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Plus, market’s brutal response to Red 5’s production downgrade ignores the bigger game

It is a good time to be boldly looking beyond the current vapourisation of equity values in response to the coronavirus pandemic to secure what with time, will (hopefully) be seen as astute pick-ups. Mind you, you’ve got to have the readies to do it. That’s not a problem for Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest. Because iron ore has managed to hold at elevated levels, and because China is reportedly getting back to work while the Western world goes in to quarantine, he is in line to collect a $1.58 billion annual dividend cheque for the 2020FY from Fortescue Metals (ASX:FMG).

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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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Plus, Matador builds a following ahead of scoping study on Newfoundland gold project and Rio chief J-S Jacques still keeping mumm on a maiden resource at its Winu copper-gold find.

It was mentioned here back in May 2017 that a little thing called Draig Resources was out to emulate the success of others in reviving old high-grade WA gold fields by finding new resources at depth or in adjacent locations. Draig had picked up the Bellevue mine to the north-west of Leinster the year before. Discovered in the 1890s, Bellevue came with a production history of 800,000oz at a grade of 15g/t but it produced its last gold in 1998 and was left to slumber until Draig came along.

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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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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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Upbeat assessment augurs well for what looks like being a much better year for exploration, with Rio pushing ahead with its Antipa JV while juniors Stavely, Chalice, Alkane and Nagambie are among those revving up expectations for the new year.

The about-to-end flood of December quarterly reports from the big and small players in the mining space has confirmed that on the exploration front at least, 2020 is shaping up as something special compared with the hit and miss of previous years. No less than Newcrest (NCM) proved the point on Thursday with its update on drill results from the  Havieron gold-copper discovery, 45km east of its ageing and grade-challenged Telfer gold/copper mine in WA’s Paterson province.

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Plus, Genesis approaching decision time on its 867,000oz WA resource

For a guy who started out as a metallurgist at Mount Isa, Michael O’Keeffe has done really well over the years. His success is linked to the best training one can get in commodity markets, courtesy of his time with his mate Ivan Glasenberg at Glencore between 1995-2004. By the time he left, O’Keeffe had become managing director of the Australian side of the business and from that, he clearly developed a knack for identifying opportunities in seemingly clapped out commodities.

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Plus, Legend’s latest assays fuel hopes of a new nickel-copper find in the Fraser Range and Sprott eyes a golden girl in Kalamazoo

The cooling US-China trade war is a positive for metals and bulk commodities, none more so than for zircon. The trade war was seen as a key factor in the price weakness for the key mineral sand in the back half of 2019. Tied as it is to building and housing activity along with some other sectors, zircon, like copper, is something of a bellwether of global economic activity.

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