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Continued consolidation of the gold sector could be a theme for the rest of 2020...

Continued consolidation of the gold sector could be a theme for the rest of 2020, according to the investment arm of Bank of America, which believes there is a wave of mid-tier mergers on the way thanks largely what’s happened at the top end of gold. The bank’s argument revolves around last year’s big North American deals which saw Newmont merge with Goldcorp and Barrick acquire Randgold a double-barrelled process which has also seen a large number of non-core assets sold, including the Kalgoorlie Superpit.

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Plus, Legend’s latest assays fuel hopes of a new nickel-copper find in the Fraser Range and Sprott eyes a golden girl in Kalamazoo

The cooling US-China trade war is a positive for metals and bulk commodities, none more so than for zircon. The trade war was seen as a key factor in the price weakness for the key mineral sand in the back half of 2019. Tied as it is to building and housing activity along with some other sectors, zircon, like copper, is something of a bellwether of global economic activity.

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Welcome back to Prospector’s Diary after a Christmas break that saw a number of significant developments...

Welcome back to Prospector’s Diary after a Christmas break that saw a number of significant developments, and while a trade-war truce might seem to be most important, there are other contenders, including a fall in the value of the US dollar and the overdue return of inflation. Taken collectively, it’s hard to not see 2020 being a good year for resources with a glimpse of what’s to come to be found in a stronger-than-expected price for iron ore, a rising copper price, heavy-duty support for gold and a record high for leading indices which track the Australian stock market.

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Lithium miners have extended recent share price gains on news the Chinese government will slow its planned cuts to subsidies for the electric vehicle industry ...

Lithium miners have extended recent share price gains on news the Chinese government will slow its planned cuts to subsidies for the electric vehicle industry (reports The West Australian). A Chinese official told Bloomberg that handouts to stimulate new energy vehicle sales would not be cut on July 1 this year as they had been last year.

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Liontown Resources boss David Richards predicts the lithium market will have recovered by the time its Kathleen Valley project enters production in 2024 (reports The West Australian).

Liontown Resources boss David Richards predicts the lithium market will have recovered by the time its Kathleen Valley project enters production in 2024 (reports The West Australian). The Tim Goyder-chaired explorer yesterday put a $240.5 million price tag on the project near Leinster based on a 2 million tonne per annum operation producing 295,000tpa of spodumene concentrate.

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6th December 2019

Plans to finally develop the world-class Coburn zircon and titanium mineral sands project in Western Australia’s Mid-West region are advancing

Plans to finally develop the world-class Coburn zircon and titanium mineral sands project in Western Australia’s Mid-West region are advancing, with proponent Strandline Resources signing an agreement to tap into a “world-first” trucked LNG-to-hybrid renewable microgrid project (reports MiningNews). Strandline has signed a non-binding proposal with a Woodside Petroleum and EDL joint venture for a 27 megawatt integrated project using gas from the Pluto LNG project to fuel gas generators with diesel back-up, and a solar and battery storage plant.

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Hedley Widdup believes the events of 2019 are setting mining stocks up for another strong run (reports MiningNews). Despite this year feeling like another tough one for many, it has delivered a number of discoveries. "Discoveries are exciting because they come from nowhere," Widdup told the Resources Rising Stars Summer Series in Sydney today. "2019 has seen a number of discoveries come to market - some still have a question mark over them."

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It’s not easy being a lithium enthusiast when the price of the material has dropped by 65 per cent in less than two years and the share-prices of mining stocks exposed to the battery metal have fallen further, and in some case the business has simply collapsed (reports Tim Treadgold on Stockhead). But that negative view of lithium is poised to change in the new year with early signs of a bottom forming in the market thanks to a revival in demand for electric vehicles (EV) in a market other than China, which has been the lithium driver, until now.

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