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If not for a series of significant fund raisings to back expansion moves by gold, nickel and lithium-exposed companies, the past five trading days were largely negative for investors.

If not for a series of significant fund raisings to back expansion moves by gold, nickel and lithium-exposed companies, the past five trading days were largely negative for investors. Saracen Mineral Holdings was the big one this week, attracting $796 million to help pay for a company-changing half-share in the Kalgoorlie Superpit gold mine. Mincor’s $35 million to accelerate nickel developments and ioneers’s $40 million to expand work on its Rhyolite Ridge lithium and boron project in the US. were two other well-supported deals.

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The Reserve Bank considered a surprise rate cut at its Melbourne Cup day policy meeting, but ultimately decided to wait and see how its three cuts since June would work their way through the economy, the bank’s board minutes reveal (reports The Australian).

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US Federal Reserve officials stressed that risks to the US economy remained elevated as they agreed to put interest rates on hold following their third cut this year (reports The Australian Financial Review).

US Federal Reserve officials stressed that risks to the US economy remained elevated as they agreed to put interest rates on hold following their third cut this year (reports The Australian Financial Review). Many participants saw downside risks to the economic outlook as elevated, "further underscoring the case for a rate cut at this meeting,'' according to minutes of the October 29-30 Federal Open Market Committee session released Wednesday (Thursday AEDT) in Washington.

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In the world of bulk commodities based on scale and repetition, boutique iron ore operations have had a chequered history (reports The West Australian).

In the world of bulk commodities based on scale and repetition, boutique iron ore operations have had a chequered history (reports The West Australian). So trucking a mere 1.25 million tonnes of iron ore a year nearly 500km from mine to port while prices for the commodity remain volatile sounds like a questionable proposition.

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Strategic metals developer TNG Limited (ASX: TNG) is expected to make a final investment decision for its $824 million Mount Peake vanadium-titanium-iron project in the NT by mid-2020, according to a new research note by Sydney-based equities research outfit Independent Investment Research. IIR has provided an “indicative base case technical valuation” for the company of more than $1 billion, or 36.9c per share, well above its current share price of 9.5c.

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Historical evidence suggests gold mining equities are about to take off, fund manager Ronald-Peter Stoferle told delegates at the Zurich Precious Metals Summit (reports MiningNews). Stoferle, a fund manager at Liechtenstein-based Incrementum AG and author of an annual report entitled ‘In gold we trust', said the pattern of mining equity performance in every bull market since 1942 suggested a steep rise - or "euphoria" as he put it - typically seen at the end of an uptrend, was still to come.

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Supply cuts and renewed optimism of a deal to end the China v US trade war triggered a modest realignment this week by investors

Supply cuts and renewed optimism of a deal to end the China v US trade war triggered a modest realignment this week by investors who shifted funds into industrial commodities and away from gold and other safe havens. How long that trend can continue will be very much influenced by political factors unfolding around the world, from Brexit in the UK to impeachment speculation in the US and civil unrest in Chile and other important South American copper-producing countries.

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Fenix Resources could be producing iron ore within months from its Iron Ridge project, near Cue in Western Australia (reports MiningNews).

Fenix Resources could be producing iron ore within months from its Iron Ridge project, near Cue in Western Australia (reports MiningNews). A feasibility study outlined capital costs of just A$11.9 million for a 6.5-year operation producing 1.25 million tonnes of iron ore per annum at C1 costs of $76.86 per tonne. Just 56% of the capital costs are payable on a pre-production basis, with the remainder to be payable after the first shipment. The project returned an estimated pre-tax internal rate of return of 58.9% and a net present value of $54.3 million.

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