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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China's biggest steel maker has created a special hydrogen project in an effort to accelerate the transition away from the sort of carbon-intensive coking coal exported by Australia (reports The Australian Financial Review).

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Strandline Resources has attracted A$2 million from an undisclosed new institutional investor keen on its mineral sands prospects and is set to raise another $4.5 million via a fully underwritten rights issue (reports MiningNews). The new shares are to be priced at 12c each, with Strandline's stock little changed over the past two years. Strandline last issued more equity last May when $5.5 million was raised by issuing new shares at 12c each.

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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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Strandline Resources has made big progress towards developing its two key mineral sands projects over the past year. But like so many other companies in this phase, its share price has not reflected the growing value of its assets. However, this could be about to change dramatically, according to rash of new analysts’ reports just published. Strandline has been nominated by no fewer than four prominent broking houses as a stock that is set to rise sharply over coming months.

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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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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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