Nouveau Monde to join graphite rush

Change can be good — especially if you're a producer of some product or material where there is a large, new demand source coming into the market.  That's occurring right now in the natural graphite market. This market was previously driven by several industrial applications and, in particular, refractories for the global steel industry. That kept graphite prices largely in lockstep with other steelmaking components such as iron…

Iron giants go separate lithium ways

If you look at the latest operational report out this week from global mining major Rio Tinto, it lists its Jadar lithium and borates project in Serbia as being one of its slate of early-stage projects. Indeed, the coverage of the report by the Australian Financial Review concluded with the remark that, of all Rio's new project line-up, Jadar was far and away the most exciting. Two…

Gold – the strategic investment metal

A funny thing happened after Great Britain voted to leave the European Union on June 23. According to Reuters, the British people quickly rediscovered their need for some gold reassurance. From Reuters “After Brexit, ordinary Britons warm to gold as a safe haven” "Dealers are seeing an unprecedented amount of interest in gold, much of it from first-time buyers, to take advantage of its role as a safe…

Lifton challenges the WSJ editorial on Honda no longer using heavy rare earths

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This morning The Wall Street Journal editorial page, no less, “reports” that Honda will no longer use “heavy” rare earths in its “hybrid” car engines after 2017. What the WSJ editorial staff does not understand is that this is shilling for Honda and says nothing about the use of rare earths in general for EVs, electrified, not hybrid, vehicles. Honda is among the world’s largest manufacturers of…

Petersen on the challenges of storing electricity generated from solar panels

July 20, 2016 -- InvestorIntel senior editor John Petersen wrote here last week that "since our planet has roughly 5,500,000 MW of installed generating capacity, the 9,025 MW of installed new technology energy storage is little more than a tentative first step in the right direction. We’re all trying to figure out where the path leads from here." Now, in an interview with InvestorIntel Publisher Tracy Weslosky,…

Recycling Recycling: the great lithium challenge

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The first words of the title of this article are intended to be read, respectively, as an adjective and a noun. I want to address the topic of recycling with the focus of the discussion to encompass the conservation of the rare technology metals. Ironically the main driver for the extensive and — in the cases of iron, copper (the key technology metal) and lead — comprehensive…

Research on profitable gold mine price targets a 286% gain

Where would you find a publicly-listed rare earth company that makes a profit? Or a company that has a unique mix of rare and specialty metals such as zirconium, hafnium, and niobium with a profitable gold mine as well? Alkane Resources Ltd. (OTCQX: ANLKY | ASX: ALK) is the subject of a 32-page report by analyst Christopher Ecclestone of Hallgarten & Company. He has a 12-month price target on the company that,…

H2O Innovation acquisition to add $34.5M in topline revenues

H2O Innovation Inc (TSXV: HEO | OTCQX: HEOFF) reported on July 13 the $17 M acquisition of Utility Partners LLC, a US-base company specializing in the operation and maintenance of water and wastewater treatment plants. The news was well received by investors. The company closed up significantly last week rallying $0.19 or 13.8% to $1.67 and setting a new high. Shares have gained 51.82% year to date…

Vadanta gambles on zinc

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We draw attention to Zinc and its steady rise to a recent thirteen month high to $2,216/tonne on the 15th of July. With the metal generally one of the lesser used of the base metals, zinc last week rose due to concerns over a possible supply deficit. According to the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG), global zinc mine production declined by 8.1% y.o.y. in the…

InvestorIntel Report: Arafura stock boosts rare earths image; Gold miners re-ranked; Discoveries galore

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A rare earth company seeing its shares rise by 53.06% in a week? It’s an extraordinary event, and even more so because it seems to have entirely skipped the attention of the Australian financial press (so far as I can see from a news search). Such was the case with Arafura Resources Ltd. (ASX: ARU) which saw its shares gain from A$0.049 at the close on July 8, to have them at A$0.075 when trading finished on the following Friday, July 15 (and there were trades as…

Meredith on West Red Lake Gold building on one of the richest gold deposits in the world

July 16, 2016 - West Red Lake Gold Mines Inc. (CSE: RLG |  FWB: HYK |  OTC: HYLKF) is a Toronto based company focused on gold exploration and development in the prolific Red Lake gold district of northwestern Ontario, Canada. The Red Lake Gold District is host to some of the richest gold deposits in the world and has produced over 30 million ounces of gold from high grade zones.…

NioCorp and scandium — walking the walk

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When it comes to scandium, it seems to be have been a case of so many plans, so little scandium — quite a deal of talking the talk, not so much walking the walk. Until now. It may be only at the bench-testing level, but NioCorp Developments Ltd. (TSX: NB | OTCQX: NIOBF | FSE: BR3) has produced the first sample of scandium material from its Elk…

Understanding the cost of stationary energy storage

The next decade will be a challenging era for energy storage technology developers, but a highly profitable time for their raw material suppliers. It’s essentially the same dynamic that prevailed during the California Gold Rush when miners were dropping like flies but merchants who sold picks, shovels, shakers, pans and blue jeans smiled all the way to the bank. Historically, North America and Europe had plenty of…

Lifton on the hottest resource topic in China today – lithium.

July 13, 2016 -- InvestorIntel Senior Editor Jack Lifton is just back from his latest visit to China where he picked more impressions of what is shaping that country's policies on acquiring resource projects around the world. He sees this as part of a much larger, and longer story, of how the world has changed and evolved: Britain and the United States had their moments in the…

Formation Metals and Cobalt: We have the edge of a fully transparent supply chain

July 13, 2016 -- Cobalt prices have continued to edge up with commentators noting the market mood is an expectation that demand is on the rise and future buying will be higher. The cobalt market is in flux due to two factors: one, there has been a growing realisation that this metal will be required in far greater quantities as the battery market expands and, two, the…

Otis’s Kilgore deposit has multi-million ounce gold potential says analyst

The development of mining projects, from exploration to actual mining, seems so often to take years, and is rarely completed in anything like the proposed timetable announced when work began. That is one of the common trends in mining; the other is the fact that so many discoveries stay just that, and often for many decades. And, when the right company finally gets hold of the project…

Gold: Yelling “Fire” in a packed theatre

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"Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money." — Daniel Webster (1782-1852), U.S. constitutional scholar, Secretary of State, and senator. It is not often that central bankers start yelling “fire” in a packed theatre, so when it happened in Basel, Switzerland last month I was more than mildly interested. It didn’t happen…

Nouveau Monde graphite targets North American lithium-ion battery market

July 12, 2016 -- Nouveau Monde Mining Enterprises Inc. (TSXV: NOU | Frankfurt: NM9 | OTC Pink: NMGRF) owns the Matawinie graphite property, located in the Saint-Michel-des-Saints area, approximately 130 km north of Montreal, Québec. The project is also in close proximity to the Lac-Des-Îles mine, the only graphite producer in North America. The company is targeting the North American lithium-ion battery market which has given priority to obtaining…
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Electrovaya Joins the OTCQX Market in the United States

July 22, 2016 (Source) -- Electrovaya (TSX: EFL) (OTCQX: EFLVF) today announced that it has been approved to trade on the OTCQX Best Market in the United States under the symbol "EFLVF." Electrovaya will continue to trade on the Toronto…

Signature Announces Closing of Final Tranche of Private Placement

July 21, 2016 (Source) -- Signature Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SGU)(OTC PINK:SGGTF) ("Signature" or the "Company") is pleased to announce today that it closed the second and final tranche (the "Second Tranche") of its unit (the "Units") financing (the "Financing") initially…

Harte Gold Closes Private Placement & Announces Strategic Investor

July 21, 2016 (Source) -- HARTE GOLD CORP. ("Harte Gold") (TSX:HRT)(OTC:HRTFF)(FRANKFURT:H4O) has raised gross proceeds of $4,050,000 pursuant to the closing on July 20, 2016 of a non-brokered private placement of 13,500,000 Units ("Units") priced at $0.30 per Unit. Each…

Cancana JV Discovers Gold Anomalies on Rondonia Property Package

July 19, 2016 (Source) -- Multi-commodity team returns early positive results Pan concentrate and soil sampling outlines multiple gold anomalies Reconnaissance pan program and soil sampling program continues Cancana Resources Corp. (TSX VENTURE:CNY) (the "Company" or "Cancana") and its…

Green Swan Capital Corp. Site Visit

July 14, 2016 (Source) -- Green Swan Capital Corp. (GSW: TSX-V) (“Green Swan”) announces continuation of its exploration on its 100% owned cobalt property in the world-famous Sudbury Basin, Ontario including a recent site visit by management. Pictures of the…

Snipp to Host Live Webinar With Verizon on July 26th 2016

July 14, 2016 (Source) -- Snipp Interactive Inc. ("Snipp") (OTCQX:SNIPF)(TSX VENTURE:SPN), an international provider of marketing promotions, rebates and loyalty solutions listed on the OTCQX and the TSX Venture Exchange, will be hosting a live webinar on 'Marketing in the…

Otis Increases Private Placement to $1.8 Million

July 13, 2016 (Source) -- Otis Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:OOO)(OTC PINK:OGLDF) ("Otis" or the "Company") announces an increase in its previously reported $500,000 private placement (see News Release dated June 30, 2016) to $1,800,000, and will now issue up to…

IntelGenx to Initiate Phase 1 Trial of Montelukast

July 13, 2016 (Source) -- IntelGenx Corp., (TSX VENTURE:IGX)(OTCQX:IGXT), today announced the recent initiation of a phase 1 clinical trial of montelukast, a unique drug repurposing opportunity for the treatment of degenerative diseases of the brain, such as: mild cognitive…

NioCorp Produces The First Scandium Material From Elk Creek

July 13, 2016 (Source) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. (“NioCorp” or the "Company”) (TSX:NB) (OTCQX:NIOBF) (FSE:BR3) announces that the first sample of scandium material has been produced from its Elk Creek, Nebraska resource.  The sample was produced recently during the on-going…

Cancana JV Reports Second Quarter 2016 Operations Update

July 12, 2016 (Source) -- Record second quarter production for JV Record quarter sales for JV Cancana Resources Corp. (TSX VENTURE:CNY) (the "Company" or "Cancana") and its joint venture partner Ferrometals BV ("Ferrometals"), together are reporting quarter two 2016…
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