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Berry’s Big 7: Questions to ask Energy Metals companies during earnings season

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Investors in the small cap mining sector are well aware of the “end game” for the junior mining plays - either a take out by a larger company or the mythical “get into production” (which few achieve successfully). Significant structural barriers including strong deflationary headwinds and traditional cyclical issues have altered this line of thinking. I think this mandates that we evaluate the natural resource sector differently. This is why I continue to believe that those companies with a competitive and disruptive advantage are better placed to survive the current commodity…

The Rising Star in the Manganese Battery Space

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It seems appropriate having just written on Great Western’s recent travails to take a look at the executives that first brought GWG to its initially success before decamping to their new vehicle Star Minerals (CSE: SUV). Nowadays the company is a Saskatoon-based, diversified exploration-stage company, with a primary focus on strategic technology metals. Star Minerals was known as Star Uranium up until October 2013. In 2013 Star entered into a joint venture on Great Western’s rare earth project in Saskatchewan, Hoidas Lake. This we shall discuss briefly a bit further along.…

The European Holy Grail for Rare Earths: Tasman Metals

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Tasman Metals Ltd. (TSXV: TSM | NYSE MKT: TAS) is a Canadian company for jurisdictional and thereby regulatory purposes that just announced their Pre-Feasibility Study for the Norra Karr heavy rare earth element project in Sweden. Its rare earths’ deposit under development is in Sweden and the CAPEX now and OPEX in the future will therefore be payable in Swedish Crowns. The downstream operations of Tasman will be done by European Union companies that must be paid in the common currency of those companies, Euros, and the target European Union customers of…

US Rare Earths’ dark monazite advantage for the separation of Rare Earths

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US Rare Earths has geological and mineralogical advantages that speed up the path to production ahead of the competition January 26, 2015 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Howard Dunn,  BSc. Geo. Eng., MSc. Met. Eng., P.E. Chem and Principal of Process Engineering LLC for US Rare Earths (‘USRE’, OTCBB: UREE ) about the special mineralogy of the at the Last Chance Project in the Lemhi Pass region of Idaho and Montana. The deposit is rich in high demand europium as well as heavy rare earth elements…

Dr. Duchesne responds to media frenzy on fish sperm for rare earths

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Note from the Publisher: Dr. Luc Duchesne was asked to respond to the wide ranging coverage this month from Newsweek to the Smithsonian Magazine that claim fish sperm may hold the secret to both the recycling and extraction of rare earths. Fish sperm to extract rare earth elements: first come first serve for flowsheet integration In December 2004 a group of Japanese scientists demonstrated that salmon sperm DNA can be used to purify some rare earth elements more particularly for heavy the heavy rare earths Thulium, Ytterbium, and Lutetium. The discovery begat a pregnant hiatus…

Lifton on Molycorp rumors and ‘zombie’ investors

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Molycorp, a symbol of the great awakening of Rare Earths in the American domestic market, has now run into a perfect storm of “bad stuff” that threatens to potentially blast the cause of Rare Earths production back by a decade rather than expedite Western independence from Chinese dominance. In retrospect we can say that the very foreseeable consequence of globalization of Western economies, and expediency in the assessment of what minerals are deemed strategic, has been this sorry pass. The main losers will be the domestic economy and the strategic interests of the US…

China to end rare earth export tariffs in May 2015 and replace with more stringent global control methods

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The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said Wednesday (January 21th) that the Chinese government has decided to end rare earth export tariffs in May 2th, 2015. The MOFCOM also stressed that the cancellation of the export quota system was a trade policy choice. This decision allows better co-ordination of resources with both domestic and international markets and was designed to comply with the WTO rules. “Upon the approval of the State Council, China's cabinet, the Ministry of Commerce decides to abolish the export quota system for rare earth effective January 1, 2015, as well as…

Tasman – Taking the Rare Earth High Road.

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It is said that Michelangelo had the ability to see a large block of raw marble and view the eventual statue as something akin to a figure “trapped inside the stone” that only needed his hammer and chisel to set it free. The hot off-the-press PFS on the Norra Karr project reminds us of that block of marble with a David trapped inside yearning to be set free. While most about them are cowering in the fall-out shelters waiting for the nuclear winter in the REE space to end, Tasman Metals Ltd.…

Can Innovation in Energy Metals Rescue Us From Secular Stagnation?

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The unprecedented response of Central Banks to stimulate growth in the wake of the Great Recession has been unlike any before it in history. Trillions of dollars worth of liquidity was pumped into the global financial system in hopes to stimulate aggregate demand and growth rates. In the United States alone, the balance sheet of the Federal Reserve has ballooned from $700 billion to well over $4 trillion and the debate rages around what we have to show for it. Clearly, the Swiss National Bank saw the writing on the wall…

Niocorp publishes encouraging results for the United States’ only primary niobium deposit

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NioCorp Developments Ltd. (“Niocorp”, TSXV: NB | OTCQX: NIOBF) announced the final assay results from the third phase of its drilling program at Elk Creek, Nebraska. Elk Creek is rich in barium, rare earth element mineralization and especially high grade concentrations of niobium (formerly known as columbium), a rare metal that is the focus of the project. On January 19, Niocorp published the final results from the third and final phase III of the 2014 drilling program at its Elk Creek project in Nebraska, in preparation for the release of its…

Why you never put “Great” in your company name.

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The Oxford Dictionary has this to say: glacial Line breaks: gla|cial Pronunciation: /ˈɡleɪsɪəl  , -ʃ(ə)l/ Definition of glacial in English: Synonyms Extremely slow (like the movement of a glacier): ‘an official described progress in the talks as glacial’ First Mover Disadvantage? Back in the dim distant past when Molycorp was the bizarrely named subsidiary of a major company and out of the public eye, back when Avalon’s main project was tin in Nova Scotia (smirk) and when most of the rest of the Rare Earth crowd were not even a…

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…

China to strengthen control of rare earths in 2015

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Earlier this week, on January 13th -- the principal of the Department of Treaty and Law of Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) gave a speech on China's cancellation of export quotas on rare earths, tungsten and molybdenum. The principal said that the adjustment of China's exports policy was designed to cooperate with the country’s reform on management of related resource products, including rare earths and to  respond to the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling. The principal pointed out that the government has constantly adopted a series of measures to strengthen and improve the…
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Texas Rare Earth Resources Announces Completion of Rights Offering

January 26, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQX: TRER), an exploration company specializing in the heavy rare earths, today announced that it has completed its previously announced rights offering. The Company raised approximately $940,000 in aggregate gross proceeds, before expenses, through shareholder subscriptions for 4,272,270 Units including the exercise of over-subscription rights. Each Unit consisting of one…

Geomega Resources Inc.: Management Appointments

January 26, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Highlights of the news release: Dr. Pouya Hajiani promoted Chief Technology Officer Mr. Derek Lindsay appointed Chief Financial Officer Mr. Kiril Mugerman officialised Director of Corporate Development Geomega Resources Inc. ("GéoMégA" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:GMA) is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr. Pouya Hajiani as Chief Technology Officer ("CTO"), Mr. Derek Lindsay as…

Rare-Earth Miner Molycorp Said to Hire Adviser on Debt

January 22, 2015 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Molycorp Inc. (MCP), a mining company whose market valuation has fallen to $93 million from more than $6 billion in 2011, hired law firm Jones Day for advice on debt restructuring, a person familiar with the situation said. The person asked not to be named because the matter hasn’t been publicly disclosed. Jim Sims,…

Geodex Minerals Ltd.: Board Changes

January 21, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Geodex Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:GXM) (FRANKFURT:G2W), (the "Company" or "Geodex") announces the resignation of Mr. David Buckle as a director of the company. The company would like to thank David for his many years of service to the company as a director. About Geodex Geodex is a mineral resource company focused on critical metal…

Geomega Resources Inc.: 600 meters Gold Vector Confirmed by Drilling on Anik

January 20, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Highlights of this news release: 5 meters grading 1 g/t Au under Bobby showing 1 meter grading 2.83 g/t Au and 3 meters grading 1.24 g/t Au in Orbi showing extension 1 meter grading 4.30 g/t Au between the Orbi and Bobby showings Geomega Resources Inc. ("GéoMégA" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:GMA) announces the first…

Stria Lithium Updates Its Novel, Environmentally Sustainable Lithium Processing Technologies

January 19, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Stria Lithium Inc. (TXS VENTURE:SRA) ("Stria" or the "Company") is pleased to report the following update on its proprietary, environmentally sustainable lithium ore processing technologies and the extension of its non-brokered private placement until February 2nd. Market Outlook The Energy Storage sector is growing substantially faster than the Electrical Vehicle (EV) battery sector. According…

NioCorp Announces Final Phase III Drilling Results-Over 300 Meters Grading 0.98% Nb2O5

January 19, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) is pleased to announce final assay results from its Phase III drilling program and advancement operations in Elk Creek, Nebraska. The final analytical results have been received from drillholes NEC14-020, NEC14-021, NEC14-022 and NEC14-023. All four of these drillholes were drilled through the resource, along southwest…

NioCorp Developments Ltd.: Shareholder Report, 2014

January 18, 2015 (Source: NioCorp Developments) -- NioCorp Developments Ltd. ("NioCorp" or the "Company") is pleased to provide the following report to shareholders on 2014 corporate developments: In January of 2014, the Company provided guidance for the goals we were looking to achieve in the year ahead.  Commencing in early 2014, we embarked on an aggressive plan to meet those goals. …

NioCorp Receives Receipt for Final Short Form Prospectus

January 15, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWS WIRE SERVICES 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 filed and obtained a receipt (the "Receipt") from the British Columbia Securities Commission for a Final Short Form Prospectus dated January 14, 2015.…

Newsweek story on fish sperm for rare earth extraction

I just picked up the phone and called Jack Lifton and asked him --- to reply to this utterly ridiculous series of media posts on the use of fish sperm for rare earths extraction. We were immediately amused by the challenges innate with the extraction of the fish sperm....on that note -- here is the first few paragraphs from NEWSWEEK titled:…

Largo Provides Operational Update

January 15, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- Largo Resources Ltd. ("Largo" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an operational update for its Maracas Menchen Mine ("the Maracas Mine") in Bahia, Brazil. To date, a total of approximately 1,140 tonnes (2.5 million lbs) has been shipped from the Maracas Mine. This represents an increase of approximately 408 shipped tonnes (.9 million…

Midland and Its Partners Are Starting Over 10,000 Metres of Drilling in the Abitibi

January 15, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Midland Exploration Inc. ("Midland") (TSX VENTURE:MD) is pleased to provide an update on its various ongoing exploration activities across Quebec. Over the past few years, Midland has concluded several partnerships including agreements with Teck Resources Limited ("Teck"), SOQUEM INC. ("SOQUEM"), Agnico Eagle Mines Limited ("Agnico Eagle"), Sphinx Resources Limited ("Sphinx"), and Japan Oil, Gas…

U3O8 Corp. looks ahead at 2015

January 15, 2015 (Source: CNW) -- U3O8 Corp. (TSX: UWE, OTCQX:  UWEFF, SSE:  UWE), a Canadian-based company focused on exploration and development of uranium and associated commodities in South America, provides an outlook for the company in 2015. U3O8 Corp. plans to continue to build value through: Showing resource growth potential – the preliminary economic assessment ("PEA") completed on the Laguna…

Ucore Engages Ausenco for Preparation of Feasibility Study for Bokan Project

January 14, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) -- Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:UCU)(OTCQX:UURAF) ("Ucore" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that it has contracted a third party engineering firm to complete a Feasibility Study ("FS") on the Company's flagship Bokan-Dotson Ridge Project located in Southeast Alaska ("Bokan"). The contract has been awarded to Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc. of Vancouver, BC…
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