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…

Cannabis at The Trump

The Trump Hotel in Toronto hosted a cannabis conference. The Trump hosted a conference on cannabis. That's how socially acceptable cannabis has become. Sponsored by Jacob Securities and a host of marijuana-related companies, with InvestorIntel as the media sponsor, the one day conference on June 22, 2015 brought together the Licenced Producers, LP applicants, investors, stock exchanges (interesting speech from…

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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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…

NioCorp Selects New External Auditor

June 29, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3), today announced that Davidson & Company LLP Chartered Accountants of Vancouver, British Columbia, who have served as NioCorp's external auditors, will be succeeded by BDO USA, LLP effective…

Hyundai sees green future in hydrogen cars

June 29, 2015 (Source: The Salt Lake Tribune) -- Hyundai Motor Co. said Monday it believes hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the future for eco-friendly cars despite challenges of limited infrastructure and slow sales. South Korea's largest automaker has sold…

Gold Road an M&A target after huge discovery

June 29, 2015 (Source: The Australian) -- The merger and acquisition frenzy playing out across the Australian gold sector has seen up and coming explorer Gold Road Resources touted as the next likely takeover target, but the company’s managing director Ian…

Oil Stocks Hit Two-Year High in Europe Hub

June 29, 2015 (Source: WSJ) -- The amount of crude stored at the world’s largest oil-trading hub has hit a two-year high, according to data released on Monday, in another sign that the world has an oversupply of petroleum…

Canada and the United Kingdom Strengthen Nuclear Cooperation

June 29, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Kingdom (U.K.) on nuclear energy cooperation.  This MOU will help position…

Molycorp runs into bankruptcy stumbling block

June 29, 2015 (Source: Denver Business Journal) -- Greenwood Village-based rare earths miner Molycorp. Inc., which filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, ran into a bankruptcy court stumbling court on Friday. Molycorp wants to start tapping a…

Global markets spooked by looming ‘leap second’

June 29, 2015 (Source: CNN Money) -- You won't even notice it -- it will literally pass by in a second. But markets around the world are frantically trying to avoid a leap second that threatens to disrupt global trading…

Gold Climbs on Haven Demand as Greece Risks Exit From Euro Zone

June 29, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Gold rose with silver as Greece shut banks and imposed capital controls, boosting demand for haven assets amid concern that the country’s euro membership is in jeopardy. Futures for August delivery advanced 0.4 percent…

European banks, bonds shaken by Greek turmoil

June 29, 2015 (Source: Reuters) -- European bank stocks and borrowing costs for Italy, Spain and Portugal bore the brunt on Monday of financial markets' fright at the growing risk that Greece will leave the euro. The worst fall…

Global Stocks Plunge as Greece Imposes Controls on Money

June 29, 2015 (Source: NY Times) -- Global stock markets took a battering Monday after Greece shuttered its banks for the week and imposed limits on cash withdrawals — developments that have reinforced fears the country is heading for…

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