Specialty Metals ETFs – Time to Turn Up the Heat

The Exchange Traded Fund phenomenon has been much derided by miners who feel (particularly in the precious metals space) that the physical metal ETFs have stolen a lot (most!) of their thunder. This is largely a self-inflicted wound as many gold miners could have paid dividends, and yet didn’t, as the payment of dividends would have skewed the playing field…

Rare Earth Expert Dr. David Dreisinger on Search Minerals Direct Extraction Process Technology

March 30, 2015 — Dr. David Dreisinger, Vice President and Director of Metallurgy for Search Minerals Inc. (TSXV: SMY) in an interview with Tracy Weslosky, Publisher for InvestorIntel speaks about developing critical rare earths assets in Labrador with Neodymium, Europium, Terbium, Dysprosium and Yttrium. Further to explaining the Search Minerals resource, Dr. Dreisinger discusses their patent pending for a direct…

Chinese rare earths exports dramatically decrease while global demand for rare earth products increase

On March 23th, Chinese customs authorities released data for February, showing that the country’s rare earths exports decreased 15.78% from a year ago to 1,363 tons of rare earth to the U.S. and fell 27.69% to 1,130 tons of rare earth to Japan in the first two months of the year, respectively. From January to February this year, China’s rare…

Russians designing ‘complex measures’ to attract Americans to invest in their gold

Amid the ever recovering national economy, the Russian government is designing a complex of measures for the attraction of foreign investors to the national industry of gold mining. According to state plans, the attraction of foreign investors will allow to significantly increase  gold production this year and to provide an impetus for the development of the domestic gold mining for…

Clausi follow-ups on Rumours, News and Guesses

It’s easy to toss an opinion out into the digital airwaves. It’s harder to track them back and see what’s happened since. So here we go, following up on some of my articles published here at InvestorIntel over the past few months: Pretium Resources. The rumour was that this developer of the massive Brucejack project in north British Columbia was…

Lifton on Rare Earths and American Security: 60 Wasted Minutes?

The telejournalists of CBS’ iconic 60 Minutes have done a genuine dis-service to American security by failing miserably to do any investigative reporting on the just broadcast segment with the theme: How Did China Corner The Market On A Critical Resource Nearly Every Electronic Device We Use Depends On? 60 Minutes broadcast ‘article” is about their perception of one company,…

Adrian Griffin on the Rare Earth, Lithium and Graphite Market

March 18, 2015 — Adrian Griffin, Director, Northern Minerals Limited (ASX: NTU); Managing Director, Cobre Montana NL (ASX: CXB); Chairman, Potash West NL; and Managing Director, Global Carbon Credits in an interview with Tracy Weslosky discusses the rare earth, lithium and graphite market for 2015. Tracy Weslosky: Adrian, it's a distinct pleasure to have you here. I mean, you're an…

Bromby on a new view on metals of the future

Gold and platinum “rare metals”? Perhaps not the best choice of terms for a book aimed at introducing readers to the less readily available metals. But American author Keith Veronese is rather locked into the terminology, courtesy of the title he chooses for his new book, Rare – The High-Stakes Race to Satisfy Our Need for the Scarcest Metals on…

Vanadium producer Largo Resources — changing of the guard

When NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("Niocorp", TSXV: NB | OTCQX: NIOBF) picked up Mark Smith, fresh from Molycorp, as its CEO, it was not difficult to fall back on analogies that likened NioCorp’s “catch” to bagging one of the biggest fish in the specialty metals space, indeed Mark Smith qualifies as the Great White Whale. The addition of Smith to the NioCorp team certainly…

GrowPros recent equity interest and vision as a diversified cannabis venture firm

March 9, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Ryan Brown, CEO of GrowPros Cannabis Ventures Inc. (CSE: GCI) about the recent agreement with MMPR applicant Herbaceous Inc. who has been issued a ready to build letter as well as GrowPros’ ongoing mandates focused on equipment and the service aspect of the industry. As a leading…

PDAC: The Show is On!

Rumour Central at The Show In the first week of March every year, 30,000 people from around the world and from every industry possible meet in Toronto for four days. Add alcohol, education and intense deal-chasing, and that's a breeding ground for great gossip. The real name of this annual event is the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, International…

Marijuana Investing Update – Here Comes the Judge!

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To be a good investor you have to know about the company, the industry, the macro-economics, and the legal context in which the investees operate. If you’ve been following the MMPR (Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations) licencing story, you know it’s been a confounding morass of stumbling fits and starts. No jurisdiction in the world has gotten it right from…

Miraculins first in class for seeking FDA approval for a diabetes screening device

Miraculins Inc. (TSXV: MOM) is expanding its market reach by seeking class II medical device approval by the FDA for its flagship commercial product, the Scout DSTM, a diabetes screening device that detects biomarkers present in the skin of pre-diabetic and Type 2 diabetic patients. The devise is non-invasive and painless to use: it performs its tests without needles, finger…

Takeover Chatter in the Oil Patch

Takeovers in the Oil Patch – Who is Loading Up? When a company raises cash and issues equity, compliance and good investor relations require the company to say how it will use the cash. Often the press release will contain the phrases, “for working capital” or “for general corporate purposes”. Those are magic words. Almost anything can fit into those…

InvestorIntelReport: A market turnaround?

The action for the week ending on Friday, February 6th on InvestorIntel supports our theory that we are (perhaps) in the midst of a turnaround. +47.07% for Biotech InvestorIntel member leaders or +37.78 for our Agribusiness sector, lead by crossover Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. A brand new InvestorIntel member last week, Bill Fleming takes the helm as CEO and Abattis enters…
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The Hidden Effects of Cheap Oil

March 31, 2015 (Source: The Atlantic) -- What do Russia, Exxon Mobil, and ISIS have in common? Not much, except that they’re all grappling with an inconvenient but incontrovertible truth: a sudden, significant, and prolonged shift in the price…

Hyundai plans to have autonomous tech on market by 2020

March 31, 2015 (Source: Auto News) -- Hyundai Motor Co. said today it aims to commercialize autonomous driving capabilities in some of its cars in 2020, as the South Korean automaker plays catch-up in the increasingly competitive technology. Automakers…

US crude oil production at record high

March 31, 2015 (Source: The Australian) -- Crude oil production in the US last year reached its highest level in more than a century as moves by OPEC to slow down the industry ended in failure. According to figures released…

Texas Town Going All in on Solar and Wind

March 31, 2015 (Source: Discovery News) -- Georgetown, Texas, a city of about 48,000 people 25 miles north of Austin, has long been known as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas. But now Georgetown will have another distinction. It’s the…

Argentina, Bolivia sign agreement to develop nuclear energy

March 31, 2015 (Source: World Nuclear News) -- Argentina and Bolivia have signed a cooperation agreement to promote and develop infrastructure and institutions for the peaceful use of nuclear energy, the Bolivian ministry of hydrocarbons and energy said on…

U.S. may skirt oil storage crisis as drivers hit the road

March 31, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- A month ago, it seemed inevitable: a massive global oversupply of crude oil production would overwhelm storage tanks in Oklahoma and fill supertankers off Singapore. Now, there are growing signs that the U.S. oil…

OPEC oil output hits highest level since October

March 31, 2015 (Source: Globe and Mail) -- OPEC oil supply has jumped in March to its highest since October as Iraq’s exports rebounded after bad weather and Saudi Arabia pumped at close to record rates, a Reuters survey…

Great Lakes Graphite Inc.: IIROC Trading Halt

March 31, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company: Great Lakes Graphite Inc. TSX-Venture Symbol: GLK Reason: At the Request of the Company Pending News Halt Time (ET): 9 :10 AM IIROC can make…

Specialty Metals ETFs – Time to Turn Up the Heat

The Exchange Traded Fund phenomenon has been much derided by miners who feel (particularly in the precious metals space) that the physical metal ETFs have stolen a lot (most!) of their thunder. This is largely a self-inflicted wound as…

Potash group finalizes pricing contract with Chinese customers

March 30, 2015 (Source: Globe and Mail) -- Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan and its North American fertilizer partners have finalized contracts with its major Chinese customers at what it called “current competitive levels,” the company said in a statement. The…

Construction starts on Hongyanhe 5

March 30, 2015 (Source: World Nuclear News) -- China has resumed construction of new nuclear power plant projects after a hiatus of 15 months. Construction of the fifth unit of the Hongyanhe plant in Liaoning province began yesterday. The…

Gold prices slip below $US1200

March 30, 2015 (Source: The Australian) -- Gold prices fell on Monday, slipping below the key $US1,200-an-ounce level on the rising US dollar. The dollar strengthened, putting downward pressure on dollar-priced commodities like gold, which become more expensive to…

US battles Opec as oil output growth beats 100 year record

March 30, 2015 (Source: Telegraph) -- Opec's efforts to slow down the pace of growth of America's oil industry last year have failed, according to new data which revealed that drillers in the US increased production at the highest…

North America Potash Producers Sign Contract With Chinese Buyers

March 30, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. and North America’s two other largest producers of the crop nutrient signed 2015 supply contracts with their major customers in China at “current competitive levels.” Canpotex, the marketing…

Amid Yemen chaos, China keeps oil shipments flowing

March 30, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- China has managed to export a large shipment of crude oil from Yemen over the weekend, ship-tracking data showed on Monday, despite mounting chaos in the country after the launch of Saudi-led air…

Romania reconnects nuclear reactor to grid after maintenance

March 30, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Romanian state-owned nuclear power producer Nuclearelectrica reconnected its first nuclear reactor to the national power grid on Sunday after two-day maintenance works, the company said on Monday. Nuclearelectrica has two 706 megawatt reactors…

China plans to build huge space solar power station

March 30, 2015 (Source: Economic Times) -- China plans to build a huge solar power station 36,000 kilometres above the ground in an attempt to battle smog, cut greenhouse gases and solve energy crisis, much on the lines of…

Apple Watch to spark wearable tech growth: IDC

March 30, 2015 (Source: Daily Mail) -- Wearable technology devices are seeing a growth surge that is likely to continue over the next few years, helped by the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch, a market tracker said Monday. IDC said it…

Wall Street higher as biotechs rally on M&A deals

March 30, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- U.S. stocks rallied more than 1 percent on Monday, with biotech stocks among the most active names amid a number of major deals in the space. The day's gains were broad as major…
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