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Liontown Resources has reported firm commitments from its first capital raising in more than 12 months that were “substantially in excess” of the cash sought to complete the definitive feasibility study for Kathleen Valley

Liontown Resources has reported firm commitments from its first capital raising in more than 12 months that were “substantially in excess” of the cash sought to complete the definitive feasibility study for the 100%-owned Kathleen Valley lithium-tantalum project in Western Australia (reports MiningNews). Liontown has raised A$12.5 million, with $10.3 million from institutional and professional investors, and it will seek shareholder approval for a further $2.2 million from directors.

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RareX, one of a small number of juniors now attempting to loosen Brazil’s grip on global supply of steel additive niobium, reports more “bonanza” grades of both that and rare earth oxides (reports Small Caps).

RareX, one of a small number of juniors now attempting to loosen Brazil’s grip on global supply of steel additive niobium, reports more “bonanza” grades of both that and rare earth oxides (reports Small Caps). The latest results from drilling at the Cummins Range project in the Kimberley region of Western Australia include 37m at 1.4% total rare earth oxides (TREO) and 0.2% niobium oxide. That intersection includes 7m at 3.6% (TREO) and 0.27% niobium, with mineralization beginning at 21m down hole.

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A “blue wave” in US politics could become a “green wave” for Australian investors with early signs of a significant recovery developing in the battery metals sector of the stock market.

A “blue wave” in US politics could become a “green wave” for Australian investors with early signs of a significant recovery developing in the battery metals sector of the stock market. Despite another 11-days of campaigning before the US Presidential election on November 3, early bets are being placed on lithium, nickel and graphite miners in the hope that the Democrat contender, Joe Biden, defeats Donald Trump.

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Pilbara Minerals boss Ken Brinsden says demand fundamentals in the beaten-down lithium market have started to improve and he expects pricing to follow (reports The West Australian).

Pilbara Minerals boss Ken Brinsden says demand fundamentals in the beaten-down lithium market have started to improve and he expects pricing to follow (reports The West Australian). The market for lithium concentrate cratered in 2019 after the world’s biggest buyer China changed its electric vehicle subsidy scheme causing widespread disruption and indigestion across the supply chain.

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After a bumper year, the Goldfields air is thick with anticipation, if not planes. A “potential show-stopper” from Chalice and Greatland on finding gold in the Pilbara among the must-sees

Next week’s Diggers & Dealers bash beneath Kalgoorlie’s big blue sky will be a more sedate affair than usual. That’s a pity because there is lots for the annual gathering of mining and finance-types to celebrate. The Eastern State’s bloc of regular attendees at the three-day conference is trapped back home because of COVID-19, so it is case of them putting out the rubbish and feeding the cat rather than being free to enjoy a Kalgoorlie kebab at 3am.

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Meanwhile in Ecuador, anticipation builds around a possible BHP or Newcrest bid for SolGold and Sunstone looks set to rise on back of Bramaderos project.

There is a bunch of hopefuls on the ASX looking to become producers of high purity alumina (HPA), which is set to enjoy super-charged growth in demand for its use in LED lighting and as a heat separator in lithium-ion batteries. But it is FYI’s planned $198m integrated project in WA – it envisages the Cadoux kaolin mine 220km north-east of Perth supplying a HPA refinery at Kwinana – that has got the interest up of the king of metal-grade and chemical-grade alumina production, Alcoa. As far as project endorsements go, FYI could not have hoped for a better one.

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Winners were hard to find on most markets this week as multiple uncertainties bruised investor confidence but a dive into the detail revealed a surprising number of upward moves and equally surprising upbeat views from leading investment banks.

Winners were hard to find on most markets this week as multiple uncertainties bruised investor confidence but a dive into the detail revealed a surprising number of upward moves and equally surprising upbeat views from leading investment banks. Best in class was undoubtedly Chalice Gold Mines, which continued its stellar run as analysts and investors gained a greater insight into its emerging Julimar platinum group metals (PGM) discovery near Perth.

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Most metal prices, including gold, crept higher during the week but the big news in the Australian resources sector could be found in a strong flow of discovery and development news

Most metal prices, including gold, crept higher during the week but the big news in the Australian resources sector could be found in a strong flow of discovery and development news, supported up by a flood of fresh capital. If there was a weakness it was in iron ore where a chorus of investment banks are forecasting one last solid quarter before a long downhill slide which will take the steel-making material back from this week’s peak of $US130 a tonne to below $US90/t.

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