Lithium Extraction Technology: Gamechanger or a False Dawn?

As the commodities markets continue to struggle, I’ve been outspoken for some time now on the need for companies across the entire value chain to focus on ways to lower costs to remain competitive. While Selling, General, and Administrative (S,G,&A) expenses are likely the easiest places to start “cutting to the bone”, there is a limit here. Having a top…

Rare Earth Expert Dr. David Dreisinger on Search Minerals Direct Extraction Process Technology

March 30, 2015 — Dr. David Dreisinger, Vice President and Director of Metallurgy for Search Minerals Inc. (TSXV: SMY) in an interview with Tracy Weslosky, Publisher for InvestorIntel speaks about developing critical rare earths assets in Labrador with Neodymium, Europium, Terbium, Dysprosium and Yttrium. Further to explaining the Search Minerals resource, Dr. Dreisinger discusses their patent pending for a direct…

Chinese rare earths exports dramatically decrease while global demand for rare earth products increase

On March 23th, Chinese customs authorities released data for February, showing that the country’s rare earths exports decreased 15.78% from a year ago to 1,363 tons of rare earth to the U.S. and fell 27.69% to 1,130 tons of rare earth to Japan in the first two months of the year, respectively. From January to February this year, China’s rare…

Russians designing ‘complex measures’ to attract Americans to invest in their gold

Amid the ever recovering national economy, the Russian government is designing a complex of measures for the attraction of foreign investors to the national industry of gold mining. According to state plans, the attraction of foreign investors will allow to significantly increase  gold production this year and to provide an impetus for the development of the domestic gold mining for…

Clausi follow-ups on Rumours, News and Guesses

It’s easy to toss an opinion out into the digital airwaves. It’s harder to track them back and see what’s happened since. So here we go, following up on some of my articles published here at InvestorIntel over the past few months: Pretium Resources. The rumour was that this developer of the massive Brucejack project in north British Columbia was…

Lifton on Rare Earths and American Security: 60 Wasted Minutes?

The telejournalists of CBS’ iconic 60 Minutes have done a genuine dis-service to American security by failing miserably to do any investigative reporting on the just broadcast segment with the theme: How Did China Corner The Market On A Critical Resource Nearly Every Electronic Device We Use Depends On? 60 Minutes broadcast ‘article” is about their perception of one company,…

Adrian Griffin on the Rare Earth, Lithium and Graphite Market

March 18, 2015 — Adrian Griffin, Director, Northern Minerals Limited (ASX: NTU); Managing Director, Cobre Montana NL (ASX: CXB); Chairman, Potash West NL; and Managing Director, Global Carbon Credits in an interview with Tracy Weslosky discusses the rare earth, lithium and graphite market for 2015. Tracy Weslosky: Adrian, it's a distinct pleasure to have you here. I mean, you're an…

Bromby on a new view on metals of the future

Gold and platinum “rare metals”? Perhaps not the best choice of terms for a book aimed at introducing readers to the less readily available metals. But American author Keith Veronese is rather locked into the terminology, courtesy of the title he chooses for his new book, Rare – The High-Stakes Race to Satisfy Our Need for the Scarcest Metals on…

Vanadium producer Largo Resources — changing of the guard

When NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("Niocorp", TSXV: NB | OTCQX: NIOBF) picked up Mark Smith, fresh from Molycorp, as its CEO, it was not difficult to fall back on analogies that likened NioCorp’s “catch” to bagging one of the biggest fish in the specialty metals space, indeed Mark Smith qualifies as the Great White Whale. The addition of Smith to the NioCorp team certainly…

GrowPros recent equity interest and vision as a diversified cannabis venture firm

March 9, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Ryan Brown, CEO of GrowPros Cannabis Ventures Inc. (CSE: GCI) about the recent agreement with MMPR applicant Herbaceous Inc. who has been issued a ready to build letter as well as GrowPros’ ongoing mandates focused on equipment and the service aspect of the industry. As a leading…

PDAC: The Show is On!

Rumour Central at The Show In the first week of March every year, 30,000 people from around the world and from every industry possible meet in Toronto for four days. Add alcohol, education and intense deal-chasing, and that's a breeding ground for great gossip. The real name of this annual event is the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, International…

Marijuana Investing Update – Here Comes the Judge!

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To be a good investor you have to know about the company, the industry, the macro-economics, and the legal context in which the investees operate. If you’ve been following the MMPR (Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations) licencing story, you know it’s been a confounding morass of stumbling fits and starts. No jurisdiction in the world has gotten it right from…

Takeover Chatter in the Oil Patch

Takeovers in the Oil Patch – Who is Loading Up? When a company raises cash and issues equity, compliance and good investor relations require the company to say how it will use the cash. Often the press release will contain the phrases, “for working capital” or “for general corporate purposes”. Those are magic words. Almost anything can fit into those…

InvestorIntelReport: A market turnaround?

The action for the week ending on Friday, February 6th on InvestorIntel supports our theory that we are (perhaps) in the midst of a turnaround. +47.07% for Biotech InvestorIntel member leaders or +37.78 for our Agribusiness sector, lead by crossover Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. A brand new InvestorIntel member last week, Bill Fleming takes the helm as CEO and Abattis enters…
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Largo provides production update

April 1, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- Largo Resources Ltd. ("Largo" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update on production at its Maracas Menchen Mine (the "Mine" or "Project"). During the month of March, production rates and recoveries…

U.S. Oil Imports From OPEC Have Plunged to a 28-Year Low

April 1, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- America is the world's biggest oil customer, and OPEC is losing its business—fast. U.S. imports of oil and petroleum products from OPEC have fallen to a 28-year low, according to data from the…

Will Mideast power equation prompt Arab states to go nuclear?

April 1, 2015 (Source: Al Jazeera) -- Demand for electricity, rather than regional strategic rivalries, may be spurring a number of Arab countries to turn to nuclear power. While much of the world’s attention is locked on Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions,…

Fed’s Lockhart sticks with June to September liftoff

April 1, 2015 (Source: CNBC) -- Atlanta Federal Reserve bank president Dennis Lockhart said on Wednesday that the United States remains on track for a likely interest rate hike in the June to September period, with a weak first quarter…

Gold rises after downbeat March, awaits U.S. jobs data

April 1, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Gold rose more than one percent on Wednesday as the dollar retreated after a downbeat U.S. jobs report raised expectations the Federal Reserve could be more cautious in tightening monetary policy. The dollar fell…

Huge boost for hydrogen fuelled cars in UK

April 1, 2015 (Source: Express) -- The government has announced funding for seven new hydrogen projects in the UK. The £6.6 million investment will help fund an initial network of 12 hydrogen refuelling stations, including new stations built in Brentford…

Renewable energy investment rose 17% worldwide in 2014

April 1, 2015 (Source: CBC News) -- Worldwide investment in renewable energy rose 17 per cent in 2014 to $270 billion, throwing off the effects of lower oil prices. It was a reversal of a downturn in interest in renewables…

Savvy tech investors showing confidence in Hong Kong

April 1, 2015 (Source: South China Morning Post) -- A Hong Kong start-up, Vitargent (International) Biotechnology Ltd, has come up with a new process that could vastly improve the effectiveness of food safety testing. Its test uses fish embryos…

Oil rallies as Iran nuclear talks drag on

April 1, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Brent crude oil futures reversed early losses to rally to $55.50 barrel as talks over Iran's nuclear programme continued, curbing expectations of an immediate deal that would allow Iranian crude onto the market. Talks between…

Euro-Area Manufacturing Growth Revised Higher on German Boost

April 1, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Euro-area manufacturing expanded faster than initially estimated last month, helped by growth in Spain and Italy and a stronger performance in Germany, the region’s largest economy. Markit Economics said its Purchasing Managers Index rose…

The Hidden Effects of Cheap Oil

March 31, 2015 (Source: The Atlantic) -- What do Russia, Exxon Mobil, and ISIS have in common? Not much, except that they’re all grappling with an inconvenient but incontrovertible truth: a sudden, significant, and prolonged shift in the price…

Hyundai plans to have autonomous tech on market by 2020

March 31, 2015 (Source: Auto News) -- Hyundai Motor Co. said today it aims to commercialize autonomous driving capabilities in some of its cars in 2020, as the South Korean automaker plays catch-up in the increasingly competitive technology. Automakers…

US crude oil production at record high

March 31, 2015 (Source: The Australian) -- Crude oil production in the US last year reached its highest level in more than a century as moves by OPEC to slow down the industry ended in failure. According to figures released…

Texas Town Going All in on Solar and Wind

March 31, 2015 (Source: Discovery News) -- Georgetown, Texas, a city of about 48,000 people 25 miles north of Austin, has long been known as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas. But now Georgetown will have another distinction. It’s the…

Argentina, Bolivia sign agreement to develop nuclear energy

March 31, 2015 (Source: World Nuclear News) -- Argentina and Bolivia have signed a cooperation agreement to promote and develop infrastructure and institutions for the peaceful use of nuclear energy, the Bolivian ministry of hydrocarbons and energy said on…

U.S. may skirt oil storage crisis as drivers hit the road

March 31, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- A month ago, it seemed inevitable: a massive global oversupply of crude oil production would overwhelm storage tanks in Oklahoma and fill supertankers off Singapore. Now, there are growing signs that the U.S. oil…

OPEC oil output hits highest level since October

March 31, 2015 (Source: Globe and Mail) -- OPEC oil supply has jumped in March to its highest since October as Iraq’s exports rebounded after bad weather and Saudi Arabia pumped at close to record rates, a Reuters survey…

Great Lakes Graphite Inc.: IIROC Trading Halt

March 31, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company: Great Lakes Graphite Inc. TSX-Venture Symbol: GLK Reason: At the Request of the Company Pending News Halt Time (ET): 9 :10 AM IIROC can make…

Specialty Metals ETFs – Time to Turn Up the Heat

The Exchange Traded Fund phenomenon has been much derided by miners who feel (particularly in the precious metals space) that the physical metal ETFs have stolen a lot (most!) of their thunder. This is largely a self-inflicted wound as…
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