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Can Bristow seal his most important deal yet?

It will be quite a coup for Mark Bristow, chief executive of Barrick Gold, if he secures an equity investment from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) for the highly prospective Reko Diq copper property in Pakistan.

Such an event looks more likely by the day as the rumour mill goes into overdrive - "an agreement is about to be unveiled", said one trader.