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Equator Resources Ltd shares in a trading halt amid merger talk

The Equator Resources Ltd (ASX: CO1) share price won’t be going anywhere today after the cobalt producer’s shares went into a trading halt.

Equator Resources, now known as Cobalt One, requested the trading halt pending an announcement related to a potential merger proposal from an unnamed party.

Its securities will remain in pre-open until the earlier of the announcement to the market or the commencement of trade on Monday 26 June 2017.

Its shares have been on a tear this year and have more than doubled in value.

This gain is largely thanks to the bullish outlook for cobalt. Thanks partly to rising demand from electric vehicle manufacturers, cobalt prices have rocketed this year.

Pleasingly for Cobalt One, earlier this week equity analysts from Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG) revised their cobalt price forecast upwards.

In addition to Cobalt, Macquarie also lifted its lithium forecast.

This was no doubt a big relief to shareholders of Australia’s lithium miners. Their shares suffered a sharp sell-off recently.

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