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Buzz on the Bullboards: The Top Last-Minute Movers of 2021

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2 Comments| December 9, 2021

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Expecting the markets to be relaxed heading into the holidays? Hardly. Many investors and brokers know that this is the time to shine. With every twist and turn the global economy has been throwing our way, the right move is staying active.

This past week, it seems many shareholders have received early gifts courtesy of rising stock prices. Of course, not everyone can be so lucky (some companies are getting coal in their stockings), but the users on the Stockhouse Bullboard are highly adept at sifting through and highlighting the top value plays.

The end of personal fiscal years is right around the corner and there are signs of increased activity everywhere you look. Investors want to cash in, brokers are out to score a few big deals, and companies will try to impress current and prospective shareholders. Everyone is game to win heading into the finish line, so let’s look at some of the stocks that are standing out from the pack at pole position ....

What a year it has been for HEXO Corp. (TSX: HEXO, Forum). So much has happened with this cannabis company, we could almost dedicate an entire Buzz on the Bullboards to the ride it has experienced.

Why not hear it from the leadership team, themselves? Hexo plans to release its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended October 3st1, 2021, before market hours on Tuesday December 14th, 2021, as well as host a webcast for investors beginning at 8:30 am EST.

To find out more about how to tune in, click here.

Therma Bright Inc. (TSX-V: THRM, Forum) has launched the first of three new eCommerce sites for the 2021 holiday season. The site will feature the Benepod, a small hand-held, hot/cold contrast therapy device for the relief of chronic pain and muscle soreness.

The device was specifically designed for people seeking relief from chronic pain, including Osteoarthritis of the hands, lower back pain, chronic tendonitis conditions, chronic musculoskeletal pain, neuropathic pain, plantar fasciitis, migraines and headaches, sciatica, carpal tunnel, and fibromyalgia.

“The Benepod is a great holiday gift for yourself, a family member or friend. If you seek relief from chronic pain, Benepod delivers,” remarked Therma Bright CEO Rob Fia.

In the coming weeks, the company plans to launch two more eCommerce sites featuring the Venowave and InterceptCS. The Venowave is a Deep Vein Thrombosis medical device that utilizes wave motion massage to prevent blood clots. InterceptCS is a device that prevents cold sores before they appear.

Therma Bright’s innovative solutions, including the Benepod, Venowave, and InterceptCS, address some of today’s most important medical and healthcare challenges. Its breakthrough proprietary technology delivered effective, non-invasive, and pain-free skincare. The medical technology company developed the AcuVid COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Saliva Test, a smart-enabled medical device.

Earlier this month, the company announced that it has received conditional approval from the United States Institutional Review Board to begin a clinical performance study of the AcuVid test.

Biopharmaceutical company Theratechnologies Inc. (TSX: TH, Forum) has submitted a supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) to the US FDA for its IV push form of administration of Trogarzo.

Trogarzo is a CD4-directed post-attachment HIV-1 inhibitor. The IV Push Trogarzo program continues Theratechnologies’s commitment to improving the lives and treatment outcomes for patients living with HIV. The FDA submission is the next step in the advancement of the Trogarzo IV Push program.

A study demonstrated that there was no difference in pharmacokinetics between IV Push and IV Infusion and was conducted by the company’s partner, TaiMed Biologics. Trogarzo IV Push can be infused within 30 seconds without dilution compared to the 15-minute infusion time of the original IV Infusion. Theratechnologies believes this mode of administration will represent a marked improvement for patients.

TMB-302 also demonstrated that there were no serious adverse events observed and drug-related adverse events were considered mild to moderate. Secondary endpoints were achieved confirming no difference in HIV-1 viral load due to the change from IV Infusion to IV Push. No anti-Trogarzo antibodies or immunogenicity concerns were detected.

In Europe, Trogarzo is approved for the treatment of adults infected with MDR HIV-1 for whom it is otherwise not possible to construct a suppressive antiviral regimen.

Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX: IVN, Forum) reported that the COVID-19 variant, Omicron, has had no impact on its mining operations in South Africa or the DRC. No cases of the new variant have been detected at the company’s Kamoa-Kakula and Kipushi projects in the DRC and, while there have been some recent infections among employees and contractors working at the company’s Platreef Project in South Africa, all people infected to date have either been asymptomatic or experienced very mild symptoms. Approximately 92% of Ivanhoe Mines’ team is based in Sandton and approximately 86% of Platreef’s employees and contractors have received COVID-19 vaccinations.

Ivanhoe Mines plans to provide a progress update on Kamoa-Kakula’s Phase 2 expansion next week, and also expects to soon provide an update on development progress at the Platreef Project. Back in November, Co-Chairs Robert Friedland and Yufeng “Miles” Sun released news that Kamoa Copper was awarded China Nerin Engineering Co., Ltd. (Nerin) of Jiangxi, China.

The contract was signed earlier today by Mark Farren, CEO of Kamoa Copper, and Wu Runhua, General Manager of Nerin, at a virtual ceremony held at the Kamoa-Kakula Mine and Nanchang City.Jinghe Chen, Chairman of Zijin Mining; Zhang Xiaobo, Chairman of Nerin; along with Friedland and Sun, joined the signing ceremony to offer their congratulations and support for this important project milestone.

Another Canadian miner, Nevada Copper Corp. (TSX: NCU, Forum), provided an update on its 2022 development plan and advances at the company’s Pumpkin Hollow Project.

Underground mine operations highlights:

Lateral development rates continue to rise

The company has advanced approximately 760 lateral equivalent feet in the past 30 days, a 20% increase in average daily footage from the previous 30 days. Lateral development continues on multiple headings, providing access to ore mining zones in the East South orebody and advancing development towards the East North orebody.

Sugar Cube to be blasted

The high-grade Sugar Cube zone is planned to be drilled in December and mining is expected to commence in early Q1 2022. This will be the first stope mined in the East North orebody, which is expected to have higher quality ground conditions and significantly larger stope sizes.

Processing plant operating well

The mill continues to run at design specifications with the grinding, flotation, thickening, and concentrate filtration circuits performing well mechanically. The company anticipates increased production and recovery rates with the addition of the Sugar Cube zone to the processing plant’s ore feed in Q1 2022.

Surface ventilation fans on schedule

The surface ventilation fans are on schedule to arrive on site in approximately 3 weeks with installation and commissioning expected to be completed on time in line with the demands of the mine plan.

2022 development plan update:

Open pit drilling progressing

With additional funding received from the recent public equity offering, the company intends to undertake an infill drilling campaign and to update its open pit studies to reflect opportunities for increased scale, larger resource and other optimization workstreams. Further updates on the company’s 2022 development plan will be released shortly.

Randy Buffington, President and Chief Executive Officer commented on the company’s progress

“I am pleased with the operational advances we have achieved this month, as we build on the progress from Q3. Our development rates continue to increase on a weekly basis and will soon provide access to the larger high-grade stopes, which is expected to result in increased ore feed delivered to our fully operational processing plant for a step further in our ramp-up progression.”

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Big news from Harte Gold Corp. (TSX:HRT, Forum) this week, who filed an application to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for an Initial Order under the companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). The company obtained protection from its creditors under the CCAA, expiring next Thurtsday, December 16th, 2021. The Court also approved an initial advance of $400,000.

In conjunction with the commencement of the CCAA Proceedings, Harte Gold had entered into a subscription agreement with a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Silver Lake Resources Limited (ASX: SLR), where the Investor, if it is the successful bidder and is approved by the Court, would become the sole shareholder of company in a transaction which provides for the continuation of its business and operations as a going concern.

New travel restrictions have been a hot topic of late, as has travel between Canada and the US in light of the Omicron variant. Air Canada Inc. (TSX: AC, Forum) announced a series of improvements for customers this week to meet new US government entry requirements. In partnership with Switch Health, a Canadian-based health care company, Air Canada confirms ample supply of antigen test kits available for purchase. The self-administered antigen test will allow customers to conveniently meet new US government entry requirements that travellers present a negative COVID-19 test taken not more than one day prior to departure. The test result takes about 15 minutes to complete.

The self-administered test can be taken from the comfort of the customer's home or accommodation, within one day prior to departure. The test is conducted under the remote supervision of a telehealth professional from Switch Health and includes an electronic report suitable for travel. People can order the Switch Health Rapid Antigen Test Kit (which includes two tests).

A provider of comprehensive government contracting solutions, Mission Ready Solutions Inc. (TSX-V:MRS, Forum) announced that, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Unifire, Inc., the Company has been awarded a contract for COTS – Shelter Systems (SPE1C1-22-D-1506) in support of the Defense Logistics Agency clothing and textiles supply chain, with a ceiling of $256,000,000 (CAD) over the term of the contract.
The COTS – Shelter Systems program is a multiple-award, prime vendor contract, that is structured to accommodate the addition of products through the life of the contract. The Program's supply chain, at present, offers military tents, parts, and support equipment.

Bombardier Inc. (TSX: BBD, Forum) announced the delivery of the 1,000th Global aircraft this week. The major milestone was reached as the NetJets team led by Patrick Gallagher, President, Sales, Marketing and Services, took delivery of the private aviation company’s first Global 7500 business jet.

The addition of a Global 7500 aircraft to the NetJets fleet redefines its large-cabin, long-range offering, and elevates the choice of travel options for its international Owners. With a 7,700 nm (14,260 km) range, NetJets Owners will be able to fly from New York to Beijing or San Francisco to Sydney without refueling stops.

The Global 7500 aircraft is set to be the flagship aircraft in one of the finest fleets in business aviation. The largest and quietest aircraft in the NetJets fleet, this is the first of a firm order of 20 Global 7500 aircraft, sure to transform the way Owners experience global travel.

Bargain hunting remains squarely in the lead, and the Investor Pulse Poll will remain open on our homepage for another week. Head on over or click the image below to cast your vote and let us know how (and if) you participate in the season.

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The numbers speak for themselves looking back at last week’s poll. I guess we can include “ESG” as 2021 buzzwords that went bust among investors, as most of you responded that you don’t care about it, in one way or another.

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Next week, we’ll be doing our 2021 wrap-up, priming up the year ahead, and seeing if the holidays have a positive effect on the markets in the form of a “Santa Claus Rally.” Stay tuned, and for previous editions of Buzz on the Bullboards: click here.

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Top ESG mining companies are Amerigo and Ivanhoe, They both use hydro electricity in their operations. Ivanhoe is looking to use electricity powered mining vehicles underground.
December 9, 2021

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