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Embattled Pilbara iron ore junior Atlas Iron has requested a three-week extension to its trading suspension to enable it to complete an operational and financial review.
Shares in White Cliff Minerals have risen after the explorer announced the results of a promising electromagnetic survey which pointed to three "compelling" drilling targets for nickel east of Laverton.
Rio Tinto's iron ore shipments have fallen 12 per cent during the March quarter, a period when it was largely blamed for oversupplying and pushing down the price of Australia's top export.
Shares in Ausdrill rose after the mining services company announced some rare good news, a contract extension in Africa worth US$223 ($289.5) million over five years.

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