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Plus, success for Stavely and Alkane spark renewed interest in Eastern States exploration, talk suggests European Cobalt may be heading for Aussie gold and Meteoric poised to deliver eagerly-awaited assays on its Brazilian gold play.

A diamond being the ultimate item of discretsionary expenditure, there should be no surprise that diamond prices have been down in the dumps. Fears of global economic recession overlain with the threat of trade wars is not exactly conducive to buoyant demand and pricing for the sparklers. It is why the few listed diamond producers that exist around the world have being doing it tough on the share price front.

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Gold first. Daylight second. Those four words perfectly sum up the state-of-play on the Australian stock market as more investors join the flight to safety while the international geopolitical and trade backdrop worsens.

Gold first. Daylight second. Those four words perfectly sum up the state-of-play on the Australian stock market as more investors join the flight to safety while the international geopolitical and trade backdrop worsens. A measure of the gap between strongly performing gold (and goldminers) could be gleaned from a unique mid-week piece of research by Macquarie Bank which looked at the damage done by the China v US trade war and past crises.

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Todd River Resources has acquired the rights to what it describes as a ‘promising new nickel sulphide exploration terrain’ in Western Australia (reports MiningNews). The company has secured a 12-month option from private company Cratonix to evaluate the magmatic sulphide potential of the Nanutarra project, which sits about 30km west of the Nanutarra Roadhouse in the Western Gascoyne region of WA. Consideration for the option is A$10,000 cash and $25,000 worth of Todd River shares.

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Saracen Mineral Holdings has snapped up Talisman Resources’ Sinclair nickel project for $10 million

Saracen Mineral Holdings has snapped up Talisman Resources’ Sinclair nickel project for $10 million for its gold potential and existing infrastructure close to its Thunderbox operations near Leinster (reports The West Australian).

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Global producers of electric cars have big ambitions and a bigger problem: supplies of a key material are running short (reports The Wall Street Journal). Nickel sulfate is a brilliantly coloured crystalline substance used in electric-vehicle batteries. The ore most commonly used to produce it is mined in only a handful of places -- and they include some of the most politically or operationally challenging, such as Russia or Canada’s frozen Northeast.

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After being hailed mid-decade as the most significant greenfields discovery in Kambalda for many years, Mincor Resources’ Cassini nickel deposit has delivered its highest value drill intercept thus far (reports MiningNews). Diamond core drilling hit 15.4m grading 4.7% nickel (with a true width of more than 13m), and encouragingly the intercept was on the boundary of the current mineral resource and 73m along strike from an earlier assay of 6.3m at 7.1% nickel.

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After 10 years of trying to develop an iron ore mine in Brazil has prepared Centaurus Metals for what could be a company-making project – in nickel (reports Tim Treadgold on MiningNews).

After 10 years of trying to develop an iron ore mine in Brazil has prepared Centaurus Metals for what could be a company-making project – in nickel (reports Tim Treadgold on MiningNews). The switch can be put down to two issues. It's hard to be a small iron ore miner in a country better known for the world-class projects operated by Brazil's national mining champion, Vale, and it helps that Vale is keen to see its smaller base metal discoveries developed as "mini-mines".

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Just as one swallow does not a summer make, according to an old proverb, neither does one week of falling gold and rising copper signal a sea-change in investment markets

Just as one swallow does not a summer make, according to an old proverb, neither does one week of falling gold and rising copper signal a sea-change in investment markets – but it could, and that’s interesting. The switch, so modest that not many people noticed, saw gold slip by $64 an ounce to around $US1491/oz and copper rise by US10 cents a pound to $US2.62/lb. In percentage terms, those moves look a little more thought-provoking because they are both roughly 4% - gold down by 4%, copper up by 4%.

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