China to close a total of 103,710 tons of rare earth (oxide) capacities

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has ordered local governments to close a total of 103,710 tons of rare earth (oxide) capacities before the end of 2014, according to a public detailed list released by the MIIT on Aug 18th. For Chinese authorities have continued to show its determination to fight the rare earth overproduction crisis and is…

Energizer – Charging for the Next Phase

A balmier breeze has been blowing through the halls, where graphite stocks lay shivering for a long while, and that has turned the focus (pardon the pun) back onto the carbon sub-sector and its more serious players. The graphite sector was never as over-run with wannabes as the Rare Earth space, so there was never the need for mass attrition…

Western agricultural and potash sectors suffers more from anti-Russia sanctions than Russia itself

Russia has delivered a textbook response to the growing list of sanctions that the West and NATO countries have adopted, with more or less conviction, over its inevitable interventions in the Ukrainian civil war. Russia has banned food imports from several Western countries including Italy, Germany and Canada. It has also banned Western investment projects in the Russian agro-food sector…

Paul Zink of Rare Element Resources sees higher rare earth prices on the horizon

August 20, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Paul Zink, Senior VP and CFO for Rare Element Resources (‘RER’, TSX: RES | NYSE MKT: REE) about the current global rare earth pricing climate and what we should expect in 2014. Paul says that the Chinese government has started to stockpile rare earths again and that…

Julian Assange’s heart-it-leaks catalyst for determining his destiny

Julian Assange, the 43 year old Australian activist, who became famous for his WikiLeaks ‘project’, has announced that he is suffering from heart problems. He must, therefore, leave the diplomatic cocoon, where he has been living since June 2012. Julian Assange started publishing his revelations through a website known to very few, WikiLeaks, in 2007. His name exploded on the…

Indonesia’s Tin Export Ban – Success or Failure?

The expected boom in tin prices from Indonesia’s tightening of conditions for tin exports has not appeared. Or at least we might say it has not had the effect that Western traders and producers had expected. That is not to say that it hasn’t worked out the way the Indonesian government wanted. The mistake outsiders made was in thinking that…

Sanctions against Russia over Ukrainian crisis are counterproductive

The tension and the ongoing civil war in Ukraine's increasingly bloody battles will be expensive for the West and will damage what had been an already precarious relationship between the West and the former Soviet bloc. The West has embarked on an inexplicable ‘crusade’ against Moscow, which has reacted in an entirely predictable manner to the political crisis in Ukraine…

Anfield Resources, the Next Conventional U.S. Uranium Producer

Anfield Resources (TSXV: ARY | OTCQB: ANLDF) is a dual-commodity play focused on uranium and copper in the U.S and Chile. For the purposes of this article, I will discuss an extremely important development concerning the company's uranium business. Anfield's copper assets and the opportunities it has to build a formidable copper business in conjunction with a strategic partner is…

Are juniors poised to rally in coming weeks or months?

Two articles on August 11th, the first in the Wall Street Journal, entitled, "Hedge Funds are Digging Gold Miners," elicited a thought process that I believe is interesting. To be clear, the WSJ article was focusing on large hedge funds and large gold mining companies. However, the thesis certainly applies in many respects to juniors and not just gold companies.…

Potential Tesla battery supplier Graphite One begins drilling at Graphite Creek

Graphite One Resources Inc. (‘Graphite One’, TSXV: GPH | OTCQX: GPHOF) has  just announced that it will start drilling at its Graphite Creek Project, which the Company claims to be the only advanced stage large-scale, large flake graphite deposit in the United States. The Graphite Creek Property includes 129 claims covering a 6,799 hectares area in Alaska’s Seward Peninsula, just…

Mercedes Benz has better ‘driverless’ car solution than Google…for now

In the United States there are many companies, especially Google, which have been experimenting with self-driving or ‘driverless’ cars. As someone who loves to drive and who prefers old style manual transmissions and unassisted steering, the idea of technology that makes a mockery of the skill and pride of driving a car is rather bittersweet. In fact it is very…

InvestorIntel Special Report: Rare Earth Industry Leaders on U.S. Bill HR 4883

August 13, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel, speaks to leaders from the rare earths sector in the United States to gauge their support for HR Bill 4883. On June 17 of this year, US House Representative, Steve Stockman, introduced Bill HR 4883 “to provide for the establishment of a National Rare-Earth Refinery Cooperative, and for other…

Weslosky interviews Chris Ecclestone on “Dark Pools” vs. High Frequency Trading

August 13, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel, speaks to Chris Ecclestone, a principal and mining strategist at Hallgarten & Company about “dark pools” and High Frequency Trading (HFT). Dark pools are private vehicles for the trading of securities that are not openly available to the public. Financial institutions and hedge funds are the biggest practitioners of…

Epstein Interviews CEO Bob Lamond of Tuscany Energy

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Tuscany Energy (TSXV: TUS) is a Calgary based, oil focused company developing heavy oil pools in Saskatchewan through horizontal drilling. The following interview of Chairman & CEO Mr. Robert W. Lamond, took place by phone and email on August 6-8, 2014. Tuscany has a number of existing drilling locations and drill targets. Please list them in order of importance with a brief…

Mason Graphite expands resource and stock moves +25% in July

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Mason Graphite Inc. ("Mason", TSX.V: LLG | OTCQX: MGPHF) has the potential to deliver very high purity graphite – up to 99.9% graphitic carbon content - in response to new industrial applications, using traditional processes, which require relatively modest investment. On July 29, Mason expanded its resource, announcing the discovery of high-grade intersections graphite in the northeastern extension of Lake…

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

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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Blue Sky Uranium Signs Letter of Intent with UrAmerica Ltd.

August 21, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- Blue Sky Uranium Corp. (TSX-V: BSK, FRA: MAL (WKN: A0MKXP), "Blue Sky" or the "Company") wishes to announce that it has entered into a letter of intent ("LOI") with UrAmerica Ltd. ("UrAmerica") which outlines…

Oil futures up on U.S. economic data after early slides

August 21, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- U.S. and Brent crude futures rose on Thursday, lifted by supportive economic data from the United States after a plentiful supply picture and Chinese economic data had earlier pressured prices. Sales of existing U.S. homes…

Oil turns higher, shaking off weak China data

August 21, 2014 (Source: Marketwatch) -- Crude-oil futures trading in New York turned higher on Thursday, shaking off initial weakness following weak economic data from China, the world’s top oil consumer. Light, sweet crude futures for delivery in October CLV4, +0.89%  rose…

Gold Hits 2-Month Low on Firm Dollar, US Jobless Data

August 21, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Gold slid around 1 percent to its lowest in two months on Thursday, extending losses to a fifth session on a firm dollar and after slightly better than expected U.S. jobless claims fed expectations…

Oil Falls Towards 14-Month Low Below $102 on Ample Supply

August 21, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Brent crude oil fell below $102 a barrel on Thursday, near a 14-month low, on plentiful fuel supplies and as Chinese economic data pointed to slowing demand, although prices steadied in early U.S. trading.…

S&P 500 Tops Record Level on Economy Amid Fed Speculation

August 21, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to an all-time high, as data boosted optimism in the economy amid speculation the Federal Reserve will continue to support the recovery. The S&P…

Water and Sunlight the Formula for Sustainable Fuel

August 21, 2014 (Source: Australian National University) -- An ANU team has successfully replicated one of the crucial steps in photosynthesis, opening the way for biological systems powered by sunlight which could manufacture hydrogen as a fuel. “Water is abundant…

Fresnillo Proceeding to Second Option Stage on Coneto Project with Orex

August 21, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Orex Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:REX) ("Orex"), is pleased to announce that project partner Fresnillo PLC (LSE:FRES) ("Fresnillo"), has confirmed that they have met the exploration expenditures of the First Investment Option stage and are…

Lakeland Resources Inc. Provides Update on 2014 Exploration

August 21, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Lakeland Resources Inc. (TSXv: LK) (FSE: 6LL) (OTCQX: LRESF) (the "Company" or "Lakeland") is pleased to provide an update on recent and planned work at its 100% owned Athabasca Basin uranium properties. Highlights Star…

Arch Biopartners Appoints Adrian Haigh to Board of Directors

August 21, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Arch Biopartners Inc ("Arch" or the "Company) (CSE:ACH)(OTCBB:FOIFF) announced today the board has appointed Adrian Haigh as an interim director. Mr. Haigh is currently Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations and Chief Operating Officer of…

Victory Ventures Inc.: PDL Property Exploration Program

August 21, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Victory Ventures Inc. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: VVN) (FRANKFURT: VV0) wishes to announce a planned exploration program on the Company's PDL mineral property, located north of Keremeos, BC. The exploration work, planned for early…

Skyharbour Announces Exploration Plans for Preston Uranium Property

August 21, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Skyharbour Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SYH)(OTC Grey:SYHBF)(FRANKFURT:SC1N) (the "Company") is pleased to provide an update on the exploration plans for the Preston Uranium Property (the "Property") being explored by the Western Athabasca Syndicate (the "Syndicate").…

Lincoln Announces Sale of La Bufa Property

August 21, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Lincoln Mining Corporation, (TSX VENTURE:LMG) ("Lincoln" or the "Company") announces it has entered into a Purchase Agreement (the "Agreement") with Endeavour Silver Corp. ("Endeavour" or the "Purchaser") to sell the La Bufa property for…

India Official: Economy to Grow Close to 5.8% This Year

August 21, 2014 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- The Indian economy will expand close to 5.8% in the current fiscal year, Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram said Thursday, underscoring hopes that the south Asian country's growth would recover strongly this year.…
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