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Plus, success for Stavely and Alkane spark renewed interest in Eastern States exploration, talk suggests European Cobalt may be heading for Aussie gold and Meteoric poised to deliver eagerly-awaited assays on its Brazilian gold play.

A diamond being the ultimate item of discretsionary expenditure, there should be no surprise that diamond prices have been down in the dumps. Fears of global economic recession overlain with the threat of trade wars is not exactly conducive to buoyant demand and pricing for the sparklers. It is why the few listed diamond producers that exist around the world have being doing it tough on the share price front.

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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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Stavely Minerals has announced more thick, high grade copper hits to follow on from that “stunning” discovery at its namesake project in Victoria (reports Stockhead).

Stavely Minerals has announced more thick, high grade copper hits to follow on from that “stunning” discovery at its namesake project in Victoria (reports Stockhead). The new hole is 160m south of the discovery hole targeting the Thursday’s Gossan prospect. It returned assays of 8m at 9.69 per cent copper, 0.4 grams per tonne gold and 16.8g/t silver from 177m down-hole along with a shallower but thicker intercept of 59m at 1.8 per cent copper, 0.43g/t gold and 15.4g/t silver from 98m.

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First drilling of the Mars prospect at PolarX’s Alaska Range project has hit porphyry-style veins containing visible copper, with the junior saying it was looking forward to further results from the “very exciting” target (reports MiningNews). PolarX is excited because of the potential significance of any discovery given "the large size of the co‐incident copper‐gold‐molybdenum geochemical anomaly and the geophysical anomalies at Mars". Assays are also awaited for potential gold content.

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Just as one swallow does not a summer make, according to an old proverb, neither does one week of falling gold and rising copper signal a sea-change in investment markets

Just as one swallow does not a summer make, according to an old proverb, neither does one week of falling gold and rising copper signal a sea-change in investment markets – but it could, and that’s interesting. The switch, so modest that not many people noticed, saw gold slip by $64 an ounce to around $US1491/oz and copper rise by US10 cents a pound to $US2.62/lb. In percentage terms, those moves look a little more thought-provoking because they are both roughly 4% - gold down by 4%, copper up by 4%.

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Perth broker Hartleys has upgraded its 12-month price target for base metal developer Venturex Resources’ (ASX: VXR) to 55c-a-share in the wake of a landmark $100 million term sheet for senior debt funding for its Sulphur Springs copper-zinc project

Perth broker Hartleys has upgraded its 12-month price target for base metal developer Venturex Resources’ (ASX: VXR) to 55c-a-share in the wake of a landmark $100 million term sheet for senior debt funding for its Sulphur Springs copper-zinc project in WA. Hartleys resource analyst Paul Howard says Sulphur Springs is one of “a handful of quality global base metal development stories” and the timing of its development is “still compelling” despite some recent slippage.

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6th September 2019

Tiddler Valor Resources is turning its gaze towards the Western Australian Goldfields with an agreement to acquire an interest in the high-grade Radio mine near Southern Cross in Western Australia (reports MiningNews). Valor's Berenguela copper-silver-manganese project in southeast Peru was recently joint ventured out to Rio Tinto's Kennecott Exploration Company, and with that project in hand it is looking to establish a gold revenue stream by early 2020.

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Sandfire chief says this longer-term outlook means now is the time to get set for the next cycle. Plus, African minister’s appearance at local conference fuels hopes that its Mining Right is imminent.

Copper producers are rightly feeling a bit glum, most of them anyway. Prices for the bellwether of global economic activity have slipped in recent months to an uninspiring $US2.56/lb. That compares with the average price for the first half of the calendar year of $US2.80/lb and the 2018 calendar year average of $US2.96/lb. As noted recently by BHP’s VP of markets analysis and economics, Huw McKay, copper is being heavily influenced by the whipsawing of expectations with respect to the US–China trade confrontation.

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