The negative economic impact on China due to the COVID-19 is palatable, but investors were less fearful as the majority bet, this week, that the impacts of the virus would be short lived. Although I continue to support the underlying thesis for my commodities of choice in the medium- to long-term, the near-term volatility generated by the epidemic will surely test the resolve of many speculators. In The Rant, I focus on the market’s negative reaction to a single asset gold producer, that is revising its life-of-mine mine plan, yet again. In Stock Talk, several companies, including a junior gold producer, a gold explorer/developer, a grassroots gold explorer, and a uranium producer, have decided to tap the fickle equity markets before PDAC 2020, while a grassroots copper explorer adds to its footprint. Finally, I update a junior copper company’s progress on a joint venture with a major diversified producer. Both the U.S. and the Canadian markets will be closed on Monday.