US equity markets appear reassured that the trade dispute with China will be resolved soon, as evidenced by the S&P 500's ~9% rise since early October in an environment of low market volatility. Rising equity markets is not good for safe haven assets, and gold traded flat last week as a consequence. However, gold equities fared much better and a spate of M&As put the spotlight on the sector. In The Rant, I analyze the three latest transactions and the trends that they followed. I also review the receipt of permits for both a copper explorer in Peru and a lithium developer in the southeastern US.