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Plus, Genesis approaching decision time on its 867,000oz WA resource

For a guy who started out as a metallurgist at Mount Isa, Michael O’Keeffe has done really well over the years. His success is linked to the best training one can get in commodity markets, courtesy of his time with his mate Ivan Glasenberg at Glencore between 1995-2004. By the time he left, O’Keeffe had become managing director of the Australian side of the business and from that, he clearly developed a knack for identifying opportunities in seemingly clapped out commodities.

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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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Centaurus Metals boss Darren Gordon insists the company has not given up on its Brazilian iron ore project, but the explorer has firmly pivoted its attention to a new nickel sulphide play in the South American country

Centaurus Metals boss Darren Gordon insists the company has not given up on its Brazilian iron ore project, but the explorer has firmly pivoted its attention to a new nickel sulphide play in the South American country (reports The West Australian).

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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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Analysts at Morgan Stanley have named Whitehaven Coal, Sandfire Resources and Mineral Resources as their top three mining picks

Analysts at Morgan Stanley have named Whitehaven Coal, Sandfire Resources and Mineral Resources as their top three mining picks (reports The Australian Financial Review). "Whitehaven coal is generating strong free cash flow on both our base case and spot commodity price scenarios," the broker wrote. It has an overweight rating on the coal miner and reckons it has some 43 per cent upside based on a $3.65 valuation.

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Whether it’s going long or short, the iron ore market is not for the faint-hearted, as its latest unexpected rise shows. And the coming year is likely to see more of the same, while copper looks set for good gains.

Iron ore wasn’t supposed to be the star commodity of 2019 but thanks to a shortfall in Brazilian production and stronger than expected Chinese demand, that’s how it turned out, and next year could be just as interesting, though perhaps with a “back-to-the-future” twist. The performance of iron ore, and a strong year for gold, were coloured by a terrible 12-months for battery metals and a roller-coaster ride for nickel, leaving open the critical question of what’s best for 2020 –with copper the early favourite.

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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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