Dr. Duchesne responds to media frenzy on fish sperm for rare earths

Note from the Publisher: Dr. Luc Duchesne was asked to respond to the wide ranging coverage this month from Newsweek to the Smithsonian Magazine that claim fish sperm may hold the secret to both the recycling and extraction of rare earths. Fish sperm to extract rare earth elements: first come first serve for flowsheet integration In December 2004 a group of Japanese scientists demonstrated…

Lifton on Molycorp rumors and ‘zombie’ investors

Molycorp, a symbol of the great awakening of Rare Earths in the American domestic market, has now run into a perfect storm of “bad stuff” that threatens to potentially blast the cause of Rare Earths production back by a decade rather than expedite Western independence from Chinese dominance. In retrospect we can say that the very foreseeable consequence of globalization of Western…

China to end rare earth export tariffs in May 2015 and replace with more stringent global control methods

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The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said Wednesday (January 21th) that the Chinese government has decided to end rare earth export tariffs in May 2th, 2015. The MOFCOM also stressed that the cancellation of the export quota system was a trade policy choice. This decision allows better co-ordination of resources with both domestic and international markets and was designed to comply with the WTO…

Equities quiet leading into ECB QE announcement

Rivkin: Equities quiet leading into ECB QE announcement, Canadians cut rates unexpectedly, yen to take a back seat to euro, ASX futures up 39 Alleged leaked conversations from European policy makers have reports emerging of a 50 billion per month quantitative easing package emerging from the ECB, following tonight's policy decision. The market was roughly expecting a 500 million euro…

Mosaic setting bullish tone for potash in 2015

Mosaic (NYSE: MOS) is expected to announce significantly higher profit (the presentation will be on February 11), for the fourth quarter than expected thanks to thriving sales of phosphate products. Mosaic’s results suggest that the potash majors can experience a bullish start to 2015. Mosaic’s performance confirms a bullish trend in mineral fertilizers already noted at the end of 2014…

Gold rallies thanks to tailwind from Swiss Central Bank

InvestorIntelReport: Last year on November 30th, Switzerland held a referendum that could have, for all practical purposes, restored something akin to the gold standard, potentially allowing for gold prices to soar. The referendum did not pass; however, last week, the Swiss government played another wild card, suddenly deciding to de-peg the value of the Swiss Franc (CHF) from the Euro.…

Strengthening commodities bolster Aussie dollar

Rivkin: Strengthening commodities bolster Aussie dollar, US & European equities rise, ASX futures up 76 Stronger oil, gold, silver & copper prices came as a relief to investors on Friday - global equities were higher and this helped buoy the Australian dollar, as it trades almost two cents off its 2015 lows, closing at US$0.8213 on Friday. Journalists are still…

Berry’s 2015 forecast calls for lithium and cobalt to have a very good year

January 16, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Chris Berry, Co-Editor of the Disruptive Discoveries Journal and Sr. Editor for InvestorIntel on how the resource market is officially at the bottom, and shares his forecasts for 2015. Tracy Weslosky: Chris I want to start by talking to you about your forecast for 2015. If you…

Perovskite: A Mineral With The Potential To Make Solar Shine

PV Efficiencies Perovskite
After several tough years, solar photovoltaic (PV) power continued its stellar growth trajectory in 2014 and it has been exciting to watch. With 139 Gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity installed globally and estimates of an additional 46 GW anticipated in 2014, solar accounted for almost half of clean energy investment last year. This totaled $149.6 billion versus $114.7 billion in…

MDN poised to take advantage of higher than expected niobium demand

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MDN Inc. (‘MDN’, TSX: MDN) is one of the very few North American companies targeting niobium production. Last August, MDN started exploration at its 100% owned Samaqua property, in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean area of Quebec, due to its physical proximity to the Crevier niobium and tantalum project (72.5% owned by MDN and 27.5% by Niobec Inc., a subsidiary of Iamgold Corp.).…

Lifton sets Dresner of the Washington Post straight on the Chinese business model and American sustainability

Chinese Nationalism will not get in the Way of Good Business
The Virtual Reality in which Academics, Who have Low Experience of Ordinary Business Operations and Practices and an Extraordinarily High Opinion of Economic Theories -- Live First of all, please read the following conclusion of a recent article in the Washington Post by a credentialed expert in economics: “So, in other words, China’s 2010 rare earth gambit resulted in an…

Volatility, low interest rates, risk of deflation and Chinese REE defiance of WTO

InvestorIntelReport: The markets continued to be marked by volatility in the week, ending on January 9 due to several reasons including continuously declining oil prices, heightened fears of international terrorism and lower wages – as has emerged from labor market data released by the US Government. In Europe, fears of deflation and a Greek exit from the Euro added to…

The New World Order: Printing Objects into Reality

Have you found a technology that cuts across almost  all sectors - transportation, education, pharmaceuticals, food, medicine, biotechnology, manufacturing, security and more?  Surprisingly, two printing technologies - 3D and 4D  - do intersect with different industries. With 3D printing, you can manufacture a car, construct a house, make packaging materials, design and craft jewelries and objects, prepare educational materials, assemble…

GrowPros Cannabis offers a bridge between medicinal marihuana companies and institutional financing

January 6, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Ryan Brown, CEO  of GrowPros Cannabis Ventures Inc. (CSE: GCI) about the recent merger between Mazorro and GrowPros and their acquisition mandate for 2015 Tracy Weslosky: You just recently made an announcement about a merger that you made, yes? Mazzoro is now GrowPros Cannabis Ventures --…

Chris Berry’s ‘forecasts’ for the global economy and metals market in 2015

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”  -  Yogi Berra In the time that I have been writing on the metals markets and global economy, one mainstay has always been reading the tsunami of year end research reports laying out predictions for the year ahead. Almost universally, these well-written and tirelessly researched musings all share one consistent trait:…

Going Sideways and the Miraculins on Bay St.

"The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways." -- Gene Hackman InvestorIntelReport: Many years ago, when I used to have to negotiate with teenagers – a memory, I have aptly forgotten; I recall one frustration that was remedied through repetition and reward. As anyone who has teens can attest to….decision making is not their forte. So…
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TSX rises as investors cheer central bank measures

January 23, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Canada's main stock index advanced to its highest in nearly 2 months on Friday as investors welcomed moves by the Bank of Canada and the European Central Bank earlier this week. The Canadian…

3D Printing Could Create World’s First Bionic Man

January 23, 2015 (Source: Forbes) -- 3D printing has captured a lot of attention thanks to its science fiction connotations. In reality, 3D printing is anything but fiction since it’s available in many households – even as a sophisticated…

Global central banks manning the battle stations

January 23, 2015 (Source: CNBC) -- Central banks are in combat mode. On the front lines: Europe, Denmark, Canada, Switzerland, Peru and India. Each of their central banks has taken unprecedented and dramatic action to ease policy and weaken…

Euro-Area Economy Set to Pick Up as QE Plan Bolsters Confidence

January 23, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Euro-area manufacturing and services expanded at the fastest rate in five months at the beginning of 2015 amid increasing new orders and employment. A Purchasing Managers Index for manufacturing and services rose to…

Seair Announces Retirement of Haneef Mian as Director

January 22, 2015 (Source: Newsfile) -- Seair Inc. (TSXV: SDS) ("Seair" or the "Company") announced that Dr. Mian, formerly the Executive Director, NAIT Applied Research Center for Oil Sands Sustainability, has resigned as a director of Seair effective January 16,…

TSX hits two-week high after ECB, Bank of Canada moves

January 22, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Canada's main stock index advanced on Thursday to its highest level in two weeks as investors cheered the European Central Bank's stimulus measures and an unexpected rate cut by the Bank of Canada.…

Wall Street rallies in volatile session after ECB measures

January 22, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- U.S. stocks rallied in volatile trading on Thursday after the European Central Bank announced expanded measures to stimulate the region's sagging economy, as expected. Equities moved between positive and negative territory, with a…

Output of Mirai fuel cell car to quadruple by 2017: Toyota

January 22, 2015 (Source: Japan Times) -- Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday that production of the Mirai fuel cell vehicle will be more than quadrupled to 3,000 vehicles in 2017 to meet stronger-than-expected demand since the world’s first mass-market…

Gold turns positive on ECB easing announcement

January 22, 2015 (Source: CNBC) -- Spot gold prices turned positive early Thursday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi announced the central bank is to launch an expanded monthly 60 billion euro ($70 billion) private and public bond-buying…

ECB launches last-ditch programme to revive euro economy

January 22, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- The European Central Bank took the ultimate policy leap on Thursday, launching a government bond-buying programme which will pump hundreds of billions of new money into a sagging euro zone economy. The ECB…

Toyota Already Expanding Output Plans for Mirai Hydrogen Car

January 22, 2015 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday that it would increase production of its new hydrogen-powered car, the Mirai, to 3,000 vehicles in 2017 from 700 this year, citing unexpectedly strong initial demand.…

Northern Graphite Concentrates Reach Nuclear Grade Purity

January 22, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Northern Graphite Corporation (TSX VENTURE:NGC)(OTCQX:NGPHF) is pleased to announce that concentrates from its Bissett Creek deposit have been successful upgraded to the highest nuclear grade classification level using the Company's proprietary purification process. Glow…

Flinders Terminates Agreement with Big North

January 22, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- Flinders Resources Limited ("Flinders") (TSXV: FDR) announce that further to the joint news release with Big North Graphite Corp.("Big North") (TSXV: NRT) of September 2, 2014, October 21, 2014, November 3, 2014 and…

Gainey Signs 10,000 Ton Ore Processing Agreement

January 22, 2015 (Source: Accesswire) -- Gainey now taking delivery of high-grade ore at its advanced mill and processing centre Gainey Capital Corp. (TSXV:GNC) (OTC:GNYPF) ("Gainey" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Belmex Resources has engaged Gainey to…

Rare-Earth Miner Molycorp Said to Hire Adviser on Debt

January 22, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Molycorp Inc. (MCP), a mining company whose market valuation has fallen to $93 million from more than $6 billion in 2011, hired law firm Jones Day for advice on debt restructuring, a person…

Senate defeats Democrats’ amendments on Keystone XL pipeline bill

January 21, 2015 (Source: Columbus Dispatch) -- The Republican-controlled Senate rejected bids by Democrats yesterday to ban exports from the Keystone XL oil pipeline and to require building the project with American-made steel. In largely party-line votes, the Senate…

Australia, China to jointly invest in solar energy

January 21, 2015 (Source: Xinhua) -- An Australian green investment bank will partner with a Chinese associate in the aim of encouraging more companies to invest in solar energy and, in particular, the use of photovoltaic panels, local media…

China General Nuclear says to launch 5 new reactors in 2015

January 21, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- China's biggest reactor operator, China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN), will put another five reactor units into operation this year, company executives said, adding that they remain confident in the sector's growth despite…

Geodex Minerals Ltd.: Board Changes

January 21, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Geodex Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:GXM) (FRANKFURT:G2W), (the "Company" or "Geodex") announces the resignation of Mr. David Buckle as a director of the company. The company would like to thank David for his many…

Gold tops $1,300 on stimulus hopes, weaker dollar

January 21, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Gold climbed above $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday for the first time since August as a softer dollar, worries over the global economy and hopes of stimulus measures from the European Central Bank…

Oil Prices Gain Ahead of Inventory Data, ECB Meeting

January 21, 2015 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- Oil prices gained Wednesday as traders positioned ahead of U.S. inventory data and the European Central Bank’s policy meeting. Market participants are looking forward to the supply data to gauge whether…

Hyundai to cut price of hydrogen fuel cell car

January 21, 2015 (Source: Hydrogen Fuel News) -- Hyundai announces that its fuel cell vehicle will be less expensive South Korean automaker Hyundai has announced that it will be lowering the price of its new fuel cell vehicle in…

IMF: World economy to grow 3.5 per cent

January 21, 2015 (Source: Hamilton Spectator) -- The International Monetary Fund has lowered its forecasts for global growth over the next two years, but is still growing. The downside is that in some areas there is weakness in most…
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