In an uncertain time where 3 substantial US regional banks collapsed and European system bank Credit Suisse was on the verge of a meltdown but got sold just in time to Swiss counterpart UBS for just $3B, all banks supported by substantial packages by other banks and the Swiss Central Bank, gold is doing well, and is hovering around the US$2,000/oz.
Although lithium juniors are in somewhat of a correction phase after the last round of conferences ignited a real lithium hype, it is good to see Vior Inc. (TSXV:VIO)(FRA:VL51)(OTCQB:VIORF) joining the lithium narrative, as I firmly believe lithium supply will not be able to match demand in the foreseeable future, and shortages and resulting high prices will be the standard.
After acquiring the Muskrat Dam Critical Minerals project in Ontario, with a focus on the extremely hot metal lithium, it was good to see Platinex (PTX:CSE)(9PX:FRA) bringing in Fancamp Exploration (FNC.V) as a partner for the Shining Tree gold project in the same state, as it had 3 district-scale exploration projects in its portfolio by then, which is a bit much for the average C$8-10M market cap.
After adding more claims to the highly prospective and strategically located district-scale Shining Tree Gold project and W2 Copper-Nickel-PGE project, both located in mining-friendly Ontario, Platinex Inc (PTX:CSE)(9PX:FRA) decided to expand their horizon, and acquired the Muskrat Dam Critical Minerals project, also located in Ontario.
Salar de Rincon; Salta Province, Argentina
In a time with record inflation, the Russia-Ukraine conflict advancing into a decisive phase as the Ukraine is almost completely shut off from the Black Sea now, with even Odessa under missile attack despite a transport/trading agreement on grain exports, the lithium product prices keep hovering at staggering heights, with spot pricing for lithium carbonate still near the 500,000 yuan/t, or US$75,000/t.
As lithium product prices keep rising, and recently reached not too long ago unimaginable heights of US$34,000/t lithium carbonate at battery grade, Argentina Lithium & Energy Corp. (TSX-V: LIT, FSE: OAY1, OTC: PNXLF) hasn’t been sitting on their hands, raised almost C$6M in an oversubscribed financing last month, and announced further acquisitions of lithium projects in Argentina, in the heart of the Lithium Triangle, hotspot of brine deposits and operations in Latin America.
Salar de Rincon; Salta province, Argentina
Argentina Lithium & Energy Corp. (TSX-V: LIT, FSE: OAY1, OTC: PNXLF) seems to be capitalizing nicely on the unstoppable all time high lithium prices, as it is raising significant amounts of cash at the moment, currently standing at C$4.99M and not done yet.
SiFT plant at Lanxess Project site
It has been a very busy week for Standard Lithium (TSXV: SLI) (NYSE:SLI) (FRA: S5L), as it first had to defend itself against a short report without merit which saw the share price temporarily crashing, and a few days later announced a US$100M investment by Koch Strategic Platforms, in order to advance its lithium projects further.
SiFT plant at Lanxess Project site
At a time where lithium product pricing has fully recovered, beating all-time highs again, Standard Lithium (TSXV: SLI) (NYSE: SLI) (FRA: S5L) is working diligently on their flagship Lanxess project, and its second South-West Arkansas (SWA) lithium project, both in Arkansas, US.
Salar de Incahuasi; Catamarca province, Argentina
There seems to be no end in sight for current battery metals sentiment, and lithium product prices are the largest beneficiaries in this regard, which is obviously of interest for Argentina Lithium & Energy Corp.