Key indices closed marginally higher yesterday, with the S&P 500 up 0.02% to 2,930.32 and the S&P/TSX Composite Index gaining 0.9%.
The gold price has fallen below US$1,700 an ounce again on the spot market and was worth about $1,696/oz at the time of writing.
Among the market movers, integrated steel, mining and vanadium company Evraz (LSE: EVR) posted one of the bigger losses on the FTSE 100 yesterday, closing down 6.19%.
In Toronto, South America-focused junior Orosur Mining (TSX: OMI) jumped 42.9% - or C1.5c - on no news to close at 5c, at the lower end of its 52-week range of 3-13c. The company this month appointed Western Australian resident Brad George as a non-executive director as it advances its Anzá Project in Colombia with Newmont.
Takeover target Guyana Goldfields (TSX: GUY) closed 14.3% higher on news of a proposal from Gran Colombia Gold to rival SilverCorp's offer.
Gran Colombia (TSX: GCM) closed 12.9% lower.
Finally, junior Trek Metals (ASX: TKM) was up about 31% in morning trade on no news, to A1.7c. The company has exploration projects in the Northern Territory and in Gabon, where Apollo Minerals may earn up to 80%.