After spending much of the past year at a middle-of-the-road three-star ranking, Hecla Mining
Part of the improved sentiment is market-related -- silver prices have improved in the past year, helping Hecla Mining put up another round of strong quarterly results while it still maintains a relatively low valuation.
But company operations are looking stronger as well, with Hecla Mining recently reporting that it more than doubled cash flow from operations and swung to a profit in the second quarter, helped by its low cost of production. Similar to peer Silvercorp Metals
The sharp rise in silver prices in the past year has helped investors in silver exchange-traded fund iShares Silver Trust
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