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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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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
Louis James - Casey Research
The Discovery of the Decade—On Sale
I have a stock pick for you this week, and breaking with tradition, I’m going to give you the name and ticker, rather than just tease you with the story. Since recent events may accelerate payback, I want you all to have a chance to evaluate our research—and results, if this play works out the way I think it will. Please consider this Daily Dispatch a “free sample” of our work. But first, a word of encouragement, since recent volatility in our market has many investors wonde
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 -
Ukraine Falling to Economic Warfare and Its Own Missteps
As protests in Ukraine's eastern region turned violent on Sunday leading to the death of a Ukrainian security officer in a shootout with pro-Russian militia, Kiev threatens military action while Moscow flexes its geo-economic warfare muscles. Pro-Russian militia groups have seized government buildings and police headquarters in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk and Slovyanks--where the shoot-out took place--and despite a Monday morning ultimatum by the Ukrainian government, these gro
Wednesday, April 16, 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
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 -
Putin is Losing Eastern European Energy Gamble
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he doesn't think the European community can do without the natural gas it gets from energy monopoly Gazprom. With a Russian economy starting to decline, however, it may be Gazprom that's too strongly interconnected to the European market to break free. The narrative over European energy security reaches at least back to 2006 when Gazprom first cut gas supplies through Ukraine. The fallout from the latest disruption in 2009 put opposition darling an
Friday, April 25, 2014
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 -
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 -
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 -
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
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
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 -
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
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