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The turnaround in the lithium market has been remarkable stuff, with the key battery material swept up in the global “green” investment boom in the decarbonisation of transport and energy. The resultant surge in lithium prices in the opening months of 2021 has seen last year’s beaten-up lithium stocks recapture their darling status. Pilbara (PLS) tells the tale. In the depth of despair over COVID-19 a year ago, Pilbara could be bought for 18c. It has since climbed to $1.11.

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Chalice Mining’s Julimar nickel-copper-platinum group element project outside Perth continues to get bigger (reports MiningNews).

Chalice Mining’s Julimar nickel-copper-platinum group element project outside Perth continues to get bigger (reports MiningNews). The company received 165 high-grade intersections from the seven-rig drill-out of the Gonneville Intrusion, which is now about 1.8km long by 900m wide. The drilling expanded the G4-G11 zones to the north-east and the G1-G2 zones down-dip. G4 is now 1250m long with up to 600m of dip extent, while G11 is 1200m long with up to 300m of dip extent. Both are open to the north and down-dip.

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Pilbara Minerals has booked record quarterly production from its flagship Pilgangoora lithium mine south of Port Hedland as prices for its battery-focused product improve significantly (reports The West Australian).

Pilbara Minerals has booked record quarterly production from its flagship Pilgangoora lithium mine south of Port Hedland as prices for its battery-focused product improve significantly (reports The West Australian). The Ken Brinsden-led miner said in its March quarter update it had achieved record spodumene production in the period of 77,820 dry metric tonnes, which included an annualised run rate of 330,000tpa plant nameplate capacity in January and February.

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The recent release of a DFS progress update by Liontown Resources (ASX: LTR) reinforces the view that its flagship Kathleen Valley project in WA is set to become “one of the next world-scale hard rock lithium projects

The recent release of a DFS progress update by Liontown Resources (ASX: LTR) reinforces the view that its flagship Kathleen Valley project in WA is set to become “one of the next world-scale hard rock lithium projects to supply the world’s insatiable demand for lithium products.” This is the view of leading Sydney-based broking and advisory firm Bridge Street Capital Partners in an updated research note triggered by the DFS update and recent sharp upward moves in the prices for lithium raw materials.

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The “almost everything boom” roared on this week, led by palladium, which hit an all-time high of $US2899 an ounce, iron ore, which cracked a 10-year price ceiling at $US186 a tonne, and gold, which took a peek at $US1800/oz

The “almost everything boom” roared on this week, led by palladium, which hit an all-time high of $US2899 an ounce, iron ore, which cracked a 10-year price ceiling at $US186 a tonne, and gold, which took a peek at $US1800/oz -- and might be there by the time you read this. Soft commodities and financial markets are also booming. Wheat is trading at a seven-year high. Timber in the U.S. is at an all-time high, as are share prices on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Gold tried to rise this week, with limited success, leaving the best gains to energy in its many forms,

Gold tried to rise this week, with limited success, leaving the best gains to energy in its many forms, led by oil but with lithium and other members of the battery-metal family (including copper) not far behind. Because so many Australian investors are exposed to gold it’s worth having a look at the changing dynamics of the gold market. These could put a floor under its price, which has dropped by 16% over the past nine months to latest trades at $US1738/oz.

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16th April 2021

Despite a softening in the gold price this year, BMO Capital Markets managing director of commodities research Colin Hamilton says the metal is holding up well (reports MiningNews).

Despite a softening in the gold price this year, BMO Capital Markets managing director of commodities research Colin Hamilton says the metal is holding up well (reports MiningNews). After peaking at over US$2000 an ounce in August 2020, gold has fallen as low as $1683/oz last month. It currently sits at about $1747/oz.

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Heavyweight global investment bank Goldman Sachs has upgraded its recommendation for mid-tier copper producer Sandfire Resources

Heavyweight global investment bank Goldman Sachs has upgraded its recommendation for mid-tier copper producer Sandfire Resources (ASX: SFR) from neutral to a BUY on the back of higher base metal forecasts, raising its price target to $7.60-a-share. The news prompted an immediate 6% lift in Sandfire shares yesterday to over $5.80, though still well short of the revised Goldman Sachs target.

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