Is there Life After Glencore?

“Everyone loves a winner”… or is it that “Everyone loves an underdog”. Ivan Glasenberg has managed to be unloved either as a winner or as a loser. Frankly, the long-time chief of Glencore has won no friends over the years. Straddling two industries, commodities and mining where big egos are a common denominator, Glasenberg has managed to rub almost everyone…

Volkswagen – No Laughing Gas

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Volkswagen may yet be labelled the worst eco-bandit in memory and maybe for a long time to come. Our calculations show that Volkswagen’s gimmickry led to greenhouse gas emissions (combined emissions from putting 11 millions vehicles on the road over 6 years) at a level between 28% and 57% of Canada’s greenhouse gases emissions in 2013. Canada’s oilsands produce 8.5%…

Russia plans to double uranium production during next five years

Russian nuclear monopoly Rosatom plans to almost double the volume of uranium production during the next five years, despite the current low global prices for the metal. Implementation of these plans will take place by Rosatom through its Uranium One (U1) subsidiary, which is part of Rosatom, bringing together foreign uranium assets of the company. At the initial stage of…

Glencore’s problems leading to a commodity meltdown?

Glencore's problems have lead "many analysts to question whether this might be the commodity sector's Lehman Brothers moment". Those words were on Tuesday included in a news report from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation after the local share market lost more than A$40 billion in morning trade, with BHP Billiton falling to its lowest price since the worst days of the…

Lynas CEO Amanda Lacaze to kick off the Global Technology Metals Market Summit in Toronto on October 14th

Monday, September 28, 2015 -- On behalf of the team of, a leading online source of independent investor information, we are pleased to announce Amanda Lacaze, CEO for Lynas Corporation Ltd. as the keynote speaker for the Global Technology Metals Market Summit ( Scheduled for Wednesday, October 14th in Toronto, Canada at the Omni King Edward Hotel, the Global…

Pope Francis opens door to greater government participation in rare earth industry

A recent US Military contract to Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQX: TRER) asserts the widely held opinion that western governments should invest in the rare earth industry in a systematic manner. At the same time Pope Francis urged the US Congress to “avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity.” He was not talking…

FANYA – Good Girl Gone Bad

As we have written in the past the Chinese are not as infallible as they would like everyone to believe. Economic booms of the intensity of that which the Chinese have experienced over the last 15 years can bring the tendency to become self-declared Masters of the Universe. Look at the Japanese in the late 1980s, where pride definitely came…

Lynas riding higher on better rare earth prices

At last, a positive broker report in the rare earth sector. And it is on Lynas Corp (ASX:LYC) which, no doubt, could do with a good word. Lynas, in Thursday morning trade at the Australian Securities Exchange, was fetching A$0.037. Sydney-based Foster Stockbroking has put a “speculative buy” recommendation on the stock, with a 12 month price target of A$0.15…

Russian gold producers plan to resume their domestic projects

Amid the ongoing recovery of the Russian economy from the economic crisis, caused by Western sanctions and devaluation of the national currency – the ruble; leading Russian gold producers plan to resume their domestic projects and their implementation which was suspended last year. For example, Rostec, a Russian state corporation, specializing in the development, production and export of hi-tech industrial products…

Aurora Cannabis’ Terry Booth on the impact of the Allard decision and the election on the Marihuana Industry

September 22, 2015 —  In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky, speaks with Terry Booth, President, CEO and Director of Aurora Cannabis Inc. (CSE: ACB | OTCQB: ACBFF) on the two new Board members and securing the former executive director of the CMCIA for the Aurora management team. They also discuss how Aurora is positioned as rising leaders in the…

South Australia’s big graphite push

According to the latest global survey of mining companies from Toronto-based Fraser Institute, the state of South Australia is the world’s nineteenth most attractive jurisdiction (wedged between Arizona and Idaho in the rankings). It contains at least 30 known graphite deposits, some being historic mines, and for many years the state has been considered to have one of the world’s…

Commodities cycle: Is the worst of the pain behind us?

By David Drake_The Soho Loft
Call it “All Quiet on the Commodities Front”. Which is not a bad thing; as this is being written before the Federal Reserve makes its decision on whether to lift interest rates, this feeling of calm is probably a good thing. A lack of volatility – one hopes – means that the Fed won’t scare the commodity horses (in either…

Fear not the Fed hike: technology metals should survive

Attention investors in and miners of technology metals, gold, graphite, potash, uranium: there are rays of hope. There are two (possibly) main reasons for this. One is that the tightening this month by the Federal Reserve – if it happens, which is still very unsure – should not have too much of an impact on commodities. The other is that…

In Search of Success – Clues in Rare Earth development

Secret to Success Road Sign
I was recently reading the Australian Institute of Company Directors monthly journal, and I took particular interest in a piece by Phil Ruthven, AM FAICD, Chairman of IBISWORLD. The article titled, “In Search of Success” looked at 1,241 of Australia’s largest enterprises in 2014, which together accounted for 48% of the national revenue, and examined and ranked the return on…

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…
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Natural Gas Inches Up From Bargain Buyers

October 2, 2015 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- Natural gas prices are making a small rebound as new three-year lows have encouraged bargain seekers and successful bearish traders to buy. Natural gas futures for November delivery recently gained 1…

Troubles for the ‘China Model’

October 2, 2015 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- President Xi Jinping concluded his recent visit to the U.S. with a flurry of announcements meant to show China’s determination to play a larger, more responsible global role. But even as…

It’s time to borrow, the IMF tells Australia

October 2, 2015 (Source: Sydney Morning Herald) -- The sharemarket's recent gyrations are a testament to the long and thorny transition the Australian economy is making in the wake of the mining boom. Economic growth has already been below…

Gold Prices Jump After Weak U.S. Jobs Data

October 2, 2015 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- Gold prices jumped Friday after U.S. jobs data came in far lower than expected, signaling continued sluggish economic growth and easing expectations of an interest-rate increase this year—adding up to a…

Wonder material graphene could harvest energy from thin air

October 2, 2015 (Source: CNN) -- Bold claims for new battery technology have been around since the invention of the lead-acid battery more than 150 years ago. But researchers at Manchester University in the UK say their latest discovery involving…

Russian Oil Output Reaches Post-Soviet Record in September

October 2, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Russian oil output rose to a post-Soviet record last month as producers took advantage of the weak ruble to push ahead with drilling. The nation’s production of crude and condensate climbed to 10.74 million…

Oil rises on U.S. economic optimism, Syria fears

October 2, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- Oil rose on Friday, pushed higher by fears about escalating violence in Syria and on expectations that data would show economic strength in the United States, the world's largest oil consumer. Global benchmark Brent…

BHP Billiton sees climate opportunities

October 1, 2015 (Source: World Nuclear News) -- Increasing demand for uranium would help commodity producer BHP Billiton to remain strong in a carbon-constrained world, according to a newly published analysis of the potential effects of climate change on…

Court leaves Swedish nuclear tax unchanged

October 1, 2015 (Source: World Nuclear News) -- Sweden can continue to tax nuclear power production following a ruling in the government's favour by Europe's highest court. The European Court of Justice's seventh chamber decided that the tax does…

Gold Up on Dollar Weakness, Declines in U.S. Stock Market

October 1, 2015 (Source: Wall Street Journal) -- Gold prices edged higher on Thursday as a weaker U.S. dollar and losses in the stock market lent support to the precious metal. The most actively traded contract, for December delivery,…

Gold Slips on Fed Rate Rise Concerns

October 1, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- Gold prices were lower on the London spot market Thursday, after stronger-than-expected U.S. employment data supported the likelihood of a U.S. interest rate rise before year-end. Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,112.94 a…

Graphite One Closes Financing and Announces Additional Offering

October 1, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Graphite One Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GPH)(OTCQX:GPHOF) ("Graphite One" or the "Company") is pleased to announce it has completed and closed on its previously announced non-brokered private placement ("Private Placement") and has raised gross proceeds of…

Hydrogen for all seasons

September 30, 2015 (Source: LMU) -- LMU chemists have developed novel porous materials called “covalent organic frameworks”, which provide a basis for the design of polymeric photocatalysts with tunable physical, chemical and electronic properties. Chemical systems that are capable…

China adds 16 tonnes to gold reserves in August

September 30, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- China further increased its gold holdings in August, albeit at a slower pace compared to the previous month, the central bank said on Wednesday, as it looks to diversify its foreign exchange reserves.…
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