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24. February 2021 | 08:32 CET

SKRR Exploration, Barrick Gold, Northern Data: The values are raised here

  • Gold
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Mining is a straightforward industry: You dig until you find something, then hope to sell what you find so that all costs are covered and some profit is left over. The search for raw materials does not depend on luck or chance. Companies do important preliminary work to estimate potentials and thus help luck a little. Even when it comes to mining cryptocurrencies, it's no longer just a matter of leaving the PC running overnight. We highlight three stocks that are lifting values for you.

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Jared Scharf, CEO, Desert Gold Ventures Inc.
"[...] Our SMSZ project is the largest contiguous land package of any exploration company in the region at 400km2 and overlays a 38km portion of the prolific Senegal Mali Shear Zone. [...]" Jared Scharf, CEO, Desert Gold Ventures Inc.

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Nico Popp

At home in Southern Germany, the passionate stock exchange expert has been accompanying the capital markets for about twenty years. With a soft spot for smaller companies, he is constantly on the lookout for exciting investment stories.

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SKRR Exploration: micro-cap with several hot irons in the fire

To ensure that the search for raw materials does not depend on luck, companies like SKRR Exploration do essential preliminary work. Drillings penetrate rock layers, the drill cores are analyzed at the end and all data is summarized in models. Ultimately, it is possible to assess whether a property is promising for mining or not. In addition to the specific geological conditions, other factors also play a role, such as the local infrastructure and commodity prices development. SKRR Exploration continues to develop its Olson property in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and is exploring for gold there. Highlights from the past drill program include 39.8 meters grading 1.09 g/t gold and 1.53 meters grading 13.8 g/t gold. Results from an additional 13 drill holes are pending.

Despite the expected newsflow, SKRR is already refocusing on its next targets and has also set up a 1,600-meter drill program for 2021 at its Irving/Leland property. With Manson Bay, the Company also has a third project that has shone in the past with 10.03 meters grading 15.39 g/t gold. Here, too, SKRR plans to continue drilling in 2021. The Company's other projects include the Cathro and Ithingo properties, but these are at an earlier stage. SKRR is a flawless early-stage explorer that has several irons in the fire. Because of the parallel exploration work, steady newsflow is to be expected. The Company is speculative, but at around EUR 6.5 million, it is also anything but expensive. Also, the Company currently still has around EUR 1.6 million in cash.

Barrick Gold: A giant does not get off the ground

Barrick Gold is of a completely different caliber than SKRR. The gold producer has mining projects worldwide and is considered one of the primary beneficiaries of last year's gold boom. Quarter after quarter, Barrick shone with rich cash flows. In 2021, the gold price weakened a little at first but has recently picked up again. Barrick Gold, however, has not been able to benefit much from this - the price cannot get going. Most recently, the Company announced that it was looking for salvation in acquisitions. The gold producer could jump on the moving copper train to become more attractive on the market again. Barrick is also not opposed to new, promising gold deposits.

Candidates here are exploration companies that have developed properties with a clear perspective towards production. For SKRR, the search for takeover targets of Barrick Gold is still too early. Still, it is not uncommon for larger companies to get a foot in the door of smaller companies through participation or to take advantage of other financing options. Barrick's stock is currently of little interest. The Company is too cumbersome to excite investors. Perhaps takeovers can change this.

Northern Data: The mining of the 21st century

A stock that is anything but cumbersome is Northern Data. It, too, is about mining in a figurative sense - namely bitcoin mining which involves complex arithmetic operations to validate transactions and maintain the blockchain. The Bitcoin algorithm awards miners shares in the cryptocurrency as a reward, which is where Northern Data comes in. The data center provider has enormous amounts of computing power. While many years ago, it was enough to leave the computer running overnight in the home study, Bitcoin mining has long since become a business that professionals handle. Northern Data is therefore benefiting from the Bitcoin hype.

The rendering of videos, for example, for streaming services, is also done in Northern Data's data centers. The share is currently in a downward spiral, which is not surprising after some spectacular months. Those interested in Northern Data's business model can wait for the situation to calm down and cautiously look for an entry.


Nico Popp

At home in Southern Germany, the passionate stock exchange expert has been accompanying the capital markets for about twenty years. With a soft spot for smaller companies, he is constantly on the lookout for exciting investment stories.

About the author

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SKRR Exploration, First Majestic, Lufthansa - These values take off!

  • Gold

Once again, a sell-off day for the precious metals! Often observed these days, in the morning, a stabilization of spot prices, US trade hardly sets in: Out with it! All supposed price gains are used on the other side of the Atlantic to sell short again. Yesterday, we started at USD 1,740 and ended up at the low of USD 1,702 - a minus of 2.2%. The strategy makes perfect sense in light of rising yields: Higher interest rates damage gold holdings - but they also indicate burgeoning inflation. And if this ghost continues to sail the halls, there will ultimately be a run on gold and silver. Only, as always, it's not the time yet, but it will not be long either!


04. March 2021 | 08:56 CET | by Nico Popp

Yamana Gold, Triumph Gold, Barrick Gold: Profiting from market weakness

  • Gold

Inflation is the hot topic again. But inflation is far from being a threat. This is probably also why the gold price is currently suffering. The reason: interest rates could rise in the long term, making bonds more attractive again compared to interest-free gold. But the past has shown that gold can often even profit from inflation when inflation rates are very high - after all, the precious metal remains the world's oldest reserve currency. The gold sector companies have tomorrow's gold in the ground with valuations far below current gold prices and that offers opportunities. We present three stocks.


01. March 2021 | 09:40 CET | by Stefan Feulner

Plug Power, Blackrock Gold, Barrick Gold - These are the brands that matter!

  • Gold

Commodities are exploding. Industrial metals such as copper are rushing from one multi-year high to the next. Due to the high metal demand of a low-carbon economy, the US investment house JP Morgan has already declared a new supercycle. Meanwhile, one commodity is correcting: Gold. Optimism about a substantial recovery of the global economy is growing, and uncertainties are decreasing. The correction is likely to continue in the short term, but the calls for the safe haven are getting louder again in the longer term.