S&P/ASX 200 gains as commodity prices continue to push resources firms higher

Brent crude oil prices jumped 3.2% to US$64.95 a barrel, driven by the expected slow return of U.S. crude output after last week’s deep freeze in Texas shut in production.

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The Australian dollar touched a new three-year high of 79.29 US cents overnight.

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) gained 0.65% to 6825 by 1.55 pm with the major miners, banks and energy firms higher.

Copper price, which is often viewed as a reliable gauge for near-term growth, traded above US$9,000 a tonne to a 9 1/2-year high.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq in the US dropped overnight while the Dow edged up.

Run-up in US bond yields

The US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will speak twice to Congress this week as part of a mandated semi-annual testimony.

Normally a non-event for the market, the central bank leader’s comments will be viewed closely this week for how he views this year’s run-up in bond yields.

The 10-year Treasury yield was at 1.367% and had risen as high as 1.394% on Monday.

Investors worry that too quick of a rise in bond yields might force the Fed to tighten policy too quickly, while a complacent Fed also would pose overheating risks.

Top gainers

Today’s top gainers on the ASX include Euro Manganese Inc (ASX:EMN) (+13.71%), Alicanto Minerals Ltd (ASX:AQI) (+8.00%), Elementos Limited (ASX:ELT) (+7.69%), PNX Metals Ltd (ASX:PNX) (+14.29%), Auteco Minerals Ltd (ASX:AUT) (+7.14%), Carnavale Resources Limited (ASX:CAV) (+14.29%) and Valor Resources Ltd (ASX:VAL) (+14.29%).

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Tempest Minerals enlarges Messenger project with drilling imminent

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Astro Resources has busy work programs planned to advance gold in US and mineral sands and diamonds in Western Australia

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White Rock Minerals signs term sheet with Thomson Resources to progress Mt Carrington Gold-Silver Project in NSW

White Rock Minerals Ltd (ASX:WRM) (OTCQX:WRMCF) has entered into a binding and exclusive term sheet with Thomson Resources Ltd (ASX:TMZ) for a three-stage earn-in and option to a joint venture agreement to progress the Mt Carrington Gold and Silver Project in northeast NSW.

PolarX gears up for a busy year with activities scheduled across Humboldt Range and Alaska Range

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Maximus Resources has drill spinning at priority Wattle Dam East nickel target in Western Australia

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Euro Manganese secures EU-backed support to advance manganese project

Euro Manganese Inc (ASX:EMN) (CVE:EMN) (OTCMKTS:EROMF) (FRA:E06) has secured the support of European Union-backed knowledge and innovation organisation EIT InnoEnergy to accelerate integration of the Chvaletice Manganese Project in the Czech Republic into Europe’s battery supply chain.

Rumble Resources’ drilling expands large-scale gold-copper-silver system at Munarra Gully Project, WA.

Rumble Resources Ltd’s (ASX:RTR) (FRA:20Z) latest reconnaissance reverse circulation (RC) drilling and mapping program has expanded the large-scale gold-copper-silver system at Amaryllis Prospect within the Munarra Gully Project, Cue in WA's Mid-West.

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