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Canada 150

Well done Canada, good job. Keep it up.


Copper's quiet rally

It's the first time in two months that we've seen copper trading at U$2.70/lb.

If it beats this line in the sand convincingly in the days to come, it could really be off to the races.

The Friday OT: Andrés Calamaro; Mi enfermedad (Romaphonic Sessions, with Germán Wiedemer)

I had the chance to see Calamaro in concert this week, a stripped down acoustic show in a small theatre. Just him, a double bass, a percussionist and Germán Wiedemer on piano. Intimate, full of fans, Andrés's voice in fine form, a magical and unique gig. This was one of the highlights.

Estoy vencida porque el mundo me hizo así, no puedo cambiar
Soy el remedio sin receta y tu amor, mi enfermedad
Estoy vencida porque el cuerpo de los dos es mi debilidad
Esta vez el dolor va a terminar

The Alset (ION.v) scam: It's now seven weeks...

...since its samples went sent to the lab for assaying and we still know nothing about the results. For context, such sampling in that region of Mexico normally takes three weeks maximum.

Hey, maybe the results were so good they decided to run them again to make sure, right? Right?


Cordoba Minerals (CDB.v) comes out of halt tomorrow

Maybe the TSX read IKN this morning and pulled its finger out at last.

Anyway, expect news on this in a couple of hours. It's just been green-lighted at TSXV though.

UPDATE: News now out, here's the link.

Kinross and Goldcorp since March 28th

On March 28th Goldcorp announced it was moving into the Maricunga by buying out Exeter Resources and buying the Kinross 25% participation of Cerro Casale as well as another 25% from Barrick (GG and ABX now 50/50 partners).

Here's the price chart for Kinross, March 28th to date:

Here's the price chart for Goldcorp, March 28th to date:

More delays on the Cannabis Wheaton (CBW.v) financing

So just to recap:

First Cannabis Wheaton (CBW.v) wanted to raise $80m with Eight Capital and Canaccord but that was scrapped when massive conflicts of interest came to light (the people at Canaccord and 8cap running the deal own multi-millions of shares each, all bought for pennies).

Then Cannbis Wheaton wanted to raise $50m with Mackie running the book, but the close date passed without a word and then the company booted the placement date limit forward and raised the offering to $60m, due to close June 28th.

And here we are on June 29th, a day after the latest iteration of this placement was supposed to close, and not a sausage from CBW either last night or today.

Of course there's nothing shady about this company.

Two gold juniors and their news

Amarillo Gold (AGC.v) is up 17% today, but the percentage gain isn't so important because it's still inside its recent trading range. However the volume of 2.9m shares catches the eye, somebody somewhere has decided there's value in this stock.

The Red Eagle ( rights issue was looking in serious trouble for a day and a half, what with its trading as low as 25c and the rights offering at 35c. But the news out a few minutes ago that the big three holders (covering around 40% of shares) all fully on board the offering has changed that by approximately 180°. The stock is still in a sorry state (personal SCUBA equipment in use) but those who were daring and got in yesterday should be pleased.

And Cordoba Minerals (CDB.v) is still halted

Absolutely crazy, an all-round shamefest.

It's long past the time in which the TSX(v) should declare on this matter and tell the public what's going on, whether the deals can go through as stands, whether it needs to be modified or whether it's a simple no-go. Just because the company and its main shareholder treats its retail supporters with contempt doesn't mean the regulatory authorities have to follow suit.


Please look after this bear. Thank you.

Michael Bond.

Red Eagle (

Expect Red Eagle to rally hard tomorrow.

The new Global Mining Observer is out...

...and as usual it's full of delicious and wholesome fayre.

Here's a piece on the Pan American/Ross Beaty sponsored royalty play Maverix, chaired by en-PAAS man Geoff Burns. But GMO doesn't bother with chairs, we get to hear from the CEO.

Here's a piece on Centerra and its touchy-feely lovey dovey relationship with Kyrgyzstan.

Those two and a lot more. Far better than reading this IKN guff and nonsense, go now.


On the seventh day...

...I will not rest.


Dear Allan Barry

Try this link.

Holy sweet mother of higher deities, you're an embarrassment.

A Flash update...

...has just been sent to subscribers, Tuesday morning about half an hour after the opening bell.


The fun never stops at Eight Capital

They're going to get the name of the (almost certainly Dundee or ex-Dundee) whistleblower. Here's the link and here's the text. As an IKN pal pointed out last week, Sferra and Attanasio have yet to grasp the concept of The Streisand Effect.

Eight Capital men win identifying order for "MadeIn86"
Current Events (C:*CURRENT)
Monday June 26 2017 - Street Wire
by Mike Caswell

Toronto businessmen Mark Attanasio and Donata Sferra have won an order in the Supreme Court of British Columbia directing Stockhouse Publishing Ltd. to identify forum user "MadeIn86." A judge has ordered Stockhouse to disclose the user's registered name and contact information. Also covered by the order is the user's IP address, which could allow Mr. Attanasio and Mr. Sferra to track the user through his Internet service provider.
The order comes just over a week after the two men complained to the court about MadeIn86. They said that he was behind a single post that appeared in Stockhouse on June 5, 2017, that was entirely false and defamatory. The post accused them of having sex with their superiors to get ahead. It also called both men "crooked" and said that Mr. Sferra was "deep fryer Slimy."

Details of the case are contained in a petition the men filed at the Vancouver courthouse on June 13, 2017. They identified themselves as the operators of Eight Capital Partners, a broker-dealer that was formerly known as Dundee Capital Partners. The post that they complained of appeared in the Stockhouse form for CBW, which is the symbol for Cannabis Wheaton Corp.
The post, which was included in full with the petition, was titled "The Criminal Chuck Got in Bed With." It began with Mr. Attanasio, accusing him of "banging his boss at National Bank as a young trader" and of improprieties related to an organic food company called Blue Goose Corp. He and the company's president "connived to purchase land properties and assets at ridiculously inflated prices they owned secretly ... even though the land and assets were of no use to Blue Goose Corp.," the post read.

"When the scheme was about to be blown wide open Mark Attanasio decided to 'blow the whistle' as an informant to save his skin. Ned Goodman, the owner of Blue Goose Pure Foods decided to offer Mark Attanasio a position in Dundee Corporation keeping him safe as a whistle-blower, and offer him a chance to fix the mess," the post continued.

As for Mr. Sferra, the post explained how he "drew up a clever strategy to slither his way from the Sales desk of Dundee Securities to the Mining Investment Banking Team while banging the head of HR Naomi Ruby whose husband found out about the affair and divorced her recently." The post went on to explain how Mr. Sferra "caused so much havoc" that many of Dundee's best employees left and set up a competing firm, Maxit Capital. "Bright minds like Bob Sangha, Brad Ralph and upcoming young wiz's like Mike Spencer and Stanley lu started Maxit and quadrupled their deals and earnings in less that a year of opening shop while Dundee Securities went for a deep dive catastrophe," it stated.

Mr. Attanasio and Mr. Sferra claimed that the post had caused serious injury to their business and personal reputations. They said that they had sought assistance from Stockhouse to identify the author, but Stockhouse would not release any identifying information without a court order.

Vancouver lawyer Robert Deane of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP filed the petition on behalf of Mr. Attanasio and Mr. Sferra. Stockhouse did not appear in court to oppose the matter.

A quick comment on the Red Eagle ( deal

With Red Eagle ( trading at or under 35c this morning, the market is basically saying that a 50c warrant with a five year shelf life is worthless. As Spock would point out, that is illogical Captain.

Maybe it's because the market doubts the problems announced today are not repairable. If so, once the company explains further and/or gets the backing of the bigger holders of this stock moves back up.

Or maybe it's because rights offerings are rare in Canada and not understood. If so, this stock moves back up.

As it stands today and speaking as a shareholder, I will be taking up my rights fully. It's a no--brainer, free money trade. But the people who really win are those that can get in now and buy the stock and the right at this morning's price.

PS: I implied it in one of the above points but just to answer in public a mail received subsequently, of course if cannot fix its problems the stock is worth precisely zero. The debt on the books says that. In fact, paying down some of that financial liability is surely why R wants to raise $30m more than it needs for the repairs. In short, the company needs to convince the market and with the stock now trading at 30c, that's not a given.


Theresa May and the Holy Grail

This is simply magnificent:

Youtube here.

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