Why are ASX 200 mining shares leading the market today?

Female miner smiling at a mine site.Female miner smiling at a mine site.

As the close of trading draws near, the top 5 best-performing shares of the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) are all mining stocks.

Leading the bunch is ASX gold share Ramelius Resources Ltd (ASX: RMS), up 6.15% to 95 cents.

Next on the list is ASX lithium share Allkem Ltd (ASX: AKE), up 5.77% to $12.01.

Then we have gold miner Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX: EVN), whose share price is up 4.78% to $2.85.

It’s followed by iron ore share Champion Iron Ltd (ASX: CIA), up 4.6% to $7.70.

Rounding out the top 5 are Mineral Resources Ltd (ASX: MIN) shares, up 4.6% to $86.34.

What’s pushing ASX 200 mining shares higher?

Ramelius Resources has not reported any news today. However, Ramelius shares have risen by 14% since the miner released its 1H FY23 results on 21 February.

The miner reported a small decline in sales revenue to $304.8 million and a 33.7% decline in underlying EBITDA to $106.3 million. However, it reaffirmed its FY23 production guidance of between 240,000 ounces and 280,000 ounces at an all-in sustaining cost of between $1,750 per ounce and $1,950 per ounce.

Moving on to Allkem shares, which are shining brightly today after top broker Goldman Sachs backed the company to withstand the coming decline in lithium prices better than other ASX lithium shares.

The broker reckons there’s a 30%-plus upside for Allkem shares over the next 12 months.

As my Fool colleague James reports, Goldman says Allkem’s production growth potential and downstream opportunity will see it through a big decline in lithium prices over the next few years.

Evolution Mining told the ASX yesterday it has seen ongoing drilling success at its Ernest Henry site. Investors are excited about the news, with Evolution shares up 7% since the announcement.

Evolution Mining CEO Lawrie Conway said: “The significance of the recent drilling intercepts released today indicates that Bert, which is located adjacent to the open pit, is a sizable mineralisation domain that remains open down-plunge.”

There’s been no news from Champion Iron over the past three weeks.

Finally, Mineral Resources shares are also up on no news today. However, last week the company revealed incredible earnings growth in its 1H FY23 report.

Its net profit after tax (NPAT) went up 1,890% to $390 million over the half. Revenue increased by 74% to $2,350 million, driven by turbocharged lithium revenue of $997.2 million, up from $143 million year over year.

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Motley Fool contributor Bronwyn Allen has positions in Allkem. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Goldman Sachs Group. 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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