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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
James West - Midas Letter
CSA Warning on Medical Marijuana Co.s Too Little, Too Late
Shutting the barn door after the horses have already escaped is the image that comes to mind on the alert issued by Canadian regulators pertaining to medical marijuana investments in Canada. I suppose it could be considered laudable that the Canadian Securities Administration has finally piped up about the dubious nature of the majority of medical marijuana pubcos raising money from investors across Canada. Never mind that the TSX Venture Exchange and the Canadian Securities Exchange have been a
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Oilprice.com - oilprice.com
The California Shale Bubble Just Burst
The great hype surrounding the advent of a shale gas bonanza in California may turn out to be just that: hype. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) - the statistical arm of the Department of Energy - has downgraded its estimate of the total amount of recoverable oil in the Monterey Shale by a whopping 96 percent. Its previous estimate pegged the recoverable resource in California's shale formation at 13.7 billion barrels but it now only thinks that there are 600 million b
Thursday, May 22, 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
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
Oilprice.com - oilprice.com
Obama's Climate Plan Is Leaking Methane
The Environmental Protection Agency's new regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent will no doubt lead to a cleaner economy. But the road there will be paved with methane. By requiring reductions in the energy intensity per megawatt-hour of electricity generation, utilities will have the ability to choose from an array of options for how to meet the targets. Energy efficiency will likely be the first choice. Renewable energy will certainly play a big part, as wel
Friday, June 06, 2014
Oilprice.com - oilprice.com
Ukraine: The Real Energy Crisis Starts in June
Kiev is feeling emboldened by the successful election of a new Ukrainian president and a bloody surge against separatists in the east, but in just a few days, Russia says it will twist the gas spigot, and there's very little Kiev can do to stop that. On June 3, Russia plans to reduce the gas supply to Ukraine -- and hence, to Europe -- if Kiev has failed to pay in advance for next month's gas deliveries, the price for which has been doubled as a result of the political crisis. Interim
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Oilprice.com - oilprice.com
Exxon, BP Defy White House; Extend Partnership with Russia
Several of the largest oil companies in the world are doubling down in Russia despite moves by the West to isolate Russia and its economy. ExxonMobil and BP separately signed agreements with Rosneft - Russia's state-owned oil company - to extend and deepen their relationships for energy exploration. The U.S. slapped sanctions on Rosneft's CEO Igor Sechin in late April, freezing his assets and preventing him from obtaining visas. However, the sanctions do not extend to Rosneft itself, a
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Richard Mills - Ahead of the Herd
Greenland Dreaming - Time To Get Greedy
One of the most famous large, high-grade sulphide nickel deposits might be Voisey’s Bay. In 1993, Albert Chislett and Chris Verbiski, while exploring for diamonds discovered significant sulphide mineralization south of Nain, Labrador. Drilling at the site - now known as Discovery Hill - commenced in late 1994. The second drill hole returned 41 meter’s of2.96% Ni, 1.89% Cu and 0.16% Co. The third, fourth and fifth drill holes returned similar grades. An electromagnetic (EM) survey w
Saturday, May 24, 2014
James West - Midas Letter
Where’s the Canadian Medical Marijuana Licenses? 
The flood of mining companies petitioning Health Canada for a license has petered down to a trickle in recent weeks after Canadian Securities Administors issued a warning to investors questioning the ability of the would-be licensed producers to legally produce a single plant. Since the issuance of a grand total of 12 licenses in 2014, the process appears to have come to a grinding halt, and no more licenses appear to be forthcoming in the immediate term. What does this mean for investors left h
Monday, August 04, 2014
The Gold Report
Secrets of the Strategic Investors
The Gold Report: On the debt side, where does the biggest threat exist? China? Europe? Japan? The U.S.? Consumers? What is the highest likely outcome from the accelerating debt curve and how will that impact the U.S., Europe and Asia? Santiago Pinson Correa, vice president of asset management, Invercap: China, Europe and Japan all concern me. Japan is the one that concerns me the most as it is the country with the largest variability of possible outcomes. Overall, I believe that the most likel
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Oilprice.com - oilprice.com
Unlikely Bedfellows: Mines That Run on Solar or Wind Power
Mining companies are often seen as dinosaurs when it comes to making changes that will benefit the environment, but that perception may be shifting as some companies turn to renewable energy to cut costs and lighten their carbon footprint. At first blush, mining and renewable energy seem incongruous. Mining's reputation as a voracious consumer of fossil fuels is well deserved, especially surface mining, where diesel-sucking haul trucks perform endless loops to and from gigantic pits sc
Thursday, August 21, 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 Gold Report
Keith Phillips: M&A Prey Offer Compelling Buying Opportunities
The Gold Report: Canada's Financial Post reports that as of July 30, 2014, there have been 41 mining deals worth a combined CA$7.1 billion (CA$7.1B) in 2014. The total value of the deals reached CA$9.3B in 2013. Do you believe that total will be eclipsed before 2015? Keith Phillips: I expect so. Aggregate deal volumes are really driven by one or two large deals in a given year. This year, Yamana Gold Inc. (YRI:TSX; AUY:NYSE; YAU:LSE) and Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. (AEM:TSX; AEM:NYSE) bought Osisk
Friday, August 29, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Six Innovative Australian Opportunities from Canaccord's Matthijs Smith
The Life Sciences Report: From your investment firm's perspective in Australia, how are the life sciences performing this year? Matthijs Smith: It has been a tough year in the Australian biotech sector. At Canaccord Genuity, we run a biotech index covering the top 25 life science stocks in the country. It excludes the large caps, such as Cochlear Ltd. (COH.ASX), CSL Behring Ltd. (CSL:ASX; CMXHY:OTCPK) and ResMed Inc. (RMD:NYSE), and, instead, focuses on the innovative companies. This index is
Thursday, August 28, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Laidlaw's Yale Jen: Biotech 101 for Buyers and Sellers
The Life Sciences Report: You had an interesting career before you came to Wall Street. You spent several years with KPMG Corporate Finance, where you focused on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) of healthcare assets. Was that about traditional M&A activity�companies buying each other�or was it about acquiring molecules for development? Yale Jen: It was more about buying assets. We were frequently retained on the selling side, but periodically on the buying side, to look at assets, evaluate them
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Oilprice.com - oilprice.com
New Technology Could End The Debate Over Pipeline Safety
Who could have ever imagined that North America would surpass Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids? A decade ago, that would have seemed laughable. Yet that's exactly what has happened; and it's not just Saudi Arabia that has been left in North America's dust -- Russia has, too. The surge in North American oil and gas production is arguably the most important development in energy over the last decade. That's the good news. The not so good news
Thursday, August 28, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Six Innovative Australian Companies on Canaccord Analyst Matthijs Smith's Opportunity List
The Life Sciences Report: From your investment firm's perspective in Australia, how are the life sciences performing this year? Matthijs Smith: It has been a tough year in the Australian biotech sector. At Canaccord Genuity, we run a biotech index covering the top 25 life science stocks in the country. It excludes the large caps, such as Cochlear Ltd. (COH.ASX), CSL Behring Ltd. (CSL:ASX; CMXHY:OTCPK) and ResMed Inc. (RMD:NYSE), and, instead, focuses on the innovative companies. This index is
Thursday, August 28, 2014
The Gold Report
Keep the Faith, Says Michael Fowler: Juniors and Midtiers Poised for M&A-Fueled Breakout
The Gold Report: A report titled "M&A and Capital Raising in Mining and Metals, 1H 2014" from Ernest and Young (EY) says that mining and metals deal values in H1/2014 are "down 69% year-on-year, to $16.7 billion ($16.7B), from $53.8B, with deal volumes down 34% over the same period." Why aren't more mergers and acquisitions (M&A) happening in the precious metals space? Michael Fowler: The first reason is that there are some big egos in the mining sector and some mining companies would prefer to
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The Energy Report
Ethan Park Expects to Harvest a Bumper Crop from Potash and Phosphate Juniors
The Energy Report: Investors who follow the metals may not pay much heed to the phosphate space. What are the agricultural and industrial uses for phosphates? Ethan Park: Phosphate is an essential nutrient required for agriculture. About 80�82% of phosphate is used for fertilizer. Specifically, phosphate is used for root development, flowering, and prevention of diseases and stress. The bag of fertilizer you purchase in your local home improvement store contains phosphate. There is really no su
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The Energy Report
Canaccord's Luke Smith: Five Aussie Companies with Cash Flows, Low Costs and MOUs
The Mining Report: Australian mining shares had a great July. Was that a one-off or indicative of a trend? Luke Smith: July tends to be good because the fiscal year-end for most personal investors in Australia is June 30, so there is tax-loss selling up to that date. That said, this July was better than average. The gains slowed down at the end of the month, but we've seen a liftoff again from the middle of August. Hopefully, this trend will continue, and we'll see the revival of Australia's sm
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The Gold Report
Junior Mining Companies that Will Make Beautiful M&A Music: AgaNola's Florian Siegfried
The Gold Report: As of Aug. 1, 2014 the SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) was up about 7% year-to-date, while the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) was up about 30% and the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) was up about 22%. These are generally considered proxies for gold and gold mining equities. Is the mining sector bear dead? Florian Siegfried: We have to distinguish between the short term and medium term and take an overall picture of where we stand. Gold has found a floor at the $1,2
Monday, August 25, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Jim Collins: Five Names to Love from the LD Micro Conference
Special Situations: You spend a lot of time traveling the world looking for investment opportunities. A recent event you attended was the LD Micro Conference in Los Angeles. What made that worth the trip? Jim Collins: Chris Lahiji and his team put on the premier small- and micro-cap conference. The Invitational is a slam-bam, in-your-face, 100-companies-in-11 hours micro-cap love-in. Obviously, I couldn't attend every presentation, but the overarching goal at a conference is to find one name. I
Friday, August 22, 2014
The Energy Report
Musings on the Second Great Recovery Experiment and the Promise of Natural Gas: Ron Muhlenkamp
The Energy Report: Ron, in an online seminar in June, you compared the government's response to the 2008 financial panic and recession with its response to the recession of 1980�82. How are those recessions comparable? Ronald Muhlenkamp: We've had 12 recessions since World War II. We had a serious recession in 1973�74, and I've done a lot of work on recessions ever since. The 2008 recession shared a distinction with the 1980�82 recession: Each, at the time, was the most serious recession since
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Wedbush Securities' Liana Moussatos on the Art and Science of Picking Biotechs with Upside
The Life Sciences Report: Since mid-April, the biotech indices have regained some of their strength, but the rising tide didn't seem to lift all boats. Do you believe the biotech stock market has changed its character since late February/early March, when we had that rather steep correction? Liana Moussatos: Part of the correction was due to world events, and not so much about the biotech industry. However, biotech has some high-beta names, and when negative world events occur, people run to mo
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Gold Report
Junior Mining Companies that Will Be Making Beautiful M&A Music: AgaNola's Florian Siegf
The Gold Report: As of Aug. 1, 2014 the SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) was up about 7% year-to-date, while the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) was up about 30% and the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) was up about 22%. These are generally considered proxies for gold and gold mining equities. Is the mining sector bear dead? Florian Siegfried: We have to distinguish between the short term and medium term and take an overall picture of where we stand. Gold has found a floor at the $1,2
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The Energy Report
Fund Adviser Björn Paffrath's Mantra: In the End, Performance Matters
The Mining Report: What's the biggest risk to a mining investor in a broad market correction? Bj�rn Paffrath: Probably a worldwide economic slowdown, especially in China. If demand is fading, metal prices will fall. If the Chinese people need money to pay debt, they will likely sell some gold too. That also counts for other investors in general. Also, if the broad market will enter a longer correction phase, then the mining stocks will get hit too. In the end, if we like it or not, mining stock
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Medtech Shifts from High Gear ...
The Life Sciences Report: Canaccord Genuity is an investment banking firm focused on growth companies. Can you comment generally on the outlook for medical devices? William Plovanic: I would say the medical device sector has, over the last couple of years, provided very solid returns for investors�especially in 2013. As we've moved into 2014, it's been more challenging for some of the high-growth companies. Valuations moved up significantly in 2013, and companies fundamentally did very well als
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Oilprice.com - oilprice.com
Ukraine's Next Crisis? Economic Disaster
Ukraine's next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production. The Ukrainian military's showdown with separatists in the industrial east has forced coal mines to severely cut production or close down entirely. This has led to an electricity crisis that can only be staunched by cutting domestic productio
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Gold Report
Fund Adviser Björn Paffrath's Mantra: In the End, Performance Matters
The Mining Report: What's the biggest risk to a mining investor in a broad market correction? Björn Paffrath: Probably a worldwide economic slowdown, especially in China. If demand is fading, metal prices will fall. If the Chinese people need money to pay debt, they will likely sell some gold too. That also counts for other investors in general. Also, if the broad market will enter a longer correction phase, then the mining stocks will get hit too. In the end, if we like it or not, mining stock
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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