Why are Sayona Mining shares up 43% in a month?

This lithium miner's shares have stormed higher this month. But why?

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Much to the relief of its shareholders, Sayona Mining Ltd (ASX: SYA) shares have been on fire in recent weeks.

So much so, the lithium miner's shares have risen 43% since this time last month.

To put that into context, a $10,000 investment at the end of April would now be worth over $14,000.

Why are Sayona Mining shares racing higher this month?

There may be a couple of reasons for this strong gain.

The first could be some investors believing that the ASX lithium stock has been oversold over the last 12 months.

For example, even after rising 43% over the last 30 days, Sayona Mining shares are down almost 80% since the end of May 2023.

What else?

In addition, there have been a couple of positive announcements out of the company this month that have got investors excited.

The first was the announcement of the discovery and expansion of new mineralised zones at Sayona Mining's North American Lithium (NAL) operation in Canada.

Management notes that the newly discovered zones are poised to become a focal point for NAL's assessment of future mining options.

Initial assessments indicate the presence of high-grade lithium mineralisation outside the mineral resources estimate (MRE) pit shell. The company believes this could represent a substantial addition to NAL's resource portfolio and may contribute to extending NAL's life of mine.

Sayona's interim CEO, James Brown, commented:

We are very excited by these new discoveries at North American Lithium which highlights the potential of this asset with high-grade mineralisation defined to the north-west, north-east, south-east and below the existing MRE. The team at NAL will now be working to update the Mineral Resource incorporating these significant results. We look forward to continue testing the mineralisation at NAL with further drilling underway.

Moblan update

Another announcement that may have caught the eye of investors relates to the company's Moblan Lithium Project, which is also in Canada.

Earlier this week, the company announced the results of 94 new drill holes. Management believes the results reinforce the project's status as the centrepiece of Sayona's Eeyou-Istchee James Bay hub in northern Quebec. In addition, management feels the results highlight its potential to expand the existing mineral resource base at Moblan.

Brown commented:

We are delighted with the thick, high-grade drilling results at Moblan confirming it is one of the premier hard rock lithium deposits in North America. Most excitingly, it is clear there remains considerable potential for further expansion of the deposit which is open in all direction.

Moblan forms the centrepiece of our James Bay lithium hub and has an extremely bright future supplying Quebec-produced lithium derivatives into the expanding North American battery and EV sector.

All in all, it has been a great month for Sayona Mining shares and its shareholders. Here's hoping the company can build on this in June and beyond.

Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. 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 Scott Phillips.

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