Sometimes illness is a good thing, especially when it involves investors catching the FOMO bug after becoming besotted with a drill hit or even a pretty picture of the core.
Almost everyone is happy in this instance.
The stock goes up, early investors enjoy a warm buzz, an equity issue is announced, money flows in and more geologists are employed to kick rocks.
The only real sufferers are those unfortunates who are infected too late in the cycle and are left with a lingering dose of CLAP (capital losses and penury).
Plenty of punters caught CLAP by diving in too late during the recent Pilbara gold nugget rush, which is still staggering towards its final diagnosis.