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May 6, 2012

Will graphite go the way of rare earth?

TORONTO, May 6 (Reuters) – Louis James, a mining investment
strategist at Casey Research’s office outside Seattle, first
started to hear the odd question about graphite a year ago.

Today the buzz is deafening, he says, and shares of
companies involved in graphite – a once-obscure segment of the
mining industry – have soared, probably to unsustainable highs.

Apr 16, 2012

Endeavour Silver eyes El Cubo revamp, more M&A

TORONTO (Reuters) – Endeavour Silver Corp (EDR.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), fresh off announcing a $250 million deal to buy AuRico Gold Inc’s AUG.TO El Cubo silver-gold mine in Mexico, is open to more acquisitions, though its immediate focus is on unlocking El Cubo’s value, the company’s CEO said on Monday.

With the deal expected to close within 45 days, Endeavour will spend the next few months developing a plan to improve operations and increase output at El Cubo, Chief Executive Bradford Cooke told Reuters.

Apr 15, 2012

Feature – Gold glitters for North American mining students

* Most mining-related engineers hired before graduation

* U.S. mining grads earn about 50 pct more than college median

* Admissions tripling at Canadian mining schools

* Deficit of mid-career mining professionals dire

* Geologists face more challenges, lower pay than engineers

By Julie Gordon

(Reuters) – When Travis Howard started his degree at the Colorado School of Mines four years ago he decided to pursue a double major in mechanical engineering and metallurgy to give himself the best chance of landing a high-paying job when he graduated.

Turns out he had nothing to worry about. The 21-year-old, who dropped his mechanical classes to focus on mining after his second year, has accepted a job with Kinross Gold Corp (K.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) at a starting salary of $64,000 a year plus bonuses.

Apr 15, 2012

Gold glitters for North American mining students

April 15 (Reuters) – When Travis Howard started his degree
at the Colorado School of Mines four years ago he decided to
pursue a double major in mechanical engineering and metallurgy
to give himself the best chance of landing a high-paying job
when he graduated.

Turns out he had nothing to worry about. The 21-year-old,
who dropped his mechanical classes to focus on mining after his
second year, has accepted a job with Kinross Gold Corp at
a starting salary of $64,000 a year plus bonuses.

Mar 30, 2012

Canada’s Nunavut awaits its day in the sun

TORONTO, March 30 (Reuters) – The prospects of a mining boom
in Canada’s Arctic territory of Nunavut – once as bright as the
Northern Lights – are fading fast as costs in the inhospitable
region spiral higher, forcing writedowns on two major gold
projects there.

The sparsely populated territory has gained a reputation as
one of the most promising regions in Canada for exploration,
with prospectors promoting discoveries ranging from gold to
uranium. But getting the ore out of the ground is a different
story entirely.

Mar 27, 2012

Franco-Nevada says demand high for stream, royalty deals

TORONTO, March 27 (Reuters) – Demand from mining companies
for alternative financing like stream deals or royalties is at
an all-time high, but deals over $500 million will be few and
far between, with most happening in the mid-tier market, the
head of a leading royalty company said on Tuesday.

With share prices lagging, miners are wary of turning to
equities markets to raise money and are looking at all
alternatives, Franco-Nevada Corp Chief Executive David
Harquail said at the Reuters Mining and Steel Summit in Toronto.

Mar 26, 2012

Barrick sees lower costs at Lumwana mine in 2013

TORONTO (Reuters) – Barrick Gold (ABX.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) sees lower cash costs at its Lumwana mine in Zambia in 2013 as mining at the copper project moves out of the lower grade material in the Malundwe pit and into the new Chimiwungo pit, Chief Executive Aaron Regent said on Monday.

“We’ve got to transition into Chimi, stabilize the mining operations at Chimi, and then we do anticipate seeing improved production and copper performance,” said Regent, speaking at the Reuters Mining Summit in Toronto.

Mar 26, 2012

Cameco sees restart of some Japan reactors soon

March 26 (Reuters) – Japan, which has taken all but one of
its 54 nuclear reactors offline in the wake of the Fukushima
disaster, has not indicated that it is planning a permanent
shift away from atomic power, said the head of Cameco Corp
on Monday.

Cameco, a top global uranium producer, has offered to buy
excess material from Japanese utilities, but they are not
selling, said Chief Executive Tim Gitzel, speaking at the
Reuters Mining and Steel Summit from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Mar 25, 2012

Canada’s NDP elects new leader, urges unity

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s main opposition party chose heavily favored candidate Thomas Mulcair to replace the late Jack Layton, who died of cancer just three months after leading the leftist party to its strongest ever performance in a federal election.

Mulcair, a former Quebec cabinet minister who is a relative newcomer to the New Democratic Party (NDP), took over the reins after four rounds of voting at the leadership convention, held in downtown Toronto on Friday and Saturday. The Montreal lawmaker, who advocated the party reach beyond its traditional base to appeal to centrist voters, led all four votes of the day, eventually trouncing runner-up Brian Topp, who campaigned to keep the party squarely left-of-center. “Today we have the greatest human capacity, and the greatest potential to put that capacity to work than at any time in our history,” said Mulcair to the crowd of cheering delegates.

Mar 25, 2012
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      "I currently cover mining and minerals out of the Toronto bureau, where I focus on uranium, silver, platinum, lithium and REEs. Prior to moving to the mining sector, I worked as an online editor and video producer for Reuters.com. I started at Reuters as a TV intern in Chile and before that, I freelanced in Eastern Europe and spent eight months living in the Galapagos Islands."
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