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Out of the trenches Carlisle Goldfields is the right size for Profitability

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Recently we attended a luncheon hosted by Carlisle Goldfields (TSX: CGJ | OTCQX: CGJCF) in the storied Armourer’s Hall in the city of London surrounded by suits of armour hanging from the walls. We did not however have any Damoclean Swords (at least that we could see) hanging over us. I had met Carlisle a couple of years back in an office in midtown Manhattan so the contrast was poignant. The number of gold companies doing presentations has thinned a lot over the last 18 months and so kudos must go…

New technology for critical metals, agribusiness, nuclear plants, 3-D printing, renewable energy — you name it, Japan’s there

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Having spent a few weeks (involuntarily) accompanying various shopping expeditions in Paris, I have become — suddenly — aware of Uniqlo. The crowds of women of all ages lining up at the cash registers at one of its Paris stores attests to the extraordinary success. And I read that staff are allowed just 60 seconds to process each retail transaction. Now this Japanese designer of casual wear is planning to launch in Australia, with a target of 100 stores in this country. The Uniqlo phenomenon, and I am assured by the shopper in this…

Heartbleed Bug ‘contagion’ creates market malaise

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Our last week ended with the rumbling from the confusion that came from disruptive impact of the Heartbleed bug that had online paranoia at an all-time high. In case you have not drilled down through the endless media coverage and analysis on what happened here’s what your computer(s) and various electronics may or may not have caught: “The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service…

Goldcorp’s total takeover bid of Osisko Mining makes Quebec mining sector the real winner

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Contrary to the expectations of many analysts and Osisko Mining (TSX: OSK), gold industry giant Goldcorp (TSX: G) has decided to increased its hostile takeover bid for the smaller player by CAD$ 1 billion. This means that Goldcorp is officially ready to pay 3.6 billion CAD ​​or 7.65 CAD per share. Evidently, Goldcorp – and its CEO Chuck Jeanne in particular – is confident that taking over Osisko carries considerable benefits for Goldcorp’s earnings per share. Goldcorp’s generosity was stimulated by a competing bid by Yamana Gold (TSX: YRI), which, according…

Hop Boyd on the real advantage of having the right chemical processing engineer on the job

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April 10, 2014 -- Hop Boyd Jr., Chief Manager, Process Engineering Associates LLC (PROCESS) speaks to Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel. Hop has been a chemical engineer for many years and he describes his job, in jest, as a "highly educated plumber". Of course, PROCESS does much more than that. It offers process engineering services - as opposed to electrical, mechanical or structural -- from design and to safety services, relying on its over 50 highly qualified, full-time chemical engineers. As a further analogy, Hop describes the typical scenario…

Agribusiness trends upward, Zinc hunt in full force, and ‘Shiny Black Gold’ leads the market

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Let’s enjoy this ride as March is the last month we will have the REE Leaders Index. And for the record, this is the only rare earth index in the world calculated by FTSE. Alas, REEL closed down 9.50%, closing at 284.01 versus the InvestorIntel members – up +2.17%. I was in NYC at John Tumazos Very Independent Research event on Monday, so you’re in luck this week with both the month-in-review for March 2014 and week-in-review ending April 4th, so you can get your gas pedals ready as I Tesla-drive…

Chinese and Apple seek new tin supplies; More room for graphite producers while uranium standstill continues

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While questions remain about the real state of financial affairs in China, and therefore the future demand growth for metals of all types (but particularly the major base metals such as copper, aluminium and zinc), there are quite clear signs that when it comes to the critical technology metals , the potential consumers are taking a great interest in potential future sources of supply. (This, too, offset by the fact that even some minor metals are seeing subdued demand and pricing at present, notably with declines in prices being paid for…

Chinese technical know-how opens way for Arafura REE project

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Australian rare earths hopeful Arafura Resources (ASX: ARU), for all the speed bumps it has hit in recent years, still has an economically sound project, according to analyst Tony Parry of Sydney-based Resource Capital Research. And the relationship with major shareholder (24.9%) East China Mineral and Exploration Bureau (ECE) is likely to result in even further cost savings, he said. His client says that Arafura is taking decisive action to improve the project economics and project financing prospects for what he calls "its world scale Nolans Rare Earths project". So far projected…

Rockstar on gold and reducing risk for the weekend

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It’s Friday, and as we as investors are feeling the wear of winter – let’s discuss how to "reduce risk and reduce insanity" with gold, perhaps? Called Rockstar en route to work with this idea, and standing in line at Starbucks I start with: “Gold? What’s happening hotstuff?” Responding positively to his new nickname, he starts with: “If the Euro continues to strengthen today, and gold does not ‘catch a bid’ -- then we should expect it to weaken.” Reuters quotes an analyst from London in an online piece this AM titled Gold hits…

Market is like “waiting for water to boil”

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InvestorIntelReport Week-in-Review: Just tell everyone ‘we are phucked’ said Rockstar in reply to market questioning on Saturday. Hmmm, I thought – I prefer our book-keeper’s commentary that "it feels like we are waiting for water boil". At the end of the day, I agree with numerous members of our financial community that see strong signals that we have entered a "war cycle" in our marketplace, which means that basically investors need to tread carefully in the marketplace, as we genuinely have no idea where the mines are located. And this makes it…
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Gold Flat below $1,300/Oz, Heading for Weekly Fall

April 18, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Gold was heading for a 1.8 percent weekly fall on Friday, dented by hopes that diplomatic efforts can calm violence in Ukraine and by strengthening U.S. economic data. Fears over slowing demand in top consumer China and sustained sales from gold-backed funds also contributed to its fall below $1,300 an ounce. In thin Easter holiday trade…

Alacer Gold announces changes to its Board of Directors

April 17, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Alacer Gold Corp. ("Alacer" or the "Corporation") [TSX: ASR and ASX: AQG] is pleased to announce Thomas R. Bates, Jr. has been appointed to Alacer's Board of Directors effective today.  In addition, Mr. Edward C. Dowling, Jr. has been appointed as Chairman.  Mr. Graff will remain on the Board as independent Lead Director. Mr. Bates…

Tinka to Acquire Darwin; Arranges $4.54 Million Financing

April 17, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION, DISTRIBUTION OR DISSEMINATION DIRECTLY, OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES. Tinka Resources Limited ("Tinka") (TSX VENTURE:TK) and Darwin Resources Corp. ("Darwin") (TSX VENTURE:DAR)(PINKSHEETS:DARWF)(FRANKFURT:DWU) jointly announce that they have entered into a binding term sheet (the "Agreement") whereby Tinka has agreed to acquire through a…

Canada Strategic Metals Complete 11 Drillholes Program at the Sakami Gold Project and Hit Mineralized Zone in Every Hole

April 17, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Canada Strategic Metals Inc. ("Canada Strategic Metals" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:CJC)(FRANKFURT:YXEN)(OTCBB:CJCFF) and Matamec Explorations Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MAT)(OTCQX:MHREF) are very pleased to announce that a drilling program began in March at the Sakami gold project is completed. The program was aimed at increasing the size of the main gold zone (Zone 25) to the west-northwest, as…

Gold Import Curbs Seen Continuing in India to Protect Currency

April 17, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- India, the world’s second-largest gold consumer, will probably keep restrictions onimports to control the current account deficit and defend the rupee, said the managing director of the country’s biggest refiner. The limits would result in shipments of 650 metric tons to 700 tons in the 12 months started April 1 from 650 tons a year…

InvestorIntel Officially Launched for Entrepreneurs and Investors

Jack Lifton and Chris Ecclestone on BNN’s Commodities Thursday, April 17, 2014 April 16, 2014 -- Toronto, ON – ProEdge Media Corp., an online media company since 2001, is pleased to announce the official launch of InvestorIntel.com (“InvestorIntel”). InvestorIntel is a leading global investment intelligence news source for the innovative and entrepreneurial minded. Tracy Weslosky, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of InvestorIntel…

Gold steadies as lower dollar offsets China worries

April 17, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Gold steadied around $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as a lower dollar and accommodative U.S. Federal Reserve monetary policy counterbalanced worries over the strength of Chinese demand and sales from gold-backed funds. Holdings in the world's biggest exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, fell 8.39 tonnes to 798.43 tonnes on Wednesday, the biggest outflow since…

Osisko Sale Spurring CEO Roosen to Next Gold Challenge

April 17, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Sean Roosen, who turned a small explorer into the operator of one of Canada’s largest gold mines, says he’s ready to do it again after agreeing to sell Osisko Mining Corp. (OSK) for C$3.9 billion ($3.5 billion). Yamana Gold Inc. (YRI) and Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. yesterday agreed to pay C$8.15 per Osisko share, trumping a hostile…

Mr. Christophe Romary Joined Matamec as Business Development Director

April 17, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Matamec Explorations Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MAT)(OTCQX:MHREF)("Matamec" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Mr. Christophe Romary joined Matamec as Business Development Director, and will provide investor relations services, thus increasing its visibility within the financial community. Mr. Romary has more than 17 years of experience in investment banking, working with companies like Orion Securities Inc. (now…

Razore Rock Announces Further Extension of Oxford Lake Gold Property Option Agreement

April 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Razore Rock Resources Inc. ("Razore Rock" or the "Company") (CSE:RZR) is pleased to announce that, further to its Press Release of March 28, 2014, Alto Ventures Ltd. ("Alto Ventures") has agreed to a further extension to May 15, 2014 for Razore Rock to notify Alto Ventures of its commitment to spend a minimum of $60,000…

Avrupa Options Out Slivovo Gold Project to Byrnecut International

April 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Avrupa Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:AVU)(FRANKFURT:8AM) is pleased to announce that it has signed the earn-in and shareholders agreement ("Earn-In Agreement") to option out the Slivovo Gold Project in Kosovo to Byrnecut International Limited ("BIL"). Under the Earn-In Agreement, Avrupa will be the operator, and BIL will have the following participation options: To earn a 51%…

Yamana, Agnico Reach C$3.9 Billion Deal with Osisko to Thwart Goldcorp Takeover Bid

April 16, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Canada's Osisko Mining Corp (OSK.TO) said on Wednesday it has reached a C$3.9 billion ($3.6 billion) deal to sell most of its assets to Yamana Gold Inc (YRI.TO) and Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd (AEM.TO) as it battles to thwart a hostile takeover bid from Goldcorp Inc (G.TO), one of the world's biggest gold miners. Osisko…

Gold Trades Above Lowest in Week as Ukraine-U.S. Weighed

April 16, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Gold traded above the lowest price in more than a week in New York as investors weighed turmoil over Ukraine against the outlook for an improving U.S. economy. Gold fell 2 percent yesterday, the most since December, as data indicated U.S. consumer prices accelerated in March. A report released this week showed retail sales increased…

Alder Launches up to $1 Million Private Placement of Units

April 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES Alder Resources Ltd. ("Alder" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ALR) intends to complete a non-brokered private placement financing of up to 20,000,000 units (the "Units") at a price of $0.05 per Unit for gross proceeds of up to $1,000,000 (the "Offering").…

Chinese gold demand may rise 20% by 2017: industry body

April 15, 2014 (Source: Global Post) -- China's annual demand for gold could jump around 20 percent by 2017 as more of its increasingly wealthy population seek new ways to make money, the World Gold Council predicted on Tuesday. The forecast by the WGC comes after China became the world's largest gold-consuming nation in 2013, overtaking India. Annual demand for…
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