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Folks are wondering if Ramelius’ (RMS) switch to Pac-Man mode this week signals the start of a wave of merger and acquisition activity in the junior gold space.

Folks are wondering if Ramelius’ (RMS) switch to Pac-Man mode this week signals the start of a wave of merger and acquisition activity in the junior gold space. In the space of a couple of days, the $240 million Ramelius has launched a hostile $54 million scrip bid for Explaurum (EXU) and has secured an agreement to acquire the Marda gold project from its owner’s liquidator for $13m.

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The sell-off in local gold equities in the last two months

The sell-off in local gold equities in the last two months – with the exception of Northern Star which has pogoed higher – has been remarkable stuff. Market leader Newcrest is down 14%, which is bad enough in itself. Then there is the 22% hit on Evolution, St Barbara’s 24% slide, and Regis’ 20% fall. It is remarkable stuff because while the US dollar gold price is off by about $US60 or 5%  to just under $US1,200/oz, the Aussie price at more than $A1,660/oz is “only” off by $A20, or 1.2%, due to the slide in the US exchange rate.

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There has been nowhere to hide in recent weeks in the mining space, with both base and precious metals letting the side down.

There has been nowhere to hide in recent weeks in the mining space, with both base and precious metals letting the side down. But there is a happy bunch of mining investors out there. They’re the ones that in the back-half of last year picked up that the ever-opaque mineral sands sector was in recovery mode after five years of misery. Zircon in particular has been a star performer among the full suite of commodities.

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The East Pilbara is staking a claim to become a modern era gold province of scale thanks to the work of companies like Millennium (MOY) and Calidus (CAI).

The East Pilbara is staking a claim to become a modern era gold province of scale thanks to the work of companies like Millennium (MOY) and Calidus (CAI). Millennium is on its way to establishing a higher annual production base of 100,000oz from 80,000oz previously at its Nullagine operation, while Calidus looks set to be adding to the resource base of its Warrawoona gold project (currently 712,000ozs at 2.12g/t) thanks to some impressive results from drilling of the nearby St George shear zone.

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Historic buying opportunity or head for the hills? It is a question being asked about the lithium sector where share prices in the last month alone are down 20-30 per cent.

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The gold producers were not quite the rock stars this week as they have been in previous years at the Diggers & Dealers bash in Kalgoorlie.

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The public mineralisation report for Australia’s newest nickel-copper-cobalt discovery – Mark Creasy’s privately held Silver Knight find in the Fraser Range – has finally surfaced.

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Our most successful “prospector”, Mark Creasy, has broken cover to confirm that his privately held Great Southern Nickel has indeed made what he thinks could be a substantial nickel-copper-cobalt discovery in Western Australia’s Fraser Range. 

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