Niocorp publishes encouraging results for the United States’ only primary niobium deposit

NioCorp Developments Ltd. (“Niocorp”, TSXV: NB | OTCQX: NIOBF) announced the final assay results from the third phase of its drilling program at Elk Creek, Nebraska. Elk Creek is rich in barium, rare earth element mineralization and especially high grade concentrations of niobium (formerly known as columbium), a rare metal that is the focus of the project. On January 19, Niocorp published the final results from the third and final phase III of the 2014 drilling program at its Elk Creek project in Nebraska, in preparation for the release of its feasibility study toward the spring of this year. Niocorp…

Significant zinc reserves are just one of the advantages of Chesapeake’s Metates gold project

Chesapeake Gold Corp. (‘Chesapeake’, TSXV: CKG), an emerging gold company with considerable pedigree given its connection to Goldcorp (CEO Randy Reifel, has been director of Goldcorp and Goldcorp holds a 9% stake in Chesapeake’s shares) has announced that an updated pre-feasibility study (PFS) for its Metates Gold-Silver-Zinc Project (‘Metates’) located in Durango State, Mexico is imminent; it is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2015. Metates holds one of the largest gold, silver and zinc reserves in the world and the original NI: 43-101 PFS was issued in March 2013. The updated PFS assumes a lower initial…

Strong graphite market news flow sets the pace for a market turnaround

2014-10-24-GraphiteMktReview Graphite Market Review: Of the graphite stocks InvestorIntel tracks, market performance for the week ended October 24th was up for the first time in at least 4 weeks, by +3.88% versus InvestorIntel members that were up +5.05%. There was a number of outsized positive performers in the past week. Kibaran Resources Ltd. (ASX: KNL) was up 35.00%. Zenyata Ventures Ltd. (TSXV: ZEN) (OTCQX: ZENYF) was up 21.11% and 22.41%, respectively. Focus Graphite Inc. (TSXV: FMS) (OTCQX: FCSMF) was up 18.42% and 20.66%, respectively. Triton Minerals Limited (ASX: TON) was up 12.70%. Elcora Resources Corp. (TSXV: ERA) was up 11.11%. Graphite Market…

Triton Minerals Beats All Expectations with Maiden JORC Resource

Triton-Projects On October 21st, Triton Minerals (ASX: TON) announced its much anticipated maiden JORC compliant mineral resource estimate for the Nicanda Hill graphite deposit at the Balama North project in Mozambique. The company's management team promised it would be good, and they more than delivered. Not only is the maiden resource the largest known in the world, but it includes both Indicated and Inferred categories. There was a possibility that the maiden resource would only be Inferred, however due to the shallow depth and proven wide-scale dissemination (high continuity) of the deposit, an Indicated resource was also delineated. The total mineral…

Epstein InvestorIntel Interview: George Bauk, Northern Minerals

Northern-Minerals-Map The following interview of Managing Director and CEO George Bauk of Northern Minerals was conducted by phone and email on October 18-19. Please describe Northern Minerals to readers less familiar with your company. Northern Minerals Limited (ASX: NTU), listed on the ASX in 2006, is focussed on becoming a globally significant producer of the heavy rare earth (HRE), dysprosium. The company has a large landholding in Western Australia and the Northern Territory that is highly prospective for this element. Northern Minerals' 100% owned flagship property is the Browns Range Project. This project has a number of deposits and prospects containing…

American Sands Energy Makes Important Progress on Permitting

American Sands Energy Corp Uinta Basin American Sands Energy (NASDAQ: AMSE) is a pre-production oil company with oil sands resources located near Sunnyside, Utah. It proposes to mine oil sands ore using conventional mining techniques and a licensed, proprietary solvent to extract oil from the oil sands. The solvent and off-the-shelf equipment has been tested extensively at pilot-scale. The company's water-free process produces heavy oil and recovers and recycles nearly 100% of the solvent. Therefore, American Sands will never require any tailings ponds, its only by-product is reclamation ready sand. If successful, the company would be one of just 2 or 3 operating in the U.S.,…

Wave of Gold Sector M&A Unlikely to Start in Africa

In looking at some recent articles on the gold sector, one topic frequently comes up-- M&A. I agree with most pundits that M&A will pick over time. However, we're far off from the imminent renaissance of gold M&A that some are forecasting. Off the top of my head, I can recall 6-7 deals recently announced or closed in 2014. Among these there are few similarities that strike me as significant, however at least 4 deals have been done for assets in Africa. Typically a wave of M&A starts with Majors jumping on board with large low-risk deals. I find it…

Graphite Market Review: Mixed performance despite a lot of good news

2014-10-10-Graphite-Mkt-Review Graphite Market Review — Of the graphite stocks InvestorIntel tracks, market performance was mixed, down 1.33% overall. The biggest winners for the week ended October 10, 2014 were; Energizer Resources Inc. (TSXV: EGZ) (OTCQX: ENZR), up 11.11% and 8.02%, respectively. Mason Graphite Inc. (TSXV: LLG) (OTCQX: MGPHF) up 7.81% and 10.71%, respectively on positive news, (see below). On the down side there were 4 stocks off more than 10%. Triton Minerals Ltd (ASX; TON) was down 16.18%, despite positive news, (see below). Flinders Resources Ltd. (TSXV: FDR) was down 15.25%. Sovereign Metals Ltd. (ASX: SVM) was down 13.64% on no…

Epstein InvestorIntel CEO Interview: Mark Brennan, Largo Resources

The following Exclusive interview of CEO and President Mark Brennan of Largo Resources was conducted by phone and email on October 8-9. Please describe Largo Resources to readers less familiar with your story. Largo Resources (TSXV: LGO) is a growing strategic mineral company with projects in Brazil and Canada. The immediate goal of the Company is to ramp-up production at its Maracás Menchen Mine in Brazil. This globally significant project is already operating at approximately 40% of phase 1 design capacity of 9,600 tonnes of vanadium per year. Our Maracás Menchen mine boasts the highest grade vanadium deposit yet discovered…

Solar companies make hay while sun shines on industry

In the past year I've become much more bullish on the prospects for distributed solar generation. Distributed simply means that the energy production, in this case solar energy, is produced at or near the place where it's consumed. Don't get me wrong, solar still enjoys some State and Federal kickbacks, but even without that help solar will definitely become competitive in its own right. Another caveat, I don't mean to say that solar will displace nuclear, coal or natural gas, which provide incredibly important base load power. Rather that solar, growing from a tiny installed base will grow incredibly fast…