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Lithium Prices Are Bottoming and One Co. Has Perfect Timing
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Ron Struthers A slowdown in EV sales growth has taken the shine off lithium prices, but they have given back almost all their gains, so Ron Struthers of Struthers Resource Stock Report believes there is not much downside left. Regardless of lithium price, Struthers commented on how Max Power has a unique and favorable property in Arizona that they are drilling.

In the last 20 months, I have only picked two junior miners because the junior market has been in a severe downtrend, especially since June this year. That said, I am very confident a major bottom is in, and I plan to do some bottom fishing.

This is a chart of the TSX Venture index that a seasoned colleague in junior miners sent me. It confirms my analysis of a bottom and highlights a long-term inverted head and shoulders bottom pattern, with the head being the 2020 low.

The best-performing sector among the junior miners in those past 20 months has been lithium, but even this sector saw a correction in the last half of this year. I predicted that lithium prices would bottom in April of this year, and with a rally that soon followed, this looked like a great call.

However, it was short-lived, as lithium prices dropped below the April low in late October. As you can see on the chart, lithium has pretty much given back all its gains, so there is little downside left.

The blame goes to weak electric vehicle (EV) sales growth that led to high stockpiles and sent prices of the metal tumbling down. As a result, the lithium market balances shift to adequately supplied in 2023 and probably oversupplied in 2024/2025. The market has priced in the over-supply prediction.

Regardless of lithium prices, junior explorers can still do extremely well on a discovery. With this in mind, I have a new pick that I recently bought a position in, called Max Power Mining. First off, an update on our other two lithium juniors with a sell and a hold. 

Global Battery Metals Ltd. (GBML:TSX; REZZF:OTCMKTS)

Recent Price - $0.075

Entry Price - $0.09

Opinion – sell, sold at average of $0.50

I often stress the importance of taking part in profits and often do it selling 1/3 at a time.

When the stock ran in 2021, we took part in profits at $0.27 and again at $1.15.

Given today's price, our average sell price is $0.50 for a whopping 450% gain.

See chart below.

Eureka Lithium Corp. (UREKF:OTCMKTS; ERKA:CSE)

Recent Price - $0.50

Entry Price - $0.60

Opinion – hold

The stock was doing well, but the market and myself were expecting a late-season drill program. But it is the end of November and too late to drill in this far north location this year.

The lack of drill news and the correction in lithium weighed on the stock. Eureka announced today that they closed $1.8 million flow-through financing at $0.75 per share, so they will be well funded for exploration in the spring of 2024.

I would not rule out a new acquisition in a year-round drill location. I have not heard anything from the company on this; just my speculation. The stock is back to where we first got in.

Max Power Mining Corp (MAXXF:OTCMKTS; MAXX:CSE)

Recent Price –  $0.47

52-week trading –  $0.34 to $0.85

Shares outstanding – 47.5 million

I am presenting a short report or an alert and will do a more in-depth report in December.

Max Power has lithium properties in Quebec and Nunavik, like Eureka, but what really caught my interest is their Wilcox Playa acquisition in Arizona, U.S.A.

I visited this area in the 1990s, and back then, there was a theory that these playas concentrated and trapped precious metals from the surrounding mountain sources.

Unfortunately, it was never proven one way or another as the BreX scandal hit the market in 1997 and killed mining exploration for many years. Nobody cared much about lithium back then, but now it is known that these playas have trapped lithium if they have the right conditions.

I remember the Air Force activity in this area back then, but decades of U.S. Air Force activity in the Wilcox Playa has recently ended. As a result, MAX benefited from a first-mover advantage and secured three well-situated blocks totaling 3,754 acres, mostly leased from the state of Arizona.

On July 24, MAXX announced the results of a completed geophysics survey by Hasbrouck Geophysics over its 100%-owned Willcox Playa Project (3,754 acres) in Arizona. It identified multiple high-priority drill targets from the northernmost claims to the southernmost, a distance of approximately 6 miles (10 km). The company is targeting both an aquifer domain with potential high brine volume at Willcox and coincidental claystone mineralization. The property is now considered drill-ready.

The gravity low near the center of the playa and the fact that it is a hydrologically isolated basin, as demonstrated by the Arizona Department of Water Resources, suggests the existence of a closed hydrological reservoir. The HSAMT and gravity surveys strengthen the possibility of lithium accumulation and concentration under the property.

  • A gravity and Hybrid-Source Audio-Magnetotellurics (HSAMT) survey was completed across the entire property, measuring gravity and resistivity on a 500 meter x 500 meter grid, and results identified a series of high-priority lithium drill targets;
  • MAX Power identified the target zone could reach around 1 mile (1,600 m) thick;
  • MAX Power replicated the relevant geophysical surveys the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) completed in the 1960s and 1970s.

Above, I highlighted in bold that this is a trapped basin because that is important as it allows millions of years of lithium concentration. We also know the Playa is charged with lithium because of historic work by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that included limited drilling in the 1970s. The USGS summed up Wilcox as one of the most prospective locations for lithium in the Western United States, similar in its potential to Clayton Valley, Nevada, and the lithium brine and claystone deposits that have been identified there.

On November 21, MAX Power announced that it had received a permit from the Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) to carry out imminent first-ever diamond drilling at the Willcox Playa. The playa is considered highly prospective for economic lithium mineralization based on MAX Power's recent work program and compilation of historical data from the U.S. Geological Survey and other sources.

MAX Power has contracted Willcox-based Godbe Drilling LLC to commence a Phase 1 drill program at Willcox, with mobilization to begin shortly after American Thanksgiving. Abundant claystone and liquid brine targets have been identified.

Mr. Peter Lauder, MAX Power Senior Geologist, commented: “The Willcox Playa has significant lithium discovery potential, so it's very exciting that MAX Power will be the first company to ever carry out systematic diamond drilling on the Playa. The targets are compelling.”

It is now up to the drills to tell us how thick the lithium zones are and what grade they are. I believe it is a good time to buy the stock before drill results come out. On the chart, you will see that, for the most part, the stock has been trading between $0.40 and $0.65 for the last two years, so it is pretty range-bound. A close above $0.68 would be key for a breakout and result in a test of the next resistance around $0.84. After that, it is blue sky.

I have bought stock between $0.45 and $0.50.

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  1. As of the date of this article, officers and/or employees of Streetwise Reports LLC (including members of their household) own securities of [Global Battery Metals Ltd].
  2. [Ron Struthers]: I, or members of my immediate household or family, own securities of: [Max Power and Eureka Lithium]. My company has a financial relationship with: Eureka Lithium is a paid advertiser at I determined which companies would be included in this article based on my research and understanding of the sector.
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