyst Anne-Laure Tremblay said.

"Short term, the gold price remains however vulnerable to a retracement, particularly in a context of high uncertainty in the euro zone."

Spot gold was at $1,603.34 an ounce at 0946 GMT against $1,603.88 late on Wednesday, while U.S. gold futures for August delivery were down $5.80 an ounce at $1,602.30.

Gold priced in euros outperformed, rising 0.2 percent to 1,321.74 euros an ounce, close to a five-month high.

Gold options expiry takes place on Comex later in the day, with the bulk of call options -- which give the holder the right, but not the obligation, to buy -- at $1,600.

Speculation the Federal Reserve will unleash another round of monetary easing this year has been the chief support to gold prices in recent months, after a spate of lackluster U.S. data.

Such a move would maintain pressure on long-term interest rates, keeping the opportunity cost of holding gold at rock bottom, and would likely weigh on the dollar, stoking demand for the metal as an alternative store of value.

HSBC analyst Jim Steel said that gold may take its next cue from second-quarter U.S. GDP data on Friday, with the bank flagging up expectations for a growth rate of 1.1 percent.

"If the growth rate... is nearer to 1.0 percent... the FOMC may move closer to a decision to provide even more monetary stimulus in the weeks and months ahead," he said in a note.

"Gold has shown itself sensitive to monetary policy announcements this year and any indication of further easing would buoy gold prices."


A rally in gold prices prompted some selling in Asia's physical gold market, but market participants feared the price rise would lose momentum as policy uncertainty keeps sentiment brittle.

The world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, which issues securities backed by physical precious metal, reported a 2.1 metric ton outflow on Wednesday. The fund saw its biggest weekly outflow of physical metal this year last week.

Among other precious metals, silver was down 0.1 percent at $27.30 an ounce, while spot platinum was up 0.4 percent at $1,396.99 an ounce and spot palladium was up 0.1 percent at $562.49 an ounce.

Platinum miner Lonmin ( LMI.L) said on Thursday it had slashed spending plans up to 2014 in order to preserve cash, as it warned poor demand and weak prices battering the sector could persist for longer than expected.

South African platinum miners have been hit this year by a combination of rising costs, labor unrest and weak metals prices. However, analysts say it will be tough for them to cut production in a country where unemployment is rife and mining unions hold great sway.

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From: Rob J237/26/2012 2:39:00 PM
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Laurentian Goldfields Signs $1,500,000 Strategic Exploration Alliance Agreement With Antofagasta Minerals

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 26, 2012) -Laurentian Goldfields Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:LGF) ("Laurentian") is pleased to announce it has signed a US$1,500,000, two year strategic exploration alliance (the "Alliance") with Antofagasta Minerals S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Antofagasta plc ("Antofagasta") for generative copper exploration in southern Quebec, Canada. The Alliance will utilize Laurentian's extensive technical and exploration expertise as a project generator to identify copper properties for acquisition in specific target areas of Quebec. Exploration work will be guided through the establishment of a joint Technical Committee with Laurentian acting as Operator.

"We are very excited to partner with Antofagasta and begin exploration work in Quebec," states Darin Labrenz, P.Geo., President and CEO of Laurentian. "Antofagasta is one of the world's largest copper producers, with a proven track record of exploration and development of copper deposits around the world. The Alliance is a solid endorsement of Laurentian's exploration team and technical expertise, and will expose Laurentian shareholders to numerous discovery and development opportunities in Quebec."

Copper exploration and/or development opportunities acquired by the Alliance will become Designated Properties, and will have a deemed interest of 51% and 49% for Antofagasta and Laurentian respectively. Antofagasta can increase its interest in any Designated Property to 65% by completing US$5,000,000 in exploration over four years and thereafter electing to form a Joint Venture with a one-time cash payment of US$1,000,000 to Laurentian.

In the event that Antofagasta declines to exercise its option to earn 65% in a Designated Property, the interest will remain at 51% and 49% for Antofagasta and Laurentian respectively, with Laurentian maintaining control and management of the project.

The strategic exploration alliance is focused primarily on copper. If a property is declined as a Designated Property, Laurentian is free to advance that property on its own terms outside of the Alliance, with no further obligation to Antofagasta.

About Laurentian Goldfields Ltd.

Laurentian is a team of highly skilled exploration professionals focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of high quality gold properties in Canada. The Company advances its prospective projects through the use of its internal technical team, extensive network of exploration industry specialists and by engaging the financial support of major mining companies through exploration alliances and joint venture agreements. Laurentian is committed to increasing shareholder value through the identification and acquisition of new exploration opportunities and the advancement and growth of its current portfolio of projects

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From: PaperPerson7/28/2012 9:27:07 AM
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U.S. Silver Corp says evaluating Hecla's C$110.7 mln hostile bidJULY 26 | Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:48am EDT


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July 26 (Reuters) - U.S. Silver Corp, which has agreed to be bought by RX Gold & Silver Inc, said it was evaluating a hostile offer from Hecla Mining Co.

Hecla on Wednesday made an all-cash offer of C$110.7 million ($108.59 million) for U.S. Silver. Hecla said its C$1.80-per-share offer was better than the "imputed offer price" of C$1.41 under the RX Proposal.

"The combination agreement between U.S. Silver and RX Gold will remain in effect unless terminated by either party in accordance with its terms," U.S. Silver said in a statement on Thursday.

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From: PaperPerson7/29/2012 1:22:45 PM
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Acquisition Speculation Increases in the Junior Gold Mining Industry After Yamana's Purchase

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on Kinross Gold and AuRico Gold
Press Release: Five Star Equities – Tue, Jul 17, 2012 8:20 AM EDT

K.TO 8.54 +0.05

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -07/17/12)- Junior Miners have been hit hard in 2012 as gold prices have struggled to gain any upward momentum in 2012. The Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) has fallen over 25 percent year-to-date. The industry has been a hotbed of acquisition speculation in recent weeks after Yamana Gold announced it had acquired Extorre Gold Mines Ltd. for $414 million, or $4.26 a share (a 68% premium). Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Gold Industry and provides equity research on Kinross Gold Corporation (KGC) (K.TO) and AuRico Gold Inc. (AUQ) (AUQ.TO).
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Junior miners with quality mining projects have been attractive targets for major gold companies in 2012, as many juniors have seen share prices plummet due to poor market conditions. While Yamana Gold did pay a 68 percent premium, shares of Extorre were trading as high as $15 last July. Yamana had been
"Part of it was market conditions, and part of it is the coincidence that we completed our due diligence and came to the conclusion that there was value in the asset and value in the purchase," Yamana chief executive Peter Marrone said in an interview.
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Kinross Gold recently announced that it has completed the sale of its 50 percent interest in the Crixás (Serra Grande) gold mine in Brazil to an affiliate of AngloGold Ashanti for gross cash proceeds of US$220 million. The company is scheduled to release its financial statements and operating results for the second quarter of 2012 on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, after market close. Shares of Kinross are down over 27 percent year-to-date.
Endeavour Silver Corp. and AuRico Gold recently announced that they have completed the acquisition by Endeavour of 100% interests in AuRico Gold's El Cubo silver-gold mine in Guanajuato State, Mexico and the Guadalupe y Calvo silver-gold exploration project in Chihuahua State, Mexico. Shares of AuRico Gold have fallen over 12 percent in the last three months.

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To: PaperPerson who wrote (4644)7/30/2012 10:17:59 PM
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UPDATE 2-U.S. Silver asks shareholders to reject Hecla's hostile bid
Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:09am IST

* U.S. Silver needs two-thirds of shares voted to OK deal with RX Gold

* U.S. Silver says open to negotiations with Hecla

July 30 (Reuters) - U.S. Silver Corp urged shareholders to reject Hecla Mining Co's hostile bid, calling it inadequate and highly opportunistic, and asked them to vote in favor of an earlier offer by RX Gold & Silver Inc .

Hecla last week made an all-cash offer of C$110.7 million ($110.07 million) for U.S. Silver, a month after the Canadian company agreed to be bought by RX Gold.

U.S. Silver requires two-thirds of the shares voting at the shareholder meeting to approve its deal with RX Gold, Chief Executive Gordon Pridham told Reuters.

"At this stage in the game about 82 percent of the shares voted are voting in favor of our transaction with RX Gold," Pridham said.

U.S. Silver shareholders have the right to withdraw or amend their vote ahead of the August 7 shareholder meeting.

Pridham, however, has kept the door open for potential negotiations with Hecla if the company were to return with a revised offer.

"At C$1.80 per share we don't think the Hecla offer is of interest to us. Were they to come back and want to have discussions at a different price level or on some different basis and consideration, of course we would have a look at that."

Hecla last week said its offer was superior to the "imputed offer price" of C$1.41 under the RX proposal.

Hecla, in a separate statement on Monday, urged U.S. Silver shareholders to vote against the RX Gold transaction.

"If your board won't protect your right to evaluate the all-cash offer from Hecla ...,it is time to take matters into your own hands," Hecla Chief Executive Phillips Baker said.

Hecla shares closed down 0.6 percent at $4.62 on the New York Stock Exchange. RX Gold shares rose 1.9 percent to 27.5 Canadian cents on the Toronto Venture Exchange.

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From: PaperPerson7/31/2012 8:56:17 AM
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Monday July 30 news on GQC

GoldQuest Mining (GQC, TSX-V) intersected more gold in step-out hole at its Romero discovery – 258.03 metres grading 4.47 g/t Au and 1.27% Cu from 119.97 metres to 378 metres.

Says Bull Market Run: This is a world-class hole by any standard (25 metres to the east of the discovery hole and 50 metres west of recently reported hole LTP-92) ... "

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From: PaperPerson8/2/2012 10:35:39 AM
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seasonal gold charts. gold takes off to the upside with some regularity starting this month.

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From: PaperPerson8/3/2012 10:38:09 AM
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kinross gold fires tye burt.

spurs speclation kinross may be broken up or sold...

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To: PaperPerson who wrote (4649)8/3/2012 11:10:11 AM
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chart kinross

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To: PaperPerson who wrote (4650)8/7/2012 10:47:43 AM
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Barrick Gold Studies Acquiring Assets as It Reviews Costly Mines

By Soraya Permatasari - Aug 7, 2012 6:24 AM ET

Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX), the world’s biggest gold producer, is studying buying new mines as it completes a review to reduce costs at existing assets.

“Perhaps there’s more M&A opportunities today than there were a year ago and as a company we’re looking at those assets on a daily basis,” Mike Feehan, regional president of the Toronto-based company’s Australia and Pacific operations said today at the Diggers & Dealers mining conference in Kalgoorlie, Australia. “If we could find a few million ounces of gold deposit that’s probably pretty good.”

Barrick Chief Executive Officer Jamie Sokalsky is revising costs and reviewing the company’s other development projects after taking over last month from Aaron Regent, who was fired. After 11 straight years of gains which have seen gold rise more than fivefold, the price of the precious metal is up just 3.1 percent this year, giving producers less room for maneuver and pushing them to focus on returns instead of output.

Demand for gold will be driven by central bank purchases for the metal as a store of value, as well as rising jewelry demand in China and India, Feehan said, declining to offer his outlook on price. Gold for immediate delivery gained 0.3 percent to $1,614.50 an ounce at 5:18 p.m. Perth time. It may gain to $1,800 by the first quarter of next year, according to the median of 18 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

Barrick plans to spend 20 percent of this year’s $450 million to $490 million exploration budget for projects in Australia and Papua New Guinea, he said. It spent $90 million in the Australia Pacific region last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Barrick reaffirmed its gold production forecast for this year of 7.3 million to 7.8 million ounces in a statement today. Copper production will be 460 million to 500 million pounds. The Lumwana copper mine in Zambia, which it acquired in July last year, will improve production in 2013, with an expected output of around 250 million ounces, it said today.

The company reiterated its forecast for 2012 gold cash costs of $550 to $575 per ounce, having increased it earlier this year from $520 to $560.

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