Hecla Mining Company

Workers underground at Vale's Taquari-Vassouras   potash mine in Brazil. Credit: Vale

Moody’s puts 55 miners on review for downgrade

Moody’s Investors Service has put the credit ratings of 55 mining companies under review due to poor market conditions, noting this downturn marks a “unprecedented shift” for the mining industry.

US equities rise, Oct.19-22

U.S. stocks climbed on the back of strong housing figures for September; better-than-expected earnings from major companies like eBay, Microsoft and Amazon; and signs that the European Central Bank would consider more stimulus measures to boost…

Field personnel at Hecla Mining's past-producing San Sebastian silver property in Durango state, Mexico. Credit: Hecla Mining

Hecla contemplates open-pit revival at San Sebastian

VANCOUVER — U.S. silver outfit Hecla Mining (NYSE: HL) could be on the verge of adding a new asset to its near-term production profile after a 2014 drill program at its San Sebastian property in Durango, Mexico. The company briefly…

A loader in Hecla Mining's Casa Berardi underground gold mine in Quebec. Credit: Hecla Mining

Hecla boosts gold exposure with Quebec plays

VANCOUVER — Gold production is playing a growing role in U.S.-based silver miner Hecla Mining’s (NYSE: HL) precious metals portfolio, and most of the company’s new exposure to the yellow metal is in Eastern Canada.

Drillers at Brixton Metals' Thorn polymetallic project, 130 km southeast of Atlin, B.C. Hecla Mining has a 20% stake in Brixton. Credit: Brixton Metals

Hecla sees potential in junior explorers

VANCOUVER — The market landscape has shifted for juniors with exploration-stage assets. And though equity markets remain tough, there are opportunities for producers like U.S.-based Hecla Mining (NYSE: HL) that are looking to get…

The camp at Brixton Metals' Thorn polymetallic project in northwest British Columbia. Source: Brixton Metals

Brixton poised to solve geological puzzle at Thorn

ATLIN, B.C. — It’s been a tough time for juniors trying to fund grassroots exploration, but it helps when high-profile investors take notice and decide to support a project. And that’s been the case for…

Drill rigs earlier this year at NioGold Mining's Marban gold project in Quebec.  Source: NioGold Mining

The Abitibi belt keeps giving

VANCOUVER — Only a true world-class gold camp reveals new ounces when a sector-wide downturn has quieted so many drills. As such, two estimates offering resource ounces is a good reminder that the Abitibi greenstone belt is one such camp.

U.S. markets, May 27-31

U.S. markets were closed for the Memorial Day holiday on May 27, and when trading resumed equities were volatile for the rest of the week, rising one day only to fall the next on mixed news. Markets initially rose on Tuesday after Japanese and…

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