Here are your “Movers and Shakers” for the week ending September 16th, 2011 on the TSX and TSX-V Exchanges. In no particular order, these are the 10 mining companies that caught our eye this week.
1. Dalradian Resources Inc. (TSX: DNA)
Dalradian Resources was this week’s top TSX-listed mining stock percentage gainer posting a gain of 27.8%. Dalradian will be added to the S&P/TSX SmallCap Index on Monday, September 19th. Earlier this month, the company announced intersecting 3.2m grading 5.34g/t Au at its Curraghinalt Deposit in Northern Ireland.
2. TerraX Minerals Inc. (TSX-V: TXR)
On the TSX Venture board, TerraX Minerals posted a weekly gain of 37.9% which made it the number one mover this week. On Wednesday, September 14th, the company announced it intersected a porphyry-style alteration with significant sulphides at its Stewart gold-copper property in Newfoundland.
3. Aura Minerals Inc. (TSX: ORA)
Aura Minerals chalked up an 11.6% loss this week which marked the largest decline for a TSX-listed mining stock. Aura closed down $0.20 on Friday to end the week at $1.53. The company has faced a host of operational problems and the loss of its chief executive officer. In July, Dundee Capital Research analyst Ron Stewart noted, “No question in our mind, Aura has had the proverbial stuffing knocked out of it in the market.” At the time, Aura was trading at $2.13 and Stewart issued a $3.00 target on the company’s stock.
4. Copper One Inc. (TSX-V: CUO)
Copper One was off 17.5% this week which marked the biggest drop for any widely traded TSX-V listed mining stock. Volume was up considerably on Friday with over 1.4 million shares traded. The company’s stock was off $0.07 on the day to close at $0.33 on no news. On July 8th, Copper One annouced that exploration work on the Rivière Doré project in Quebec was being put on hold. At the time, the company’s shares were trading at $0.70.
5. Avion Gold Corp. (TSX: AVR)
Avion Gold was the most actively traded issuer on the TSX Exchange on Friday with over 33 million shares trading hands. The company was up $0.08 on the week to close at $2.54. Avion Gold is being added to the TSX Global Gold and Global mining Indexes effective Monday, September 19th, 2011.
6. Silver Wheaton Corp. (TSX: SLW)
Silver Wheaton was the second most actively traded stock on Friday on the TSX Exchange with almost 24 million shares traded. On Monday, September 19, 2011 Silver Wheaton will be added to the TSX 60 Index. Also upcoming, third quarterly cash dividend payment for 2011 of US$0.03 per common share will be paid to holders of record of its common shares as of the close of business on September 20, 2011.
7. Allana Potash Corp. (TSX:AAA)
This week marked the first full week of trading on the TSX for Allana Potash. The company graduated to the TSX on Friday, September, 9th. On Thursday, September 15, Allana Potash announced drill results from the company’s potash project in Ethiopia which included 8 meters of 18.54% KCl. About the news, Company President & CEO Farhad Abasov stated, “Allana management believes that the potash in this region may be amenable to mining by open pit methods and future studies will focus on this potential.”
8. Silvercorp Metals Inc. (TSX: SVM)
Silvercorp Metals was in the headlines all week after the B.C. Securities Commission announced last Friday it was conducting a regulatory investigation into anonymous allegations against the company. A second set of allegations were published on the internet this week and the company’s Chairman Dr. Rui Feng invited the authors responsible for the accusations to “come out of the shadows and participate with the regulators in their investigations“. This week the company bought back over $31 million of its own shares through a normal course issuer bid.
9. Copper Fox Metals Inc. (TSX-V: CUU)
B.C. copper miner Copper Fox intends to raise an additional $2-million via a private placement bringing the total private placement proceeds of its recently announced financing to $5-million. The offering is expected to consist of 3,333,334 units at a purchase price of $1.50 per unit. Each unit consists of one common share of Copper Fox and one-half common share purchase warrant of Copper Fox. Each whole warrant entitles the holder to acquire one common share of Copper Fox at an exercise price of $1.75 for one year.
10. Passport Potash Inc. (TSX-V: PPI)
Passport Potash was also in the B.C. Securities Commission spotlight this week when, on Monday, the regulator expressed concern that the company may be in possession of the results of an economic analysis for the Holbrook project that had not been disclosed through a news release and material change report. The company’s shares are down $0.09 on the week closing at $0.47.