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Great Western and the Parable of the Headless Milliner

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Back in my Argentine days, I dealt regularly with an Australian, also in Argentina, who was trying to float various schemes over a series of years with zero success. Eventually my business partner’s wife blurted out at a social event a truism in Spanish which had everyone (except the Australian) rolling around laughing. She had said that the guy was…

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Baotou Steel Rare-earth (Group) Hi-tech’s net profits for the first half of this year plunged 73.52%

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China’s largest rare earths producer Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare-earth (Group) Hi-tech (SHSE: 600111) announced on August 25th that its net profit for the first half of this year plunged 73.52% year on year to RMB 278.3 million. The company said its operating revenue of about RMB 2.385 billion in the first six months, down 50.64% from a year ago.…

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Opportunities for investment into licensed medical marijuana producers hit the market this week

Investors seeking exposure to the Canadian medical marijuana industry now have more investment opportunities thanks to with OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (TSXV: OGI) and Bedrocan Cannabis Corp. (TSXV: BED) whose stocks drew significant attention this week. Until this week, Tweed (TSXV: TWD) remained the only publicly traded marijuana company with a Licensed Producer status from Health Canada. Since Health Canada’s new…

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MLPs in Mining – the Path Less Travelled

While financing in the first half of 2014 has been a quantum leap healthier than in the truly dire days of 2013, the reactivation (if I dare call it that) is certainly not rambunctious and it has not concluded anything that we would call innovative. However we might note that Royalty funds and those that use the Silver Wheaton-type model…

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Niocorp on the path to global niobium leadership

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Niobium is one of fourteen metals or groups of metals that the Council of Europe has identified as critical. The United States National Research Council considers it even more important, listing it as one of the five "most critical" metals. Niobium carries great economic importance, made all the more so by its high level of supply risk. As has been…

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Agnico Eagle working towards increasing Homestake Resources gold and silver grade

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Homestake Resource Corp (‘Homestake’, TSXV: HSR) is developing the gold and silver in northwestern British Columbia. It is part of the same stratigraphic assemblage of rocks as the Brucejack gold project, which was shown to contain several million ounces of gold (13 million ounces of gold and 62 million ounces of silver) and other gold-silver deposits hosted in lower Hazelton…

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Clausi on Arcan Resources: My Debt trumps your Equity

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Imagine going to your bank and saying, “My mortgage is almost due but I can’t pay it, so here’s a 27% discount on what I owe you, and I’m going to keep the rest because I feel like it.” Arcan Resources Ltd. tried doing that. Arcan produces light, sweet oil from the Swan Hills area of the Western Canadian Sedimentary…

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Epstein Interviews Don Baxter of Focus Graphite

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The following exclusive interview of Don Baxter, President & COO of Focus Graphite (TSXV: FMS | OTCQX: FCSMF), was conducted on August 18-20 by phone and email. Focus Graphite is a leading contender to be one of the first graphite producers into action. According to Mr. Baxter, Focus could be up and running in 2016. A takeaway from this comprehensive…

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Largo Resources starts production at lowest risk vanadium mine in the world

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Largo Resources (‘Largo’, TSXV: LGO) Largo Resources completed the first production of vanadium pentoxide at the Maracas Vanadium Project – now renamed ‘The Vanadio de Maracas Menchen Mine’ (Maracas for short) in honor of Kurt Menchen, Largo's President of Brazilian Operations.  Largo said it has tested the product at its laboratory, designed to meet all the specifications required in the…

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Energizer – Charging for the Next Phase

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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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…
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Economy in U.S. Expands 4.2%, More Than Previously Forecast

August 28, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- The economy in the U.S. expanded more than previously forecast in the second quarter, propelled by the biggest gain in business investment in more than two years that bodes well for the rest of…

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Paladin Energy: Financial Report for Year Ended 30 June 2014

August 28, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Paladin Energy Ltd ("Paladin" or "the Company") (TSX:PDN)(ASX:PDN) announces the release of its consolidated Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2014. The Financial Report is appended to this News Release. HIGHLIGHTS  OPERATIONS…

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DuSolo Obtains Operational License for Mining Site at Bomfim

August 28, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- DuSolo Fertilizers Inc. (TSX VENTURE:DSF)(PINKSHEETS:ELGSF)(FRANKFURT:E6R) ("DuSolo" or "the Company") is very pleased to report it has received the Operational license (Licença de Operação) for mining phosphate at the Company's Santiago Target. The License was…

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iBio Receives European Patent Allowances for Protein Expression Technology

August 28, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- iBio, Inc. (NYSE MKT: IBIO), a leader in plant-based biotechnology for developing and manufacturing biological products, received notices of intention to grant for two European patent applications claiming novel protein expression technologies. The first…

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Avino Re-Starts Mining Operations at the Avino Mine

August 28, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:ASM)(NYSE MKT:ASM)(FRANKFURT:GV6) ("Avino" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Avino Mine and the re-starting of mining operations. The Avino Mine is located…

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Rubber Meets the Road with New ORNL Carbon, Battery Technologies

August 28, 2014 (Source: ORNL) -- Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar, say researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National…

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Japan to Import Rare Earth from India – Nikkei

August 28, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Japan and India will next week agree to jointly produce mixed rare earth, with Japan set to start importing from India in 2015 as it tries to wean itself of its reliance on China,…

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ECB action unlikely next week without inflation slump

August 27, 2014 (Source: Reuters) --The European Central Bank is unlikely to take new policy action next week unless August inflation figures, due on Friday, show the euro zone sinking significantly towards deflation, ECB sources said. Speculation has grown since ECB…

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Junex Mobilizes its Drilling Rig Towards its Galt No. 4 Wellsite

August 27, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Junex Inc. (TSX VENTURE:JNX) ("Junex" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has acquired additional drilling equipment that upgrades its maximum drilling depth capacity to approximately 3,000 meters. This drilling rig, known…

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Gold Edges Higher as Dollar Retreats, Equities Steady

August 27, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Gold prices rose towards $1,285 an ounce on Wednesday, recovering further from the previous week's two-month low as stocks took a breather after a 2-1/2 week rally and the dollar index retreated from 13-month…

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Crude Oil Drops on Weak U.S. Gasoline Demand, Cushing Build

August 27, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Crude oil futures edged lower on Wednesday after a report showed declining U.S. gasoline demand in the world's top oil consumer and a build at the key Cushing, Oklahoma storage hub. In its weekly…

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Dearth of Oil Finds Threatens Long-Term Supplies, Price

August 27, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- The rate of oil discoveries continues to disappoint after a record low last year and firms could even cut their exploration budgets to save on costs, a risk to long-term supplies and prices, industry…

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Shell Sells Some Nigerian Onshore Oil Fields

August 27, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Royal Dutch Shell said it had reached deals on some of the four Nigerian oil fields it has offered for sale as the oil major pushes ahead with divesting global assets to cut costs.…

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U.S. Budget Gap Narrows to Smallest Since 2007, CBO Says

August 27, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- The U.S. budget deficit will narrow less than forecast this year even as it falls to the lowest level since 2007 as a share of the economy, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The…

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Elcora Resources Closes $700,000 Tranche 1 of Private Placement

August 27, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- Troy Grant, President and CEO of ELCORA RESOURCES CORP. (TSXV : ERA), (the "Company" or "Elcora"), is pleased to announce: Private Placement Tranche #1 Closes The Company has closed the first tranche of its…

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Euro Falls Widely on ECB Easing Speculation

August 27, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- The euro fell broadly on Wednesday, hitting a 19-month low against the Swiss franc, as speculation that the European Central Bank will resort to quantitative easing was fueled by yet more bad news from…

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Italy Must Cut Growth Forecast, Economy Minister Tells Corriere

August 27, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Italy must cut its output growth forecast, its economy minister told a newspaper, adding that economic weakness was a European problem that the region's governments needed to tackle together. The government in Rome predicted…

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IMF’s Lagarde Put under Investigation in French Fraud Case

August 27, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation by French magistrates for negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister. Lagarde, who this week was questioned…
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