Juniors on Radar: Explorers on the Move Today

Wed 13 Apr 22, 11:52am (AEDT)
Juniors on radar - 3.Wed 15.36.59

Key Points

  • Gold - Vango Mining, TechGen
  • +20% Black Canyon
  • +15% Nimy Resources
  • +7% Melbana Energy

The S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index is up 0.3% in early trade, in-line with how the broader ASX 200 is performing. 

ASX 200 materials index
S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index (Intraday) vs. ASX 200 shown in red

#1 Gold

Gold prices closed the overnight session up 0.65% to US$1,965. Gold rallied as Treasury yields declined following a weaker-than-expected US inflation report.

US core inflation (excludes food and energy segments) increases slowed to an annual rate of 6.5%, fueling hopes that prices are beginning to peak. 

  • Vango Mining (ASX: VAN) is up more than 50% in the past sevens sessions. The explorer announced high grade gold intercepts on 5 April

  • TechGen (ASX: TG1) is another gold explorer making a comeback. The company kicked off field works at its nickel-copper-PGEs project in WA earlier this month

Company announcements

#1 Black Canyon 

Black Canyon (ASX: BCA) shares rallied 20% in early trade after announcing a significant increase in indicated mineral resource estimates and contained manganese at its Flanagan Bore Project in WA. 

The previous Mineral Resource at Flanagan Bore comprising 15m tonnes at 11.3% manganese (indicated) has been significantly expanded to 104m tonnes at 10.5%.

Upcoming catalysts include further exploration at partly testing or untested manganese targets. These areas have the potential to "deliver significant additional tonnage to the project.

#2 Nimy Resources 

Nimy Resources (ASX: NIM) intersected nickel sulphides with nickel and copper mineralisation at a second drill hole at the Mons Project in WA. The company's stock is up 15% in early trade.

“These results provide strong evidence that Godley hosts a large mineralised system with potential for high-grade zones,” said Chairman, Simon Lill. 

“We will now prioritise down-hole EM to help us with drill targeting at Godley while at the same time drilling is underway at the Dease target 7km to the north, where we recently discovered a nickel-bearing gossan at surface.”

Upcoming catalysts:

  • Diamond hole samples have been dispatched for assay

  • Further drilling at Mons

#3 Melbana Energy

Melbana Energy (ASX: MAY) has attracted a lot of hype after several encouraging drilling updates.

The company completed its drill program for the Alameda-1 well on 17 March. The drill program was stopped due to the "significant and highly pressued influex of oil and gas into the well bore".

On Wednesday, the company advised that oil has continued to flow into the well bore.

"The highly pressured oil that continues to enter our well bore, despite the maximally weighted mud column we have put on top of it, speaks volumes about the potential of this structure," said Executive Chairman, Andrew Purcell.

Upcoming catalysts:

  • More tests in the Alameda structure

  • Commence drilling at Zapato-1, the second well in this exploration program


Written By

Kerry Sun

Content Strategist

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University. He is an avid swing trader, focused on technical set ups and breakouts. Outside of writing and trading, Kerry is a big UFC fan, loves poker and training Muay Thai. Connect via LinkedIn or email.

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