Sydney-based institutional broker Petra Capital has issued a BUY recommendation and 12c-a-share price target for South African-focused base metal developer Orion Minerals (ASX: ORN) following updates on the company’s Bankable Feasibility Study issued over the past week. Orion is fast-tracking the development of the Prieska zinc-copper project in South Africa, a historical mine that was originally discovered in 1968 and was operated for 20 years by AngloVaal, at the time boasting a position as one of the world’s top-30 VMS deposits.

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The recently released Definitive Feasibility Study on Venturex Resources’ (ASX: VXR) Sulphur Springs copper-zinc project in WA has prompted highly-regarded Blue Ocean Equities resource analyst Steuart McIntyre to issue an upbeat assessment of the stock’s potential. Following a spate of recent desk notes on the $41 million company, McIntyre formally initiated research coverage this week with an eye-catching 60c-a-share price target and a “strategic target” of $1-a-share. “We initiate with a high conviction Buy and 60c target,” he wrote.

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This week’s tech wreck is not a bad thing for the mining sector on the basis that the sell-off is contained and that it will convince investors that it is time to replace over-hyped growth stories with some hard assets.

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Base metal developer Venturex Resources (ASX: VXR) says it’s on the cusp of developing a new $146 million copper-zinc mine at its Sulphur Springs project in the Pilbara following the release of its eagerly-awaited definitive feasibility study this week.

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Shifting global economic leadership back to the US has started to play a role in commodity prices, with base metals and oil leading the way up this week while Australian resource stocks also benefited from a continued slide in the A-dollar. While it is far too early to declare the US the winner in its trade war with China, the early signs point that way with the US central bank head, Jay Powell, predicting that economic expansion could “continue for quite some time”.

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Folks are wondering if Ramelius’ (RMS) switch to Pac-Man mode this week signals the start of a wave of merger and acquisition activity in the junior gold space.

Folks are wondering if Ramelius’ (RMS) switch to Pac-Man mode this week signals the start of a wave of merger and acquisition activity in the junior gold space. In the space of a couple of days, the $240 million Ramelius has launched a hostile $54 million scrip bid for Explaurum (EXU) and has secured an agreement to acquire the Marda gold project from its owner’s liquidator for $13m.

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Given a choice between fear and greed, cautious investors always opt for fear because they never know if there’s bad news on the way.

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Aspiring Pilbara miner Venturex Resources (ASX: VXR) has received the financial backing of its major shareholder Northern Star Resources to complete a definitive feasibility study on its flagship Sulphur Springs copper-zinc project (writes The West Australian).

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