Rare Earth Price Collapse Signals China’s Upcoming Economic Crisis

China has over the past few decades relied upon a gray “concrete economy”, such as real estate and infrastructure investment, and upon its manufacturing sector, to drive its extraordinary economic growth. But now, those usual economic stimuli have faltered in the country, with many local governments mired in debt. We tie that slowdown to the failure of Beijing’s rare earth…

Australian specialty metals project, Hastings Rare Metals attract Chinese investor interest.

Hitherto my focus on Australian Rare Earth deposits has been on either the Xenotime deposits of Northern Minerals and Spectrum or the more conventional Nolan’s Bore deposit of Arafura Resources. The other obvious Australian deposits are Lynas’s  Mount Weld mine and Hastings’ Yangibana project. It is worth giving Hastings’ deposit a review at this point as it is moving forward…

Natasha Sharpe on bridging the capital needs between banks and distressed lenders

August 27, 2015 -- In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Natasha Sharpe CEO of Bridging Finance Inc. about present market challenges for companies seeking to secure capital needs through alternative or debt financing to avoid dilution. Natasha describes how it works at Bridging Finance, a company that is seeking to arrange financing for companies that are strong, growing, or…

Molycorp’s blow to the rare earth sector

And then there was one. Now Lynas Corp remains the only rare earth mine operating that is owned by a Western listed company. This after the news that Molycorp is placing its Mountain Pass rare earth mine on care and maintenance. In other words, it is mothballing America’s only rare earth mine. Who knows when it will ever re-open. This…

Mark Smith on how big the role of NioCorp is in the global supply of scandium

August 26, 2015 -- In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Mark Smith of NioCorp Developments Ltd. (TSX:NB | OTCQX:NIOBF | FSE:BR3) on NioCorp’s recently updated PEA and how it has increased their production capability for scandium by 661%. Mark goes on to explain how the present global demand for scandium is controlled by existing supply and…

Slowdown of Chinese economy may pose threat to Russia

The slowdown of the Chinese economy may pose a serious threat to Russia and may result the cancellation of some long-term investment projects in the country, which are implemented with the participation of Chinese investors. Since the beginning of 2014 and the introduction of Western sanctions against Russia, the Russian government has started to consider China as the biggest trade…

Townsend on closing Peak’s rare earth financing for $29.5M and being competitive with the Chinese

August 25, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher for InvestorIntel interviews  Darren Townsend, Managing Director for Peak Resources Ltd. (ASX: PEK) on their recent closing of their bankable feasibility study financing for $29.5M with the Appian Fund and IFC.  In this interview, they discuss the cost advantages of Peak’s concentrate grades and the impact…

Control of food means power for a few

Everyone talks about the prices of agricultural products, otherwise known as soft commodities, rather than the long-term supply and demand trends. Like their counterparts in the mineral sector, most soft commodity prices are just awful in terms of market support at the present time. There are one or two exceptions (whole milk powder prices jumped 19.1% last week, potash exploration…

Alkane Resources’ Ian Chalmers on becoming the global rare earth market cap leader

August 24, 2015 — Tracy Weslosky, Publisher of InvestorIntel congratulates Ian Chalmers, Managing Director of Alkane Resources Ltd. (ASX: ALK | OTCQX: ANLKY) on celebrating 29 years at Alkane as  they go head to head with Lynas Corp. for #1 market cap position in the global rare earth industry. Discussing rare earth prices, demand, and the race to production Ian describes…

China’s rare earth situation: rampant illegal production, inadequate quotas, imperfect tax system (but great market expansion!)

China’s rare earth industry is a tangled web. The government in Beijing recently announced it would step up efforts to stop illegal production and sales of rare earths. Really? Haven’t we been hearing this line for several years? Yet the evidence is that smuggling is still thriving. But here’s a twist: Beijing’s own quotas may (if inadvertently) encourage the illegal…

Trafigura – Playing Cat & Mouse with Nyrstar

For those who recall the Glencore takeover of Xstrata a key feature was the disposals forced upon the predator to get the deal past regulators and the Chinese. The main thing that concerned regulators was the dominance of Glencore in the zinc trading space where it had confessed to having something like 65% of the global zinc trading activity pass…

Hemp drink sales at Seattle Hempfest marks an emerging trend

Abattis Bioceuticals’ (OTCQX: ATTBF | CSE: ATT) is making good on its promises to deploy innovative market applications in the cannabis industry. Abattis reported the sale of 10,000 500 ml bottles of hemp-infused drinking water as a result of its ongoing natural health product research and development efforts. The water was sold to Nana’s Secret Soda of Washington State by…

The Global Technology Metals Markets: A Conference Primer

InvestorIntel is starting a regular series of summits in Toronto beginning on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 designed to allow individuals as well as institutions to identify and highlight the metrics for investing in the production of natural resources. Speakers, company presentations, and panels will focus on the results of the application of those metrics in order to allow you, the listener, to…

Lifton on Chinese directed markets

My friends and colleagues have lately begun to ask me “Are the Chinese dumping rare earth surpluses in order to depress prices and retain control of the rare earths supply chain? The answer to this question that I propose seems to confuse most people. I tell them that the answer depends on what you mean by “the Chinese.” If, by…

Uranium, Marijuana and The Walking Dead

One of the recurring commentaries from market participants is that there are too many small public companies chasing the same investment dollars, whether from financings or in the secondary markets. Some of those companies are on financial life support, wasting limited resources better used by other members of the community. InvestorIntel's Global Analyst Christopher Ecclestone cites a Tony Simon study in a…

Restarting a Reactor in Japan

In 2011 the Fukushima nuclear power plant leaked as a result of a 9.0 earthquake, displacing roughly 160,000 people. Japan shuttered all of its reactors pending inspections and new safety requirements. Japan recovered from the atomic bombs of WWII to become a global economic powerhouse. Showing a similar resilient mindset, Japan will begin producing nuclear energy for the first time…

Levon Resources’ Ron Tremblay on the investment leap from mining to biotech

August 10, 2015 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Ron Tremblay, the CEO, President and Director for Levon Resources (TSX: LVN), about Levon’s investment in the new SciVac Therapeutics Inc. (TSX: VAC | OTCQX: SVACF). Levon, which has a poly-metallic flagship silver, gold, lead and zinc Cordero project in Mexico, discusses how the investment in Pershing…

Resource benefit sharing to address poverty in First Nations – just not enough.

We need effective mechanisms for sharing the benefits of natural resources to redress the extreme poverty of Canada’s aboriginals. This is a graffiti I photographed off a doorframe in the Pikangikum First Nation in Northwestern Ontario in 2001. Peering through the window of my hotel room, I saw dopy-eyed ten-year-old kids sniffing gasoline out of grocery bags. It was one…
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Gold Climbs as Fed Leaves Open Possibilty of More Stimulus

August 28, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Gold futures headed for the first gain in a week as a Federal Reserve official signaled the possibility of more monetary stimulus, boosting bullion’s appeal as a hedge against possible inflation. Minneapolis Fed President…

Oil Prices Resume Rally

August 28, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Oil prices rose Friday, erasing earlier losses, as a surprise one-day rally extended to a second day. Oil prices surged Thursday as traders who had bet on lower prices closed out those positions following…

Asia extends stocks rally as U.S. GDP data calms nerves

August 28, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Asian markets extended a global rally into second day on Friday, as upbeat U.S. economic growth data calmed sentiment following the hammering shares across the region took earlier in the week. European stocks…

India Stands to Benefit From China Slowdown, Global Reaction

August 27, 2015 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- India’s economy has been insulated from the turmoil in emerging markets by a long-standing handicap: It isn’t an export powerhouse. For years, growth in India has been fueled more by domestic…

Gold Prices Fall on Robust U.S. GDP Data

August 27, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Gold prices pulled back Thursday after a stronger-than-expected reading of U.S. economic growth reanimated concerns about higher interest rates from the Federal Reserve. The most actively traded contract, for December delivery, was recently…

Oil prices rise more than 4.5 percent as equities rally

August 27, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Oil prices jumped more than 4.5 percent on Thursday after a rally in equity markets and an unexpected fall in U.S. crude inventories, but worries over the Chinese economy and a global oil glut…

Goldcorp and Teck combine El Morro and Relincho projects in Chile

August 27, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- GOLDCORP INC. ("Goldcorp") (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) and Teck Resources Limited ("Teck") (TSX: TCK.A & TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) today announced an agreement to combine their respective El Morro and Relincho projects, located approximately 40…

Gold Lower as Investors Reassured By Upbeat U.S. Data

August 26, 2015 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- Gold prices fell Wednesday, as strong U.S. economic data convinced some investors the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates in coming months. Gold for December delivery, the most actively traded contract,…

China’s Interest Rate Cuts Will Not Fix Its Real Problem

August 26, 2015 (Source: Forbes) -- As expected, China’s central bank reacted to Monday’s stock market falls. It cut the 1 year lending rate to by 25bps to 4.6% with immediate effect. It also cut the reserve requirement ratio…

India’s gold demand to see four-year high in July-Dec period

August 26, 2015 (Source: Business Standard) -- Gold demand in India is likely to hit four-year high for the period between July - December on strong demand from jewellery sector. Global miners' body the World Gold Council (WGC) estimated India's full…

Schlumberger to Buy Cameron in $14.8 Billion Oil Services Deal

August 26, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Schlumberger Ltd., the world’s largest oilfield-services provider, agreed to buy Cameron International Corp. for $66.36 a share in a $14.8 billion deal that creates greater one-stop shopping for crude explorers. Cameron stockholders will receive…

North Dakota plans more wind power capacity

August 26, 2015 (Source: UPI) -- In parallel with the White House, North Dakota said it was planning to connect a 43-turbine wind farm to the grid as part of an "all of the above" strategy. North Dakota Lt.…

NioCorp to Present at the Rodman & Renshaw Conference

August 26, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3), is pleased to announce that its President and Executive Chairman, Mark A. Smith, will present at the Rodman and Renshaw 17th Annual Global Investment Conference in New…

Largo achieves daily production record of 110% capacity

August 26, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- Two new records achieved over consecutive days of 102% and 110% capacity 10 million pounds of V2O5 produced since commencing production Largo Resources Ltd. ("Largo" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has…
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