Barry FitzGerald

One of Australia’s leading business journalists, Barry FitzGerald, has joined the Resources Rising Stars’ Ten Bagger team. FitzGerald, who is a specialist resources reporter with 40 years’ experience, will publish his highly regarded weekly column...

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Rio’s hush-hush copper find in WA shaping up as a big ’un

Barry FitzGerald

There is mounting evidence that Rio is onto a major copper discovery in WA. It is yet to whisper a word, but satellite images reveal it has drilled ~10 holes and is building a camp. So which juniors are set to cash-in on the nearology? Sipa, Antipa and Red Metal. Show More

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Todd River’s copper discovery perfect timing as red metal fever takes hold

Barry FitzGerald

OZ Minerals chief talks up copper fundamentals, saying new technologies were driving demand while copper discoveries were hard to come by. But as he spoke, Todd River was unveiling some outstanding results showing it may have a big find on its hands. Plus, Rex Minerals seeks $5m to reinvigorate Hillside. Show More

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Sunstone on cusp of major copper-gold find in Ecuador as drill permit looms

Barry FitzGerald

The team behind the massive SolGold and Tujuh Bukit copper-gold discoveries is now running Sunstone .. and they believe there is strong evidence that they are onto their next big find. Now they are preparing to drill. Plus, Centaurus Metals’ nickel-cobalt discovery catapults it into the booming battery metals sector. Show More

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Dacian set for share price re-rating on production ramp-up and exploration success

Barry FitzGerald

The Rohan Williams-led miner is cranking up Australia’s newest gold mine, with production forecast to hit 180,000-210,000oz in FY19. And recent exploration results show it is likely to soon have a third source of ore for its plant. Plus, rising prices for battery metals boost Panoramic’s campaign to re-start Savannah.... Show More

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Tesla deal shows wall of demand coming at Australian lithium producers

Barry FitzGerald

Tesla’s commitment today to buy lithium which it won’t get for three years, and from a project still subject to feasibility studies, speaks volumes about the demand set to hit WA lithium producers. Plus, Sipa’s cracking JV with Rio Tinto highlights the immense potential of its base metals project. Show More

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New World Cobalt aims to meet battery makers’ demands for non-DRC supplies

Barry FitzGerald

With its foot now securely planted on three historic high-grade cobalt projects in North America, New World Cobalt is positioning itself to supply battery manufacturers with their key ingredient – while doing it as far away from the DRC as possible. Plus, Capricorn poised to be Australia’s next 100,000ozpa gold... Show More

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Growing NTM Gold offers cheap entry into lucrative ASX gold league

Barry FitzGerald

In a sector where market caps have run hard on the back of robust margins, $15m-NTM, which comes complete with a 277,000oz inventory in WA and imminent resource upgrade, seems to have much to recommend it. Plus, Encounter Resources’ enviable JV with Newcrest leaves it highly leveraged to exploration success.... Show More

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OZ talks up JV with Cassini; and investors turn on Breaker

Barry FitzGerald

OZ Minerals’ managing director Andrew Cole had some positive things to say about the group’s West Musgrave nickel-copper-cobalt joint venture in Western Australia with Cassini Resources (CZI) at OZ’s annual meeting this week. Show More

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Orion rises from the ashes; and a warm reception for First AU float

Barry FitzGerald

Orion Minerals’ counter-cyclical gamble on the abandoned Prieska zinc-copper mine in South Africa’s remote Northern Cape province back in 2015 has come up trumps on three fronts – a new resource confirmation, bumper metal prices, and dare we say it, the rise to power of a more mining friendly president... Show More

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Aeon’s Queensland copper-cobalt deposit could become too much for majors to resist

Barry FitzGerald

The imminent drilling program to expand Aeon’s Walford Creek copper-nickel resource will be keenly watched by growth-hungry mid-tiers. Plus, David Flanagan’s Battery Minerals secures its mining licence, putting it on track for graphite production at its first project this year, while studies on its second operation are returning strong results. Show More

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Lucapa set for double dose of diamond action

Barry FitzGerald

Exploration is poised to resume at Lucapa’s spectacular Little Spring Creek find in WA, where the company recovered 19 diamonds from one drill hole shortly before the wet season set in last year, while first production is looming at the Mothae diamond project. Plus, Nagambie hunts for Fosterville-style bonanza gold. Show More

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Lithium giant Albemarle contradicts Morgan Stanley on electric vehicle growth

Barry FitzGerald

The Wall Street bank tipped cold water on lithium stocks with its bearish outlook for the metal. But lithium giant Albemarle has hit back, saying the EV take-up rate, and therefore lithium demand, will be much greater than MS claims. Plus, Liontown ready to roar with lithium assays due shortly.... Show More

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Rumours about Aruma’s ‘large-scale gold system’ gain credence

Barry FitzGerald

Those in the know are whispering about little-known Aruma Resources and its recent gold discovery near Kalgoorlie. The first round of drilling hit two 500m-long shoots, albeit low grade, and the next round is imminent. Plus, Victorian gold specialist Navarre looks cheap against its peers with drilling results pending. Show More

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Glencore chief feeds copper bulls with talk of ‘massive under-investment’ in new mines

Barry FitzGerald

Ivan Glasenberg fuels talk the copper price could be set for another leg-up, contrasting forecast growth in demand with a chronic lack of investment in new supply. Plus, Piedmont looks to tap into US auto industry with made-in-America lithium and Kirkland’s Fosterville on track to be Australia’s best gold mine. Show More

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Not one, not two, but three for Dacian

Barry FitzGerald

With first gold just seven weeks away, Dacian has made another discovery which could increase production and mine life at its 200,000ozpa Mt Morgans project. Plus, Tawana looks set for re-rate on imminent lithium production. Show More

Hill End set to join high-purity alumina party with multi-decade maiden resource

Barry FitzGerald

High-purity alumina is touted as the next hot industrial mineral - and there is a growing view that Hill End may have lots of it. The guessing will soon be over, with a maiden resource expected shortly. Plus, Centaurus’ local knowledge lands it a highly prospective Brazilian nickel-cobalt play. Show More

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Chinese aerospace deal could send Clean-TeQ to new heights

Barry FitzGerald

Lithium and cobalt at the Syerston project have underpinned Clean-TeQ’s runaway share price. But Syerston’s lesser-loved scandium may be about to have its day in the sun thanks to a deal with China’s aerospace industry. Plus, Red 5 makes a strong start to life as a WA gold miner. Show More

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Highly-promising Weednanna sprouts high-grade shoots for Alliance

Barry FitzGerald

Alliance’s combination of high-grade gold hits, the prospect of a maiden resource and abundant exploration upside sounds like opportunity knocking. Plus, this column’s instincts about emerging mineral sands miner Strandline are shaping up as spot on and Stavely gets to the pointy end of its hunt for a copper-gold porphyry. Show More

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Upside in zinc developers - even if metal’s price falls from 10-year highs

Barry FitzGerald

Zinc prices are at 10-year highs but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the share prices of the zinc project developers. While producers are enjoying good times on the bourse, shares in the next generation of zinc miners are drifting. But analysts say the developers offer plenty of upside. Show More

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Dacian tipped as gold spotlight swings to emerging producers

Barry FitzGerald

Big gains in the share prices of the leading gold miners have seen the spotlight swing to the next generation of producers, which are carrying sharply lower valuations. Macquarie sees an opportunity, naming Dacian as its pick. Plus, Stavely awaits results in its hunt for a big copper-gold discovery. Show More

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