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Chris Berry’s ‘forecasts’ for the global economy and metals market in 2015

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“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”  -  Yogi Berra In the time that I have been writing on the metals markets and global economy, one mainstay has always been reading the tsunami of year end research reports laying out predictions for the year ahead. Almost universally, these well-written and tirelessly researched musings all share one consistent trait: they are almost always off the mark. Last year at this time, I was reading about the looming interest rate increases in the United States (not even close), Japan finally conquering…

Tasman Metals – Masters of All they Survey in Scandiland

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Ever since the Tasman/Flinders merger deal was floated it was apparent that Tasman (TSXV: TSM | NYSE-MKT: TAS) wanted the benefits of diversification would bring. After all, if you a betting on a horse race it’s better to have stakes on two favoured horses rather than just one. The Flinders deal went away and Flinders went on focus on its graphite mine and plant. Tasman has the longer haul REE project at Norra Karr to bring to fruition. The rationale of the earlier merger was to have one advanced project and one…

Official Roll-out of the Blueprint for the Development of a Malaysian Rare Earth Industry

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The Straits Settlements, The Place that Britain’s Royal Navy Developed to Secure its Supply of Tin for Admiralty Bronze is now Entering the Age of Technology Metals as a Heavy Rare Earth Metals and End-Use Products Supplier. Modern Malaysia is now entering the 21st century as a rapidly developing self-sufficient high tech economy. Earlier this week the Malaysian Academy of Science (SAIN) announced that it had determined by exploration geology that there were at least 7 of the 13 States of the Malaysian Federation (A constitutional monarchy) that have “deposits” of…

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

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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?

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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…

Frontier Rare Earths James Kenny updates investors on the Zandkopsdrift Project

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December 17, 2014 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with James Kenny, Director and CEO of Frontier Rare Earths Limited (TSX: FRO | OTCQX: FREFF) about the “significant progress” towards the prefeasibility study on the Zandkopsdrift rare earth element project in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa scheduled for completion at the end of Q1 2015. The intent of the prefeasibility study will reflect a mining operation with a 45 year mine life and a stand-alone separation plant. Frontier Rare Earths is well-funded…

The Difference Between The Signal and The Noise In Commodities

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In 2012, Nate Silver, a well known statistician and writer, penned the book “The Signal and The Noise” which discusses using statistics and probabilities to determine real-world outcomes. With volatility in the financial markets on the rise led by a collapsing oil price and plunging emerging market currencies, determining and differentiating the signals from the noise has profound implications for navigating the metals and mining markets as we forge ahead into 2015. With the price of a barrel of oil (WTI) currently at US $54.15 and widely believed to be headed…

Going Sideways and the Miraculins on Bay St.

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"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.…

Results of Japanese elections favor nuclear power and rare earths

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Shinzo Abe, the outgoing Japanese prime minister has gambled, after only two years of leadership, and won the parliamentary elections. Although he had a firm grasp of power, Abe decided to call ‘premature’ elections in order to ask the Japanese people whether or not they agreed with his economic policies that have come to be known as ‘Abenomics’. The people have not actually rejected Abenomics but after an initial phase of growth in 2013, Japan has sunk into recession despite the trillions of yen that the central bank has pumped into…

Stria Lithium poised to capitalize on lithium growth market with competitive technology solutions

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December 15, 2014 — In a special InvestorIntel interview, the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Tracy Weslosky speaks with Julien Davy, President and COO of Stria Lithium Inc. (TSXV: SRA) about how Stria is poised to capitalize on the lithium growth market with their unique processing technologies. Tracy Weslosky: We are genuinely pleased for you to be here because most of our analysts are calling a bull market on lithium next year. Can you tell our audience a little bit more about Stria Lithium? Julien Davy: Stria is a non-conventional lithium company. We…

Arafura Initiation – The Magnet Source

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I have been talking for a while about something that strikes me as obvious enough that, while I’ve had it confirmed by both sides I will mention, it seems strange that anyone would even want to debate it. First, the manufacturing companies of the world still want and need rare earths. Some of them have been trying to reduce their need, some to do without, but all agree it would be a lot easier if rare earths were easy and cheap to get, reliably. Second, in spite of this need, it…

Debunking the lower oil prices makes renewable energy less competitive myth

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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…

Hastings raises 6.5 million ahead of pre-feasibility study for Yangibana Project

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Hastings Rare Metals Ltd. (‘Hastings’, ASX: HAS) owns, or has controlling interests in, two major rare earths (REE) projects in Western Australia: the Hastings Project and the Yangibana Project. Hastings has full ownership of the Hastings Project, which is developing a JORC resource, containing Dysprosium, Yttrium, Zirconium and Niobium among other rare earths. As for the Yangibana Project, Hastings maintains 70% control in a joint venture with Rare Earth Minerals PLC (‘REM’, LON: REM) and its deposits contain several critical demand REE’s including neodymium. Hastings has recently announced the raising of…

Chinese chemistry history versus the global rare earth separation technology revolution of today

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The creative destruction of today’s solvent extraction and ion exchange technologies as used for the individual separation of the rare earths from each other is underway in North America and in Europe. Why did the creative destruction of these traditional rare earth processing technologies come about in North America and Europe rather than in China? China developed its rare earth mining and processing industry after the end of its cultural revolution in the late 1970s. Its development gained favor with the central government and became supported financially in 1986 because Deng…
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Critical Elements Announces Second Closing of $165,000

December 22, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Critical Elements Corporation (TSX VENTURE:CRE)(OTCQX:CRECF) (FRANKFURT:F12) is pleased to announce that it has closed the second tranche of a non-brokered private placement, for an amount of $165,000. The Company has issued 660,000 units of common shares at a price of $0.25 per share for gross proceeds of $165,000. Each unit consists of one common share priced…

NioCorp Grants Stock Options

December 22, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) wishes to announce the granting of incentive stock options to its directors, officers, consultants and employees, under its Stock Option Plan, for the purchase of up to 3,870,000 common shares of the Company for a period of 3 years at a price of $0.80 per share. About…

Orbite Receives Two New Patents

December 18, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT)(OTCQX:EORBF) ("Orbite" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has granted and issued two new patents to Orbite. The two patents are Canadian patent 2,829,049, titled Processes for Recovering Rare Earth Elements from Aluminum-Bearing Materials, and Canadian patent 2,834,356, titled Methods for Preparing Hematite. Both patents…

Tantalus Rare Earths AG: Tantalus Rare Earths AG strengthens its management in preparation for entering into commercial production of rare earths in Madagascar

December 17, 2014 (Source: Tantalus Rare Earths) -- Tantalus Rare Earths AG strengthens its management in preparation for entering into commercial production of rare earths in Madagascar Grünwald, Germany, 17 December, 2014 - Tantalus Rare Earths AG (ISIN DE000A1MMFF4) is pleased to announce two key appointments into its board and senior management. The Tantalus Supervisory Board has appointed Mr. Wang…

Tantalus Rare Earths AG: NI 43-101 Technical Report and updated Resource Estimate by SGS published (news with additional features)

December 17, 2014 (Source: Tantalus Rare Earths) -- Tantalus Rare Earths AG: NI 43-101 Technical Report and updated Resource Estimate by SGS published - Describes the significant developments taken in the past 18 months and illustrates the commercial potential for the project - Expansion of exploration area and higher average grade result in a significant upgrade of the resource - Contained Total Rare…

Tasman expands critical metal portfolio with acquisition of two chromite projects in Finland

December 17, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Tasman Metals Ltd. ("Tasman" or the "Company") (TSXV:TSM) (Frankfurt:T61) NYSE-MKT: TAS).  The Company is pleased to announce it has entered into a letter of agreement dated December 15, 2014, (the "Letter Agreement") with Kipu Metals Corp. (the "Vendor") under which the Company will acquire (the "Acquisition") a 100% interest in a portfolio of stratiform chromite projects…

U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. Announces Reverse Stock Split and Ticker Change

December 17, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. (OTCQB:UREE), a domestic rare earths exploration company, announced it has implemented a 1-for-3 reverse split of its common stock effective at the close of trading on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 and in effect for trading on a split-adjusted basis on Wednesday December 17, 2014. U.S. Rare Earth's common stock will trade on…

Joseph A. Carrabba Joins NioCorp’s Board of Directors

December 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Joseph A. Carrabba to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. "On behalf of the Board and the Corporation, I'd like to welcome Mr. Carrabba to NioCorp. Joseph's extensive experience and knowledge in exploration and global mining operations will…

Orbite Receives a $4 Million Installment of Quebec Investment Tax Credits

December 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT)(OTCQX:EORBF) ("Orbite" or the "Company") announced today that the Government of Québec confirmed the Company will receive, on or about December 29, $4 million as the third installment of its 2012 and 2013 Québec Investment Tax Credits. The funds were due to the Company in relation to equipment purchased for manufacturing and…

NioCorp Concludes AGM

December 15, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce results of the 2014 Annual General Meeting. The Company announces that all resolutions tabled at its Annual General and Special Meeting held on December 15, 2014, were passed. The resolutions included: Election of Mark Smith, Peter Dickie, Michael Morris, David Beling, Joe…

Jamaica: Rare-Earth Project Not Dead

December 15, 2014 (Source: Jamaica Gleaner) -- In response to recent requests for an update on the rare-earth minerals project, the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM) will once again seek to clarify the issues and concerns raised and use the opportunity to invite feedback, suggestions and recommendations to this and any policy measures being promulgated or implemented…

MDN Inc.: Update on the Exploration Program on Samaqua

December 15, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- MDN Inc. (TSX:MDN) (the "Company") wishes to make an update on the exploration activities on its wholly-owned Samaqua property. As mentioned in the October 15th company press release, the high definition magnetic survey analysis revealed the presence of several targets of interest. The Company also completed an induced-polarization ground geophysical survey in November which allowed…

NioCorp Completes Offtake Agreement With ThyssenKrupp Metallurgical Products for 50% of Its planned Ferro-Niobium Production

December 15, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an offtake agreement ("Agreement") with ThyssenKrupp Metallurgical Products GmbH whereby ThyssenKrupp Metallurgical Products will purchase approximately 3,750 metric tons or roughly fifty percent (50%) of NioCorp's planned Ferro-Niobium production from its Elk Creek deposit for an initial…

Star Minerals Group Ltd. Reports Year End Results on the Bear Gulch Placer Gold Operation

December 12, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Star Minerals Group Ltd. (CSE:SUV) ("Star" or the "Corporation") announces that they have completed the first season on the Bear Gulch placer gold operation near Drummond Montana. Star's first year objectives were to design and implement the production process, identify and eliminate bottlenecks and commission the wash plant achieving commercial production. These objectives were achieved,…

Orbite Provides Update on HPA Construction

December 12, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT)(OTCQX:EORBF) ("Orbite" or the "Company") today provided an update on the construction of its high purity alumina plant. Refractory Material and Project Update Orbite had announced on October 29th that, following quality control testing by the Company's Technology Development Centre (TDC), product non conformities had been identified with some of the…

Medallion Increases Private Placement to $250,000 – Closes $150,000 Tranche

December 11, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES Medallion Resources Ltd (TSX VENTURE:MDL)(OTCQB:MLLOF) "Medallion" or the "Company", today announced that it has closed a first tranche of $150,000 of its $200,000 non-brokered private placement announced November 9, 2014. The Company also announced that it is increasing the private…

NioCorp Announces Final Phase II Drilling Results

December 11, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Over 700 Meters Grading 0.85% Nb2O5 NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce additional assay results to complete its Phase II drilling program and advancement operations in Elk Creek, Nebraska. The final analytical results have been received from drillholes NEC14-016 and NEC14-Met-03. NEC14-016 was drilled along a northeast to…

Germany hopes to ‘beat China with CETA’ in race for raw materials

December 10, 2014 (Source: EurActiv) -- On many issues, the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada is caught in the crossfire. But if the agreement fails, Europe is likely to lose the race for economically essential raw materials, analysts in Germany and Canada predict. EurActiv Germany reports. Although the final text of the free trade agreement between the EU…

Texas Rare Earth Resources Announces the Record Date and Subscription Price for Its Planned Rights Offering

December 10, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQX: TRER), an exploration company specializing in the heavy rare earths, is pleased to announce a record date and subscription price for its previously announced rights offering. TRER intends to pursue a rights offering of units of TRER ("Units") for gross aggregate proceeds of up to $1.63 million. TRER has set…

Stria Lithium Year End Update Includes Start of Pilot Plant Design for its Novel, Environmentally Sustainable Lithium Processing Technologies

December 9, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Private Placement Financing to Remain Open Until December 29, 2014 Stria Lithium Inc. (TXS VENTURE:SRA) ("Stria" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that following the completion of positive bench scale testing of its proprietary, environmentally sustainable lithium ore processing technologies, the Company has moved into the design stage for its limited production pilot plant.…
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