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Juniors on Radar: Explorers on the Move Today

Thu 31 Mar 22, 11:56am (AEST)
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Key Points

  • ZINC - Enterprise Metals, Castillo Copper
  • NATURAL GAS - Sacgasco
  • +25.71% Siren Gold
  • +13.64% Horizon Minerals
  • +20% Bulletin Resources

The S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index opened 2.43% higher today, outperforming the S&P/ASX 200. The index currently sits at an all-time high

ASX Materials Sector 20-Year Chart 31-03-2022
20-year chart of the ASX materials sector, with the S&P/ASX 200 shown in red. 

#1 Zinc

Zinc prices have spiked 3.8% today, continuing a strong bullish run thanks to a supply crunch in the European market. Zinc prices are now at a 15-year high

  • Enterprise Metals (ASX: ENT) is up 7.69% at the open. The company’s Murchison gold project is considered prospective for “massive sulphide copper-zinc” deposits, and covers an area of 760 sq.km over a buried greenstone belt. 

  • Castillo Copper (ASX: CCZ) is up 6.82% at the open. The company’s Cangai copper mine has an inferred resource of 3.2Mt of copper at 3.35%, which makes the project “one of the highest grade copper resources in Australia,” according to the company. Along with copper, the company says the project “holds good potential for development as a low tonnage, high grade copper-zinc-silver mine.”

#2 Natural Gas

Natural gas prices have soared 4.52% today, with US liquified natural gas (LNG) exports at record levels to help Europe replace lost Russian supplies. Natural gas prices are at 4-month highs

  • Sacgasco (ASX: SGC) is up 11.11% at the open. The company’s gas exploration project in Sacramento, California, aims to supply a market with a significant local energy deficit: local Californian gas production only provides less than 10% of the state’s needs. 

Company announcements

#1 Siren Gold

Siren Gold (ASX: SNG) has opened 25.71% higher after reporting a “spectacular” strike at the company’s Alexander drill project. The company has discovered an intersection of 2.5m at 358 g/t gold. 

For context, anything over 5g/t gold is considered high-grade, according to Undervalued Equity.

“It is not often that you see a 2.5m @ 11.5 oz / t intersection in the modern era,” says managing director Brian Rodan. 

#2 Horizon Minerals

Horizon Minerals (ASX: HRZ) has opened 13.64% higher after fully divesting the company’s shareholdings in Red Dirt Metals (ASX: RDT) and Cyprium Metals (ASX: CYM). The divestment has generated $2m in cash for Horizon, boosting the company’s total cash balance to $3.5m. 

“Horizon has been successful in creating shareholder value through the divestment of non-core assets to groups with better alignment and capacity to take the projects forward. This has been a successful strategy in creating value for both sides,” says managing director Jon Price. 

“Proceeds from the recent share sales, combined with the current cash position, will contribute to the large-scale multi-commodity exploration program for 2022 that commenced earlier this quarter.”

#3 Bulletin Resources

Bulletin Resources (ASX: BNR) has opened 20% higher after confirming further high grade spodumene at the Ravensthorpe lithium project.

“These additional finds of spodumene bearing pegmatite outcrops support and significantly increase the lithium prospectivity of the broader Eastern Pegmatite Trend,” says the company. 

Bulletin have also noted that the Ravensthorpe project is located just 12km away–and along strike–from Allkem’s (ASX: AKE) Mt Cattlin lithium mine.

Written By

Jed Herne

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After graduating with a 99.4 ATAR, Jed won 3 scholarships to Curtin University, where he earned his Bachelor's degree and served as a Student Ambassador. He is primarily interested in long-term passive index funds as a vehicle for financial independence. Outside of covering financial news, Jed is a published author, podcaster, and has an unhealthy obsession with bouldering.

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