Unravelling Tesla

I must confess I have been like a rock in the stream of the unending torrent of Tesla boosterism over recent years. I just sit and the flow of this material just washes over me and leaves me totally unmoved. What was a car company seems to have morphed into a battery manufacturer now. The appearance of a new marque…

REE trump card: being greener than China?

Search the Greenpeace site for “rare earths” and there are nil items*. Just as well for the rare earth industry. However, this oversight by the militant environmentalists has provided the non-China REE players a possible trump card before the environmentalists link Chinese REE product and pollution to the world's most popular tech gadgets: Western REE companies can say they are…

Lifton on why Molycorp failed.

What makes a successful mining venture? The answer is the bringing into production of a mine the products of which sell for a profit. It’s as simple as that. Yet when you look at the web site entry “about us” on almost any junior mining venture you are told only that this corporate officer or that director has top school…

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Scientist on Simplifying the Recovery of Rare Earths

August 31, 2015 -- In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Ramesh Bhave, the Senior Research Scientist, for the Materials Science & Technology Division for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) about his role as the lead for the Membrane Solvent Extraction project for rare earth separations. Ramesh explains the history for the development of the MSX…

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…

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…

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…

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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Government Report Finds Economic Benefits of Oil Exports

September 1, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- A long-awaited study by the Obama administration has concluded that lifting the nation’s four-decade ban on exports of U.S. oil wouldn’t raise American gasoline prices and could even help lower them, raising the stakes…

Scandium International Announces Annual General Meeting

September 1, 2015 (Source: Accesswire) -- Scandium International Mining Corp. (TSX:SCY) ("Scandium International" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the 2015 Annual General Meeting of Stockholders ("AGM") is to be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 10:00…

Cost of solar energy seen falling sharply by 2020: IEA

September 1, 2015 (Source: Economic Times) -- Lifetime costs of power generation from renewables, in particular solar panels, are seen dropping by 2020, making them increasingly competitive against more established technologies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday. The…

Gold Prices Higher as Possible Fed Rate Rise Seen Later

September 1, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Gold prices were higher on the London spot market Tuesday, as the potential timing of an impending U.S. interest rate raise continued to move into the long grass. Spot gold prices were up 0.7%…

Contagious Gaming Announces Quarterly Results for Q1 2015

September 1, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE US OR THROUGH US NEWSWIRE SERVICES Contagious Gaming Inc. (TSX VENTURE: CNS) ("Contagious Gaming" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the financial results for the three months ended June…

Exelon, Pepco to push for merger, despite roadblock

August 31, 2015 (Source: Chicago Tribune) -- Chicago-based nuclear power giant Exelon and Pepco Holdings said Monday they will push for a merger despite a ruling last week by regulators in the nation's capital that blocked the proposed $6.9…

Kenya on course to tap nuclear power, says UN nuclear agency

August 31, 2015 (Source: Global Post) -- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts said on Monday Kenya is on course to tap nuclear power. Visiting IAEA Mission Team Leader Jose Bastos told journalists in Nairobi that Kenya has made…

Indian Oil plans $3 billion petrochemicals plant in Iran

August 31, 2015 (Source: Gulf News) -- Indian Oil Corporation is seeking to build a $3 billion petrochemicals plant in Iran, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. The plan hinges on assurances from Iran that the…

China state media announces confessions in probes into stocks plunge

August 31, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Chinese state media announced a slew of confessions on Monday following investigations into recent stock market gyrations, including from a detained reporter who admitted to spreading false information that caused "panic and disorder".…

Oil falls back below $49 as glut, China concerns weigh

August 31, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Oil fell below $49 a barrel on Monday after its biggest two-day rally in six years last week, pressured by a supply glut and renewed concern about a hard landing for China's economy.…

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. Grants Stock Options

August 31, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. ("Zenyatta" or "Company") (TSX VENTURE: ZEN) (OTCQX: ZENYF) announces the grant of 950,000 options to management, directors and advisors, at an exercise price of $1.43 per share for a period of…

Theralase Releases 2Q 2015 Financials

August 28, 2015 (Source: Accesswire) -- Theralase Technologies Inc. ("Theralase" or the "Company") (TSXV: TLT) (PINKSHEETS: TLTFF), a leading biotechnology manufacturer focused on commercializing medical technologies to eliminate pain and destroy cancer, released its second quarter 2015 financial results today.…

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…

Tesla Secures Lithium Hydroxide Supply for Its Battery Factory

August 28, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Tesla Motors Inc. has secured a North American supply of lithium hydroxide through a long-term contract with mining company Bacanora Minerals Ltd. and Rare Earth Minerals PLC, giving the electric car maker a key…

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…
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