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A capital-raising rush over the past week by small mining companies is a clear signal that the downturn of the past few years is coming to an end.

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Nickel is the clear winner in a three-stage minerals and metals “beauty parade”, scoring top marks as an investment over the next 12-months, 24-months, and a shared second place in the five-year category with its battery cousins, lithium and cobalt (reports Tim Treadgold on Stockhead). Interestingly, lithium and cobalt are not expected to join nickel as short-term winners because the current glut of material is overwhelming the market for electric cars which received a fresh setback this week when China cut subsidies for battery-powered vehicles.

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Rare earths made headlines this week thanks to a controversial takeover bid for Lynas Corporation

Rare earths made headlines this week thanks to a controversial takeover bid for Lynas Corporation, but whether the offer from Wesfarmers succeeds or not, the important message is that one of Australia’s biggest industrial companies has decided it’s time to invest in mining. More specifically, the move on Lynas is fresh evidence that the electric car revolution is more than a passing fad, reinforcing the case for the broad family of metals needed in electric motors, either as fuel (lithium) or in other applications such as high-strength magnets (rare earths).

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Mincor Resources (ASX: MCR) has taken a “significant step” in the pathway to restarting nickel mining

Mincor Resources (ASX: MCR) has taken a “significant step” in the pathway to restarting nickel mining from its assets around Kambalda in WA after signing a term sheet with BHP Nickel West. This is the view of experienced resource analyst Brett McKay from Petra Capital in Sydney, who has set an updated price target of 84c per share for the stock (well north of the current price of 43c). The term sheet sets out the major operating principles that will form the basis for an Ore Tolling and Concentrate Purchase Agreement (OTPC) with BHP Nickel West.

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Australia's big miners have rallied hard, but that hasn't stopped Credit Suisse moving overweight (reports The Australian Financial Review). Australian mining giants might have had a stellar run over the past 12 months, but Credit Suisse’s head of global equities, Andrew Garthwaite, believes they’ve got scope to push higher still on the back of some big global trends. Credit Suisse moved overweight on the mining sector earlier this week, after seeing signs that the slump in global industrial production in the final quarter of 2018 was starting to bottom out.

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The swagger of the nickel companies at a battery metals conference in Perth during the week was palpable

The swagger of the nickel companies at a battery metals conference in Perth during the week was palpable. Nickel’s price performance of late does not explain the swagger. After a heroic run to $US7/lb in the middle of last year, the price got beaten up something shocking in the second half with just about everything else on US-China trade war fears.

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Nickel regained its share of the investment spotlight this week

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Gold played second fiddle to industrial metals this week with copper, nickel and iron ore doing best despite the rolling uncertainty of the China v US trade war. But in the background was an event which could see gold perk up next week.

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