Big falls in metals futures in Asian trade were concerns to mining bulls of all persuasions, with zinc down more than 4% around the time the ASX was closing and copper and nickel not much better - both down around 3.5%.
For its part gold was fetching around US1250 per ounce.
For the equities, new lithium producer Pilbara Minerals was the only bigger capitalised stock showing a meaningful gain.
Among the juniors, Manhattan Corp (MHC) was of some interest to a few investors as it gets set to drill the Joshua porphyry target in Chile following the recent formation of a joint venture with Helix.
Manhattan was up 31% on little turnover.
Speaking of Manhattan, Marenica Energy (MEY) rose around 16% having recently increased its uranium exposure. Urani...