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Great Boulder Resources has identified multiple large bedrock conductors associated with massive sulphide mineralisation at the Mt Venn project’s Eastern Mafic complex (MiningNews reports).

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Sipa Resources has enticed global mining giant Rio Tinto to consider spending up to US$59 million as part of a staged earn-in at the Kitgum-Pader base metals project in northern Uganda, just months after Rio established a subsidiary specifically to look outside the company’s traditional bailiwick (MiningNews reports).

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Plus, Capricorn poised to be Australia’s next 100,000ozpa gold producer

Elon Musk reckons ‘boring bonehead’ questions on Tesla’s massive cash burn rate are not cool. He was equally sensitive on Tesla’s recent first-quarter investor call on the subject of cobalt, a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, which is today’s interest. The cobalt price has increased almost four-fold in the past two years as the world frets about being reliant on the less-than-stable Democratic Republic of the Congo for as much as two-thirds of its needs to power the electric vehicle and renewable energy storage revolution.

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Great Boulder was last covered in this column in September on the strength of its Mt Venn copper-nickel-cobalt project east of Laverton in Western Australia (reports Barry FitzGerald on Stockhead).

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Commodities have soared in recent weeks – think aluminium – and in recent months – think oil – amid signs of global synchronised growth and strategists say there's still time to profit, even though some prices have overshot near term (reports the Australian Financial Review).

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Nickel with a 7 in front of its price and oil moving closer to a price with an 8 in front were two highlights in a week dominated by geopolitical events, but there was perhaps a subtler shift underway with mid-tier resources stocks possibly being acquired as yield plays.

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Oil at a three-year high and gold not far behind were the best indicators this week that financial markets are becoming more volatile and while it might seem hard to pick winners at times like these, they are actually quite obvious – they’re stocks exposed to gold and oil.

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Takeover time in the mining sector gathered pace in the shortened pre-Easter week when OZ Minerals launched a bid for copper explorer Avanco -- prompting a sell-off in OZ shares and serving as a warning for investors to watch out for over-eager managers.

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