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Chinese Statistics on Strategic Metals: Garbage In, Garbage Out

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For decades, or more properly said, centuries China was a land of opacity. Information that came out was often half-true or heavily embroidered. Foreign visitors reported only what they were allowed to see while the apparatchiks of the Imperial (and then Communist) bureaucracy were masters of obfuscation and misinformation. While China has been viewed as much more open in recent…

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New York Times calls for legalization of marijuana

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For those who worried whether investing in marijuana stocks was a worthwhile exercise or a psychedelic dream, the New York Times has provided an answer that could turn the right pot stocks into jackpots. In an unprecedented move the New York Times (click here) is calling for the end of marijuana prohibition, confirming thoughts that have crossed the minds of mainstream America…

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It’s raining copper in the DRC’s Katanga Province

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El Nino Ventures Inc. (‘ELN’, TSXV: ELN) has a copper exploration project in the Democratic Republic of Congo and two zinc-lead-silver (copper) exploration and development projects in the Bathurst Mining Camp, New Brunswick. The Copperbelt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hosts several world class deposits and its exploration potential is considered one of the best in the world.…

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Daniel Carlson on the ‘Holy Grail’ of oil sand companies and the value of water

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July 25, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Daniel Carlson, the CFO for American Sands Energy Corp. (‘AMSE’, OTCBB: AMSE) about their key role in oil sands production as suggested in a recent article by Peter Epstein, who described AMSE as the ‘Holy Grail’ of oil sands companies. Daniel believes that what inspired Peter Epstein…

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Flake Graphite, bubble or not, the risk is greater for those betting against

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Australian graphite stocks have experienced a veritable boost in the past few weeks as many more companies have joined the graphite industry in expectation of much higher demand for Lithium-ion batteries (which, despite their name, use more graphite than lithium). Including China, the graphite sector now includes eight countries and there are promising resources being developed in Canada, the USA,…

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The global consequences of China’s higher than expected debt

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China has recorded 250% debt according to Standard Chartered estimates. This figure, which essentially means that debt is 2.5 times greater than the size of its economy, suggests that China has also found it difficult to reconcile growth with ‘bubbles’. The 250% debt figure is not distressing in itself; what has raised economists’ concerns is the speed with which China’s…

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Peak Resources: low development cost, long life mine and high (for Tanzania) hopes of mineral diversity

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In 2012 gold made up 94% of Tanzania's mineral exports. The country is the third largest gold producer in Africa, but now it wants to do more. A report out of Britain this week shows that the country is, by 2018, looking to diversify into other metals. The Business Monitor International report cites coal, nickel and uranium as new areas,…

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Potash – Hold the Salt!

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The past six years have seen a wild ride in sentiment towards potash. The initial move up was prompted by the rush into agricultural commodities at the very peak of the generalized global asset boom. Unlike much of the other speculative activity, the push in wheat, corn and soy prices had a strong grounding in rising demand in Asia and…

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Failure of ‘Hard Assets’ mining conferences suggests new business model needed

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The ‘Hard Assets’ conference development company, more recently known as the Metals & Minerals Investment Conferences, announced that as of July 16, 2014 they have suspended their schedule of events indefinitely. Some blame poor shows in the past few years, which then saw mining companies become less interested in participating. Hard Assets was most recently managed by the Summit Professional…

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Epstein interviews uranium industry’s Dennis Higgs of Uranerz Energy

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Uranerz Energy Corporation (URZ) is a U.S. mining company that commenced in-situ recovery ("ISR") uranium mining operations on April 15, 2014 at its first ISR mine in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. The Uranerz management team has specialized expertise in the ISR uranium mining method, and has a successful track record of licensing, constructing, and operating ISR uranium projects. Uranerz has…

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China’s mandate for 30% electric cars and hybridising with lithium

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It’s easy to get fatigue with the “China demand” story which has been trotted out for just about every mineral category in the last decade. Some however have run their course (e.g. iron ore) with linkages between certain products and large scale construction and infrastructure projects, while others may have been promoted too soon while still not having begun to…

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As information continues to bombard us every day, there’s a need to keep some perspective

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In the mining business there’s always the risk of over-reach. Back in mid-2011, Citigroup Global Markets added up the 400 largest greenfield mining projects around the world and the capital commitment through to 2020 for those totalled close to $500 billion — or half a trillion, to put that figure in more dramatic terms. But the analysts also calculated that…

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Electric car materials jet fuel market and uranium gains a pulse

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InvestorIntelReport, June 2014: The InvestorIntel Gold, Base & Precious Metals members lead for the month of June 2014, up +19.01%; driven by gold and graphite player -- Triton Minerals ASX: TON +171.43%. Congratulations Triton as shareholders responded favorably to their June 23rd news release: Significant High-Grade Graphite Intersected at Nicanda Hill and catapulted them to #3 market cap in the…
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Gold Bugs Meet Bitcoin Believers to Supplant the Dollar

July 28, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Call it bitgold. It’s what you get when you combine bitcoin, one of the world’s newest would-be currencies, and gold, one of the oldest. Add mistrust of centralized authority, a dash of rebelliousness…

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Gold Slips on Strong Dollar, Support from Global Tensions

July 28, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Gold edged down on Monday while the dollar was near multi-month highs, but prices held above $1,300 an ounce on heightened tensions between the West and Russia after talk of new sanctions. Investors awaited…

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Oil Falls on Ample Supply, Weak Demand

July 28, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Brent crude oil slipped on Monday as forecasts for ample supplies in the Atlantic basin and weak demand in Europe and Asia mitigated fears of escalating tension in Ukraine and the Middle East. Oil…

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U.K. Launches Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round

July 28, 2014 (Source: WSJ) -- The U.K. government on Monday will launch its first onshore oil and natural-gas licensing round in six years, the latest step in efforts to unlock shale-gas reserves amid worries over increasing dependence on energy…

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Geothermal Energy: Is It the New Frontier in Latin America?

July 28, 2014 (Source: Latin Post) -- Enhanced data, a drop in costs and increased demand for electricity has provoked many countries to reconsider geothermal as an energy source. The World Energy Outlook said in 2011, 1 percent of the world's electric…

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BRICS Bank: The New Kid on the Block

July 28, 2014 (Source: The Diplomat) -- While many Germans were busy recovering from the World Cup Final in Rio, in another part of the host country five major emerging economies were stepping into the world of international lending.…

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China shares lead Asia higher, dollar buoyed

July 28, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- China stocks gain after jump in industrial firm profits Dollar index hovers near 6-mth highs as euro sags This week's U.S. data eyed for directional cues Asian stocks shrugged off a drop in…

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Euro zone efforts to boost inflation are full of hot air

July 28, 2014 (Source: Marketwatch) -- Despite investor enthusiasm, economic risks are rising in Europe, as amply illustrated by the recent problems of Portuguese bank Espiritu Santo. But rather than create growth, boost inflation and weaken the euro, the European…

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Europe Nervy as Russian Assets Hit by New Sanctions Talk

July 28, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- The euro was stuck near its lowest level since November and Russian markets tumbled for a third straight day on Monday as new European sanctions for Moscow chilled the already frosty relationship between the…

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Biotech sector consistently erratic

July 28, 2014 (Source: The Australian) -- The erratic fortunes of the biotechnology sector have been highlighted yet again today with a surprise $95 million takeover offer for skin disorders house Clinuvel (CUV, $2.12) and a big clinical trial…

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Quaterra Amends Terms of Share Purchase Warrants

July 28, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Quaterra Resources Inc. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:QTA)(OTCQX:QTRRF) announces that it has received the written consent of all Warrant holders to amend the terms of outstanding Warrants and has accordingly amended the exercise price of 6,541,571…

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NioCorp Announces Board Update

July 28, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Michael Morris to the Company's board of directors. Mr. Morris is currently Chairman of the Board of Heritage…

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The US Army Plans to Use 3D Printers to Make Warheads

July 28, 2014 (Source: Daily Mail) -- The U.S. Army plans to utilize 3D printing technology to build warheads with smaller more compact parts that both save the army money and allow for more security measures. '3D printing of warheads will…

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Graphene Surfaces on Photonic Racetracks

July 28, 2014 (Source: University of Manchester) -- Graphene could enable new kind of photonics-based chemical sensors and photo-detectors, University of Manchester researchers have shown. In an article published in Optics Express, scientists from The University of Manchester describe how graphene…
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