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Osisko’s Canadian Malartic mine
Osisko’s Canadian Malartic mine
(Mathieu Dupuis/Osisko)

Even in this market, miners see assets worth overpaying for

The bargain-hunters scouring the mining world for dirt-cheap acquisitions must be getting frustrated.

The battle for Osisko Mining Corp. in Quebec and a Chinese company’s full-price purchase of a Peruvian copper mine show that softer demand, weaker prices and the pounding many miners have taken in the stock market aren’t pushing producers to part with valuable core assets for chump change.