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Lynas restructuring leads an all-Australian rare earths market tide

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The share performance of the only two producers of rare earths outside of China Lynas Corp. (ASX: LYC) and Molycorp (NYSE MKT: MCP) in the past two would have suggested that the REE market has picked up some favourable winds. Both companies, despite a number of concerns surrounding their focus on light rare earths (LREE), saw gains. Molycorp was heading down a steep slope, reaching its yearly low of USD$ 1.61/share, when it suddenly started to rise on July 22, making ever higher gains to reach USD$ 2.15/share on July 24,…

Chinese Statistics on Strategic Metals: Garbage In, Garbage Out

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For decades, or more properly said, centuries China was a land of opacity. Information that came out was often half-true or heavily embroidered. Foreign visitors reported only what they were allowed to see while the apparatchiks of the Imperial (and then Communist) bureaucracy were masters of obfuscation and misinformation. While China has been viewed as much more open in recent years, the cases involving Rio Tinto and Glaxo SmithKline would suggest it is still dangerous to know too much about certain industries or to seek to know more. Rare Earths The…

Shares of Largo Resources hit record high in expectation of the start of production

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Canada’s Largo Resources (‘Largo’, TSXV: LGO) is about to launch production at the largest vanadium mine in Brazil and the first vanadium mine of the Americas. It is located in Maracas, Bahia state. With an estimated investment of over USD$ 550 million, the mining company will have an initial capacity to produce 9,600 tons of vanadium oxide annually at a cost of about USD$ 5.50 to USD$ 6.00 per kilogram. This means that the Maracas Vanadium will be the lowest cost and highest vanadium content mine in the world. The state of…

Peak Resources: low development cost, long life mine and high (for Tanzania) hopes of mineral diversity

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In 2012 gold made up 94% of Tanzania's mineral exports. The country is the third largest gold producer in Africa, but now it wants to do more. A report out of Britain this week shows that the country is, by 2018, looking to diversify into other metals. The Business Monitor International report cites coal, nickel and uranium as new areas, but the quarterly report out this week from Peak Resources (ASX:PEK) reminds us that Tanzania is likely soon to be a player in the rare earth sector, with that company aiming…

Hybrid and electric cars to help Japan fight way back into Chinese market

Japan is fighting to regain market share in China’s automobile sector with hybrid and electric cars being in the forefront of the effort. Nissan Motor has launched a demonstration test of its 300 electric vehicles in three Chinese cities ahead of the release of the EVs in China this autumn. And, in a research development, 3-D printing is coming to the electric car business. According to a report in China Daily, Japanese carmakers jointly held a market share of 19.4% in 2011. At their peak in 2008, they had more than…

TRER’s Anthony Marchese talks Molycorp, Jack Lifton and on Round Top’s Heavy Rare Earth Project

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July 18, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Investor Intel speaks to Anthony Marchese, Chairman of Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (‘TRER’, OTCQX: TRER) about the state of Molycorp as well as TRER’s world class deposit (including beryllium and a 70% heavy rare earth concentration)  with outstanding infrastructure in Texas at the Round Top rare earth minerals project. Anthony suggests that as Molycorp’s share price continues its steady decline, in the last several days there have been many rumors that “there are entities that are acquiring Molycorp’s bonds in…

Uncertainty at Molycorp and strong developments at Tasman, Northern Minerals and Alkane Resources

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July 17, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks with Jack Lifton, Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research (TMR), LLC talk about the state of the rare earths sector, starting with Molycorp (NYSE: MCP). Molycorp has been using up cash at an alarming rate and it may well have to restructure and re-finance to survive. Nevertheless, Molycorp still has sufficient cash to be able to pursue new suitors, according to Jack, and this makes them a target for the ‘turnaround artist’. Jack says that he expects much activity…

China’s mandate for 30% electric cars and hybridising with lithium

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It’s easy to get fatigue with the “China demand” story which has been trotted out for just about every mineral category in the last decade. Some however have run their course (e.g. iron ore) with linkages between certain products and large scale construction and infrastructure projects, while others may have been promoted too soon while still not having begun to see their potential come into play. The prime candidate in the latter group is lithium (though we might also say something similar about uranium in the Chinese context). In the case…

Fracking Minerals – Collateral Business for Miners

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With mainstream mining in the doldrums still, enterprising boards have thought laterally about what they should be doing to survive the long drought of financing. Some have looked at their deposits and asked themselves the question “what else have we got here that we can sell?” and the answer has come back, for a lucky few, as products to feed the still healthy oil & gas E&P sector, which has been on a roll for a fistful of years now on the back of the fracking phenomenon. Before recently if we…

As information continues to bombard us every day, there’s a need to keep some perspective

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In the mining business there’s always the risk of over-reach. Back in mid-2011, Citigroup Global Markets added up the 400 largest greenfield mining projects around the world and the capital commitment through to 2020 for those totalled close to $500 billion — or half a trillion, to put that figure in more dramatic terms. But the analysts also calculated that some twenty-four per cent of those projects were unlikely to be delivered. We await Citigroup someday going back to do an update. I bet the situation compared to their forecasts could…

Stans Energy to leverage growing Russian influence in Kyrgyzstan through Board appointment

Stans Energy Corp. (‘Stans’, TSX-V: HRE | OTCQX: HREEF) announced that it has appointed Vadim Veshchezerov to its Board of Directors. Mr. Veshchezerov has many years if experience in both the microelectronics and banking sectors but for the past 13 years he has held a number of senior positions at RUSNANO, a Russian state sponsored investment fund, involved in developing the nanotech and high technology industries within the Russian Federation. Normally, a Board appointment represents an important decision for a company; however, Stan’s selection of Mr. Veshchezerov is significant as it…

A few questions about Glencore’s (supposed) plans for Syrah and graphite (and a certain technology metal, vanadium)

The graphite world has gone dizzy at the news of unsourced reports out of Australia that Glencore is about to make a bid for Syrah Resources (ASX:SYR), owner of the (claimed) largest graphite resource in the world. Syrah's shares have rocketed, as have those of its neighbour in Mozambique, Triton Minerals (ASX:TON), whose stock rose Friday by more than 20% by early afternoon trade in Sydney. But, at least here in Australia, no one seems to have stopped and asked the question: is Glencore really that interested in graphite? If it…

Molycorp – Inflexion Point?

The reputed statement of Mark Twain to the effect that “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated” comes to mind when the oft-repeated reading of the eulogies for Molycorp takes place. Once again we have a funeral scene for Molycorp with a preacher, mourners and some pall-bearers. Over to the side, Soprano-like, with dark glasses and bulky suits are the hedge fund mavens who represent the shorters, hoping that this time that their bullet has found its mark. The news that has prompted the latest ructions at Molycorp does not…

Is there to be life after Molycorp? You bet there is.

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As usual Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” is guiding the market place for rare earth producers and juniors in the right direction. I say this because Wall Street players (using other people’s money, of course) have long set their rare earth course by sighting upon Molycorp as the archetype rare earth “play.” But alas they have now lost most of the money entrusted to them by others and small investors have moved to right sized rare earth ventures as the drivers for future production of the right mix of products. Don’t despair…
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Why The Lynas Corporation Share Price Rose Further Today

July 29, 2014 (Source: Money Morning Australia) -- What Happened to the Lynas Corporation Share Price? Shares of Lynas Corporation [ASX:LYC] rose by 6.00% on Monday, closing at $0.212. Lynas shares have gone up close to 100% in the last month. Why Did This Happen to LYC? It seems like the share price is going for a run heading into the quarterly…

Search Minerals Announces Resignation of President & CEO and Executive Vice President

July 28, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Search Minerals Inc. ("Search" or the "Company") (TSXV: SMY) announced today that its Board of Directors (the "Board") has accepted the resignations of its President and Chief Executive Officer ("CEO"), Mr. Stephen Keith, and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Mr. Alex Penha, effective July 28, 2014. Mr. Keith's and Mr. Penha's resignations follow the Company's decision…

NioCorp Announces Board Update

July 28, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Michael Morris to the Company's board of directors. Mr. Morris is currently Chairman of the Board of Heritage Oaks Bankcorp (NASDAQ listed) where he has been serving as a Director since 2001. In addition, Mr. Morris is the senior…

General Moly Announces U.S. District Court Order Confirming Bureau of Land Management’s Record of Decision Approving the Mt. Hope Project

July 25, 2014 (Source: Business Wire) -- General Moly, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE MKT and TSX: GMO), a U.S.-based molybdenum mineral development, exploration and mining company, announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada ("the Court") issued its Order denying the plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment which sought to vacate the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's ("BLM") November 2012…

Alphamin Receives Strong Support from the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to Develop Its Bisie Tin Prospect

July 25, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Alphamin Resources Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AFM), ("Alphamin" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Government of Democratic Republic of Congo ('DRC") has reaffirmed its commitment to fully support Alphamin as it progresses to develop the first large scale mining operation in the North Kivu Province on its Bisie Tin Prospect in the east central DRC.…

Bacanora Announces Admission to AIM and Completion of CAD$8.7m Equity Offering

July 25, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- BACANORA MINERALS LTD. ("Bacanora" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:BCN)(AIM:BCN) is pleased to announce that the Company's Common Shares have been admitted to the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange ("AIM") and that dealings commenced at 8:00 a.m. (U.K. time) today. For a copy of the Company's First Day of Dealings announcement or its AIM Admission…

HLM Increases Land Position by 43% to 4,032 Hectares through Staking on the PAK Rare Metals Project in Northwestern Ontario

July 24, 2014 (Source: FSC Wire) -- Houston Lake Mining Inc. (TSX.V: HLM), is a mining exploration company that is actively exploring for the rare metals lithium, rubidium, cesium and tantalum by currently advancing its 100% owned and optioned PAK Rare Metals Project in northwestern Ontario, Canada.  HLM is pleased to announce the recent staking of prospective and adjacent grounds which substantially…

Quest Misery Lake Drilling Cuts New Mineralized Zone: Returns Up to 1.72% TREO+Y Over 27.6 M With Coincident High Scandium Values

July 24, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. (TSX:QRM)(NYSE MKT:QRM) is pleased to announce the drill results from the 2014 winter drill program at its Misery Lake Project. The Misery Lake Property consists of a single claim block comprising 170 claims covering an area of 8,334 hectares. The property is located 120 km south of Quest's Strange Lake rare earth…

Pure Energy Minerals Limited Provides Update on Nevada Exploration Program

July 24, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- Pure Energy Minerals Limited (TSXV-PE) (TSX VENTURE: PE)  ("Pure Energy" or "the Company") is pleased to provide the following update on the regional exploration program at the Company’s Lithium brine project (the "Project") in Esmeralda County Nevada. The Project is located in the Clayton Valley region and consists of two placer mineral claim blocks, the 5,000…

Search Minerals Announces Metallurgical Breakthrough for Rare Earth Recovery

July 23, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Search Minerals Inc. ("Search" or the "Company") (TSXV: SMY) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Alterra Resources Inc., are pleased to announce the development of a simplified metallurgical process tested on a bulk sample from the Company's Foxtrot Project ("Foxtrot" or the "Project"), located in the Port Hope Simpson Rare Earth Element District in SE Labrador, to produce…

Fairmont Signs Letter of Intent to Option Lac Bouchette Quartz Property

July 23, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Fairmont Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FMR) ("Fairmont") is pleased to announce that it has signed a binding Letter of Intent (LOI) with two prospectors (the "Optionor") to acquire a 100% interest in the 435 hectare Lac Bouchette Quartz Property (the "Property") (see map 2). The Lac Bouchette property is located 15 kilometres south of Lac St-Jean, and…

Blackheath Reports 62m of 0.18% WO3 at Borralha Tungsten Project

July 23, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Blackheath Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE: BHR) (FRANKFURT: 04B) ("Blackheath") is pleased to report results from the first drill hole to intersect the Santa Helena Breccia at the Borralha Tungsten Project in northern Portugal. The current drill program is designed to test the size, geological structures and continuity of the tungsten-bearing quartz veins and to further gauge the…

CJC Intersects 3.54 g/t Au Over 12.00 Metres and 3.58 g/t Au Over 8.55 Metres, Including 5.12 g/t Au Over 4.05 Metres at the Sakami Project

July 23, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Canada Strategic Metals Inc. ("Strategic Metals" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:CJC)(FRANKFURT:YXEN)(OTCBB:CJCFF) and Matamec Explorations Inc. ("Matamec") (TSX VENTURE:MAT)(OTCQX:MHREF) are very pleased to report the results from holes PT-14-81 to PT-14-83, drilled in March and April during the latest exploration program on the Sakami gold property. The new results confirm the extension of the Zone 25 gold…

Ucore Provides Operational Update on Bokan – Dotson Ridge Project

July 23, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Ucore Rare Metals Inc (TSX VENTURE:UCU) (OTCQX:UURAF) ("Ucore" or "the Company") is pleased to provide the following update on operational activities in progress on the Bokan - Dotson Ridge Project in South East Alaska (Bokan). Ucore has contracted with SRK Consulting of Vancouver, BC, to compile baseline data and qualitative results from ongoing engineering studies to…

Ames Lab Scientist Hopes to Improve Rare Earth Purification Process

July 22, 2014 (Source: ORNL) -- Using the second fastest supercomputer in the world, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is attempting to develop a more efficient process for purifying rare-earth materials. Dr. Nuwan De Silva, a postdoctoral research associate at the Ames Laboratory’s Critical Materials Institute, said CMI scientists are honing in on specific types of ligands they…

Highly Efficient Nanoparticles Could Bring Down the Cost of Fuel Cells

July 22, 2014 (Source: SLAC) -- Fuel cells are a promising, non-polluting way to power cars, but their platinum catalysts are so expensive that there’s no way current technology could be economically scaled up for widespread use. Now scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Technical University of Denmark have developed an alternative that would use just…

Orbite Receives First $6 Million Installment of Quebec Investment Tax Credits

July 22, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT) (OTCQX:EORBF) ("Orbite", or the "Corporation") announced today it has received a first installment of $6 million related to its 2012 Québec Investment Tax Credits. The funds were due to the Corporation in relation to equipment purchased for manufacturing and processing in the Gaspé region during the 2012 financial year. This first $6…

Star Minerals Group Ltd. Announces Proposed Private Placement of Units

July 21, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Star Minerals Group Ltd. (CSE:SUV) ("Star") is pleased to announce that it intends to complete a non-brokered private placement offering of units ("Units") at a price of $0.30 per Unit for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $400,000 (the "Offering"). Each Unit will be comprised of two (2) common shares in the share capital of the…

Cancana Announces Departure of CEO and Appointment of Interim CEO

July 21, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Cancana Resources Corp. (TSX VENTURE:CNY) ("Cancana" or the "Corporation"), announces a change in the leadership of the Corporation. Mr. Andrew Male's appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer has come to an end effective today. The Board is pleased to announce that Mr. Anthony Julien has agreed to take on the role of interim President and…
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