Rare Earths

American Rare Earths confirms a major deposit at Halleck Creek

Mon 09 May 22, 11:27am (AEST)
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Key Points

  • American Rare Earths has completed a maiden exploration drill program at Halleck Creek
  • Assay results are expected around late June to July
  • Rare earth stocks, notably Lynas, are running into some headwinds as growth stocks deflate

American Rare Earths (ASX: ARR) has completed its maiden exploration drill program at the Halleck Creek Rare Earths Project in Wyoming, US.

The six-week campaign drilled a total of nine core holes with 822 core and chip samples collected. The assay results are planned for around late June to July. 

Preliminary geologic interpretations of the drilling program indicate the potential for “an incredibly massive REE mineralised structure”.

ARR said if lab assays match previous XRF field assays, the company will be “highly motivated to work towards drilling a maiden resource at the Halleck Creek Project.”

“Combined with the La Paz Rare Earth Project, a resource estimate at Halleck Creek could give ARR the unique status of holding two of the largest rare earth projects in the United States.”

The bigger picture

ARR is a relatively early-stage rare earths explorer and activities to date continue to validate a massive resource at the company's flagship La Paz and now, Halleck Creek Project.

According to an October 2021 Investor Presentation, La Paz's current resource estimate encompasses only 10.2% of the project area, hosting 170m tonnes of mineralised ore.

ARR expects a "high tempo of activity" in the next 12 months, with a focus on completing a preliminary economic assessment for La Paz.

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American Rare Earths upcoming activity (Source: Investor Presentation Oct 2021)

Sector headwinds

The valuations of lithium, rare earths and green metal stocks are under pressure after a massive run-up in the past few months.

Its worth noting that Lynas (ASX: LYC) - a market leader in the rare earth space - is down almost -30% since its all-time high on April 5.

Lynas and its rare earth peers, including ARR have the tendency to move in tandem.

While microcaps tend to live in a world of their own, the weakness from a large cap peer could weigh on sentiment.

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American Rare Earths (top) and Lynas (bottom) (Source: TradingView)

 

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Kerry Sun

Finance Writer & Social Media

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University and was Vice President of the University Network for Investing and Trading (UNIT). He is an avid swing trader, and drawn to breakouts and technical set ups. Outside of writing and trading, Kerry is a huge UFC fan, loves poker and bouldering.

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