Rare earth ‘grade leader’ Peak Resources’ gains 30% in share price on new beneficiation process

August 19, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Darren Townsend, Managing Director for Peak Resources Ltd. (‘Peak’, ASX: PEK) about the recently announced beneficiation breakthrough at the Ngualla Project in Tanzania. This, no doubt, contributed to Peak gaining almost 30% in share price in the span of a month.  Darren mentioned the low CAPEX, as…

Mackowski Success Factors for Rare Earths Development (Part I: Funding)

In my previous series of articles of Rare Earth Oxides (REO) Art vs. Science series, I discussed the issue of separation. How different types of separation requirements can be viewed and understood in a manner suitable for the non-scientific readers of InvestorIntel. From the comments received, I see that the style, format and technology level of my writings met with…

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…

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.…

Ode to the Bluegrass State of Kentucky for kicking off the hemp boom

Ah, Kentucky: thank you for bourbon and The Derby and good basketball. Now, surprisingly, add industrial hemp to that list. Hemp is a versatile wonder herb, currently used in food, consumer textiles, building materials, plastics, biofuel, industrial products, fuel, personal care … the list goes on and on. And unlike its cousin cannabis, it contains less than 0.1% THC, so…

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…

Does Graphene Undermine the Tesla Gigafactory Business Case?

Let’s start with “Extant”. Every Wednesday night on CBS, this TV series returns with a new episode. Apart from the pleasure of watching Halle Berry, the show is compelling due to its combination of adventurous storylines and the use of near-future artificial intelligence technologies. “Extant” is set in an unspecified future with lots of gizmos and gadgets. The most interesting…

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…

NanoStruck addresses developing world’s demand for water purification solutions

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Many people in the developing world are exposed to unsanitary living conditions and often left no choice but to drink water from contaminated streams, rivers or other surface water. Ironically, while they need to drink water for basic survival that same water can also make them sick. Dysentery can often be deadly in poor countries, let alone something like the…

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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EBRD Russia Lending Freeze Sinks Plans for Joint Fund With Rusnano

August 19, 2014 (Source: Moscow Times) -- The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, or EBRD, has pulled out of a planned joint investment fund with state-owned technology investment company Rusnano, after the EU clamped down on EBRD lending in Russia over Moscow's actions in Ukraine, Rusnano…

Japan-China Trade Set to Grow First Time in 3 Years

August 19, 2014 (Source: WSJ) -- Trade between Japan and China is expected to grow this year for the first time in three years, but it won't likely reach the level before a territorial dispute erupted in 2012, data…

Israel Chems Files Confidential Prospectus With SEC

August 19, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Israel Chemicals (ICL) has filed a confidential prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ahead of a planned share offering next month, financial newspaper TheMarker said on Tuesday. ICL, Israel's second largest…

Yellen Rate Rise Talk Noise to Strategist Seeing Gains

August 19, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Andrew Garthwaite has a message for stock investors unnerved by the prospect of the first Federal Reserve interest-rate increase since 2006: Don’t panic. As they bet Janet Yellen’s Fed will raise rates around mid-2015,…

Gold stays glued to $1,300 level

August 19, 2014 (Source: Marketwatch) -- Gold prices bounced around the key $1,300 level on Tuesday, but remained mostly in a holding pattern as traders were busy pushing the Nasdaq Composite to 14-year highs ahead of Fed Chairwoman Janet…

Yingli Green Energy to Power FC Bayern Munich with Renewable Energy

August 19, 2014 (Source: PRNewswire) -- Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) ("Yingli Green Energy" or the "Company"), the largest vertically integrated photovoltaic ("PV") module manufacturer in the world, known as "Yingli Solar," today announced that it has…

WTI Oil Declines as September Contract Nears Expiration

August 19, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- West Texas Intermediate oil fell as investors sold September crude before expiration and purchased cheaper contracts for future delivery. Brent dropped close to the lowest level in almost 14 months. The front month’s premium…

Norway to Award Oil Licenses in New Offshore Areas in 2016

August 19, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Norway will award oil and gas licenses in new offshore areas, including in an important Arctic zone bordering Russia, in the first half of 2016, the oil and energy ministry said on Tuesday, in…

Crash in Oil Prices Deals Blow to Sanctions-Hit Russian Economy

August 19, 2014 (Source: The Moscow Times) -- Russian Urals crude weakened for an eight straight trading day on Monday due to weak European refining demand, falling well below $100 a barrel for the first time in a year in a move to increase the pain for Russian state finances…

ECB in Policy Limbo, Boxed in By Its Own Plans

August 19, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- The European Central Bank is in a policy no man's land, bombarded by news of a stagnating euro zone economy but hesitant to move forward with new stimulus until measures it loaded in June…

China Should Cut Interest Rates: Government Researcher

August 19, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- China ought to loosen monetary policy further through "modest" cuts in bank lending rates and reserve requirements by next year to spur economic growth, a researcher at a government think-tank said. Chen Dongqi, deputy…

China Allows 3 More Banks Including Stanchart to Import Gold

August 19, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- China has allowed three more banks, including a foreign lender, to import gold, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said, as the world's top gold buyer gears up for its strongest effort yet…

BHP Billiton Plans to Spin Off Mining Assets

August 19, 2014 (Source: CTV News) -- A world mining giant with a significant presence in Saskatchewan is undergoing a major restructuring. BHP Billiton Ltd., which is heavily invested in a potash project near Lanigan, plans to spin off its…

Saint Jean Provides Walker Final Payment

August 19, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Saint Jean Carbon Inc. ("Saint Jean" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:SJL) with reference to its prior press release dated August 19, 2013 is pleased to announce that it has completed the Walker transaction, which…

San Gold and Kerr Mines Sign Definitive Merger Agreement

August 19, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES NOR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES. San Gold Corporation (TSX:SGR)(OTCQX:SGRCF) ("San Gold") and Kerr Mines Inc. (TSX:KER) ("Kerr Mines") are pleased to announce that, further…

This Electron Gun Builds Jet Engines

August 19, 2014 (Source: GE Reports) -- Engineers at the Italian aerospace company Avio have developed a breakthrough process for 3D printing light-weight metal blades for jet engine turbines. The method builds the blades from a titanium powder fused with…

MDN Announces the Start of the Exploration Program on Samaqua

August 19, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- MDN Inc. (TSX:MDN) (the "Company") is pleased to confirm the start of the previously announced exploration program on its wholly-owned Samaqua property. The property is located north of Girardville in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of…
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