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High-quality discovery news, successful capital raisings and confident buy tips have been rare commodities over the past month, but the past few days have seen signs of normality returning to a badly-bruised resources sector.

High-quality discovery news, successful capital raisings and confident buy tips have been rare commodities over the past month, but the past few days have seen signs of normality returning to a badly-bruised resources sector. It wasn’t all good news, it never is, with leading gold producer, Northern Star, suffering a “coronavirus-related” setback which rubbed the gloss off its share price.

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A fresh offtake deal for miner Pilbara Minerals and a project funding agreement for EU-based Infinity could point to a brighter future for the lithium sector

A fresh offtake deal for miner Pilbara Minerals and a project funding agreement for EU-based Infinity could point to a brighter future for the lithium sector (reports Stockhead). Battling falling prices even before the ‘coronacrisis’ hit, lithium stocks had been stuffed in the bottom drawer by many investors. In February, spodumene concentrate prices nudged lower to an average $US463 ($697) per tonne — a 46 per cent drop from the same period last year — due to that ‘overhang’ in Chinese stockpiles.

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Volatility was the theme of last week’s edition of Prospector’s Diary, and boy did we all learn a lot about what that means this week

Volatility was the theme of last week’s edition of Prospector’s Diary, and boy did we all learn a lot about what that means this week, leading to the question of what’s next. In a word, drought, and the lessons investors can learn from farmers when they hit a dry patch. The first things farmers don’t do is panic because they know that in Australia drought is as natural as flood.

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Plus, market’s brutal response to Red 5’s production downgrade ignores the bigger game

It is a good time to be boldly looking beyond the current vapourisation of equity values in response to the coronavirus pandemic to secure what with time, will (hopefully) be seen as astute pick-ups. Mind you, you’ve got to have the readies to do it. That’s not a problem for Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest. Because iron ore has managed to hold at elevated levels, and because China is reportedly getting back to work while the Western world goes in to quarantine, he is in line to collect a $1.58 billion annual dividend cheque for the 2020FY from Fortescue Metals (ASX:FMG).

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If you ever wondered what volatile means, you’ll soon know because over the next few months, and perhaps for the rest of 2020, financial markets will be on a wild ride

If you ever wondered what volatile means, you’ll soon know because over the next few months, and perhaps for the rest of 2020, financial markets will be on a wild ride, up one day, down the next. That might sound like stating the obvious after recent economic, political and public health events but now comes the reckoning as a tug of war develops between wounded bulls keen to sell, perhaps to cover margin loans, and bargain hunters looking for cheap buys.

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Another round of outstanding drilling results fires up De Grey and its leading shareholder DGO Gold while Kairos reminds investors it has a gold project just down the road

The Pilbara Craton’s ranking as a gold province has long suffered in comparisons with the Yilgarn down south. Its 8 million-ounce gold endowment compared with the Yilgarn’s 200Moz says as much, even if the Pilbara has all the same ingredients that has made the Yilgarn one of the world’s great gold regions. But things are stirring in the Pilbara, ignoring for the time being the over-promotion in 2017/18 of its Witwatersrand conglomerate gold potential.

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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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