Lithium stocks continue to tumble on the back of concerns that a flood of new lithium supply is set to enter the market.

About 75 per cent of the ASX’s 100-or-so lithium stocks have slumped between 2 per cent and 90 per cent in the past six months (see table below). And key lithium stocks have seen further falls this month.

That’s despite a new call for the West Australian government to exploit a “once-in-a-generation” chance to make lithium-ion batteries in WA, reported today in the West Australian newspaper.

“If one more step was taken down the value chain into electro-chemical processing, by 2025 Australia would have a share of a further $297 billion” of the lithium-ion battery market, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies said in a submission to a parliamentary inquiry.

Meanwhile, ASX-listed lithium stocks continue to suffer.

AVZ Minerals has lost almost a third of its value this month, for example — despite confirming on August 2 it had its foot on the world’s biggest lithium deposit.

Others such as Tawana and Kidman have lost ground over the same period.

“The last month or so has sort of taken a bit of the wind out of the sails with trade war feelings in the market,” Hedley Widdup, a fund manager for investment firm Lion Selection Group, told Stockhead at last week’s Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum in Kalgoorlie.

“It’s affected base metals more than most things, but with the US dollar trading the way it has it has affected gold as well.

“Even the bubble of enthusiasm around things like lithium and cobalt — they’re getting attention but it seems like people are letting off steam more than high-fiving.”

Last week investment bank Macquarie said that the lithium market was “sleepwalking into a tsunami of oversupply”.

>> Scroll down for a table showing the six-month and 12-month share price returns of ASX lithium stocks

“The long-reigning quadropoly that maintained market balance for years have been (and are being) joined by a wave of enthusiastic newcomers, and now instead of controlling supply the original players are announcing expansion projects,” Macquarie’s wealth management division said in a note titled “Lithium: Welcome to Thunderdome” sent to investors.

“It may be that they hope for lithium prices to stay at today’s high levels – or it may be that they see the oversupply coming and intend to be the fittest (i.e. lowest cost) survivors.”

Market forecaster Roskill has backed up that notion, saying that an oversupply could start from as early as next year.

“Electric vehicle sales in China remain strong, albeit some uncertainty caused by changes to incentive policy in mid-2018,” Roskill said.

“As more mineral projects commission in Australia, however, Roskill sees a market already stockpiling spodumene concentrate (before factoring any [direct shipping ore] that increasingly looks stranded) and becoming significantly oversupplied in 2019 under current projections.”

The comments follow the start of production at Pilbara Minerals’ (ASX:PLS) massive Pilgangoora lithium and tantalum project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

Here’s a table showing the six-month and 12-month share price returns of ASX stocks with exposure to lithium:

ASX codeCompany6-month price change12-month price changePrice Aug 14 (intraday)Market Cap
DMIDEMPSEY MINERALS1.590909090914.70.28527.1M
GWRGWR GROUP1.357142857141.750.16541.7M
AGOATLAS IRON0.6538461538461.263157894740.043404.0M
DEGDE GREY MINING0.483.6250.18567.1M
HWKHAWKSTONE MINING0.4583333333331.50.03511.0M
TARTARUGA MINERALS0.4444444444441.363636363640.1317.7M
AVLAUSTRALIAN VANAD0.430.05687.2M
ESRESTRELLA RESOURC0.30.040.02612.3M
BSMBASS METALS0.2857142857141.454545454550.02766.4M
ENTENTERPRISE METAL0.26666666666700.0197.3M
AREARGONAUT RESOURC0.1904761904762.1250.02538.9M
WKTWALKABOUT RESOUR0.1855670103090.5972222222220.11531.2M
ZNCZENITH MINERALS0.1250.8750.1838.3M
LI3LITHIUM CONSOLID0.120.07692307692310.1412.7M
KSNKINGSTON RESOURC0.09090909090910.60.02429.4M
VMCVENUS METALS COR0.08695652173910.1363636363640.12510.9M
LCDLATITUDE CONSOLI0.080.9285714285710.0277.4M
ZEUZEUS RESOURCES L0.07692307692310.40.0142.5M
PLSPILBARA MINERALS0.03592814371261.217948717950.8651.5B
PLLPIEDMONT LITHIUM00.7525773195880.1795.1M
ADNANDROMEDA METALS00.750.0077.0M
MLSMETALS AUSTRALIA00.6666666666670.00511.7M
MZNMARINDI METALS L00.4285714285710.0117.8M
IECINTRA ENERGY COR00.08333333333330.0135.0M
MXRMAXIMUS RESOURCE0-0.50.0013.2M
KLHKALIA0-0.5294117647060.00820.1M
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TRTTODD RIVER RESOU-0.1111111111110.04347826086960.129.2M
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HNRHANNANS-0.1818181818180.2857142857140.01835.6M
TAWTAWANA RESOURCES-0.1960352422910.6441441441440.365211.0M
DTMDART MINING NL-0.210.0086.9M
SEISPECIALITY METAL-0.21.50.0211.1M
GXYGALAXY RESOURCES-0.2005988023950.4126984126982.671.1B
AGYARGOSY MINERALS-0.2028985507252.39506172840.275248.0M
SRKSTRIKE RESOURCES-0.2058823529410.2558139534880.0547.8M
VMSVENTURE MINERALS-0.2121212121210.040.02613.5M
BGSBIRIMIAN-0.2134831460670.4583333333330.3584.1M
KTAKRAKATOA RESOURC-0.2222222222220.02941176470590.0354.1M
PM1PURE MINERALS-0.222222222222-0.3913043478260.0144.4M
MINMINERAL RESOURCE-0.2257085020240.12515.32.9B
NMTNEOMETALS-0.2337662337660.01724137931030.295160.5M
CMCCHINA MAGNESIUM-0.240.1176470588240.0196.0M
LTRLIONTOWN RESOURC-0.2432432432432.111111111110.02830.9M
AJMALTURA MINING-0.250.5882352941180.27491.4M
DEVDEVEX RESOURCES-0.250.20.0066.6M
PIOPIONEER RESOURCE-0.2857142857140.1764705882350.0229.0M
TKMTREK METALS-0.285714285714-0.2592592592590.026.2M
CHKCOHIBA MINERALS-0.3-0.3636363636360.0073.9M
GSCGLOBAL GEOSCIENC-0.3333333333330.3333333333330.26382.1M
LKELAKE RESOURCES-0.3333333333331.250.0928.9M
SUHSOUTHERN HEMISPH-0.340659340659-0.2592592592590.065.1M
LPILITHIUM POWER IN-0.345238095238-0.08333333333330.27571.7M
NVANOVA MINERALS-0.35135135135130.02418.4M
MQRMARQUEE RESOURCE-0.36250.5454545454550.25510.9M
KDRKIDMAN RESOURCES-0.3701657458560.9322033898311.14455.5M
LITLITHIUM AUSTRALI-0.371428571429-0.08333333333330.1147.9M
MTCMETALSTECH-0.38064516129-0.360.09611.1M
OREOROCOBRE-0.3817365269460.3422164445894.131.1B
PSMPENINSULA MINES-0.384615384615-0.6190476190480.0085.7M
SCISILVER CITY MINE-0.3913043478260.1666666666670.0286.9M
DHRDARK HORSE RESOU-0.420.01223.1M
BMTBERKUT MINERALS-0.405405405405-0.568627450980.116.0M
SYASAYONA MINING-0.406251.923076923080.03865.2M
THRTHOR MINING-CDI-0.4166666666671.18750.03522.9M
PSCPROSPECT RESOURC-0.416666666667-0.03448275862070.02855.5M
ADVARDIDEN-0.421052631579-0.3888888888890.01118.4M
MCTMETALICITY-0.428571428571-0.4736842105260.0211.6M
OAROAKDALERESOURCES-0.428571428571-0.60.021.3M
BOABOADICEA RESOURC-0.441860465116-0.040.126.3M
ASNANSON RESOURCES-0.4473684210539.50.10548.7M
INFINFINITY LITHIUM-0.471428571429-0.5647058823530.07414.1M
CFECAPE LAMBERT RES-0.4814814814810.2727272727270.02828.3M
TKLTRAKA RESOURCES-0.4923076923080.7368421052630.03310.9M
LRSLATIN RESOURCES-0.50.50.00616.7M
CULCULLEN RES-0.500.0012.6M
4CEFORCE COMMODITIE-0.5-0.09523809523810.03816.5M
MOXMONAX MINING-0.5-0.40.0032.2M
LPDLEPIDICO-0.50943396226410.02676.1M
AMDARROW MINERALS L-0.536585365854-0.2692307692310.0195.8M
CGMCOUGAR METALS NL-0.555555555556-0.4285714285710.0043.7M
CASCRUSADER RESOURC-0.59375-0.7739130434780.02613.6M
AVZAVZ MINERALS-0.629629629630.09890109890110.1187.0M
MTHMITHRIL RESOURCE-0.636363636364-0.5428571428570.0163.2M
CADCAENEUS MINERALS-0.666666666667-0.6666666666670.00112.9M
N27NORTHERN COBALT (listed 2017)-0.682926829268-0.350.136.6M
PNNPEPINNINI LITHIU-0.685714285714-0.3529411764710.0116.4M
RLCREEDY LAGOON-0.707317073171-0.2941176470590.0124.8M
GPPGREENPOWER ENERG-0.733333333333-0.750.0045.8M
WMLWOOMERA MINING L-0.901-0.9010.09911.2M