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Gold first. Daylight second. Those four words perfectly sum up the state-of-play on the Australian stock market as more investors join the flight to safety while the international geopolitical and trade backdrop worsens.

Gold first. Daylight second. Those four words perfectly sum up the state-of-play on the Australian stock market as more investors join the flight to safety while the international geopolitical and trade backdrop worsens. A measure of the gap between strongly performing gold (and goldminers) could be gleaned from a unique mid-week piece of research by Macquarie Bank which looked at the damage done by the China v US trade war and past crises.

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Work on the Exxon project set to take place alongside construction of the ~US$20b Total LNG project

RBR Group’s strategy to be a major supplier of labour and training services to the Mozambique LNG construction industry has received another boost with the Government of Mozambique and the Exxon Mobil (Exxon) lead consortium behind the Mozambique Rovuma Venture announcing an Initial Investment Decision for the US$33 billion LNG project.  The Initial Investment Decision paves the way for Exxon and its partners to invest more than US$500 million in the initial construction phase of Rovuma.

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Strandline Resources is a step closer to winning Federal funds for its Coburn minerals sands in the Mid West

Strandline Resources is a step closer to winning Federal funds for its Coburn minerals sands in the Mid West with the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility progressing the project to the detailed due-diligence phase (reports The West Australian) . Strandline managing director Luke Graham said while the NAIF assessment continued, the company would advance discussions with private lenders. “We will also continue negotiations on project development contracts, product offtake and strategic partner arrangements,” he said.

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Global producers of electric cars have big ambitions and a bigger problem: supplies of a key material are running short (reports The Wall Street Journal). Nickel sulfate is a brilliantly coloured crystalline substance used in electric-vehicle batteries. The ore most commonly used to produce it is mined in only a handful of places -- and they include some of the most politically or operationally challenging, such as Russia or Canada’s frozen Northeast.

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Australia highlighted just how vulnerable the US is in the area of rare earths in an attempt to attract more investment to the local industry (The Australian Financial Review reports). A report from the Morrison government outlines how reliant the US has become on China in rare earths and exposes gaping holes in the supply chain for the materials that are becoming increasingly important in electric vehicles, electronics and military applications.

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A Perth outfit set up just five years ago to develop offshore survey technologies has hooked a whale, enticing Woodside Petroleum into a partnership that aims to make the acquisition of seismic data from the ocean floor cheaper and safer (reports The West

A Perth outfit set up just five years ago to develop offshore survey technologies has hooked a whale, enticing Woodside Petroleum into a partnership that aims to make the acquisition of seismic data from the ocean floor cheaper and safer (reports The West Australian).

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It’s not easy being an optimist during a trade war, but there is a positive pattern emerging from negative events such as Brazil’s iron ore crisis and Indonesia’s nickel export ban, and if you look closely there could be another outage-event looming.

It’s not easy being an optimist during a trade war, but there is a positive pattern emerging from negative events such as Brazil’s iron ore crisis and Indonesia’s nickel export ban, and if you look closely there could be another outage-event looming. Rare earths, which have been on investor radar screens for the past year, have come off the boil lately, with local sector leader Lynas Corporation sliding over the past month by 44c (15%) to $2.41.

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Lucapa Diamond Company has posted a US$1.1 million net profit after tax for the first six months of the year (reports MiningNews).

Lucapa Diamond Company has posted a US$1.1 million net profit after tax for the first six months of the year (reports MiningNews). The result compared with a $4.3 million loss for the first half of 2018 and came despite a challenging period for the diamond sector. Diamond sales for the half were $29.4 million, including $22.1 million from the Lulo mine in Angola. At the new Mothae mine in Lesotho, diamond carat production was 36% ahead of plan, while operating costs were 14% below forecasts.

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