Solid session for miners to close week

MINERS headed to Friday drinks feeling a little better about themselves as Metals & Mining closed with a gain of around 1.4% in the ASX 200.

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A weaker dollar and slightly softened trade concerns helped encourage equity buyers, while metals were mixed in Asian trade and gold was at about US$1205/oz as the ASX got ready to  shut off the lights.

Better individual movers and shakers included rare earths success story Lynas Corp, with iron ore miner FMG also having a much better day than it's been experiencing of late.

Among the junior stocks, AusQuest (AQD) spiked 35% before easing to  a gain of about half that late in the day, with the well credentialed exploration junior reporting late last month it was getting ready to drill an IOCG aka copper-gold target in Peru.

Hannans (HNR) was up a similar amount in late trade, with it too having nothing of note to say for itself since late last month ...

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