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It’s almost time to take in some of Kalgoorlie’s big blue sky at the annual Diggers & Dealers bash. Given the astonishing cash-build inside the gold producers, one of the key themes expected to emerge inside the big tent and various watering holes at D&D is a step up in merger & acquisition activity among the mid-tier gold producers. The feeling is that the dam wall is going to burst before long.

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The French have had their way with Melbourne’s mineral sands group Mineral Deposits Ltd (MDL).

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Plus, knocked-down Explaurum starts fightback with strong drilling results from WA gold project

Independence Group’s (IGO) recasting of itself as a battery materials specialist following the recent sale of its second-rate zinc/copper assets for $120 million requires the establishment of a supporting multi-decade nickel, copper and cobalt resource base. Its $1.8 billion acquisition of the Nova nickel-copper-cobalt project in 2015 by taking over Sirius Resources is the linchpin in the battery materials strategy, but IGO needs to find a couple more Novas to give the strategy any real meaning, or point of differentiation.

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Plus, more exploration results fuel talk of Rio’s ‘big copper find in WA’

Our most successful “prospector”, Mark Creasy, has just notched up 50 years in the game and he is in a reflective mood. “I’ve got a half a century up and I was just wondering when will I start producing daisies,” Creasy said. But when asked about strong industry speculation that he has notched up yet another discovery, Creasy was tight-lipped.

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Plus, Rio’s deal with little Alloy is more evidence the multi-national has landed a big copper find in WA

Tolga Kumova reckons he is “bloody excited’’ about what might come from the drilling program that has just kicked off at Alderan Resources’ (ASX: AL8) Frisco copper project in Utah. He’s got close to 15% of the stock after picking up another 600,000 shares earlier in the week. So he’s got a lot riding on the drill program, one which is targeting the big time potential of AL8’s flagship Accrington/Perseverance prospects at the Beaver County property.

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Satellites don’t miss much nowadays when it comes to monitoring fresh land disturbance, particularly where cloaking vegetation is sparse.

Satellites don’t miss much nowadays when it comes to monitoring fresh land disturbance, particularly where cloaking vegetation is sparse. It is something that Rio Tinto is finding out, no doubt much to its annoyance, at its yet-to-be formally confirmed copper discovery (reported here first on April 6) in the northern reaches of Western Australia’s remote Paterson province.

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OZ Minerals chief talks up copper fundamentals as new demand runs into stagnant supply pipeline; Plus Rex Minerals seeks $5m to reinvigorate Hillside

For a little while there it looked as if copper was going to give up its US$3 handle on global trade fears, a stronger US dollar, and something to do with Italy. But here we are a week into June and the red metal has rallied 6% to $US3.25/lb. Short-covering on fears that BHP’s Escondida mine in Chile, the world’s number one producer, could be hit by strike action are being offered up as the main factor.

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Plus, Centaurus Metals’ new nickel-cobalt discovery in Brazil gives it a big leg-up in the booming battery metals sector

Conferences can be memorable for any number of reasons. And so it was this week at the Resources Rising Stars conference on the Gold Coast. The conference kicked off on Monday night with poolside drinks at the Royal Pines, the highlight of which was the almost mystical appearance from the darkness of two zorb water balls with encased gymnastic type dancers decked out in body hugging strings of coloured LED lights.

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