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Plus, the nickel planets look to be lining up for Mincor and its latest find

Junior explorers/developers vacated the WA iron ore space in a hurry back in 2011-12 when the iron ore price began its almighty slide from $US168/t down to $US55/t in 2015. But a couple of dam tragedies in Brazil and an annual global steelmake that has continued to surprise to the upside resulted in the iron ore price steadily rebuilding to an impressive $US102/t in the September quarter. Add in the lower exchange rate and iron ore is again a licence to print money for the big three of the WA industry – Rio Tinto, BHP and Fortescue.

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Plus, Canterbury holds its breath ahead of Queensland copper assays and Strandline’s big WA mineral sands project on track to secure funding from the Government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

Demand for stock in Stavely Minerals’ (SVY) $19.6 million placement at a $1 a share in the wake of its high-grade copper hits at the Thursday’s Gossan project in Western Victoria was a staggering $100 million. Hits like 32m at 5.9% copper and individual assays of up to 40% copper have obviously fired up interest in the discovery, with Stavely only stopping at $19.6m because that was the threshold for proceeding without the need for shareholder approval.

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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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Plus, whispers that Newmont is drilling two deep holes in NSW porphyry country fires up interest in neighbour DevEx while initial drilling at PolarX’s potential company-makers offers much encouragement

Veteran geologist Peter Langworthy has been promising to turn Gateway (GML) into a player in WA’s Murchison region ever since he arrived as MD at the former sleepy gold explorer. Langworthy has now started to deliver on the promise. Gateway has just announced a maiden resource estimate for the Whistler and Montague deposits at its  historic Gidgee project in WA of 3.4mt at 2.2g/t for 240,000oz of gold. It is a good start for the lightly-capitalised Gateway ($25m at 1.9c a share).

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Plus, Red 5 poised for promotion to the next league of ASX gold producers. And Macquarie sees short-term bullish catalysts for commodities.

Stavely Minerals (ASX:SVY) has added a stunning second leg to its big-time copper hunt in the shadows of the Grampian Ranges in western Victoria, with the first hole in a new shallow-focussed drilling program assaying up to 40% copper. The spectacular hit was made at the Thursday’s Gossan prospect, with the diamond drill hole specifically targeting shallow and structurally controlled mineralisation within the Ultramafic Contact Fault (UCF).

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Spotlight turns to Alkane’s highly leveraged neighbours DevEx and Alice Queen

Alkane’s (ASX:ALK) big porphyry gold-copper hit at its Boda prospect in NSW’s central west continues to be the talk of mining investor circles. The 502m intersection grading 0.48g/t gold and 0.2% copper has seen Alkane’s share price climb almost 80% to 67.5c since it was announced on September 9. Alkane said the drilling results provided “clear evidence of Cadia-style mineralisation and grade over hundreds of metres”,

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Saracen seen as a shining example of the silver lining in recent gold sell-off. Plus, a raft of juniors are on the potentially-lucrative porphyry trail, including Hot Chili, PolarX, Sunstone, Stavely and DevEx.

It has taken the retreat in the gold price to below $US1500/oz to see a return of value among the gold producers. While the gold price was on the rise to $US1550/oz, investors were happy to chase the producers higher notwithstanding warnings that share prices had got well ahead of fundamental value, creating a value trap should gold’s upwards trajectory be reversed.

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Spare a thought for Wesfarmers’ boss Robb Scott. To the surprise of no one, shareholders in Scott’s $776 million lithium takeover target, Kidman Resources, voted overwhelming yesterday to accept the $1.90-a-share bid Scott lobbed back on May 2.

Spare a thought for Wesfarmers’ boss Robb Scott. To the surprise of no one, shareholders in Scott’s $776 million lithium takeover target, Kidman Resources, voted overwhelming yesterday to accept the $1.90-a-share bid Scott lobbed back on May 2. It really was a case of “as well they might”.  The ASX lithium sector has been beaten up badly since the bid was announced.

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