February 16th, 2023

M&A fever heats up as rising rates corrode investor confidence

Takeover action brought some relief for investors this week as central banks ploughed through political objections to push on with their attack on inflation, promising to continue ratcheting up interest rates until consumers stop spending.

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February 9th, 2023

Rate rises dent investor confidence but low copper and zinc stockpiles attract much interest

Takeover action put gold in the limelight this week thanks to Newmont’s bid for Newcrest, though the metal itself refused to co-operate, falling by US$50 an ounce even as Newcrest’s share price rose by $2.71 (12%) to $25.07.

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February 2nd, 2023

Rising gold price and A$ speak volumes about global bullishness

Peak U.S. interest rates moved into sight this week, building on the optimism unleashed by China’s reopening and adding to confidence that the global economy might dodge a recession, which is good news for Australia’s commodity-heavy economy.

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January 25th, 2023

Shock inflation rate sees talk of recession replace new year optimism

Lithium stocks led the way in an Australia Day-shortened trading week but the more important news, which will shape markets for the next few months, is that inflation is not yet under control and that means interest rates still have only one way to go, up

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January 19th, 2023

Soaring moly price may be sign of things to come as metal shortage hits

China’s rush to reboot its slowing economy is underpinning confidence in the Australian stock market, but the Chinese shift has been so sudden that signs of dislocation are emerging, such as evidence of a copper short squeeze along with wide differences in company valuations.

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January 12th, 2023

Resources lead booming start to ’23 but more rate rises temper emotions

Is the boom back? That’s a question worth asking after a fabulous opening burst of trading on the Australian stock market since the start of the new year.

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December 15th, 2022

Santa rally fades early as attention turns to new-year concerns

The Santa rally which has delivered a 10% rise in the Australian stock market over the past three months started to fade this week as investors took a look at 2023 and the waves of uncertainty and volatility the new year will bring.

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December 8th, 2022

Billionaires’ energy rush a strong pointer to where the action will be in ’23

Energy sector deals, funded in part by the re-allocation of iron ore profits, put a spark in the stock market this week even as investment banks ran fresh storm warnings up their economic flagpoles.

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December 1st, 2022

Santa rally underway early but fears mount over what may follow Auld Lang Syne

Christmas came early this week for investors as interest rate pressure eased, the battery metals rush accelerated, gold bounced and Australia’s soccer team progressed to the final 16 of the World Cup.

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November 24th, 2022

From Codrus to Chalice, investors soak up discovery news despite flat market

Discovery and deal news was the highlight of a week of steadily rising share prices, but with the most significant event being signs of a breakdown in the relationship between governments and central banks which could cause economic chaos next year.

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November 17th, 2022

Surging share prices sees debate turn to bear market rally versus new bull market

Takeover time and the promise of an easier-to-deal-with China sparked a burst of optimism on the Australian stock market this week, where the hunt for energy assets, old and new, picked up speed.

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November 10th, 2022

Gold wakes to sound of a crypto crash and news of central bank buying

Gold moved back to centre stage for Australian investors this week but the bigger event was in the wings with the collapse of a cryptocurrency exchange which has been dubbed “crypto’s Lehman moment”.

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November 3rd, 2022

Fed’s warning of stubborn inflation fuels fresh interest rate fears

Costs, especially the cost of money, weighed heavily on financial and commodity markets this week with the U.S. central bank warning after its latest jumbo interest rate increase that rates will keep rising until they hurt.

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October 27th, 2022

Rare earths muscle in on lithium’s parade while gold shows promising signs of life

Lithium and rare earths were the news and money makers on the Australian stock market this week with a star turn from niobium, a low-profile, steel-hardening metal, dominated by supply from Brazil.

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October 20th, 2022

Inflation becomes cause of inflation as cycle goes round

The Australian stock market slipped a little this week but only after another roller-coaster ride. Up one day, down the next, with the focus firmly on a deteriorating international picture as storm clouds gather.

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October 14th, 2022

Action aplenty at junior end amid discoveries, deals, lab assays and XRF essays

Discovery news and investment deals took centre stage on the Australian stock market this week even as the economic storms of the Ukraine war, rising U.S. interest rates and a European recession continued to rage overseas.

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October 6th, 2022

Welcome to a Panadol rally, which provides temporary relief from pain but symptoms could persist

Markets bounced back this week but the biggest bounce was in gold and while that will have pleased many Australian investors, it’s also a sign that the recovery might be a relief rally rather than something more sustainable.

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September 29th, 2022

Gold regains some glitter as a cocktail of fears drives extreme volatility

A volatility vortex of strength rarely seen whipped financial markets into a frenzy this week and almost broke the Bank of England.

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September 21st, 2022

Huge uncertainty drives sharp rises and falls in share prices as investors ponder which way to jump

Yawning gaps in asset-value estimates have emerged as a key measure of the uncertainty gripping global markets as central banks tighten the interest-rate screws.

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September 15th, 2022

Volatile week prompts debate on whether now is the calm after the storm or the calm before the storm

The calm after the storm is one way of describing Thursday’s stock market recovery after Wednesday’s rout.

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17th February 2022
Investor Webinar: Gateway Mining
Gateway Mining (ASX: GML) Managing Director Mark Cossom will discuss recennt highlights from the Company's Gedgee Gold Project in Western Australia and its exploration strategy for 2022.