Lifton’s rare earth market update: China is NOT standing still.

China’s semi-official China Daily, which is an English language version for foreigners of the Chinese People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, ran an article on Saturday, September 13, which read in part: “The 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) for the petroleum and petrochemical industry will focus on eliminating obsolete capacity and raising coal chemical output, officials said…

IntelRadio’s Ellis Martin with David Vinokurov on Stans Energy’s Skolkovo Government Grant Program Approval

The following is an IntelRadio news report hosted by Ellis Martin with David Vinokurov of Stans Energy Corp. and is a special feature of InvestorIntel. Ellis Martin: Today, I am speaking with David Vinokurov, Vice President of Corporate Development for Stans Energy Corp. trading on the TSX Venture Exchange as HRE and in the US on the OTCQX as HREEF. Stans Energy is a resource development…

Elcora’s Dr. Ian Flint on Tesla’s challenge to find graphite

September 12, 2014 -- In a special InvestorIntel interview, Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher for InvestorIntel interviews Dr. Ian Flint, VP of processing and Refining at Elcora Resources (TSXV: ERA), about some of the misconceptions that investors have about graphite and Tesla's challenge to find enough graphite. Tracy Weslosky: Today I have the privilege of speaking to one of the…

Mackowski: The Molycorp Position

File photo of Mountain Pass Mine in Mountain Pass, CA
Yesterday, Molycorp Inc. (NYSE: MCP) (“Molycorp” or the “Company”) announced the successful close of its previously announced $400 million financing arrangement with certain investment vehicles affiliated with Oaktree Capital Management, L. P. (collectively “Oaktree”). Under the arrangement, Oaktree will provide Molycorp and certain of the Company’s subsidiaries with up to $400 million in secured financing through credit facilities and the…

Gold price catalyst for ‘mysterious stock performance’

Carlisle Goldfields Limited (‘Carlisle’, TSX: CGJ | OTCQX: CGJCF) says that it has no material explanation to account for the recent drop in its share price. On September 9, Carlisle stock reached a yearly low of CAD$ 0.03/share only to rebound to CAD$ 0.04/share on Wednesday and holding on to that level today, September 11. Carlisle completed a preliminary economic…

Anfield’s Uranium One acquisition positions Anfield as one of the largest uranium property owners in the United States

September 11, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Corey Dias, President and CEO for Anfield Resources (‘Anfield’, TSXV: ARY | OTCQB: ANLDF) about its acquisition of assets controlled by Uranium One (TSX: UUU). The assets include the former’ Shootaring Canyon Mill in Garfield County, Utah, one of three licensed conventional uranium mills operating in the…

Zen & the Art of Market Cap Maintenance

Without any negative happenings to justify a down-move, the high-quality graphite mine developer, Zenyatta Ventures has retreated from a twelve-month high of $4 to half that level. This would seem to be a rather harsh punishment by the market of the company. It could be that the advancement of some other stories to production (e.g. Flinders, Elcora) has tempted investors jump…

Grafoid enters the electric vehicle race with the Braille Battery acquisition

Grafoid Inc., part of Focus Graphite (‘Focus’, TSX.V: FMS | OTCQX: FCSMF | FSE:  FKC), announced that it acquired 75% of Braille Battery (Braille), which has designs and manufactures lightweight Li-Ion batteries for the automotive market. The acquisition will allow Grafoid to gain a high profile platform through which to develop graphene, which will be used by Braille to improve…

Higher Uralkali sales and global trend suggest higher potash prices for 2015

Russian fertilizer giant Uralkali, a year after shaking the potash market by terminating its strategic pricing alliance (BPC) with the Belarusian potash concern Belaruskali announced that it expects better results for the final quarter of 2014. Global potash sales have reached record levels.  This an important indicator for the potash market in general because Uralkali is the world's largest producer…

There’s Gold In Them Thar Tires: Environmental Waste International & A.C. Simmonds Sign an LOI

According to Rubber Manufacturer’s Association, there are 450 million scrap tires generated annually in the United States (over one per person per year). With an average weight of 22.5 pounds, this represents over 6 billion pounds of predominantly hydrocarbon based materials generated annually. Disposing of those scrap tires is a major worldwide problem. Landfills don't want them because of the…

InvestorIntelReport: M&A season starts as it’s ‘back-to-school’ for the bankers

Working on a piece for InvestorIntel inspired by the “silent ones” with an eye towards the increasing M&A movement in the equities market that we are witnessing. As many of us know, sometimes our best efforts in life do not come easy – and it seems that this InvestorIntelReport today may make this point simply through the member updates listed below. InvestorIntelReport…

Beyond the experimental phase: NanoXplore already developing a market for graphene

September 8, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Dr. Soroush Nazarpour, President and CEO of NanoXplore Inc. (Nanoxplore) about its proprietary low cost electrochemical method to convert natural flake graphite into graphene, using much less energy than the more common vapor deposition and liquid exfoliation methods. Nanoxplore’s main advantage, given its lower cost, is scalability,…

Uranium Junior NexGen Energy, The Next Big Takeout in Athabasca?

I believe that the last 3 press releases in August, describing 2 spectacular drill holes from Athabasca junior NexGen Energy (TSXV: NXE) makes it a question of when, not if, the company gets acquired. The most likely candidate is Fission Uranium. However, there's also the possibly of existing Athabasca players Denison, Areva, KEPCO, Rio Tinto and Cameco. Further, there's various…

Groundstar Resources Offers Compelling Risk/Reward in Next 6 Months

Lower-Risk Heavy Oil Production, Pristine Balance Sheet & Growing Cash Flow to Fuel Bigger Opportunities Groundstar Resources (TSXV: GSA) is a heavy oil developer & light oil explorer in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada. Groundstar is cash flow positive today, has zero debt drawn on a C$10 million credit facility and is sitting on C$1.9 million of cash. The company has 2 foreign…

Niocorp on the path to global niobium leadership

Niobium is one of fourteen metals or groups of metals that the Council of Europe has identified as critical. The United States National Research Council considers it even more important, listing it as one of the five "most critical" metals. Niobium carries great economic importance, made all the more so by its high level of supply risk. As has been…
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Stans Energy Responds to Kyrgyz Media Report

September 15, 2014 (Source: Businesswire) -- Stans Energy Corp. (TSX-V: HRE, OTCQX: HREEF), (“Stans” or the “Company”), wishes to respond to comments issued in Kyrgyz media and attributed to government representatives of the Kyrgyz Republic. Recently, Head of the Department…

Russia’s Energy Minister to Meet OPEC as Oil Price Falls More

September 15, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak will meet OPEC officials on Tuesday in Vienna, his spokeswoman said, as oil's price fall piled pressure on Moscow's budget. The annual meeting had been planned long before oil…

Apple Receives Record Pre-Orders for New Iphones

September 15, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Apple Inc said it received a record four million first-day pre-orders of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning many customers will have to wait until October for their new phones. Apple…

Toughening up Hydrogels for 3D-Printed Cartilage

September 15, 2014 (Source: ACES) -- Researchers have developed a way to 3D-print tough, fibre-reinforced hydrogels that mimic the strength and suppleness of human cartilage. Thanks to their composition (mostly water), hydrogels hold much promise for use in medical bionic…

British Bonds Beat Treasuries as Scots Vote Sparks BOE Caution

September 15, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Scotland’s referendum on independence is providing a fillip to investors in U.K. government bonds as they add to bets borrowing costs will stay lower for longer. Britain’s 10-year gilt yields have fallen to…

Euro-Area Bonds Little Changed as Investors Mull ECB Loans Plan

September 15, 2014 (Source: Businessweek) -- Euro-area government bonds were little changed as investors weighed the market impact of the European Central Bank’s new loans stimulus program, which is due to start this week. The central bank will allot…

Bond Market Dispels Inflation Alarm as Fed Winds Down QE

September 15, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- As the Federal Reserve winds down its third round of unprecedented stimulus, one thing has become increasingly clear in the bond market: the U.S. economy just isn’t going to grow enough to upend demand…

Treasury Bonds Rise After Big Selloff

September 15, 2014 (Source: Nasdaq) -- U.S. Treasury bonds strengthened on Monday following the biggest weekly selloff in a year amid jitters over the Federal Reserve's interest-rate outlook. Buyers were drawn by the highest yields in more than two…

Blood-Cleansing Biospleen Device Developed for Sepsis Therapy

September 15, 2014 (Source: Wyss Institute) -- Things can go downhill fast when a patient has sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which bacteria or fungi multiply in a patient's blood — often too fast for antibiotics to help. A new…

IBC Advanced Alloys Delivers First UAS Components for Analysis

September 15, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. (TSX VENTURE:IB)(OTCQX:IAALF) has successfully delivered several unmanned aerial system (UAS) demonstration articles manufactured using IBC's proprietary Beralcast® technology. The components were delivered to the U.S. Department of Defense's Reliability Information…

Euro Zone Trade Surplus Rises in July on Growing Exports

September 15, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- The euro zone's trade surplus rose year-on-year in July as exports grew faster than imports, pointing to a positive contribution to economic growth at the start of the third quarter, the European Union's Statistics…

Commerce Resources Corp. Appoints New President

September 15, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Commerce Resources Corp. (TSXv: CCE, FSE: D7H) (the "Company" or "Commerce") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. John Christopher Grove to the position of President of the Company.  Mr. Grove previously served…

100% of Power for Vermont City Now Renewable

September 15, 2014 (Source: Boston Globe) -- Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass. With…

Excelsior Provides Details on Metallurgical Drill Program

September 15, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Excelsior Mining Corp. (TSX VENTURE:MIN)(FRANKFURT:3XS)(OTCQX:EXMGF) ("Excelsior" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that a metallurgical drill program has commenced at the Gunnison Copper Project in Arizona. The program will comprise ten diamond-drill holes…

New Drug Blocks Gene Driving Cancer Growth

September 15, 2014 (Source: Medical Xpress) -- When active, the protein called Ral can drive tumor growth and metastasis in several human cancers including pancreatic, prostate, lung, colon and bladder. Unfortunately, drugs that block its activity are not available. A…

NSW Uranium Mines Given Green Light

September 12, 2014 (Source: The Australian) -- The NSW government has foreshadowed uranium mining in the state after inviting companies to apply for exploration licences. Minister for Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts told question time in NSW parliament on Thursday…
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