Junior Resource F-Factor eludes Vultures just in time for a Santa Claus Rally?

Flashback to Tuesday evening where I had a meeting with two directors of a couple of junior resource companies on Bay St. It was during a second beer when one disclosed, “I haven’t paid myself since 2012.” The other responded with, “well, I haven’t paid myself for the last year.” Insert a tweet I received on Thursday from @tonyalfidi in response to the market trending sideways commentary I made last week and where’s the M&A action and he wrote: “Many large miners seem to be waiting for juniors to go bankrupt, so…

FANYA – Breaking the Mold on Specialty Metals Trading?

Commodity exchanges have sprung up over time either at the source of the capital in major financial centres (e.g. LME and New York Mercantile Exchange) or at the source of the product traded (e.g. the various spice exchanges in India) or the attempts to launching exchanges in Indonesia and Malaysia dealing in local products such as tin or palm oil. As is well known the Chinese dominate a number of metals through the production of the raw material and at the same time are important as the end-consumers or processors of…

Zenyatta improves graphite purity with a “far more significant” process

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. (TSXV: ZEN | OTCQX: ZENYF) has announced that SGS Canada Inc. ('SGS') has managed to produce a high purity and crystalline graphite product using a caustic bake-based process. This is a far more significant achievement than may appear at first glance. Acid leach processes are the more common approaches taken to improve the purity of graphite. A caustic bake, however, involves sodium hydroxide, not an acid, which allows for the recycling of the material, rendering the process more environmentally and economically viable. The caustic bake is no less…

When Rare Earths, Graphite, Lithium, and Uranium go to war they insure the peace and create the future.

We all know that individual, as well as institutional investors have only one goal, which is to make a return on their investment (a profit). This is not the purpose of government nor should it be. However it should be the goal of government to spend money wisely and, if that is so, then to spend some of the money it receives from its taxpayers on the research and development of technologies that have applications not only to the military (providing the security function of government) but also to the civilian…

Going Sideways and the Miraculins on Bay St.

"The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways." -- Gene Hackman InvestorIntelReport: Many years ago, when I used to have to negotiate with teenagers – a memory, I have aptly forgotten; I recall one frustration that was remedied through repetition and reward. As anyone who has teens can attest to….decision making is not their forte. So while asking a simple question is usually not usually a challenge between two adults, with a teenager it can have all the drama of a life and death decision making process.…

Graphite One – Attack of the Midtown Trolls

The SEC and its research “settlement” of early last decade has quite a lot to answer for. The initial pushback against past practices during the DotCom Bubble was due to a few egregious (mainly Bulge Bracket) analysts that not only crossed the line, but managed to rub it out in the process. The result was an attempt to put analysts on the straight and narrow (which combined with rules forcing fund managers to seek the lowest commission) effectively eviscerated the analytical “profession” and left the door open for the “seat of…

Debunking the lower oil prices makes renewable energy less competitive myth

The dramatic and bearish market reaction to falling oil prices has benefited important sectors of the economy: the airlines, logistics and manufacturing industries have been among the biggest winners. But what about the power generation sector? There is the ‘gut’ perception that low oil prices would necessarily lead to lower power costs, but this is not the case. Simply, crude oil is a ‘mobility’ commodity; crude oil does not provide the electricity in homes and businesses. Natural gas, an important newer source of power generation, is related to crude oil in…

Alabama Graphite, Elcora Resources and Focus Graphite defy sluggish metals market

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Graphite Market Review — The Graphite & Graphene market remained sluggish for the graphite sector in general and on average, the graphite sector share price dropped 2.66% in the week ending on December 5, 2014. Focus Graphite, Alabama Graphite, Elcora Resources were the exceptions. Elcora Resources Corp. (TSXV: ERA) gained +11.54% for the period. Elcora owns the Sakura mine in Sri Lanka, which holds some 3.35 million tonnes of high grade graphite, suitable for the supply of grades cable of addressing Li-ion battery and graphene production needs. The main advantage of Elcora’s…

Graphite’s ‘lukewarm performance’ in November signals buying opportunity for investors

Graphite Market Month-in-Review — Graphite & Graphene shares fell 8.61% overall during the month of November even as there was was no shortage of favorable resource updates, but commodity investors have been treading very carefully in the current market environment. The performance of the Chinese economy in November fell below expectations, generating lower demand but the fundamentals of graphite demand have not changed and none of the companies followed by InvestorIntel published any significant news to warrant a shift in market performance, whether up or down. Indeed, the lukewarm performance of the…

Resource sector freeze tag provides a clever ruse to pick winners.

InvestorIntelReport -- It was over a year ago, when the market was abuzz about how 80% of the TSX Venture companies were going to run out of money and collapse (A) by the end of the year. One has to wonder whether this was fact or fiction, because “if” this was indeed true: where are the headlines of these so-called cash strapped stocks hitting the sidewalk after falling from their ivory towers? An recently associate asked me where all the M&A deals (B) were? While I cited InvestorIntel member Levon Resources' acquisition of…
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Saint Jean Carbon Closes Acquisition on the Miller East and the Page Graphite Properties

December 18, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Saint Jean Carbon Inc. ("Saint Jean", the "Company" or "We") (TSX VENTURE:SJL) is pleased to announce is pleased to announce that it has closed an arm's length transaction to acquire the 100% interest in two properties ("Transaction"), the Miller East and Page Properties. On closing, the Company issued 3,000,000 common shares as partial consideration for…

Great Lakes Graphite Continues Lochaber Winter Drill Program

December 18, 2014 (Source: Newsfile) -- Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (TSXV: GLK) ("Great Lakes" or the "Company"), is pleased to provide the following update on the 2014 Lochaber Winter Drill Program. Mr. Kyle Loney, President of Wolf Mountain Drilling, the contractor conducting the Lochaber drill program, reports that three of the six 100 m holes have now been completed. Further, Mr. Loney…

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. Provides an Update on Metallurgical Process Development at SGS Canada Inc. to Yield High Purity & Highly Crystalline Graphite Products

December 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. ("Zenyatta" or "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ZEN)(OTCQX:ZENYF) is pleased to provide an update on the metallurgical process development on the Albany hydrothermal graphite deposit being carried out at SGS Canada Inc. ('SGS') facility in Lakefield, Ontario. Designing a new process flow sheet for a speciality industrial mineral product from a unique deposit like Albany involves…

Grafoid Inc. Wins the Kingston Chamber of Commerce “New Business of the Year Award” 2014 While Grafoid’s Braille Battery, Inc. Wins SEMA’s New Product of the Year

December 12, 2014 (Source: Grafoid Inc) -- Grafoid Inc. is pleased and honoured to announce its recent win of the 2014 New Business of the Year by the Kingston Chamber of Commerce. The Award was presented at the Chamber’s 19th annual Business Achievement Awards Gala. Nominations were solicited from members of the Kingston business community and a judging panel of…

Graphite One Announces Appointment of New CFO

December 12, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Graphite One Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GPH)(OTCQX:GPHOF) ("Graphite One" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that W. Alan Ahlgren has been appointed Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary effective December 12, 2014. Mr. Ahlgren will replace Dale Hansen, who resigned effective December 12, 2014. Mr. Ahlgren will be based in the Company's office in Vancouver and…

Saint Jean Carbon Signs Definitive Agreement on the Miller East and the Page Graphite Properties

December 10, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Saint Jean Carbon Inc. ("Saint Jean", the "Company" or "We") (TSX VENTURE:SJL) is pleased to announce that it has signed an arm's length definitive agreement to acquire the 100% interest in two properties ("Transaction"). The first property, Miller East, comprises 9 (nine) mineral claims covering approximately 540 hectares located in Quebec adjacent to the east of…

Great Lakes Graphite Engages SRK Consulting To Carry Out Mineral Resource Estimate on the Lochaber Graphite Property

December 3, 2014 (Source: Newsfile) -- Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (TSXV: GLK) ("Great Lakes" or the "Company") today provides the following update on activities related to the exploration and development of the Lochaber Graphite Property. NI 43-101 Resource Estimate The Company has engaged SRK Consulting to complete the preparation of an National Instrument ("NI") 43-101-compliant Mineral Resource Estimate for the Lochaber…

Focus Graphite Files Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the Lac Knife Graphite Project

December 1, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Focus Graphite Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FMS) (OTCQX:FCSMF) (FRANKFURT:FKC) ("Focus" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the completion and filing of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment ("ESIA") for the Lac Knife Project located in northeastern Québec. Golder Associates completed the study and the report. This significant milestone is one of several initiatives underway that are contributing…

Flinders Resources and Big North Graphite provide merger update

December 1, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- 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. Flinders Resources Limited ("Flinders") (TSXV: FDR) and Big North Graphite Corp. ("Big North") (TSXV: NRT) announce that further to the joint news release of October 21, 2014, and November 3, 2014,…

Graphite One Drills 38.87m of 10.57% Graphite Including 7m of 20.98%; Results From First Ten Holes Confirm Wide Intercepts of Near Surface High Grade Graphite

December 1, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Graphite One Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GPH)(OTCQX:GPHOF) ("Graphite One" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the results of the first ten holes of the recently completed twenty-hole diamond drill program on their Graphite Creek Project located near Nome, Alaska (see press release dated November 10, 2014). Highlights All 10 holes intercept significant widths of high grade,…
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