McDonald’s losses reflect the end of the ‘golden age’ of fast food

McDonald's has made fast food popular around the world and becoming synonymous with the burger, fries and soft drink combo. Its business model has been copied everywhere, leading the onslaught of franchise businesses that extend from burgers to tacos and coffee. However, for the past ten months the famous restaurant chain has suffered a malaise that seems inexorable. The Golden…

American Sands Energy Makes Important Progress on Permitting

American Sands Energy (NASDAQ: AMSE) is a pre-production oil company with oil sands resources located near Sunnyside, Utah. It proposes to mine oil sands ore using conventional mining techniques and a licensed, proprietary solvent to extract oil from the oil sands. The solvent and off-the-shelf equipment has been tested extensively at pilot-scale. The company's water-free process produces heavy oil and…

Rodeo – Round-up of Latin American Mining – Part One

Pre-2000, much of LatAm was off-limits to foreign miners and had been (with the exception of sporadic openings (and closings) since the Second World War. As a result much of the mining sector had languished. Some countries, (notably Chile and Peru) had seen nationalization of substantial foreign interests. With the opening of the economies, the ASX miners were first in…

Levon acquires 10% of one of Nevada’s most promising precious metals assets

Last week, the precious metals explorer Levon Resources (‘Levon’, TSX: LVN | OTCQX: LVNVF) announced that the company has entered into an agreement with the emerging gold producer Pershing Gold Corporation to purchase a total of USD$ 9.85 million worth of its shares (35,178,572 ordinary shares). This corresponds to 9.9% of the total. In a separate release, Levon has announced that the company…

The impact of ebola and oil wildcards on the global economy

Global economy: IMF points to fissures, downside and short-term risks Financial markets danced wildly in the first half of October as investors contemplated the importance of economic indicators and realized the global economy is showing signs of weakness. The IMF released its biannual World Economic Outlook in October pointing to downward revision in global economic growth for the second half…

Chinese authority launches new special campaign to fight illegal rare earths

Chinese top authority has vowed to severely punish malpractice in the mining, production and circulation of rare earths, amid fears of the country’s rare earth exports to lose control after implementation of World Trade Organization ruling in the next year. On October 11th, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released on its website a statement titled “Letter of…

Elcora Resources changes its name and focus on the Graphene revolution

October 15, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher for InvestorIntel interviews Dr. Ian Flint, VP of processing and Refining at Elcora Resources (TSXV: ERA), a world renowned expert on graphene, about the kind of graphite that is best suited to produce graphene. The main advantage of Elcora’s Sri Lankan graphite is that it comes out of the ground already…

Stans Energy can use the new geopolitical order in its quest for justice

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Stans Energy Corp. (TSXV: HRE | OTCQX: HREEF) announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has issued an order prohibiting the Kyrgyz Republic and Kyrgyzaltyn JSC  “from selling, disposing, exchanging, assigning, transferring, pledging or encumbering 47,000,000 shares  in the capital of Centerra Gold Inc. (which is operating the Kumtor Gold Mine near Bishkek). Stans obtained the order as part…

Graphite Market Review: Mixed performance despite a lot of good news

Graphite Market Review — Of the graphite stocks InvestorIntel tracks, market performance was mixed, down 1.33% overall. The biggest winners for the week ended October 10, 2014 were; Energizer Resources Inc. (TSXV: EGZ) (OTCQX: ENZR), up 11.11% and 8.02%, respectively. Mason Graphite Inc. (TSXV: LLG) (OTCQX: MGPHF) up 7.81% and 10.71%, respectively on positive news, (see below). On the down…

The economics of Ebola

The World Heath Organization (WHO) has labeled the current Ebola outbreak a major epidemic if not the most significant health crisis of modern times. Without health funding, it has potential to become a significant economic crisis. The Ebola outbreak has now killed more than 4,000 people, according to the World Health Organization. Until now compared to HIV/AIDS or the Spanish…

Market Movers of the Week: Stria Lithium +16.67%, Energizer Resources +11.11% & Mason Graphite +10.71%

Did you catch the news Theralase Technologies Inc. put out last week about their partnership with SAFC in the manufacturing of anti-cancer drugs? Allow me to congratulate them for their ongoing efforts towards the elimination of pain, reduction of inflammation and dramatic acceleration of tissue healing in our planet as they averaged up the InvestorIntel biotech members to +0.45% for the week -- TSXV:…

The Ebola health crisis is shaking up the iron ore sector

Since last July, there have been rumors of a merger between the Australian mining group Rio Tinto and the Swiss metal trading giant Glencore, which has long wanted to secure a major position in the iron ore market. Glencore’s iron ore quest might well be linked to its attempts to increase business with China. Rio Tinto has rejected Glencore’s advances;…

Smart Wearable Electronics Systems (SWS) mark the beginning of yet another era in consumer electronics

The unveiling of the Apple Watch (NASDAQ: AAPL) in September marked a new era in consumer electronics. Apple isn’t the first vendor to come up with wearable electronics as for example Fitbit, but Apple’s market recognition and reach suggest wearable electronics are shifting well past the guaranteed enthusiasm of early adopters toward mainstream consumers, marking the beginning of yet another…

Solar companies make hay while sun shines on industry

In the past year I've become much more bullish on the prospects for distributed solar generation. Distributed simply means that the energy production, in this case solar energy, is produced at or near the place where it's consumed. Don't get me wrong, solar still enjoys some State and Federal kickbacks, but even without that help solar will definitely become competitive…

NexGen Energy proving to be an appetizing investment target

NexGen Energy Ltd. (‘NexGen’, TSXV: NXE) is a British Columbia based company involved in exploring and acquiring uranium projects in Canada and especially in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, where it has 100% holdings and controlling interests in promising projects, one of which, the Radio Project, is immediately adjacent to Rio Tinto's Roughrider Deposit. Today, NexGen announced that it has signed an…

Addressing the silence surrounding the real global threat of climate change

Dr. Luc Duchesne
While environmental activists protested in100 cities around the world ahead of a United Nations climate summit set to take place in New York on September 23, 2014.  As I write this article the debate has commenced at the United Nations, a debate that has been nearly sidestepped by a telltale elite group: China, India, Russia and Canada, which collectively emit…

California’s plan to have one million EV’s on the roads by 2023 will be successful

By 1 January 2023, there will be at least a million electric private vehicles in California if a plan adopted by Governor Jerry Brown succeeds. Last week, Gov. Brown signed a law encouraging consumers to buy environmentally friendly cars just days ahead of the start of the UN Summit on Climate Change in New York. Brown considers environmental protection to…
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Gold Hits Six-Week High on Concerns over Slowing Growth

October 21, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Gold hit a six-week high on Tuesday on concerns over a global economic slowdown after China's growth eased in the third quarter and as European Central Bank (ECB) insiders flagged new measures to support…

Oil Up After China Demand News, Traders See Fragile Recovery

October 21, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Oil prices were up at midday on Tuesday after an early rally aided by data showing stronger-than-expected China demand and some technical price recovery after weeks of almost uninterrupted selling. Unflattering global economic data,…

China’s GDP Growth Bolsters Case for Stimulus Restraint

October 21, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- China’s economic growth beat analysts’ estimates last quarter as export demand quickened and services expanded, bolstering the government’s case for avoiding broader stimulus measures. Gross domestic product rose 7.3 percent in the July-September period…

Researchers Use 3D Printing To Create Bomb-Sniffing Dog Noses

October 21, 2014 (Source: Defense One) -- Bomb-sniffing dogs (and their noses) havefor some time been part of federal efforts to detect drugs and explosives at airports and other checkpoints. Now, a new $228,977 3-D printer will churn out some of the best…

IPhone Demand Provides Apple With Record-Breaking Quarter

October 21, 2014 (Source: The New York Times) -- Apple’s biggest cash cow, the iPhone, is gaining weight. Sales of iPhones, including the new, big-screen iPhone 6 models released last month, helped carry Apple to a record-breaking quarter and offset slowing…

Azincourt Uranium Inc: PLN Winter Program Planning Underway

October 21, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- AZINCOURT URANIUM INC. ("Azincourt" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:AAZ), is pleased to provide a corporate update and announce that planning is underway on the PLN project for the winter 2015 follow up drill program.…

Gensource Announces Private Placement

October 21, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- Gensource Potash Corporation ("Gensource" or the " Company") (TSX.V: GSP) announces a non-brokered private placement of units ("Units") at a price of $0.05 per Unit and flow-through units ("FT Units") at a price of…

Midland Options its Casault and Jouvex Gold Projects to SOQUEM

October 21, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Midland Exploration Inc. ("Midland") (TSX VENTURE:MD) is pleased to announce it has signed a letter of intent with SOQUEM INC. ("SOQUEM") to grant SOQUEM the option to acquire a 50% undivided interest in its Casault and Jouvex…

Flinders Resources and Big North Graphite provide merger update


Star Minerals Group Ltd. Corporate Update

October 20, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Star Minerals Group Ltd. (CSE:SUV) ("Star") announces further to the news release dated August 6, 2014, an update on the operations of its Casey - Snider placer gold project. As at October 10th, 2014,…

Levon Files Cordero Technical Report on SEDAR

October 20, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Levon Resources Ltd. (Levon or the Company) (TSX:LVN)(OTCQX:LVNVF)(BERLIN:LO9)(FRANKFURT:LO9) is pleased to report that further to its news release of September 3, 2014, it has filed its latest NI 43-101 compliant report on its bulk…

Gold Prices Climb as Dollar, Stocks Ease

October 20, 2014 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- Gold futures rose Monday as softer U.S. equities and a weaker dollar bolstered investor interest in protective assets like precious metals. The most actively traded contract, for December delivery, was recently…

Government may Reimpose Curbs on Gold Imports

October 20, 2014 (Source: NDTV) -- The government of India is mulling over reimposing some restrictions on gold imports after Diwali as higher inward shipments of the metal in the last few months have pushed up the trade deficit, a…

Australia set to seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials

October 20, 2014 (Source: Sydney Morning Herald) -- The Australian Federal Police are poised to seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials within weeks, in an unprecedented joint operation with their Chinese counterparts. In an exclusive interview with Fairfax Media, Commander…

Saudi August Oil Exports Fall to Lowest In Three Years

October 20, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Saudi crude exports fell in August for the fourth month in a row to their lowest levels in three years, official data showed on Monday, as the top oil exporter fights for market share…
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