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The Iluka Resources Limited share price just hit a multi-year high

Although it has faded a touch in afternoon trade, the Iluka Resources Limited (ASX: ILU) share price stormed to a new multi-year high of $9.58 this morning.

This latest gain brought its year-to-date return to an impressive 32%, vastly outperforming the market average.

Why are its shares going gangbusters this year?

Investors have been fighting to get hold of Iluka’s shares this year thanks largely to a much-improved performance by the mineral sands company.

This was particularly evident yesterday when the company released its latest production data.

In the June quarter Iluka saw production reach 119,000 tonnes, a 36% increase compared to the prior corresponding period.

This led to a 48.8% lift in quarterly mineral sands revenue.

The strong result was thanks largely to both the zircon and titanium feedstock markets experiencing favourable conditions in 2017 compared to the first half of 2016.

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