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The top three most visited IKN posts this week are... reverse order:

Third Place: "More on the SRK Toronto office". And what's more, a neat twist was applied by SRK itself on Friday evening.

Second Place: "Orezone (ORE.v) more zone". That resource dumpage.

First Place: "Wesdome ( and gold porn". Because I can snark and moan all day, but there's nothing to beat a bit of gold porn.


Orezone (ORE.v) and SRK Toronto: Wowsers

I don't think I've ever seen something like this before. These SRK people must be soiling underwear on the potential consequences. And surprise surprise, post-close Friday too:

TORONTO, Aug. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. is releasing the following in response to Orezone Gold Corporation's ("Orezone") news release of August 22, 2016.
SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.'s Ontario office ("SRK") was involved with the Bomboré gold project from 2008 through to early 2013. SRK initially audited two mineral resource models generated by Orezone and subsequently generated two additional mineral resource models based on progressively larger exploration data sets. The first three mineral resource models were each supported by published technical reports in November 2008, November 2010 and October 2012, respectively. The April 2013 mineral resource model prepared by SRK is the last reported mineral resource model, and it is informed by exploration data to November 2012.  
The April 2013 model was used in a preliminary economic assessment for the Bomboré gold project completed in March 2014 and a feasibility study completed in April 2015.
The August 22, 2016 news release stated that a new mineral resource model update is currently being completed and will be publically released in September 2016. SRK understands that considerable additional exploration data (including 57,258m of exploration drilling) has been generated by Orezone subsequent to November 2012. 
The new mineral resource model is not yet complete and SRK has not yet been able to review any aspect of the model. In addition to the application of a different dataset, it is anticipated that the new mineral resource model will be based on updated geological wireframes, updated variography, alternative estimation methodologies and reporting / classification assumptions. For example, to differentiate between gold mineralization and waste the 2013 model applied a geology-based domaining strategy, compared to grade shells that are reported to have been used in the new model.  It is also expected that the application of revised metal prices, and the exclusion of certain satellite deposits will contribute to a different outcome to that of the April 2013 model.
SRK applied a rigorous QA/QC procedure for the 2013 mineral resource model and looks forward to the opportunity to review and provide comment on any differences that cannot be explained by new data, alternative estimation methodologies and new assumptions.

NR here.

The Friday OT: BT; Tripping The Light Fantastic

We are not taxing you this week with deep lyrics (repeat "trip hey yeah" seven times, you've nailed this song) complex riffs or overarching melodies. This week's edition of The Friday OT is music specifically designed to stimulate the brain's addictive pleasure centres and it does the job crazily well.


Dedicated to MV.

Chart of the day is...

...the change in physical bullion at GLD in 2016:

It started at 642.37mt
It's now 956.59mt
It's up by 314.22mt

At today's gold prices the difference is worth around U$13.44Bn.


Wesdome ( at Kiena

Hello, hope you're having a pleasant day. At this end of the pipe I've been having all the fun, immersing myself in Wesdome ( Kiena mine data and things on the back of yesterday's impressive news release from the company. A total wonkfest datacrunch that's kept me away from doing several other things today, including snarky posts on the blog.

But it's all worth it because these numbery things aren't just for fun, they're for profit too. By the look of the way the stock's reacted to the news today...

...that nice Mister Market guy thinks the news has added about U$33m to the value of WDO. And that's the most interesting bit y'see, because I'm pretty sure Mr. Market is wrong. I think it's worth a lot more than that.

All will be explained in IKN381, out Sunday.

UPDATE post-close: Probably just a coincidence.

Goldcorp (GG) share price unaffected by the Reuters exclusive

Whatever else you might make from the Reuters exclusive about Goldcorp's (GG) selenium leakage problem at its Peñasquito mine in Mexico, one thing's for sure; it hasn't affected the share price at all:

Yes GG dropped hard yesterday but so did all the sector. As you can see there, GG is lockstep with the XAU index the last five days.

Chart of the day is...

...copper, weeklies, with one line drawn on it:

Copper moves up from here and it'll bring in plenty of spec trades in the producers.


Wesdome ( and gold porn

I think we can safely say "good hole". From here.

One year ago today...

...on August 24th 2015 the Board of Directors of Minera IRL, led by its then Executive Chairman Daryl Hodges, decided to fire Diego Benavides from the company. 

Today, one year on from that event, Diego Benavides is still the President of Minera IRL SA. The board of directors has been completely replaced. And Daryl Hodges is a marijuana salesman in Toronto. 

More on the SRK Toronto office

Following on from the IKN post yesterday. IKN claims no credit for the following, it's information from mail sent out by Clarus Securities this morning August 24th (this desk merely gets wind of such things from nebulous corners of the universe). Clarus did the legwork and deserve the kudos, but what they found is more than enough to share to a wider audience and will certainly be of interest to anyone with a position in Dalradian Resources ( In the words of Clarus...

Resource estimate for DNA, RMX and ORE done by SRK consulting Toronto.
Oy Leuangthong did the geostatistics for both DNA and ORE  
Glen Cole did resource geology for RMX and ORE

And here's a screenshot of the main body of the mail:

Probably just coincidence, innit guv.

Checking in on the K2 Associates Asanko Gold (AKG) short

What with the sudden weak market for precious metals names this week, the random and often disjointed thoughts of your humble scribe turned to the well-publicized short position in Asanko Gold (AKG) ( taken out by the jolly chaps at K2 Associates and revealed to the market in late June. Let's see how that's been getting on since then by comparing the AKG squiggly line to that of the Gold & Silver Index (XAU):

Answer: Moot. Nothing to report. No biggie. Undecided. Though we should note that K2 certainly built at least part and perhaps all its short position before the June 28th date when it published its hitpiece report, so they'd probably be able to claim a small win on the trade to date. 

IKN was, is and will remain neutral on this whole affair. But it's a fun one, so an eye will be kept on proceedings.

Producer mining stocks are at buyable prices...

...for the first time in a while.

By which this humble corner of cyberspace refers to the mining sector, rather than any single company. It's becoming easier to buy the sector, or buy the usual suspect stocks, or buy the ETFs and that's a good thing, life becomes easier and there's more time for the important things in life such as ice-cream or books or quality music or stamp collecting or bricklaying because there's no need to spend hours poring over dozens of operating miner stocks trying to find the undervalued one, the name the hot money missed as it melted into the sector and took valuations from reasonable, straight through overbought and directly to the "Are they serious?" sillynumbers that assumed gold would be at U$1,500/oz by Thursday tea-time and that Keith Neumeyer's theory on the Gold/Silver Ratio holds more water than Anne Elk's on the Brontosaurus (clears throat).

I'm sure the newswires will hang the correction on Jackson and his hole. The real blame is with dumbasses believing the breathless marketing hype and paying too much money for things. The capital market is now handing over the usual timely lesson.

PS: Of course it goes without saying that none of the above applies to the stocks I currently own, which to a name are still wildly undervalued and today being unjustly dumped by crazy idiots without an ounce of market nous or common sense. Thank you for your attention, please return to your August.