News - Prospector's Diary

Lithium stocks woke with a jolt yesterday after the big American chemical maker Albemarle Corporation agreed to pay whopping $1.58 billion for a half-share in the Wodgina project of Mineral Resources, potentially leading to a significant re-rating of the broader new-energy sector.

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Discovery, corporate action and the return of an almost-forgotten commodity, potash, were the highlights of the Australian resource sector in what was downbeat week on almost every market in world.

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Despite multiple distractions, including US election fever, a spectacular derailment on BHP’s iron ore railway and a horse race in Melbourne, the recovery on the market reported here last week has continued

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It’s probably too early to signal an all-clear for investors in the resources sector, though it is worth noting that the past few days have seen a significant improvement

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Gold did exactly what it’s supposed to do this week - rose when everything else was falling

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Disruption is the order of the day on global financial markets, but rather than fear the changes which are angering investors, an investment bank has come up with a concept which could produce big wins from disruptive exploration and discovery.

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The sharp increase in US interest rates, coupled with trade war fears, triggered a whiff of panic in financial markets 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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