What's with the Podium (ASX:POD) share price today?

The Podium Minerals Ltd (ASX: POD) share price is bumpy today after the company revealed two new drilling targets at Parks Reef Deeps.

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The Podium Minerals Ltd (ASX: POD) share price is wobbly today after the company revealed two new drilling targets at Parks Reef Deeps.

It's been a bumpy ride for Podium shares today after gaining more than 16% yesterday. In late afternoon trade, the Podium share price has plunged from trading 6% higher at 53 cents to land right back where it started at 50 cents apiece. 

Podium is an exploration and resources development company focused on platinum group metals, gold, and nickel-copper sulphides. The company's project profile includes its Parks Reef project in Western Australia, the WRC nickel and copper sulphide project, and various others.

Podium gets government backing

Podium has secured permission and funding from the West Australian government's infrastructure and exploration fund to drill two diamond drilling holes in Parks Reef, part of the Murchison pastoral land in rural WA. 

Under the deal, the state government will pay 50% of the drilling costs (around $150,000) in boring the two 750m deep holes. This will allow Podium to test potential mineral deposits in Parks that run down more than 500 metres beneath the surface.

The company noted that recent successful drilling programs have identified "high-grade zones" hosting platinum, palladium and rhodium and iridium.

The Podium share price rocketed at the beginning of last week after the company revealed high-grade rhodium and iridium was intersected in Park. Podium's next two holes will dive twice as deep, and a third hole is planned further outside of the area.

Management comments

Podium executive chair Clayton Dodd noted the government's support, saying:

The company would like to express its gratitude to the State Government… for selecting Podium as a suitable applicant and for the financial assistance to drill an exciting new dimension to the Parks Reef PGM project.

By successfully intersecting the reef at such depths would clearly demonstrate the vast dimensions of the mineralised horizon and any variability in PGM grades and may provide invaluable vectors toward higher grade sectors along the extensive 15km PGM strike length of the reef.

Podium share price snapshot

The Podium share price has been a big performer of late, rising more than 35 cents in the past 6 weeks, a quadrupling in value. The Podium share price has risen 2,375% in the past 12 months.

Motley Fool contributor Lucas Radbourne-Pugh has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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