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Gold rallies thanks to tailwind from Swiss Central Bank

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InvestorIntelReport: Last year on November 30th, Switzerland held a referendum that could have, for all practical purposes, restored something akin to the gold standard, potentially allowing for gold prices to soar. The referendum did not pass; however, last week, the Swiss government played another wild card, suddenly deciding to de-peg the value of the Swiss Franc (CHF) from the Euro. The move essentially removed the CHF from the control of the Swiss central Bank, which, in expectation that ‘bulls’ would prevail, reduced interest rates allowing for market forces alone to account…

Berry’s 2015 forecast calls for lithium and cobalt to have a very good year

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January 16, 2015 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Chris Berry, Co-Editor of the Disruptive Discoveries Journal and Sr. Editor for InvestorIntel on how the resource market is officially at the bottom, and shares his forecasts for 2015. Tracy Weslosky: Chris I want to start by talking to you about your forecast for 2015. If you wouldn't mind could you talk to us about what we should anticipate as investors and the resources that maybe we should focus on? Chris Berry: Sure. I think that the resource…

Deveron confidently acquires 66 claims towards enhancing their zinc and graphite rich Rockstone property

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Deveron Resources Ltd. (‘Deveron’, TSX-: DVR) has started 2015 by acquiring 66 additional unit claims related to its zinc and graphite rich Rockstone Property, near Thunder Bay, Ontario, presenting very similar geological features to the core Rockstone property. Last November, Deveron filed a NI 43-101 compliant report with SEDAR. The acquisition, especially considering sluggish performance of the commodity sector, suggests that Deveron’s management is confident about the quality of the deposit. Deveron’s majority – 65.8% - shareholder is Greencastle Resources Ltd. (‘Greencastle’). Deveron will pay Greencastle CAD$ 150,000, investing some CAD$…

Lifton sets Dresner of the Washington Post straight on the Chinese business model and American sustainability

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The Virtual Reality in which Academics, Who have Low Experience of Ordinary Business Operations and Practices and an Extraordinarily High Opinion of Economic Theories -- Live First of all, please read the following conclusion of a recent article in the Washington Post by a credentialed expert in economics: “So, in other words, China’s 2010 rare earth gambit resulted in an adverse WTO judgment and a market response that caused prices to fall and badly eroded China’s market dominance of rare earths. China acquiescing to the WTO judgment suddenly seems like less…

Graphite – Refining the Focus

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We seem to be bumping into companies all over the place that have made off with assets of IAMgold and turned them to profitability. The latest I have turned my attention to is Focus Graphite’s (TSXV: FMS | OTCQX: FCSMF) Lac Knife deposit which might be described as yet another “fish that got away” from the clueless IAMgold. The back ground to this asset is that Focus Metals Inc. listed on the TSX Venture exchange in May 2010. Later that year (in October), IAMgold sold 100% of the Lac Knife property…

Ecclestone on the start of an ‘up cycle’ in the resource sector in 2015

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January 12, 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 his 5 critical themes of 2015: a better year for base metals,  enhanced M&A, stability in gold and silver, the oil eclipse “bonanza” and the rotation into mining. Tracy Weslosky: Christopher, last year, 2014, was definitely a year--- I think you referenced it as a year of despair previously. What gave you the inspiration to write the “Five Reasons to…

Volatility, low interest rates, risk of deflation and Chinese REE defiance of WTO

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InvestorIntelReport: The markets continued to be marked by volatility in the week, ending on January 9 due to several reasons including continuously declining oil prices, heightened fears of international terrorism and lower wages – as has emerged from labor market data released by the US Government. In Europe, fears of deflation and a Greek exit from the Euro added to the market jitters. Greeks will be heading to the polls in less than two weeks and pollsters are unanimous in predicting that Leftist opposition leader Alexis Tsipras will defeat the Centrist…

Productivity and Energy Metals – You Can’t Have One Without the Other

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“Love and marriage, love and marriage, Go together like a horse and carriage. This I tell ya, brother, you can’t have one without the other.” – Frank Sinatra Ol’ Blue Eyes Was Right With structural challenges still facing the metals sector as we head into 2015, finding a way to lower production costs is a must. A company’s sustainability (regardless of where it sits on the value chain) is arguably the most important issue for investors to consider. Lowering costs through either reducing operating or capital expenditures is the most obvious…

Graphite market up 14% in 2014 — and 2015 promises to be even better?

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The graphite market was very competitive in 2014 and the sector showed overall gains of +14.5% for the year. The Graphite space features in most respects companies that are operating in politically stable locations with access to acceptable to excellent infrastructure. Most of the graphite companies covered by InvestorIntel, moreover, have shown wise management, while just about every deposit seems able to quench the need for a stable and high quality graphite supply, capable of being used in technology ranging from Li-Ion battery anodes to graphene. Overall, the fundamentals of graphite…

Setting the rare earth stage for the Global1000 corporation’s entry as investors in 2015

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Why Global1000 Corporations HAVE NOT up until now invested in Junior Rare Earth Ventures, and the reasons why they are now changing their minds. First of all I note that on Sunday, January 4th, it is being reported that The People’s Republic of China has now officially shown its disregard for, perhaps its contempt for, the Western design for an integrated global markets’ economy. Emulating (or identifying with) lawyers who manipulate words to the advantage of their clients the PRC has today announced that it has revised its rare earth export quota…
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Great Lakes Graphite Announces Completion of Lochaber Drill Program

January 22, 2015 (Source: Newsfile) -- Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (TSXV: GLK) (OTC: GLKIF) (FWB: 8GL) ("Great Lakes" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the completion of its winter drill program at the Lochaber Graphite Project, located close to strong infrastructure in SW Québec. The drill program, which commenced in early December, has been completed on schedule and on…

Northern Graphite Concentrates Reach Nuclear Grade Purity

January 22, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Northern Graphite Corporation (TSX VENTURE:NGC)(OTCQX:NGPHF) is pleased to announce that concentrates from its Bissett Creek deposit have been successful upgraded to the highest nuclear grade classification level using the Company's proprietary purification process. Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry ("GDMS") analyses demonstrate that Northern's extra-large flake, +50 mesh concentrates have a carbon content of 99.99+% and an…

Flinders Terminates Agreement with Big North

January 22, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- Flinders Resources Limited ("Flinders") (TSXV: FDR) announce that further to the joint news release with Big North Graphite Corp.("Big North") (TSXV: NRT) of September 2, 2014, October 21, 2014, November 3, 2014 and December 1, 2014 Flinders has terminated the binding letter agreement dated August 28, 2014, effective immediately.  The letter agreement has been…

Alabama Graphite Releases Final Results from Trenching at its Coosa Project in Alabama, USA

January 22, 2015 (Source: Accesswire) -- Alabama Graphite Corp. ("Alabama Graphite" or the "Company") (TSX-V:ALP) (OTCQX:ABGPF) (FRANKFURT: 1AG WKN: A1J35M) (ISIN# CA0102931080) is pleased to announce that it has received final assay results from a trenching program conducted at its Coosa Project in late 2014. The results identified new targets in Coosa showing some sections averaging over 4% C(g). In…

Deep-fried graphene could revolutionise battery tech

January 20, 2015 (Source: Wired) -- Deep-fried pom-poms of graphene could make batteries smaller and more efficient. The super-material, which is just one atom thick, has been turned into three-dimensional structures by spraying graphene oxide droplets into a hot solvent. The new technique provides a simple means of using graphene to make electrode materials for batteries. Graphene is the most…

Alabama Graphite Provides Corporate Update

January 20, 2015 (Source: Accesswire) -- Alabama Graphite Corp. ("Alabama Graphite" or the "Company") (TSX-V:ALP) (OTCQX:ABGPF) (FRANKFURT: 1AG.F) (WKN: A1J35M) (ISIN# CA0102931080) has been working over the last several months on a trenching program in Coosa County to evaluate the heart of prospective targets discovered by the airborne geophysical surveys completed in May 2014 and investigated only on the peripheries…

Graphene multiplies the power of light

January 19, 2015 (Source: EPFL) -- Could graphene turn light to electricity? Scientists have shown that graphene can convert a single photon into multiple electrons, showing much promise for future photovoltaic devices. Graphene is a material that has gathered tremendous popularity in recent years, due to its extraordinary strength and light weight. It can be generated by literally peeling it…

Great Lakes Graphite Announces Listing on Frankfurt Stock Exchange

January 19, 2015 (Source: Newsfile) -- Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (TSXV: GLK) (OTCPINK: GLKIF) (FWB: 8GL) ("Great Lakes" or the "Company") wishes to announce that shares of the Company are now listed for trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, under the symbol "8GL". The Frankfurt Exchange is considered to be the world's third largest stock exchange, after the NASDAQ and…

Graphite One Selects Merriman Capital as Principal American Liaison

January 15, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Graphite One Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:GPH)(OTCQX:GPHOF) ("Graphite One" or the "Company") has selected Merriman Capital, Inc. ("Merriman"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Merriman Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX:MERR), as its Principal American Liaison ("PAL") as it continues to trade on the OTC market's highest tier, the OTCQX®. In addition to serving as liaison between the Company and…

A new step towards using graphene in electronic applications

January 14, 2015 (Source: University of the Basque Country) -- A team of the University of Berkeley and the Centre for Materials Physics (CSIC-UPV/EHU) has managed, with atomic precision, to create nanostructures combining graphene ribbons of varying widths. Few materials have received as much attention from the scientific world or have raised so many hopes with a view to their…

Deveron Increases Land Package at Rockstone, Files NI 43-101 Report and Issues Options

January 14, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Deveron Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:DVR) ("Deveron" or "the Company"), is pleased to report the acquisition of 66 claim units in six claims, which are located adjacent to the Company's Rockstone Property, some 40 km northwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario (see Company's press release dated October 29, 2014). These additional claims cover an area interpreted…

Syrah Resources Successfully Produces Battery Anode from Coated Spherical Graphite

January 13, 2015 (Source: BusinessWire) -- During Q4 2014, Syrah Resources (Syrah) (ASX:SYR) successfully produced uncoated battery grade spherical graphite, using natural flake graphite from its Balama Graphite & Vanadium Project in Mozambique. Samples have been distributed and initial feedback from Japanese anode and battery producers indicate that uncoated Balama spherical graphite is of a superior quality than those currently…

Penn Engineers Develop Graphene-based Biosensor That Works in Three Ways at Once

January 13, 2015 (Source: University of Pennsylvania) -- One of nanotechnology’s greatest promises is interacting with the biological world the way our own cells do, but current biosensors must be tailor-made to detect the presence of one type of protein, the identity of which must be known in advance. University of Pennsylvania engineers have now devised a new kind of…

Great Lakes Graphite Completes Lochaber Graphite Property Acquisition

January 12, 2015 (Source: Newsfile) -- Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (TSXV: GLK) ("Great Lakes" or the "Company"), is pleased to announce that it has exercised its option and completed the acquisition of the Lochaber Graphite Property by issuing the third and final tranche of five million shares to the vendors of the property. Pursuant to and in conjunction with this…

Northern Graphite Announces Grant of Options

January 12, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Northern Graphite Corporation (TSX VENTURE:NGC) announces that it has granted options to purchase a total of 500,000 common shares to its five non-executive directors and options to purchase a total of 150,000 common shares to two senior officers of the Company pursuant to the stock option plan approved by shareholders on June 5, 2014. The…

Focus Graphite Announces Potential Lac Knife Project Financing Arrangements With Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

January 6, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Focus Graphite Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FMS)(OTCQX:FCSMF)(FRANKFURT:FKC) ("Focus" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation ("Cat Financial") has expressed its formal interest to further evaluate the Company's Lac Knife Project in order to provide Focus with a financing solution for Lac Knife's development. Cat Financial provides innovative financial solutions for clients…
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