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Little-known $10m Traka out to repeat Lefroy’s porphyry success and Kin wins support with 22m at 9gpt in first-up drilling.

A mix of copper and gold in an orebody – or gold and copper depending on the grade of the respective metals – is a wonderful thing to have. It’s why Australia’s lowest-cost gold production (with the help of copper credits) comes from Newcrest’s Cadia mine, and why the copper mines of Sandfire and Oz Minerals are low-cost producers of the red metal (with the help of gold credits).

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Analysts point to scope for inventory growth and reduced costs. Plus, Centaurus set to lift the lid on its value-adding strategy to supply much-needed nickel to lithium battery makers.

Gold equities are lighting up again thanks to the metal standing tall with its 5.5% price gain in the past 30 days while all around it – including “new gold” cryptocurrencies – have come under the pump. A belief that inflation from the COVID economic recovery is not as transitory as a reluctant-to-taper US Federal Reserve believes, has been behind gold’s $US200/oz rise from March lows to $US1868/oz.

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The Pilbara Minerals founder plans to do it all again. And Liontown’s new MD is embarking on a roadshow of his own to explain the key points of difference around his company’s big WA lithium project.

It is almost six years since Neil Biddle hit the Eastern States on a roadshow for a then-obscure little thing called Pilbara Minerals. Pilbara (PLS) was trading at 5c a share at the time for a market cap of $32 million and it has to be said that Biddle got a lot of confused looks from investors at the June 2015 investor lunches in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Pegmatites? Spodumene? Lithium? Electric vehicle revolution? What was he on about? Pass the bottle.

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Sprott’s spot plan a strong tailwind for Boss. Plus, copper stocks show uranium peers what boom times are like as investors throw cash at them.

It’s game on in the uranium market. If there is any doubt about that, take a look at the share price performance of a clutch of ASX-listed explorers in the past week. Boss Energy (BOE) up 25%, Vimy (VMY) up 16%, Deep Yellow (DYL) up 25%, and Marenica up 40%. The share price gains are a response by the long-beaten-up sector to a cascade of positive developments over the same time frame.

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Plus, Legend and Breaker show why patience can be a key ingredient in exploration and impending float of Black Canyon to give manganese-hungry investors another option.

Inca Minerals (ICG) must be feeling like a little boy pushing a wheelbarrow – it’s all of ahead the company. In a short time frame time too, with game-changing potential to boot, something it could be argued is not yet reflected in the group’s $50m market cap (12.5c) a share. First up, there’s the excitement around the company’s exposure to the East Tennant region of the Northern Territory. It’s where government-funded drilling has confirmed the frontier region’s potential to host large-scale iron oxide copper gold deposits.

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Plus, our whisper last week on Rumble proved well-founded but don’t forget Zenith, Beament begins his goodbyes at Northern Star, Sovereign prepares for maiden rutile resource and Biswas has a crack at cryptos

The turnaround in the lithium market has been remarkable stuff, with the key battery material swept up in the global “green” investment boom in the decarbonisation of transport and energy. The resultant surge in lithium prices in the opening months of 2021 has seen last year’s beaten-up lithium stocks recapture their darling status. Pilbara (PLS) tells the tale. In the depth of despair over COVID-19 a year ago, Pilbara could be bought for 18c. It has since climbed to $1.11.

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Plus, there is a buzz around Rumble’s impending zinc-lead assays and IGO prepares to start drilling at Boadicea’s Fraser Range plot.

The copper stocks weren’t in need of a confidence boost with the red metal continuing to trade at more than $US4.10-/lb. They got one anyway during the week when Goldman Sachs made the call that copper was necessarily on the path to an eye-watering $US6.80/lb in 2025. It was based on a familiar thematic – copper is essential to global decarbonisation and that after a couple of years of supply surplus caused by new production from mines being built now, a chronic supply deficit emerges.

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Plus, Firefly’s move to set manganese Firebird free delivers windfall for shareholders and has Tolga got an elephant by the trunk at Aston?

It is a nice problem to have when on-going drilling continues to return high-grades hits of increasing thickness at depth. And so it is with New World Resources (NWC), last mentioned here in June last year when it was a 1.3c stock with a $13 million market cap. NWC is now a 10.5c stock with a market cap of $140m on expanded capital, so it’s been a 10-bagger anyway it’s cut. The excitement around the stock is due its high-grade Antler copper project in north-western Arizona. Think the heartland of the US copper industry, and saguaro cacti.

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