The S&P/TSX Venture Composite Index (INDEXTSI:JX) dropped again last week, losing 1.71 percent over the five-day period to finish the week with 761.98 points.

The decline comes in part of the upcoming US election as investors turn their attention to safe-haven assets.

Although the index was down last week, a number of stocks in a variety of sectors–most notably gold stocks–still saw weekly percentage gains.

The top five mining gainers for the week were:

  • Giyani Gold  (TSXV:WDG)
  • Eagle Plains Resources (TSXV:EPL)
  • Gowest Gold (TSXV:GWA)
  • Defiance Silver (TSXV:DEF)
  • Hunt Mining (TSXV:HMX)

Here’s a closer look at those companies:

Giyani Gold

Giyani Gold was first on last week’s 5 top TSXV list. The company is a junior exploration company interested in acquisition, exploration, evaluation and development of underexplored, past producing gold assets in South Africa and Canada.

The company’s Rock Island Gold Project received an acceptance letter for a retention license application from the South Afircan Department of Mineral Rources (DMR) on September 1.  On October 27, Giyani Gold announced it had acquired an 88-95 percent interest in various manganese projects in Botswana.

Shares of Giyani Gold increased 39.02 percent last week to $0.57.

Eagle Plains Resources

In addition to the exploration of gold and base metals, Eagle Plains Resources has interest in uranium,rare earth elements, and industrial metals. The company’s primary focus is to locate ore deposits within Canada and advance its projects toward discovery.

Egale Plains’ most recent news was released in early October wherein the company announced–together with Silver Standard (TSX:SSO) the execution of an option agreement on the Fisher Gold Project in Saskatchewan.

Last week, Eagle Plains Resources shares increased 31.82 percent to $0.145.

Gowest Gold

Third on the list is Gowest Gold, a company that is working towards the development of its 100 percent owned Bradshaw Gold Deposit, as part of its North Timmins Gold Project. On October 31, Gowest announced a financing update for its Bradshaw project.

Gowest saw an increase of 26.47 percent last week to close the five-day period at $0.215.