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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
The Gold Report
Doug Loud and Jeff Mosseri: Three Reasons Why Gold and Gold Stocks Will Rise
The Gold Report: Over two days, July 14 and 15, the price of gold fell over $40 per ounce ($40/oz), more than 3% of its value. To what do you attribute this drop? Jeffrey Mosseri: I don't think it was a very extraordinary event. Gold has been trading around $1,300/oz. We see sharp upward and downward movements triggered by, for instance, something Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said or a negative report by Goldman Sachs. It looks as if gold will stay in the $1,300/oz range for a little whil
Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Gold Report
Miners Must Control Costs to Improve Share Prices: Byron King
The Gold Report: Byron, gold is above $1,300/ounce ($1,300/oz)?although not by much?and silver topped $20/oz. What was holding their prices down, and what are the fundamentals that will move the prices going forward? Byron King: The short answer is that, for all its faults, the dollar has strengthened, which holds down gold and silver prices. The longer answer is that gold and silver are manipulated metals. That is, the world's central banks have an aversion to things they can't control, and on
Monday, July 28, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
ROTH Capital's Debjit Chattopadhyay: Marriage of Diagnostics to New Therapies Breeds Biotech Winners
The Life Sciences Report: Debjit, can you tell me about ROTH Capital's outlook for small-cap pharma and biotech? Debjit Chattopadhyay: ROTH Capital, in general, has a very strong healthcare presence, and currently follows almost 80 companies in this sector. This gives us a very robust view of what's happening in micro-, small- and mid-cap companies across medical devices, diagnostics, immuno-oncology, regenerative medicine and specialty pharma. This diversity gives us a very unique view as to w
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Energy Report
Steve Palmer Buys the Summer Sleepers
The Energy Report: AlphaNorth Partners Fund's Class F Shares was recently ranked No. 1 in the Globefund database, with 43.4% return over five years. How have you been able to beat Standard & Poor's (S&P), the Toronto Stock Exchange Venture Index (TSX.V) and the S&P/TSX Total Return Composite? What's your secret? Steve Palmer: We strive to be ahead of the curve on our calls. We do a lot of bottom-up stock picking�we look to identify promising situations before everyone else does. We typically in
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Gold Report
Paul Renken: Bottom-Fishing for the Best Junior Resource Equities
The Gold Report: VSA Capital recently published a research report that reads, "One of the key parts of exploration funding and the acceptance of risk versus monetary reward was the considerable correlation between share price appreciation and the reduction of geological risk." However, this no longer seems to be the case. What's broken? Paul Renken: What has transpired for the last couple of years, particularly in the junior and very small-cap exploration space, is that the money to find deposi
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Energy Report
Ed Sterck: Russian Sanctions May Have Utilities Squeezing Less Juice from Uranium Supply
The Mining Report: Edward, welcome. Russia is facing international sanctions. How will all this affect the uranium market?Edward Sterck: It hasn't yet had any impact. Sanctions haven't been brought in that are affecting the Russian nuclear industry, but there is the potential for that to occur. Indeed Rosatom, which is the Russian state umbrella company that covers Russian nuclear activities, has made a statement to the effect that business is continuing as normal, including the delivery of nucl
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The Energy Report
From Argentina to the Athabasca: Etienne Moshevich on Hot Prospects
The Mining Report: You cover oil and gas companies in North America, Latin America and Europe. Which are benefiting from the current instability in oil and gas pricing, and how are they benefiting? Etienne Moshevich: Not only are investments in the oil and gas sector made more risky by the instability in the oil price, but loans for developing countries become a lot tougher to obtain and are sometimes severely reduced. As the price of oil increases, it threatens oil-importing nations, which mus
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 -
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
The Next Billion (Barrels of Oil): T. Boone Pickens Calls for Energy Plan at Stansberry Society Even
On making (and losing money): I moved to Dallas from West Texas in 1989 worth about $25 million ($25M). I ran that $25M up to $4 billion ($4B) in 2007. 2008 and 2009 were a disaster. I lost $2B. I've given away over $1B and have $1B left. On leveraging the oil and gas renaissance in the U.S.: I launched the Pickens Plan in 2008 because I felt that I was running out of time, and this country desperately needs an energy plan. We're the only country in the world without one. We use more oil than
Thursday, June 12, 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 Life Sciences Report
X-Ray Vision or Due Diligence? How SeeThruEquity Analysts Find Hidden Small-Cap Biotech Plays
The Life Sciences Report: SeeThruEquity specializes in analyzing companies with capitalizations under $1 billion ($1B). What is special about the small-cap life sciences sector? Ajay Tandon: We cover 66 small-cap and micro-cap companies across a variety of sectors, the majority of which fall into the healthcare, life sciences and technology spaces. From our perspective, the past year was very hot for investors in this range of stocks�and also for the investment banks raising capital for the lif
Thursday, May 01, 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
The Gold Report
It's Not About Discovering a Mine, It's About Discovering a Technology
The Mining Report: Do you think investing is a skill that is learned or inherited? Chris Berry: I suppose there's some sort of a gene for analytical ability, but there's no substitute for real-world experience. While my father taught at the Darden School at the University of Virginia, I received a good grounding in theory-based finance and investing. Being out in the investing world for the last 15 years, I've seen what works and what doesn't compared to what you read in a textbook. If the las
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The Energy Report
Fadel Gheit: Lift Oil Export Ban, Free Domestic Profits and Defeat Russia
The Energy Report : We recently interviewed Matt Badiali and he talked about what a boon the conflict in Ukraine has been for U.S. refineries. Are you seeing the same effect? What about opportunities in Europe as countries try to diversify away from dependence on Russian oil and gas? Fadel Gheit: U.S. refiners benefit from the wide Brent/WTI discount. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has increased global tension, boosted Brent prices and widened the differential. With th
Thursday, May 15, 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
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 Life Sciences Report
Harnessing the Power of Nature's Perfect Cells: Robert J. Hariri
The Life Sciences Report: Bob, there's a lot on your plate these days. How do you split your time? Robert Hariri: I am truly fortunate that my full-time job currently is with Celgene Cellular Therapeutics (a subsidiary of Celgene Corp. [CELG:NASDAQ]), but I am a multitasker and spend a significant amount of time on other pursuits. I've been accused of being a bit of a workaholic. I follow the Elon Musk (CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors) theory of management, which says you can play a meaningful r
Thursday, May 22, 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 -
China's Oil Giant At Center Of Corruption Probe
Grins were on the faces of China National Petroleum executives this week as they celebrated a blockbuster 30-year deal for Russian gas. It was a good day for CNPC, the state-owned colossus at the center of China's oil and gas webs and one of Eurasia's biggest energy investors. For some, however, those grins could soon turn to grimaces, because the deal comes against a backdrop of a series of high profile corruption investigations by the state, and CNPC has been caught in the dragnet. A
Tuesday, May 27, 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
The Energy Report
Bill Bonner's Ten Undervalued Plays in Western Canada
The Energy Report: Brickburn Asset Management's monthly report for May indicates good news for energy resource investors in Western Canada. Please explain. Bill Bonner: There are two elements to consider. One is that the Canadian energy market dynamics for extracting natural gas are changing significantly. Second, positive signals abound in the world of oil and oil transportation, in spite of concerns about pipelines crossing borders, like the Keystone XL Pipeline. TER: What is going to happe
Friday, June 13, 2014
The Gold Report
Leave No Rock Unturned to Find Natural Resource Stocks with Game-Changing Catalysts
The Gold Report: A catalyst is identifying a future event that will materially impact a share price for better or for worse: A maiden NI 43-101. Funding from a strategic partner. Permitting and feasibility studies. Before we talk about specific companies, would you tell us what types of companies you follow and why you are following them? Joe Mazumdar: I primarily cover exploration and development companies in the precious metals sector. There is a difference between catalysts for explorers and
Monday, June 09, 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
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
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 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 Gold Report
Mark Seddon's Catch-22: We Need More Tungsten, But Projects Can't Find Funding
The Mining Report: Tungsten is often called "rare." Just how rare is it? Mark Seddon: It's not that rare compared to a minor metal such as rhenium, which is used in superalloys. The total rhenium market is maybe 70 or 80 tons per year, whereas the tungsten market is currently around 80,000 tons (80 Kt) per year of tungsten metal content. So tungsten's nothing like a rare earth element (REE), but it is considered a strategic metal. TMR: How is tungsten strategic or critical? MS: It's strategic
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The Gold Report
Thomas Schuster's Five Stocks to Buy and Hold
The Gold Report: The prices of gold and silver soared after 2008, suggesting a flight to safety by investors. What does the recent volatility in gold from $1,250/ounce ($1,250/oz) to $1,325/oz and now down to near $1,300 oz indicate? Thomas Schuster: Gold is naturally volatile and reacts constantly to positive and negative market stimuli. I don't believe that the recent uptick in the gold price is comparable to the start of the gold run that occurred after the financial crisis in 2008. "Integr
Monday, July 14, 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