Weekly Performance Recap
The global stock markets continued its charge ahead shrugging off COVID-19 and mass protests in the United States, the S&P 500 was up 5% on the week.
Gold and silver both sold off -3% during the week as investors rotated capital from safe haven assets to equities. Senior gold miners (NYSE: GDX) were off -5.4% vs. junior gold miners -3.7% (NYSE: GDXJ).
Gold maintains its high inverse correlation with US 10-year real yields. Real yields moved higher on the back of US 10-year treasury yields rising from 0.65% to 0.89%, the 10-year treasury is still a 100bps lower from the start of the year.
Copper Enters Bull Market
As reported in the FT, the world’s most important industrial metal is now in a bull market – up 20% from it’s March 2020 lows.
Demand for copper in China (half of global demand) has picked up significantly since the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Ole Hansen of Saxo Bank views that a push over $2.50/lb in copper could push further speculation extension to the upside.
— Ole S Hansen (@Ole_S_Hansen) June 4, 2020
Sierra Metals Restarts Operations in Peru
On Friday Sierra Metals announced that it will be restarting its flagship mine in Peru – Yauricocha, a very positive development for the company as it’s operations are now back online in its two mining jurisdictions: Peru & Mexico.
The Peruvian Government has activated phase two of its economic recovery plan effective June 5, 2020, phase two includes mining and mining-related activities in Peru.
CEO Luis Marchese stated the company is in a position to ramp up Yauricocha back to full capacity and the operations have flexibility to recover lost production due to COVID-19.
The restart of operations should provide a strong catalyst for the stock (TSX: SMT, NYSE: SMTS), which had meaningfully lagged its large cap copper peers last week.
Sierra Metals had strong Q1 2020 results, the restart of operations now provides the runway to resume its trajectory of strong production output.
Sierra Metals is a market awareness client of Capital 10X.
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