It’s raining copper in the DRC’s Katanga Province

El Nino Ventures Inc. (‘ELN’, TSXV: ELN) has a copper exploration project in the Democratic Republic of Congo and two zinc-lead-silver (copper) exploration and development projects in the Bathurst Mining Camp, New Brunswick. The Copperbelt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hosts several world class deposits and its exploration potential is considered one of the best in the world. Mining companies such as Phelps Dodge and First Quantum Minerals have established operations there and ore is world class. Several small companies are also actively considering copper and other minerals in…

Peak Resources: low development cost, long life mine and high (for Tanzania) hopes of mineral diversity

In 2012 gold made up 94% of Tanzania's mineral exports. The country is the third largest gold producer in Africa, but now it wants to do more. A report out of Britain this week shows that the country is, by 2018, looking to diversify into other metals. The Business Monitor International report cites coal, nickel and uranium as new areas, but the quarterly report out this week from Peak Resources (ASX:PEK) reminds us that Tanzania is likely soon to be a player in the rare earth sector, with that company aiming…

As information continues to bombard us every day, there’s a need to keep some perspective

In the mining business there’s always the risk of over-reach. Back in mid-2011, Citigroup Global Markets added up the 400 largest greenfield mining projects around the world and the capital commitment through to 2020 for those totalled close to $500 billion — or half a trillion, to put that figure in more dramatic terms. But the analysts also calculated that some twenty-four per cent of those projects were unlikely to be delivered. We await Citigroup someday going back to do an update. I bet the situation compared to their forecasts could…

Lithium just one of several markets that could do with some transparency

It requires a considerable amount of detective work to keep tabs on rare earth prices, and what is going on in the tungsten, antimony, graphite and several other metals. It is not just a matter of clicking on the webpage of the London Metal Exchange, as one can do with the base metals, or checking Comex prices for the precious ones. Ditto with lithium, not surprising considering that 80% of world output is produced by just four companies. In fact, lithium (to extrapolate from a point made this week by Christopher…

Electric car materials jet fuel market and uranium gains a pulse

InvestorIntelReport, June 2014: The InvestorIntel Gold, Base & Precious Metals members lead for the month of June 2014, up +19.01%; driven by gold and graphite player -- Triton Minerals ASX: TON +171.43%. Congratulations Triton as shareholders responded favorably to their June 23rd news release: Significant High-Grade Graphite Intersected at Nicanda Hill and catapulted them to #3 market cap in the graphite sector overnight. Also, please allow me to formally introduce InvestorIntel client Ron Tremblay, President & CEO for Levon Resources – as OTCQX: LVNF lifted +28% and TSX: LVN was up…

The great blank that was the Manchester graphene conference

It was billed as one of the key discussions about the wonder material. And it was held in Manchester, where graphene was discovered. Graphite is grabbing headlines, graphene is now starting to join it in the spotlight. Therefore, clearly this was a major news event especially as some of the leaders in the field were presenting papers there. So, plenty of news to write about, yes? Well, no, by the look of it. Put the conference into Google News and you will see several reports that the conference was beginning on…

Asia moves to corner more of the world’s gold business

It is some coincidence: just as speculation mounts as to whether the London gold fix will survive, this week the London Bullion Market Association held its bullion market forum in Singapore for the first time. And at the forum it was announced that Singapore will in September launch the exchange-traded Singapore Kilobar Gold Contract, the first wholesale 25-kilo bar contract to be offered globally. This will allow Singapore to offer a centralised trading and clearing of a physically-delivered (my emphasis) gold contract. The announcement had this telling sentence: "With this contract,…

Discipline outweighs conviction in the financial success formula

Tom Shadyac, Director of "Ace Ventura," "The Nutty Professor," "Liar Liar,"  -- photo taken at the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Screenings of "I Am"
Met a friend this weekend who was somewhat distressed over an account that was down 50% over a short call. “What do you think happened?” I asked. “Discipline over conviction…” -- he replied, as he shook his head. He then added: “…my decision it seems was based on conviction, and that’s where I failed.” Hmmm, I thought nervously…as he may have just summed up the reason for every financial shortfall I have ever made since the beginning of my life experience. Shortly after our conversation, I came across a Business Insider…

Levon’s flagship Cordero project “pushing a billion tons” of silver — set to benefit from global zinc demand

June 19, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Ron Tremblay, the CEO, President and Director for Levon Resources (TSX: LVN | OTCQX: LVNVF) about the poly-metallic flagship silver, gold, lead and zinc Cordero project, which is located 220 km south of Chihuahua, Mexico. Levon has been developing the Levon property for about five years: “we’ve taken it from zero resource to the point where it is pushing 700 million tons of indicated and inferred resources (silver) right now and we expect that, with the new drilling,…

Arafura fills in the economic gaps as it still targets 2016 green light

When you consider what rare earth hopefuls have been through over the past four years, it's perhaps amazing how many of them are still standing. Take this extract from a piece I wrote on June 13, 2011: "One US sector expert says some Chinese magnet makers are offering quotes that expire after only 72 hours, although specifying the final price will be set on delivery. And you can see why. Dysprosium was worth $US410/kg in February, $US460/kg in March, $US900/kg in April and about $US1500/kg now. Terbium, which was $US900/kg in April, is…
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Goldeye and Sandy Lake First Nation Sign Letter of Intent

July 30, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Goldeye Explorations Limited (TSX VENTURE:GGY) ("Goldeye" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent (the "Letter") with Sandy Lake First Nation ("SLFN"). Pursuant to the Letter, Goldeye and SLFN will enter into exclusive negotiations regarding potential mineral exploration activities on SLFN Indian Reserve #88, which is adjacent…

Mawson Prepares to Core Sample the Palokas Gold Project in Finland

July 30, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Mawson Resources Limited ("Mawson") or (the "Company") (TSX:MAW)(FRANKFURT:MXR)(PINKSHEETS:MWSNF) announces that the Company has been in discussion with the relevant authorities to continue to core sample at the Palokas prospect in Finland. According to the Finnish Mining Authority ("TUKES"), the current claim conditions permit the use of a hand-portable core sampler at Rajapalot within Natura 2000…

Minera IRL Announces Sale of Don Nicolas Interest to CIMINAS

July 30, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Minera IRL Limited ("Minera IRL" or the "Company") (AIM:MIRL)(BVLAC:MIRL)(TSX:IRL), the Latin America gold mining company, announces that it has entered into an agreement pursuant to which Compañía Inversora en Minas ("CIMINAS") will acquire the Company's remaining shareholding of Minera IRL Patagonia S.A. ("Minera IRL Patagonia") for a total net cash consideration of US$11.5 million (the…

Definitive Agreement Signed for Sale of Corina Project to Minera Ares

July 29, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Lara Exploration Ltd. ("Lara" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:LRA) is pleased to report that it has signed a Definitive Mining Assignment and Option Agreement with Compañía Minera Ares S.A.C. ("Ares"), a subsidiary of London-listed Hochschild Mining plc., to purchase the Company's Corina Gold Project in southern Peru. Under the proposed terms, Ares has the option to…

Gold rises on Ukraine, Middle East conflicts; Fed eyed

July 29, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Gold hit its highest in nearly a week on Tuesday as violence flared in the Middle East and Ukraine, but gains were capped by uncertainty ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting and important U.S. data later this week. Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

Montana Gold Employs Hyper Spectral Imaging Technology at Golden Trail Project, Elko County, Nevada

July 29, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Montana Gold Mining Company Inc. ("MGM" or the "Company") (CSE:MGM) has recently completed an encouraging pilot survey using hyperspectral imaging technology on 44 five-foot rock-chip line samples taken late last year at the Golden Trail Project, Elko County, Nevada ("Golden Trail"). This pilot survey discovered a distinctive alteration mineral assemblage associated with higher gold values and…

Asanko Gold Announces Positive Metallurgical Results From Dynamite Hill

July 29, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Asanko Gold Inc. ("Asanko" or the "Company") (TSX:AKG)(NYSE MKT:AKG) is pleased to announce positive results from the metallurgical test work program conducted on the Dynamite Hill deposit. Dynamite Hill is a recently discovered near surface deposit located 7 km from the processing facility, set to begin construction next month, at the Company's flagship Asanko Gold Mine…

Gold Bugs Meet Bitcoin Believers to Supplant the Dollar

July 28, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Call it bitgold. It’s what you get when you combine bitcoin, one of the world’s newest would-be currencies, and gold, one of the oldest. Add mistrust of centralized authority, a dash of rebelliousness and a dollop of profit motive and you might have the Independence Coin, the first gold-backed crypto-money, unveiled this month at…

Gold Slips on Strong Dollar, Support from Global Tensions

July 28, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Gold edged down on Monday while the dollar was near multi-month highs, but prices held above $1,300 an ounce on heightened tensions between the West and Russia after talk of new sanctions. Investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting and second-quarter GDP data on Wednesday and non-farm payrolls figures on Friday, which will be…

Quaterra Amends Terms of Share Purchase Warrants

July 28, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Quaterra Resources Inc. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:QTA)(OTCQX:QTRRF) announces that it has received the written consent of all Warrant holders to amend the terms of outstanding Warrants and has accordingly amended the exercise price of 6,541,571 share purchase warrants (the "Warrants") from US$0.53 to US$0.16. The expiration date of the Warrants will remain December 28, 2014, subject…

Romarco announces timing of Record of Decision

July 28, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- ROMARCO MINERALS INC. (TSX: R) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that following the posting of the Final Environmental Impact Statement on July 24, 2014 on the US Army Corps of Engineers ("Corps") website, www.hailegoldmineeis.com, the Corps has now informed the Company it will issue its Record of Decision ("ROD") on the 404 Wetlands permit application…

Minco Gold Announces Sale of the Gold Bull Mountain Project

July 25, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Minco Gold Corporation (TSX:MMM) (NYSE MKT:MGH) (FRANKFURT:MI5) ("Minco Gold" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Company's wholly owned subsidiary Minco Mining (China) Co., Ltd has entered into an agreement with a private Chinese individual (the "Purchaser") to sell the Company's Gold Bull Mountain Project located in Hunan Province, China for total consideration of…
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