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The Gold Report
Jocelyn August: Upcoming Catalysts for Precious and Base Metals, Uranium and Oil and Gas
The Mining Report: The top catalysts Sagient Research follows tend to move resource stock prices 6 10%. What are the top three catalysts in precious metals equities? Jocelyn August: The top three catalysts for absolute movements?either up or down?in precious metals are the ones that help investors determine the potential success of a project, so we're looking at preliminary economic assessments (PEA), government approvals or permits?that's when a company actually receives the decision?and resour
Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Oilprice.com - oilprice.com
As Russia's Isolation Grows, Oil Companies Caught in Middle
The confrontation between Russia and the West took a turn for the worse with the downing of a Malaysian airliner on July 17, and that could spell trouble for several major oil companies operating in Russia. Just one day earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on Russia over its ongoing role in the destabilization of Ukraine. The sanctions prohibited American banks from issuing loans with a maturity of over 90 days to four key Russian companies - Rosneft, Novate
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The Energy Report
Catalyst Check: Updating the Progress of Energy Stocks on the Natural Resources Watchlist
TER: Keith, at our Vancouver roundtable you said you look for pure plays with leverage, and a great team that has built and sold a company before. With that said, you named four companies�two service companies and two producers�for the Watchlist portfolio. These companies had pending catalysts and upside potential. One of your names, rdx Technologies Corp. (RDX:TSX.V), had two pending catalysts. The first was the sale of its Los Angeles facility for $5 million ($5M). Did that occur? And have
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Oilprice.com - oilprice.com
Looking for the Next Oil Boom? Follow the Tech
Much larger than Eagle Ford and once thought to have reached peak production, new technology has brought us full circle back to the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, where the recent shift to horizontal well drilling has rendered this play the unconventional ground zero. Determining where the next real oil boom will be depends largely on following the technology, and while the Permian Basin has been slower than others to switch from vertical well drilling to horizontal drilling, h
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Turnaround Stories Lead Reni Benjamin's Biotech Front-Runners
The Life Sciences Report: Do you have thoughts on what might move the biotech market over the remainder of the summer and through the early fall? Reni Benjamin: The biotech market was on a tear through the beginning of 2014, but due to a variety of factors it began a healthy correction at the end of February/beginning of March. One issue was drug-pricing concerns regarding Gilead Sciences Inc.'s (GILD:NASDAQ) Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), which was approved last December for the treatment of chronic he
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Energy Report
Jeb Handwerger: Are You Ready for Doubles and Triples in Uranium Mining Stocks?
The Energy Report: Jeb, in past interviews you have talked about the boost that the end of the Russian nuclear material purchase agreement would have on uranium prices. But lately, the price has dropped. What is causing the most recent decline? Jeb Handwerger: The end of the Russian highly-enriched uranium (HEU) agreement did, indeed, kick off a strong Q1/14 for uranium prices. Many juniors had phenomenal returns. Some doubled, some tripled during those months. But since March, we've hit new lo
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Tempering Insane Optimism with Due Diligence: Alan Leong on Niche Biotech Prospects
The Life Sciences Report: Alan, at BioWatch News you present investment ideas to your subscribers, bringing a "venture analyst's approach" to the due diligence process as you evaluate companies. What does that mean? Do you perform ground-up, original research on the technologies of very small public companies? Alan Leong: We vet both private and public companies for our clientele. A lot of biotech is development-stage, and with any early-stage company, the burden is on the founding or managemen
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Oilprice.com - oilprice.com
These Are The 5 Countries Most Plagued by Oil Theft
Nigeria As much as 400,000 barrels of oil a day are stolen in Nigeria. This equates to losses of $1.7 billion a month for Africa's new largest economy. This represents 7.7 percent of its GDP vanishing, or more than the country spends on education and healthcare. These numbers paint a harsh picture about the inability of the Nigerian government, and the multinational oil companies in the Niger Delta, to do anything about this rampant theft. Shell executives have railed against
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
James West - Midas Letter
Orbite Aluminae: Can Glencore PLC Save It?
Long suffering shareholders of Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX.ORT) have been roused from their collective misery recently by what appears to be a strong possibility that the company may get financing for construction of its plant from Glencore PLC (LON:GLEN). The company’s share price has been a sore point since touching a high of $3.69 a share back in September of 2012. In March of this year, the shares reached an all time low of $0.20, and many investors have thrown in the towel on the way down, ab
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
The Gold Report
David H. Smith: PGMs Will Lead the Charge of the Bulls
The Gold Report: South African platinum group metals (PGM) miners have been plagued by a 21-week strike, which has cost those companies an estimated $2 billion in lost revenue. Is there an end in sight? David H. Smith: It's the end of the beginning rather than the beginning of the end, because this is a systemic issue between the miners and companies. The companies are trying to recoup their costs because they are producing PGMs below the cost of production, whereas the miners are still not ge
Monday, July 07, 2014
Scott Wright - Zealllc
Top Junior Gold Producer
The Timmins gold district is by far the most productive within Canada?s prolific Abitibi greenstone belt.It has produced in the neighborhood of 70m ounces of gold, and operations are still going strong.Namesake mining company Timmins Gold is forecasting 2014 output of 120k ounces, making it one of North America?s top junior gold producers.But provocatively not one of Timmins? ounces is coming from within the Timmins district.Timmins Gold CEO and founder Bruce Bragagnolo did grow up in Timmins, w
Friday, July 04, 2014
The Energy Report
Energy Independence: Financial Fact or Political Fiction?
The Energy Report: In light of the conflict in Ukraine and Iraq, is U.S. energy independence more important than ever? Porter Stansberry: Energy self-sufficiency is a political issue, not an economic one. There is no particular advantage to being energy "independent." Yes, it is important to have enough production capacity to sustain our economy in the event of a global or trade war, but that's also true for many other products, such as food. What really matters for the wealth of our country an
Thursday, July 03, 2014
The Gold Report
Inflate Your Way to Gold Profits with Edward Karr
The Gold Report: Let's talk about the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) of 2010. What is the FATCA regulation? Edward Karr: In March 2010, Congress passed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act. The HIRE Act was intended to stimulate domestic jobs in the U.S. FATCA was quietly slipped in as a very small part of the HIRE Act. In a nutshell, FATCA makes every overseas bank, financial company, hedge fund, mutual fund, broker, and dealer an enforcement agent of the U.S. Internal
Thursday, July 03, 2014
The Gold Report
Rick Mills' Econ 101?Rising Demand and Falling Supply Equals Higher Metals Prices
The Mining Report: Last month, the price of gold rose over 3% in one day. Can we ascribe this to the conflicts in Ukraine and Iraq or the unraveling of Chinese commodity financing deals? Rick Mills: I don't think those things had anything to do with it. The unraveling of Chinese commodity financing deals was mostly about copper. While the situation in the Middle East is certainly affecting the price of oil, I believe that Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has more to do with the price of gold
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Oilprice.com - oilprice.com
Could Gang Violence End Mexico's Shale Dream?
Violence in Mexico could thwart hopes of a budding shale boom, as oil and gas companies operating in Texas may think twice about moving south of the border. Mexico holds an estimated 545 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas and 13 billion barrels of shale oil, but progress in developing those resources has been slow. The obstacles to kick-starting Mexico's shale industry have dampened the once lively enthusiasm surrounding Mexico's historic energy reform. Mexico passed
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
James West - Midas Letter
First Nations and the Future of Canadian Resource Projects
The Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark ruling handing Canada’s First Nations greater influence over the future of Canadian resource projects has shocked many resource entrepreneurs. While companies with projects in the approval process try to spin it as a favourable development, the statements of certain tribal leaders belie a resolve to block some projects outright. But what if the whole ‘hand on heart, let’s solemnly recognize our unfair treatment of First Nations’ is just a thinly veiled 21s
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
The Gold Report
Dodge Economic Bullets with Greg McCoach's Golden Strategy
The Gold Report: When we talked last October, you warned that the endgame for the economy was inevitable, as the government is running out of ways to manipulate the market. Did we avoid a crisis, or are we eight months closer to it? Greg McCoach: As we discussed last fall, there are many troubling signs that spell the inevitability of disaster for the bankrupt U.S. government and world financial system. But as I mentioned, just because something is inevitable does not mean it is imminent. As
Monday, June 30, 2014
Jeb Handwerger - GoldStockTrades
Why Atomic Number 41 Is Growing Increasingly Strategic
Everyone who drives a car or sits in an office tower or takes warm showers heated by natural gas should thank a special element on the periodic table called Niobium which is added to steel to make it stronger while at the same time makes it lighter and more flexible. It is increasingly being used in the automobile, construction and energy sector specifically in the oil and gas pipelines. Unfortunately, niobium is a critical metal for the U.S. which is at risk of a supply shortfall.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Addressing Pot Shots: Charles Duncan
The Life Sciences Report: How long have you followed Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. (INO:NYSE.MKT)? Charles Duncan: I've covered Inovio Pharmaceuticals for several years. We initiated on it at Piper Jaffray, along with the rest of our coverage, a year and a half ago. TLSR: Charles, in a note you published on June 17, I see that approximately 75% of Inovio's valuation is modeled on a still-preclinical immunization called PENNVAX-GP, a preventive and therapeutic vaccine for HIV. But that's not what
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Energy Report
Are You Ready to Capitalize on Emerging World Growth and U.S. Oil Independence?
The Energy Report: India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, has pledged to bring electricity to the 400 million (400M) Indians currently without power. How is he going to do this, and how can investors get exposure to this massive infrastructure investment? Brian Hicks: One of our investing tenets is to follow government policy, because that is a precursor to change. Infrastructure investment in India is a long-term theme, and is going to require a lot of raw materials and fuel sources. The p
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Gold Report
Lawrence Roulston: In a Sea of Gold, Three Juniors Stand Out
The Gold Report: Given how troubled the junior gold space has been since 2011, why should investors continue to place their money there rather than the Dow Jones Industrials, which go from strength to strength? Lawrence Roulston: The simple answer is that there are extraordinary bargains to be had in the junior resource space right now. We're seeing a bifurcation in the sector as the quality companies are beginning to move up, while the majority of companies are still on a downtrend. Anyone who
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Piper Jaffray's Charles Duncan Addresses Pot Shots
The Life Sciences Report: How long have you followed Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. (INO:NYSE.MKT)? Charles Duncan: I've covered Inovio Pharmaceuticals for several years. We initiated on it at Piper Jaffray, along with the rest of our coverage, a year and a half ago. TLSR: Charles, in a note you published on June 17, I see that approximately 75% of Inovio's valuation is modeled on a still-preclinical immunization called PENNVAX-GP, a preventive and therapeutic vaccine for HIV. But that's not what
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Energy Report
What Is Chen Selling? One of His Tenbaggers. What is Chen Buying? Two Others with Tenbagger Potentia
The Energy Report: Chen, recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actions with regard to ethanol blending requirements have been unsettling to the ethanol space. What are you expecting from the EPA and when? Chen Lin: I expect an EPA ruling by the end of June. It will likely increase the mandate from last year's proposal, but will be less than the original mandate, which was established a couple of years ago. It will be in the middle because it's an election year, and the agency does n
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Gold Report
Brent Cook's Tips for Finding Juniors that Can Survive the Dust Bowl
The Mining Report: Brent, you've predicted that the summer of 2014 will be a great dust bowl for junior mining investors. Why so bleak? Brent Cook: The junior mining sector has lots of issues to work through. The major mining companies have even bigger issues to work through, starting with the inability to show a profit over an extended period of time. Investors are disappointed by the performance of the majors and have left the sector in search of more reliable, more profitable sectors. "Pilo
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The Energy Report
Brent Cook's Tips for Finding Juniors that Can Survive the Dust Bowl
The Mining Report: Brent, you've predicted that the summer of 2014 will be a great dust bowl for junior mining investors. Why so bleak? Brent Cook: The junior mining sector has lots of issues to work through. The major mining companies have even bigger issues to work through, starting with the inability to show a profit over an extended period of time. Investors are disappointed by the performance of the majors and have left the sector in search of more reliable, more profitable sectors. "Pilo
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The Gold Report
Tesla Gigafactory Could Be Boon for Graphite, Lithium, Cobalt: Simon Moores
The Gold Report: Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA:NASDAQ) is planning to build a $5-billion "Gigafactory" in the southwestern U.S. that would produce batteries for its high-end electric cars. You seem excited about it. Tell investors why they should be. Simon Moores: This one plant would essentially double the world's output of electric vehicle (EV) batteries. That's 500,000 batteries a year at capacity. The idea is to drive down the cost of EV batteries by 30% or more. Tesla is focusing on the supply c
Monday, June 23, 2014
The Energy Report
Randall Abramson: Juniors Clean Up Behind the Elephant Hunters
The Energy Report: With all the excitement over unconventional oil and gas resources these days, why are you focused on conventional exploration and production companies? Randall Abramson: Being contrarian, when everybody's focused on one area, we tend to focus on the other. Our largest weighting at the moment in our All-Cap portfolios is Manitok Energy Inc. (MEI:TSX). I picked up the phone one day and somebody recommended that we look at it. The majors in Alberta were all leaving for unconvent
Friday, June 20, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Fire Up the Immuno-Oncology Powerhouses: John McCamant
The Life Sciences Report: One of the focal points of cancer research each year is the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference, which wrapped up earlier in June. Stephen Dunn talked to us before the conference and was eager to get updates on anti-PD-1 (programmed cell death protein-1) immune checkpoint inhibitors. Was immunotherapy, indeed, a major focus? John McCamant: As many expected, immuno-oncology was all the rage at the recently concluded ASCO meeting. It was widely ackno
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Two Cancer Stocks Take Shots on Goal: Echo He
The Life Sciences Report: The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting was held in Chicago a few weeks ago. Did you feel like a theme emerged from the conference? Echo He: People attending ASCO are looking for specific, targeted treatment solutions, and for data that show significant improvements in efficacy over previously approved drugs. Drugs that are likely to be effective, but not significantly more effective, tend not to generate very much excitement. But when people fi
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Gold Report
Is It 2003 All Over Again? U.S. Global Investors' Frank Holmes Predicts a Resurgence of the Love Tra
The Gold Report: You recently wrote an article called "It's Morning in India" that marked the election of Narendra Modi's pro-business government. How much of an impact can one man have on the demand for commodities? Frank Holmes: At U.S. Global Investors, we believe that government policies are a precursor to change. That is why we focus on fiscal policies all over the world to understand the impact they will have on everything from interest rates to money supply. What makes Modi special is th
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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