On Stockhead today, where is super prospector Mark Creasy looking next, three lithium producers catching Argonaut’s eye and James Whelan’s found someone backing Cathie Wood.

But first, the day ahead.


Who’s listing?

Aurora Energy (ASX:1AE)

Listing: 18 May

IPO: $8m at $0.20

This company is focused on the exploration and development of its Aurora Project in Oregon, USA.

The project hosts a defined uranium resource and is prospective for lithium. The company will conduct exploration and evaluation programs to assess the potential of both these minerals.



The following companies are in trading halts or suspension and are expected out in the next few days:

EMVision Medical Devices (ASX:EMV) – Grant win by the company

Resolution Minerals (ASX:RML) – Capital raise

Clime Investment Management (ASX:CIW) – Proposed material acquisition

Krakatoa Resources (ASX:KTA) – Pending announcement of a material exploration target at the Mt Clere REE Project



Gold: $US1,814.50 (-0.51%)

Silver: $US21.62 (+0.14%)

Nickel (3mth): $US27,810/t (0.00%)

Copper (3mth): $US9,041.00/t (0.00%)

Lithium Carbonate, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, May 12): $US72,175/t (-3.3% weekly)

Lithium Hydroxide, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, May 12): $US72,775/t (-1.7% weekly)

Oil (WTI): $US113.78 (-0.37%)

Oil (Brent): $US112.81 (-1.20%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US132.61 (-0.26%)

AUD/USD: $US0.7029 (+0.5%)

Bitcoin: $US30,520(+1.35%)



The Pentagon is being urged to fund Aussie and UK critical minerals projects at a time when the Australian Government has put money into supporting downstream processing of key minerals such as Iluka Resources’ (ASX:ILU) rare earths processing plant in Western Australia.


And this Q+A with Queensland Pacific Metals’ (ASX:QPM) MD and CEO Dr Stephen Grocott, who says when battery producers look at the ESG credentials of nickel going into their products, the waste produced by HPL plants should be a major sticking point.


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Up somewhere around 80% yeserday was Havilah Resources (ASX:HAV). That’s after hungry mid-tier player Oz Minerals (ASX:OZL) announced plans to pay HAV up to $405m for the flagship 1.1Mt copper, 3.1Moz gold, and 23,200t cobalt ‘Kalkaroo’ project in South Australia.

HAV has signed up to a binding term sheet with OZL to potentially sell its Kalkaroo copper-gold project for $205 million.

On top of that, $65m could be paid upon a 30% uplift in Kalkaroo’s resource estimate, as well as “a copper price linked contingent payment in each year of production up to a maximum cumulative amount of $135 million”.

That’s $405m all up.

OZ Minerals has 18 months to decide whether it will acquire the project.

Kalkaroo is at pre-feasibility study stage and is potentially one of Australia’s largest undeveloped open pit copper-gold deposits, right next to OZL’s existing operations.



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