New Tech, Bubbles and Seair

A while back we looked at new technology that could change the lithium game. New processes, much more efficient and friendly to the environment, can be expected to springboard Pure Energy Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: PE) from exploration to production in record time. That game-changing theme continues with Seair Inc. (TSXV: SDS) and its tiny bubbles. Seair calls its technology SWEET…

Lifton on rare earth recycling the right way

In 2007 I represented SQA, the world’s (now) second largest producer of lithium from brines, to the US OEM automotive industry. And the last meeting I attended between GM and SQA was what is called a “teachable moment” for the case of recycling lithium-ion batteries for automotive propulsion systems. I never for a moment believed in 2007 that General Motors…

Lifton on how its officially Rare Earth Recycling Time

July 22, 2015 – In a very thorough InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Jack Lifton, Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC and Sr. Editor for InvestorIntel discuss a wide range of relevant technology market updates. Jack starts with Molycorp and then gets into the deepening impact of the Chinese on our overall global markets. Reminding our audience…

There are good stories among the rare earth hopefuls

Thank goodness so many rare earth companies have stuck with their plans and decided to tough out during the hard times. We are going to need them, even if most investors at present refuse to acknowledge this. And there are some good stories out there. And thank goodness for InvestorIntel. One REE chief executive to whom I spoke earlier this…

Ecclestone on the MRT phenomenon at Ucore

July 23, 2015 -- In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Christopher Ecclestone a Global Analyst for InvestorIntel and Principal and mining strategist at Hallgarten & Company on Hallgarten's recent coverage of Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSXV: UCU | OTCQX: UURAF). In the interview they discuss how the Ucore molecular recognition technology phenomenon has “fired up their…

The “smartest guys on the block” in Tungsten

The Sangdong Tungsten/Molybdenum project in South Korea is one that those with longer memories will recall we have covered in the past, with fluctuating sentiments towards management, but never wavering in our interest in the asset itself. I have always found it very attractive and very prospective. After passing through the hands of several controlling groups in recent years, it…

Moly – Damned in Perpetuity?

Mark Anthony in Shakespeare’s words declaimed over the body of Julius Caesar: You all did love him once, not without cause: What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him? O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason. Well, may we use the same words to describe the fate of Moly. This once “hot”…

GTA Resources on Schedule with Ivanhoe Results

GTA Resources and Mining Inc. (TSXV: GTA) continues to execute on its three-prong strategy for organic growth in 2015. Earlier this week GTA released the latest results from one of those prongs, namely its boots-and-hammers program at Ivanhoe. GTA was attracted to this property in northern Ontario due to its proximity to the eastern extension of the Borden Lake Gold…

Another analyst picks rising rare earth prices — and sees Arafura riding magnet element recovery

Making predictions about any commodity price is a challenging business these days, says Tony Parry of Sydney-based Resource Capital Research. But he is prepared to forecast that rare earth prices will rise in the next six to 12 months – and particularly for magnet feed elements praseodymium and neodymium. (His analysis follows similar optimism expressed two weeks ago by Capital…

China’s Metal Markets Fear is Everybody’s Worry

The Lynas and ECB Bombshells hit the Markets
What drivers of supply and demand do the rare earths, lithium, graphite, antimony, tungsten, and indeed all of the global markets for technology metals and materials have in common? Among the most comprehensive answers to this question that are important for small investors as well as institutional investors, industrial procurement managers, and governments are: The undeniable fact that China, the…

Clausi rolls out his low-risk high-return pick of the year

Here's our low-risk high-return pick of the year, with our rationale for it. I've never liked the Efficient Market Hypothesis. It assumes every investor has access to the same information at the same time. Since all facts are known, goes the theory, the market quickly and perfectly reflects the perceived value of the companies in that market. To believe in…

Why commodities cycles inflict pain (as we are now feeling)

InvestorIntel publisher Tracy Weslosky asked some pertinent questions on my posting Tuesday about low prices not, in the long term, affecting the validity of technology metals stories. In the 24 hours since I wrote that piece, we have seen the Chinese markets tumble further with 51% of A-shares in Shanghai and Shenzhen suspending themselves to avoid the carnage (boy, if…

Global emerging markets and the E*TRADE sell-off deadline?

InvestorIntelReport June 2015: Over the last several years, I have tried to provide you with weekly and monthly updates through InvestorIntelReport, which was previously built off of my series titled H2OCoolerConfessions – but it seems the only writer on the planet that really loves to write this column is me. So today you’re getting a complimentary freebie as our team-mate…

Cannabis industry update on Smith decision, Tweed deal and Tilray layoff

The Canadian cannabis industry is digesting three high profile news items from the past few weeks. Event 1: The Smith decision from the Supreme Court of Canada. Meaning:  legalized medical marijuana consumables. Impact on the industry: highly positive. A new segment of the industry has been created. Event 2: Tweed and Bedrocan, two of the largest participants in this newborn…

Good news for technology metals: renewables are booming

Wind Turbines
In the first quarter of 2015, many clean-tech funds handily outperformed the S&P 500. That from international consulting firm McKinsey & Co. And one more piece of good news: McKinsey estimates that the cost of producing lithium-ion batteries, now about $400 per kilowatt hour, could go as low as $150 by 2020. If the report (Lower oil prices but more…

Beyond cannabis edibles: New patent shows new methodology to deliver smokeless marijuana

On June 11, 2015 insiders to the marijuana industry extolled Canada’s Supreme Court decision to grant access to edibles, a safe and efficient delivery of bioactive cannabinoids which offers new medical applications.  As a consequence we should expect the needs of medical marijuana users to reshape the industry. It is axiomatic that medical marijuana users need new delivery methods, especially…
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Oil Prices Hit by Chinese Stock Market Rout

July 27, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Oil prices kicked off the week in the red, pressured by a rout in Chinese stock markets and continuing worries about the world-wide oversupply of crude. Oil benchmarks were trading near their lowest…

What if all cars were electric?

July 27, 2015 (Source: EPFL) -- A century ago, Switzerland decided to electrify its railways. Out went coal, coal pollution and energy dependency. Today, what about switching all our cars over to electricity? The air would be cleaner, but…

Inner Mongolia reports rare earth export growth in H1

July 27, 2015 (Source: Xinhua) -- North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China's largest supplier of rare earth minerals, reported a substantial growth in exports as prices fell in the first half of 2015. Inner Mongolia exported 2,664 tonnes…

Eurozone Recovery Continues as Bank Lending, Sentiment Rise

July 27, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Eurozone bank lending to households has picked up and German business sentiment has improved, indicating the region’s economy is maintaining its momentum despite lingering concerns about the sustainability of Greece’s debt situation and…

Perovskite solar technology shows quick energy returns

July 24, 2015 (Source: Argonne National Laboratory) -- Solar panels are an investment—not only in terms of money, but also energy. It takes energy to mine, process and purify raw materials, and then to manufacture and install the final…

Will Apple be the smartwatch saviour?

July 24, 2015 (Source: The Guardian) -- Three months after launching its first smartwatch, Apple has reported record revenues and vast iPhone sales - but no numbers on its new wearable. That has got commentators asking whether the Apple…

Asia stocks down on China data, Europe gains

July 24, 2015 (Source: CBS News) -- Asian stock markets were rattled Friday by a further deterioration in Chinese manufacturing and cautious earnings outlooks from U.S. companies. European benchmarks rose as talks began in Athens for Greece's bailout. Germany's…

Hydrogen fuel-cells could be boon for WA

July 24, 2015 (Source: Science Network WA) -- HEAVY transport that emits heat and water instead of diesel exhaust is within WA’s reach, a Murdoch University researcher says. The key is a hydrogen fuel-cell, which creates electricity by stripping electrons…

Lagarde Push for Greece Debt Relief Challenges Merkel

July 24, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Now that Greece is eligible again for loans from the IMF, getting any more money from the fund may hinge on a test of wills between Christine Lagarde and Angela Merkel. The bailout…

Oil edges higher as dollar drops

July 23, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Oil prices edged higher on Thursday, aided by a drop in the dollar, although rising supplies of crude oil in the United States kept the futures market in a tight range. Crude oil…

Change to GeoMegA’s Management

July 23, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Geomega Resources Inc. ("GéoMégA" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:GMA) announces that, effective July 23, 2015, Simon Britt will no longer be functioning as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Company. In the…

Gold bounces back above $1,100/oz from 5-year low

July 23, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Gold bounced back above $1,100 an ounce on Thursday from the previous session's five-year low, as a retreat in the dollar prompted some investors to take advantage of the price drop to buy…

GrowPros Provides Corporate Update

July 23, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- GrowPros Cannabis Ventures Inc. ("GrowPros" or the "Company") (CSE:GCI) is pleased to provide shareholders with the following corporate update in regard to several of the Company's initiatives. Status of MMPR Application GrowPros MMP…

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