The European Holy Grail for Rare Earths: Tasman Metals

Tasman Metals Ltd. (TSXV: TSM | NYSE MKT: TAS) is a Canadian company for jurisdictional and thereby regulatory purposes that just announced their Pre-Feasibility Study for the Norra Karr heavy rare earth element project in Sweden. Its rare earths’ deposit under development is in Sweden and the CAPEX now and OPEX in the future will therefore be payable in Swedish Crowns.…

Gold Takeover Targets: Cheaper to Buy than Build

Takeover Target Series Part 2 --  The takeover market is heating up as mining companies look for less risky ways to expand operations, amid a prolonged slump in key commodities. In December, Coeur Mining Inc. announced it was buying Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. for USD$146M, giving Paramount's shareholders a 20% premium. Last week Probe Mines' shareholders received about a…

US Rare Earths’ dark monazite advantage for the separation of Rare Earths

US Rare Earths has geological and mineralogical advantages that speed up the path to production ahead of the competition January 26, 2015 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Howard Dunn,  BSc. Geo. Eng., MSc. Met. Eng., P.E. Chem and Principal of Process Engineering LLC for US Rare Earths (‘USRE’, OTCBB: UREE ) about the special mineralogy…

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…

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.…

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

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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…

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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Texas Rare Earth Resources Announces Completion of Rights Offering

January 26, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQX: TRER), an exploration company specializing in the heavy rare earths, today announced that it has completed its previously announced rights offering. The Company raised approximately $940,000 in…

CME Starts Gold Futures in Hong Kong in Price-Benchmark Race

January 26, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- CME Group Inc. (CME) started physically delivered kilobar gold futures in Hong Kong as it joins other exchanges vying to establish new price benchmarks in the top user region. The contract listed on…

Will the India-US nuclear deal work?

January 26, 2015 (Source: BBC) -- "It's a joyous, happy moment," chimed Abhishek Manu Singhvi, a senior functionary of India's main opposition Congress party, after the US and India announced a breakthrough on a pact that will allow American…

Researchers Make Magnetic Graphene

January 26, 2015 (Source: UC Riverside) -- Graphene, a one-atom thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, has many desirable properties. Magnetism alas is not one of them. Magnetism can be induced in graphene by doping…

Geomega Resources Inc.: Management Appointments

January 26, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Highlights of the news release: Dr. Pouya Hajiani promoted Chief Technology Officer Mr. Derek Lindsay appointed Chief Financial Officer Mr. Kiril Mugerman officialised Director of Corporate Development Geomega Resources Inc. ("GéoMégA" or the "Company")…

India Gets Obama’s Backing for $160 Billion Solar Push

January 26, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- India’s audacious plan to create a solar industry on the scale of China’s almost from scratch gained credibility with President Barack Obama’s pledge to lend U.S. financial support for the program. Without giving any…

Oil prices turn positive as OPEC sec gen calls bottom to market

January 26, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Oil prices turned positive on Monday, erasing early losses after the Secretary-General of the OPEC producer group said he expected the market to bottom out around current levels. March Brent crude was trading…

Tokyo’s hydrogen mission starts now

January 26, 2015 (Source: Japan Times) -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is setting up a ¥40 billion fund to promote the use of hydrogen energy and promote Japan’s ecological technologies ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games. The fund, according…

German Business Confidence Rises as Stimulus Effects Build

January 26, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- German business confidence rose for a third month as falling energy costs and anticipation of more European Central Bank stimulus helped lift optimism about an economic recovery. The Ifo institute’s business climate index,…

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.…
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