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…

Niger – Africa’s Rising Uranium Hotspot

No one much in the West paid much attention to Niger’s mining activities before 2003 and hardly anyone knew that Niger was an important uranium producer. All that changed in the run-up to the Iraq War where the “smoking gun” for the invasion of Iraq was the supposed attempts by Saddam Hussein of Iraq to obtain yellowcake from Niger to…

Japan still deadly serious about finding own sources of technology metals

Remember the much-promoted story (2010 through 2013) about all the rare earths and other metals Japan had discovered beneath the seabed? Not much has been heard about that in recent months – which is not surprising given that it is widely believed Japanese manufacturers are obtaining regular REE (rare earth elements)supplies from illegal miners and exporters based in China; moreover,…

Vanadium market expert Darcie Ladd of Largo on pricing, demand and batteries

June 29, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Darcie Ladd, VP of Investor Relations of Largo Resources Ltd. (TSXV: LGO), the only ‘pure-play’ vanadium producer on the overall market demand and associated rising prices. They also discuss how vanadium use is vital for steelmaking and the increasing interest and development of vanadium for the…

Fast and Furious: 10 Leading Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms Outside the US in 2015

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The crowdfunding wave that took off in the US and Europe in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis has since spread into different countries of the world, disrupting established institutional practices of financing a business startup. In particular, the alternative finance landscape of many countries, previously dominated by peer-to-peer lending, has been impacted in a profound way.  Firms…

The Water Rush: Chesapeake Gold to use desalinated process water at Metates

Chesapeake Gold Corp. (TSXV: CKG | OTCQX: CHPGF) reported earlier today that it has identified seawater desalination to reduce cost of process water supply for its Metates project located in Durango Mexico (click here). This effort is a direct result to a 100% consumptive water tax hike by the Mexican National Water Agency. The Metates project requires 20,000,000 cubic meters of process…

Clausi on Cannabis Industry Infrastructure: Abattis Bioceuticals

Jacob Securities hosted a Canadian Cannabis investor conference this week in Toronto. The MMRP licencees and applicants were well represented there, but so were the “infrastructure” players. Their view of the industry is very different from the producers’ view. Below is a brief Q&A with one such infrastructure participant, Bill Fleming, the CEO of Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. (CSE: ATT |…

Good news for technology metals: renewables are booming

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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…

Next Steps at Great Lakes Graphite

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Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (TSXV: GLK) is holding its shareholder meeting today in Toronto, Ontario. Since no nominees apart from management’s slate of directors has appeared, it’s probable that management's nominees will be elected to execute on the company’s business plan. The shareholder circular is here at SEDAR. Also on the agenda are the usual shareholder house-keeping proposals. It is…

China moves to Stage 2 of its great gold grab

China has a two-stage gold domination plan. Stage 1 is well advanced with the domestic accumulation of gold rising rapidly, both through importing the metal and banning the export of gold mined within China. Stage 2 is to buy as many gold deposits abroad, and this week we saw another move in this direction. First, where is Stage 1 up…

Lifton on the “GLARE” of Technology Materials: Graphite, Lithium and Rare Earths

A New Due Diligence Paradigm for Natural Resource Production I sincerely hope to offend the bulk of my fellow sector analysts with this essay. I am today going to discuss technology, innovation, and the near-term value of so-called “disruptive technologies.” Although we all believe that we are able to recognize new technologies, in general, we in fact only see and…

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…

Ecclestone on German investors banking on a mining market recovery

June 15, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Christopher Ecclestone a Principal and mining strategist at Hallgarten & Company and Sr. Editor for InvestorIntel discuss why the German investor is of increasing interest to public companies in the emerging markets and how he will be championing the new InvestorIntel site targeted for launch in mid-August.…

Non-invasive diabetes test provides “Miraculins” results through technology

June 12, 2015 — Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Christopher Moreau, President, CEO & Director for Miraculins Inc. (TSXV: MOM) about the Scout technology, a non-invasive diabetes test and their recent promising results as supported by the joint MIraculins and Amway Scout DS® study being accepted for the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology. In addition to…

InvestorIntelReport: It’s all about batteries.

InvestorIntelReport for May 2015: Though the news lately has been consolidation of the Chinese rare earth companies, the talk elsewhere this month was about batteries. This was very good for lithium and graphite stocks. There was news about graphite everywhere from Elon Musk's powerwall batteries to mention in the US senate; specifically our members Graphite One and rare earth company Ucore…
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Molycorp Lines Up New Bankruptcy Loan from Oaktree

July 2, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- In an about-face, Molycorp Inc. has chosen bankruptcy financing from top-ranking lender Oaktree Capital Group LLC over a competing offer from secured bondholders, setting off a new round of court fights. Oaktree’s proposed…

German Wind-to-Hydrogen Plant Takes Car-Fuel Battle to Tesla

July 2, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- After decades of research, Linde AG says the elements needed to make hydrogen-fuelled cars a viable challenger to Tesla Inc’s battery-driven vehicles are finally falling into place. The world’s largest industrial gas supplier…

Oil rises after weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs data hits dollar

July 2, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Oil prices edged higher on Thursday as the U.S. dollar slipped following weaker-than-expected U.S. non-farm payrolls data. Poll indications that Greek citizens were expected to back a cash-for-reforms deal in a referendum on…

U.S. Economy Adds 223,000 Jobs; Unemployment at 5.3%

July 2, 2015 (Source: NY Times) -- The American economy entered the summer powered by a decent head of steam, as employers added 223,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent. After bottoming out in…

Tepco seeks foreign seal of approval to restart nuclear plant

July 2, 2015 (Source: Japan Times) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s invitation to the world’s top nuclear agency to review the safety of its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa facility signals the utility’s desire to win international backing to resume operations at the…

K+S Said to Reject $8.6 Billion Takeover Bid by Potash Corp.

July 2, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- K+S AG, the German potash supplier, plans to reject an $8.6 billion-plus takeover offer from Canadian fertilizer producer Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. because it deems the bid to be too low, according…

Tesla Deliveries Surge by 52%

July 2, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Tesla Motors Inc. said it delivered 11,507 Model S sedans in the second quarter of the year, a 52% increase over the prior-year period and a company record. But to meet Chief Executive Elon…

Tesla Delivers 11,507 Vehicles in Q2 of 2015

July 2, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Today Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) announced 11,507 Model S deliveries for Q2 2015. This was a new company record for the most cars delivered in a quarter and represents an approximate 52% increase…

Alabama Graphite Announces Closing of $2.875 Million Brokered Private Placement

July 2, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Alabama Graphite Corp. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ALP)(OTCQX:ABGPF)(FRANKFURT:1AG)(WKN:A1J35M)(ISIN# CA0102931080) is pleased to announce the closing of its private placement (the "Private Placement") as previously announced on June 17, 2015 led by First Republic Capital Corporation…

A new method for cheaper solar-energy storage

July 1, 2015 (Source: EPFL) -- Storing solar energy as hydrogen is a promising way for developing comprehensive renewable energy systems. To accomplish this, traditional solar panels can be used to generate an electrical current that splits water molecules…

Greece offers conditional okay to bailout, Germany sceptical

July 1, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has written to international creditors saying Greece could accept their last bailout offer if some conditions were changed, but Germany expressed scepticism while saying the door was still…

Tsipras Asks European Union for a New Bailout Program

June 30, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Greece asked for a new bailout program from the euro region hours before its existing aid agreement expires and pushes the nation toward a financial precipice. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made the request to…

U.S. Stocks Rebound After Steep Selloff

June 30, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- U.S. stocks rebounded Tuesday from their biggest one-day loss of the year, as a last-minute diplomatic scramble got under way to keep Greece from defaulting on its debt payments. The Dow Jones Industrial Average…

Graphene flexes its electronic muscles

June 30, 2015 (Source: Rice University) -- Flexing graphene may be the most basic way to control its electrical properties, according to calculations by theoretical physicists at Rice University and in Russia. The Rice lab of Boris Yakobson in…

Oil bounces off three-week lows as Greek debt default looms

June 30, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Oil prices bounced from three-week lows in choppy trade on Tuesday as investors awaited a Greek debt default, shying away from riskier assets and putting benchmark North Sea Brent crude on course for…

China targets counterweight in gold trade with yuan fix

June 30, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- A decade after China kicked off a series of gold market reforms, plans to establish a yuan price fix mark one of Beijing's biggest step so far to capitalise on the country's position…

Greece Staggers Into Economic Unknown With Bailout Expiring

June 30, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Greece is staggering deeper into the economic unknown, saying it will miss a payment to the International Monetary Fund today and preparing to exit the protection of Europe’s bailout regime at midnight. As Greek…

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