Copper prices could rise to boomtime highs of more than $US4 a pound because of unexpectedly low supply as global growth continues to grow, says Rio Tinto’s operating partner in the big and controversial Grasberg copper and gold mine in Indonesia, Freeport-McMoRan (The Australian reports).

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Ecuador has cemented its position as the world’s exploration hot-spot for copper, with BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest miner, opening an office and recruiting additional staff as it advances its hunt for copper (reports David Stringer from Bloomberg).

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Some impressive new primary gold hits at the “Lingering Kiss” prospect, part of Kairos Minerals’ (ASX: KAI) Roe Hills project in WA has prompted stock newsletter Catalyst Hunter to compare the $7.7 million junior to share market success story Breaker Resources (ASX: BRB).

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Dr Copper returned to the Australian stock market this week and his diagnosis was that the mining sector is in rude health, fuelled by a solid gold price, ever-increasing interest in the family of battery metals and a surprise return to the scene of almost forgotten rare earths.

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Rising price of the red metal puts spotlight on Avalon. Plus, Oklo shares get a wriggle on as first assays dribble in from its Mali gold project

There is nothing quite like a spike in the copper price to lift the mood in the mining space.

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Once perilously debt-laden Atlas Iron is within reach of a net cash position after generating $9 million cash from its operations in the June quarter in the face of a steep decline in the price it receives for its lower grade iron ore (The Australian Financial Review reports).

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The 2017 financial year was a good one for Aussie gold producers, as might be expected given the industry enjoyed a record annual average gold price in local dollars of more than A$1650 an ounce (reports Barry FitzGerald on MiningNews).

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After recently hinting of a second primary gold zone at the Leonora gold project, Kin Mining has confirmed the news, receiving hits of up to 49.4 grams per tonne gold (reports Kristie Batten on MiningNews).

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