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The Big Australian’s new chief admits to reviewing the battery metal’s potential “on a regular basis”...

BHP’s posturing that it stands to benefit from the world’s great decarbonisation event – the electric vehicle and renewable energy storage revolution – through its electrification and battery metals exposures of copper and nickel is well known. It likes to call the exposures its “future-facing” commodities and it has just declared an appetite for more copper and nickel resource positions through exploration and early-stage entry into projects owned by others.

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21st February 2020

Spectacular lithium hits at Liontown Resources’ Kathleen Valley deposit of up to 5.7%, including a growing zone regularly grading better than 3%, provides further support for a proposed underground and open pit lithium mine (reports MiningNews). The latest hits from the RC program include 43m at 3.1% from 253m, with 21m at 3.8% and 1m at 5.7%; and 16m at 2.6% from 308m, including 13m at 3.1% - all outside the resource envelope.

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Plus, Alkane’s latest result fuels hopes it may have a Cadia-esque find on its hands

The coronavirus has knocked the stuffing out of base metals prices, taking equity values for the producers and developers down at the same time. The likelihood is that when the terror of it all passes and everyone gets back to work, there will be a strong rebound in prices for the metals and equities, probably with the added bonus of a big dose of stimulus from Beijing. While the timing of all that is uncertain, the here and now for the sector’s equities is that there is now more value to be had for investors than there was before the thing began to spread from Wuhan.

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A new special series from Prospector’s Diary looks at four commodities and their key players. This first edition focuses on lithium.

Lithium returned back as an investment favourite last week, riding on the back of a super-charged share-price performance from leading electric car maker Tesla, leaving many investors questioning what’s the best way for them to re-join the lithium race. Lithium 101: Volcanic eruptions often begin with preliminary tremors, but knowing exactly when the earth’s surface might burst open is an event geologists can’t predict, they just know something big is on the way – or, might be on the way.

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Liontown Resources has reported a near-doubling of its resource at the Kathleen Valley lithium prospect...

Liontown Resources has reported a near-doubling of its resource at the Kathleen Valley lithium prospect, with another estimate due next month as feasibility work continues (reports MiningNews). The new 139 million tonne resource, grading 1.3% lithium oxide, is an 86% increase on the estimate made in mid-2019. Liontown said the reporting of interim resource estimate "followed a review of data from the ongoing drilling program which indicated that a previously announced resource extension exploration target of 25-50Mt at 1.2-1.5% Li2O would be materially exceeded".

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Centaurus Metals (ASX: CTM) has bitten into a thick zone of high-grade semi-massive to massive nickel sulphides at the Onça-Rosa prospect, within its Jaguar nickel project in northern Brazil (reports Bevis Yeo of Stockhead). Recent drilling has confirmed the down-dip extension of historical high-grade nickel sulphide mineralisation with a top result of 9.3m at 3.13 per cent nickel, 0.19 per cent copper and 0.08 per cent cobalt from 281.8m, Yeo said.

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Can both news reports and the flow of money be correct?

If you only read media headlines over the past week you might believe that the world is facing a great economic crisis caused by the China coronavirus, but if you skipped the headlines and looked only at share prices you might believe that nothing happened. Can both news reports and the flow of money be correct? Yes, they can, because the great unknown in the China virus panic is where it’s heading and it is that uncertainty factor which can weigh heavily on investor confidence.

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Liontown Resources (ASX:LTR), one of the best performing small-cap battery metal stocks on the ASX in 2019, is gearing up for an interim resource update at its flagship Kathleen Valley lithium-tantalum project in Western Australia (reports Stockhead) . This comes after its ongoing drilling program continued to intersect thick, high-grade mineralised zones that highlight why the company was a market darling last year.

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