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…

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…

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.…

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…

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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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.…

RES Canada Announces Construction of Canadian Solar Project

August 20, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada), a leader in the development and construction of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in Canada, is pleased to announce it has been selected to construct a…

Gold Prices Slip After Fed Minutes

August 20, 2014 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- Gold prices continued to fall in electronic trading Wednesday, as minutes from the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting showed the central bank debating whether to raise interest rates sooner than expected.…

Refracking brings ‘vintage’ oil and gas wells to life

August 20, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- A fracking boom isn't enough for U.S. oil and gas producers - they're now starting the re-fracking boom. Wells sunk as little as three years ago are being fracked again, the latest innovation in the…

Organovo’s 3D Printed Liver Could Detect the Toxicity of a Drug

August 20, 2014 (Source: 3ders.org) -- Pioneering 3D printing biology company Organovo announced that it has passed a major drug test with the company's 3D bioprinting technology. In collaboration with a major pharmaceutical company, Organovo demonstrated that its 3D Human…

Rosneft Should Extract Oil, Not State Cash

August 20, 2014 (Source: Moscow Times) -- Last week's biggest economic sensation was the news that Rosneft, one of the largest oil companies in the world, had appealed to the Russian government for help. One of their requests, for example, was a soft loan of 1.5 trillion rubles…

Govt eyes basic price for N-power generation

August 20, 2014 (Source: Japan News) -- With an eye on the upcoming deregulation of electricity, the government will study whether to set a basic price, especially for electricity generated by nuclear power, to ensure revenue for electricity suppliers,…

Solar Energy that Doesn’t Block the View

August 20, 2014 (Source: Michigan State University) -- A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through…

Japanese government bonds attract overseas buyers

August 20, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Data from the Japan Securities Dealers Association showed that foreign net purchases of JGBs, excluding treasury bills, totalled 1.28 trillion yen, the largest amount since June 2012. "Foreign buyers were net sellers of JGBs the…

Global Stocks Halts Rally, Boe Minutes Stun Markets

August 20, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- World stocks fell on Wednesday as investors braced for the possibility that a major central bank could raise interest rates this year after Bank of England minutes showed two of the bank's nine rate-setters…

Stevens Says Confidence Better Growth Driver Than Rate Cuts

August 20, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens said the nation’s economy needs an injection of confidence rather than lower interest rates to stimulate growth, signaling policy will probably remain unchanged. “I don’t really think…

Cavan Retains GFSS for Land Negotations

August 20, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- CAVAN VENTURES INC. (TSX VENTURE:CVN) ("Cavan" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it will retain Germain Favel Specialized Services Incorporated ("GFSS") to act on its behalf to identify and negotiate potential mineral…
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