Recognition that lithiums ain’t lithiums said to help explain price volatility

Barry FitzGerald

Once high-flying lithium stocks have tanked of late. Lower lithium prices, which are being blamed on over-supply, are said to be responsible. But those close to the action say all is not what it appears and a recovery is coming. Plus, the Chinese come knocking for Cassini’s battery metals. Show More

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Official figures show Creasy’s WA nickel-copper find could provide needed feed for hungry Independence

Barry FitzGerald

A usually-overlooked departmental document has lifted the lid on the size of Mark Creasy’s base metals find in WA – and it is fuelling speculation that Independence Group will be keen to gets its hands on it. And speaking of discoveries, there is growing interest in Great Boulder’s drilling campaign. Show More

Breaking News: Creasy confirms major base metals discovery in WA

Barry FitzGerald

Exclusive: Prospector Mark Creasy confirms he has made a big base metals find in WA. Creasy’s deposit is 25km from Independence’s Nova-Bollinger project, fuelling speculation that a deal is around the corner. And exploration is hotting up at PolarX’s Alaska Range project, causing this week’s raising to be heavily over-subscribed. Show More

Strong A$ gold price fuels talk of M&A among mid-tiers

Barry FitzGerald

With bumper margins and bloated kitties, Australia’s mid-tier gold miners are primed for M&A. But this time, it’s expected to be more bolt-on than mega-merger. Smaller companies with growing inventories are seen as potential targets. And talking of targets, Argonaut Resources is about to drill several in the Gawler Craton. Show More

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Satellite photo shows Independence’s real deal with Creasy is still in the making

Barry FitzGerald

Independence Group’s announcement this week of a $21m exploration agreement with prospector Mark Creasy only served to fuel talk they are working on a much bigger deal. And this satellite image shows why many believe there is much more to come. Plus, knocked-down explorer Explaurum fights back with strong results. Show More

Stuffed to the gunnels with stock, Tolga and the boys await news from the Alderan front

Barry FitzGerald

Early Syrah backer Tolga Kumova has filled his boots with shares in $66m Alderan and is now excitedly – or nervously – waiting for results from drilling at its Frisco copper project in Utah. Plus, Rio’s deal with Alloy is more evidence the multi-national has landed a big copper find... Show More

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

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

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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