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Brennan on Largo’s debt repayment, the vanadium market and the ramp up towards being the #1 global market supplier

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February 27, 2015 — Tracy Weslosky, Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Mark Brennan, President, CEO and Director of Largo Resources Ltd. (TSXV: LGO) on debt repayment, the vanadium market and how this project “can still make a lot of money at $5 vanadium.” Tracy Weslosky: Mark, I love vanadium. Largo Resources, of course, is not just an advanced stage play. You are a production play, correct? Mark Brennan: We are a production play. Tracy Weslosky: But, recently, of course, the share prices have been hit. Can you talk to us a…

Nemaska Lithium’s strategic off-take agreement advantage in the battery market

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Nemaska Lithium supported by $12.87 M grant for lithium hydroxide pilot plant from spodumene Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSXV: NMX | OTCQX: NMKEF) just announced earlier this month that is has secured a $12.87 M technology commercialization grant for its Phase 1 Lithium hydroxide hydrometallurgical plant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). The STDC is a Canadian agency funded by the Government of Canada and to date, this is the largest grant rewarded from this agency. The Phase 1 plant is designed to produce 500 tonnes per year of high purity lithium…

The Beryllium Advantage: Texas Rare Earth Resources and/or a Materion Junior?

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Some months ago I wrote an article on Beryllium, a subject I had not previously had much exposure to. In fact, like the famous Victor Kiam, I liked the product so much I bought the company Materion (NYSE: MTRN)… or rather a few shares and then when they soared I sold them. However, what I was left with, besides a monetary gain, was a fascination with the metal which is the only one in which the US has a total dominance of and the company that controls all that dominance. Such is…

Are Electric Vehicles About to Jump the Shark?

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As if vehicle electrification needed any more hype, Apple Inc’s. (AAPL:NASDAQ) rumored move towards producing its own EV by 2020 may have been the first sign that the whole idea of EVs has “jumped the shark.” For those of you unaware of this term, it refers to the 1970’s sitcom Happy Days when Fonzie was waterskiing and literally jumped over a shark. Happy Days was never the same and the show never quite recovered from this stunt to win viewers. The rumors leaked last week about AAPL secretly working on developing…

Ian Chalmer on Alkane’s ‘explosive’ stock movement in 2015

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February 24, 2015 — Tracy Weslosky, Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Ian Chalmers, Managing Director of Alkane Resources Ltd. (ASX: ALK | OTCQX: ANLKY) on the recent sizable uptick in the price of their stock since the new year, and the respective news on the progress in the approval process from the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) on the Dubbo Zirconia Project. Tracy Weslosky: Do you think that heat is contributing to your explosive stock movement? I have to hit you with this first Ian as you (stock reference) are moving so rapidly. I think I…

Studies suggest a cost effective domestic rare earth supply in the United States

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US Rare Earths, Inc. (OTCQB: UREE) reported in February 2015 on its promising development of low-cost metallurgical processes for the domestic production of rare earths from its Last Chance Mine is located in the Lemhi Pass Area of Idaho and Montana, which holds one of the longest identified mineralized veins in the region. A fundamental aspect of the Company’s business approach, which is supported by independent data, is that the unique mineralogy of the Last Chance Mine provides multiple avenues for novel process development with a potential for a very significant…

China’s control of terbium and dysprosium to drive rare earth prices north in 2015

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China’s upcoming end of rare earth tariffs is stirring the market as all eyes are on whether the policymakers will introduce new legislation to push up rare earth prices before the end of April. "If" this take place, we should anticipate a sharp rise in rare earth resource taxes, which will undoubtedly impact the price of rare earth exports -- driving prices north. As a result of this, the price of terbium and dysprosium have already seen a dramatic rise already with an increase of 47.73% and 21.52% respectively just since November. Tracy has asked me to provide you…

Alkane Resources and its Hidden Cash Generator – Gold.

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Before there was Alkane the Rare Earth developer, there was Alkane the gold miner… and in fact there still is Alkane the gold miner. As we have noted in the past Alkane Resource Ltd. (ASX: ALK | OTCQX: ANLKY) is prismatic and looks different to different people depending what angle they come at it. In recent years most of the public spotlight has been shone on the Dubbo Zirconia Project (DZP) that is multi-metal in nature, with zirconium (hafnium), niobium (tantalum), yttrium and rare earth elements. As such it is one of…

Berry on the fallacy in mining valuation

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A great deal of attention has been placed recently on the resurgence in rare earth prices and the concomitant increase in share prices. Given the general bloodbath in the mining sector since 2011, this is extraordinarily welcome news. Nevertheless, it leaves one question unanswered: Is this enough? Specifically, is a double digit increase in underlying commodity prices enough to make specific projects “economic” and justify the start of a new cycle? I think the answer in most cases is no, but this then raises a second question. The tailwind of select…

Lifton on the Rare Earth and Technology Metals Bull Run Alert.

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Harvesting the Value from the Market-Critical Rare Earths Small investors alert: I think that in the middle of financial headline themes like “The End of the Commodity Supercycle” or “The Chinese Financial Meltdown” It looks as if the professional investors in the market are reacting to the news of the consolidation and modernization of the domestic Chinese rare earths supply chain by actually trying to understand it and its implications for the future of rare earth supply AND demand. This I believe is the reason that they are focusing their interest…

Chinese tighten supply of rare earths as Terbium and Dysprosium prices soar

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China’s rare earth elements prices trending northward is affecting most of the market participants in the country. Today’s rare earth price index, compiled by the Association of China Rare Earth Industry (ACREI), has been reported at 144 points, an increase of +8.43% over the record low of 132.8 points in 2014 (Source: ACREI’s spot price index). Rare earth prices are on an uptrend in 2015 as market participants hold a widely held upbeat outlook for China's rare earth industry. In addition to the positive outlook, the market is looking forward to…

InvestorIntelReport: All sectors rise as turnaround arrives.

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Not for the faint of heart --- the turnaround officially arrives just in time for PDAC? “My gut is to just keep moving forward and let the naysayers keep naysaying. This is not a business for the faint of heart...” an email received by a client this morning, words to live by I thought. Another client was shooting out invitations for meetings during PDAC at 3AM in the early morning hours. I knew he had been doing this on Friday night as well, since our editors usually send me ‘heads up’…

Lifton on rare earth industry reorganization rumors

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I am constantly pummeled by readers who think I have a vested interest in a potential bankruptcy of either Molycorp or GWMG. I have no such interest. In fact I would like to see the deposits owned by those two companies continue in operation and development respectively. Only the shareholders can determine if either of the current managements should be retained. I have no vote in this, and I will keep my opinion of the players to myself. I think that a bankruptcy process could be very beneficial to the supply…

Tesla Sparks More Questions Than Answers

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Tesla Motors (TSLA:NASDAQ) released Q4 and 2014 full year earnings last night and the results were disappointing. The company missed expectations on just about every conceivable metric one would use to judge success including earnings, deliveries, and revenues. Although disappointing, TSLA should still likely be viewed through a longer-term lens than its competitors as the company is still arguably in its early growth phase and isn’t yet a mature operating entity. While the numbers we all tend to focus on were down, what was perhaps more notable were the statements made…
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NioCorp Announces Closing of $2,185,500 Bought Deal Private Placement

February 27, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE U.S. NEWSWIRE OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) On behalf of our shareholders NioCorp is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced bought deal private placement offering of 2,914,000 special warrants (the "Special Warrants"), including the exercise…

Rare Element Resources Names Lowell A. Shonk as Interim Chairman as Patrick M. James Steps Down

February 25, 2015 (Source: Businesswire) -- Rare Element Resources Ltd. (NYSE MKT: REE and TSX: RES), a mineral resources company advancing development of the Bear Lodge Critical Rare Earth Project located in northeast Wyoming, reported today that Patrick M. James, Chairman and Director since 2014, submitted his resignation to the Company, effective immediately, due to personal reasons. The Board has…

Search Minerals Provides Corporate Update and Plans for 2015

February 25, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- Search Minerals Inc. ("Search" or the "Company") (TSXV: SMY), and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Alterra Resources Inc. ("Alterra"), are pleased to summarize our achievements in 2014 and to present the Company's plan for advancement for 2015. The Company's goals for 2015 are: 1) to continue to advance the Port Hope Simpson Critical Rare Earth Element ("CREE" -…

Texas Rare Earth Resources and K-Technologies to Form Rare Earth Processing Technology Joint Venture

February 24, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQX: TRER) Joint Venture Plans to Market Rare Earth Separation and Purification Technology on a Worldwide Basis Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (TRER), an exploration company targeting the heavy rare earths, and K-Technologies, Inc. (K-Tech), a chemical process development and applications company serving the minerals and chemicals industries, announced…

USGS Identifies Areas with Critical Mineral Resource Potential in North-Central Alaska

February 23, 2015 (Source: USGS) -- New maps highlighting areas with potential for placer gold and five other critical mineral deposit types in the Bureau of Land Management’s Central Yukon Planning Area in central and northern Alaska are being released today. The maps were created using a geographic information system-based method for identifying areas with mineral resource potential across large regions.…

Largo Receives Indicative Term Sheet From Existing Lenders For Debt Restructuring

February 23, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- Largo Resources Ltd. ("Largo" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has received a non-binding indicative term sheet from its consortium of lenders ("Lenders") to defer its debt amortization schedule and extend the maturities for its construction debt facility and its export credit facilities  ("Facilities") for its Maracas Menchen Mine. The current…

NioCorp Updates Elk Creek Niobium Mineral Resource to Include Titanium and Scandium

February 23, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- - Scandium content is World Class NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB) (OTCQX:NIOBF) (FRANKFURT:BR3) On behalf of our shareholders, NioCorp is pleased to announce an updated NI43-101 resource estimate for the Elk Creek niobium deposit (the "Deposit"). This announcement supplements our announcement of February 9, 2015. Commencing in May 2014 and finishing…

Search Minerals Announces Change in Officers

February 19, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- Search Minerals Inc. ("Search" or the "Company") (TSXV: SMY) is pleased to announce the appointments of Greg Andrews to President of the Company and Barry Girling to Corporate Secretary, effective immediately. James (Jim) Clucas, the outgoing Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, has transitioned to Executive Chairman of the Company. On his appointment, Mr. Andrews stated,…

Orbite Selected for $4.5M Grant From Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

February 17, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT)(OTCQX:EORBF) ("Orbite" or the "Company") is pleased to announce today that it has been selected to receive up to $4.5M in non-dilutive funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to be applied towards Orbite's technology development, demonstration and commercialization related to the processing of red mud. Red mud is the waste…

Nemaska Lithium Secures $12.87 Million Grant From Sustainable Development Technology Canada for Phase 1 Lithium Hydroxide Plant

February 16, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Nemaska Lithium Inc. («Nemaska» or the «Corporation») (TSX VENTURE:NMX)(OTCQX:NMKEF) announced today that it has secured a $12.87 M technology commercialization grant for its Phase 1 Lithium hydroxide hydromet plant from the federally-funded Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). The Phase 1 plant is designed to produce 500 tonnes per year of high purity lithium hydroxide.…

NioCorp Announces Increase of Previously Announced Bought Deal Financing to $1.9 Million

February 13, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE U.S. NEWSWIRE OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce that the Company and Mackie Research Capital Corporation have agreed to increase the previously-announced bought deal private placement (the "Offering") of 1,334,000 special warrants (the "Special Warrants")…

Tasman Announces Resignation of Vice President of Corporate Development

February 13, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- Tasman Metals Ltd. ("Tasman" or the "Company") (TSXV:TSM) (Frankfurt:T61) (NYSE-MKT: TAS) announces that Mr. James Powell has resigned from his position of Vice President of Corporate Development with the Company to pursue a new corporate development opportunity with a large company outside the mining industry.   Mr. Powell joined Tasman in July 2011 to coordinate the Company's…

NioCorp Announces $1.0 Million Bought Deal Private Placement

February 11, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE U.S. NEWSWIRE OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Mackie Research Capital Corporation (the "Underwriter"), pursuant to which the Underwriter has agreed to buy on a bought deal private…

Rare Element Resources Reports on Significant Progress in 2014 and Plans for 2015

February 11, 2015 (Source: BusinessWire) -- Rare Element Resources Ltd. (NYSE MKT: REE and TSX: RES), a mineral resources company advancing development of the Bear Lodge Critical Rare Earth Project located in northeast Wyoming, is pleased to summarize key accomplishments achieved in 2014 and outline its planned activities for 2015. “The progress the Company made in 2014 confirmed our confidence in…
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