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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
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
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
Rick Ackerman
Using Put Options to Bet on a Junk-Bond Crash
Here’s an easy play for those who have never cashed a winning ticket trading puts or calls. Specifically, I am going to tell you how to bet on a junk-bond crash without risking your shirt — even if junk bonds continue to defy gravity indefinitely. First, let me assert that straight-up directional plays with stock options almost never win. Your odds are better trying to predict precisely when a shooting star will flash across the night sky. Similarly, if you buy call options with the expectation
Monday, September 29, 2014 -
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
From Beaver Creek to Denver: A Journey Between Different Worlds
Despite a relatively low gold price, 2014 marked a banner year for the Precious Metals Summit in Beaver Creek, Colorado, observed The Gold Report Publisher Jason Mallin. It topped 2013 records for attendees and presenting companies by 20%. "Nonproducing companies are still confident they can bring projects online. By starting smaller or through a strategic acquisition, they are looking for cash flow as soon as possible," Mallin observed. Meanwhile, at the Denver Gold Forum, the producing gold co
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The Gold Report
Canaccord's Joe Mazumdar Shares His Favorite Get Rich Slow Schemes
The Gold Report: A strange thing happened over the last few months. The price of gold went down, but some of the junior mining equities are up. Can you explain what is going on? Joe Mazumdar: Year-to-date gold is flat. But the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ:NYSE.MKT) is up 13%. Investors prefer owning the equity now rather than owning gold. This was not the case a couple of years ago when gold was going up to $1,900 an ounce ($1,900/oz) and far outperforming equities. Part of the r
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The Gold Report
Kal Kotecha: Going Against the Grain in Five Names
The Mining Report: You're the editor of Junior Gold Report, but you also follow similar-sized companies in the energy sector. Please give our readers an overview of the energy space. Kal Kotecha: I've been involved in the space since 2002 and I've never witnessed anything like what is currently happening. In the energy sector, I see the price of uranium increasing, but to see price appreciation across energy stocks, the price of oil must remain near $100 per barrel ($100/bbl). That $100/bbl ben
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The Gold Report
Jay Taylor Urges Investors to Stay Liquid for the Coming Gold Boom
The Gold Report: The price of gold has fallen more than $130 an ounce ($130/oz) since July. Why? Jay Taylor: I believe we have two different markets. One is an honest market for physical metal. The other is a market that has increasingly become less than honest. The latter is a paper market, primarily in London and New York, and it is used to muddy the waters of price discovery with gold and silver. This paper market price is assumed to be the real price of gold. I don't think that's true.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Dennis Miller - Casey Reseach
Home Healthcare Cuts Threaten 500,000 Jobs and Put Female-Owned Businesses at Risk
That title wouldn’t make for much of a campaign slogan, and yet, it’s the natural outcome of one particular politician’s promise. As the editor of a retirement-focused newsletter, most of the notes I receive about the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare, are first-person accounts of how a reader’s change in coverage or cost is affecting his finances. These (mostly sad) stories prompted several discussions with Andy Mangione, vice president of government relations of the Association of Matur
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Energy Report
Keep Truckin': Russell Stanley on How to Snap Up Growing Energy Services Companies
The Energy Report: Are oil and gas field services in Canada a high growth sector? Russell Stanley: Energy prices drive oil and gas field construction and infrastructure development in western Canada. Other drivers include the need to build out liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and rail facilities. Jennings Capital targets service companies with market caps in the $50 to $200 million ($50�200M) range. These names tend to have fewer analysts following than do the larger names. We like comp
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Three Biotech Investment Ideas that Disrupt and Diversify: Anita Dushyanth
The Life Sciences Report: Anita, now that the fall investment season is upon us, is it a good time to look for opportunities in the life sciences? Anita Dushyanth: Definitely yes. In 2013, the NASDAQ Biotech Index showed a gain of about 66%, and in 2014 thus far, it's been about 21%, which is not too bad. The sector has had some corrections, but it is growing. Within biotech itself, investors can consider adding small-cap companies to their portfolios, as well as established players offering n
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Gold Report
Richard Karn's Advice for Avoiding the Walking Dead
The Gold Report: When we interviewed you in April, you said the pending demise of zombie companies on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) was a good thing because there were too many deadbeats in the specialty metal sector. Has that process worked its way through the system or are there still some "walking dead" making it difficult for investors to pick out the promising companies? Since then another 23 resource companies have failed, and as of Aug. 25, 2014, 17 more had not paid their listin
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Gold Report
Sprott Fund Manager Jason Mayer's Guide to Resource Stock Profits
The Mining Report: In February, you gave a speech at The Vancouver Club that acknowledged the impact of investor fatigue on the junior mining equity space. Seven months later, are investors starting to get excited again about the space? Jason Mayer: Investors have been reacting in fits and starts, and everyone is still very cautious. I track a number of funds, and I watch how they perform on a day-to-day basis. What I have found interesting is that a number of resource funds in Canada continue
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The Gold Report
Tell Us, Christos Doulis, Can Gold Act as a Safe Haven Again?
The Gold Report: The World Gold Council, which gets its numbers from Thomson Reuters GFMS, reports that total gold demand in Q2/14 fell by 15% versus the same period in 2013. Furthermore, physical bar and official coin demand were basically cut in half while jewelry demand fell by 217 tons or 30%. What do you make of all of that? Christos Doulis: Clearly, there has been less enthusiasm for owning gold in recent years. A lot of that has to do with the concept of gold as a safe haven. Six years a
Monday, September 22, 2014
The Energy Report
Looking for Lithium Mega-Deals with Thibaut Lepouttre
The Energy Report: The big news of last week was the announcement that Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA:NASDAQ) will manufacture lithium batteries in Nevada. What impact will the gigafactory have on lithium? Thibaut Lepouttre: By 2020, the gigafactory will be producing 500,000 (500K) lithium-ion batteries a year. That is more lithium-ion batteries than are currently produced in the entire world. If the other lithium battery producers keep production at the same level, the demand for lithium will double
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Roadmap Capital's Hugh Cleland and Stephen Ireland: Due Diligence Rules in Biotech Investment
TLSR: Hugh, you are in the small- and micro-cap space, and you invest in both public and private equity. Generally speaking, what advice can you give the retail investor who wants to access the high-growth potential of small life sciences companies? What are the top three things these investors should focus on? HC: The first rule for the small investor is don't risk capital you can't afford to lose. We're in a very good biotech market right now, and I expect that will continue for quite some ti
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Gold Report
Eric Coffin: Can Investors Still Find Tenbaggers?
Eric Coffin: I'm more positive than neutral these days, but I do agree somewhat with Stockman. As unemployment falls toward 6%, we would expect an increase in wage gains. But we're just not seeing that. And five years into the latest expansion, we're not seeing the economic growth spurts that tend to occur coming out of a really bad recession. I don't see how the U.S. economy keeps reproducing the 4% Q2/14 growth if we don't see higher wage gains and higher paying jobs created. TGR: You've use
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Gold Report
Jeff Desjardins and James Fraser Look at Junior Miners in a Way that May Surprise You
The Mining Report: A recent article on, "The Great Divide: Inequality in Gold Juniors Means Opportunity," said: "It's clear we've reached a new level of separation between the wheat and the chaff." What does that mean for investors? Jeff Desjardins: As the bear market has progressed, many companies have struggled to raise the necessary funds to advance their projects. Even for those that have been more fortunate, it has often come in the form of dilutive financings. On the oth
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The Gold Report
Brien Lundin Says Don't Miss This Buying Opportunity
The Gold Report: On July 30, you sent out a Gold Newsletter alert that forecast a pullback in the midsummer bull market. The next day the Dow dropped 317 points, while the NASDAQ fell about 93 points. Since then the Dow has climbed back above 17,000, the NASDAQ above 4,600. Should investors dismiss that drop or do you believe it was akin to a tremor preceding an earthquake? Brien Lundin: That particular call made me look like a genius at the time, but right after that drop the stock market took
Monday, September 15, 2014
The Energy Report
Malcolm Gissen and Marshall Berol: Welcome to the Golden Era of Oil & Gas
The Energy Report: In your May 31 annual report, you wrote: "The most important change we have made to improve performance has been to increase the [Encompass] Fund's exposure to the energy sector, while reducing exposure to metals." Why have you done this? Malcolm Gissen: We believe that we are now living in a golden era of oil and gas. We believe that demand for oil and gas will continue to grow faster than supply. This provides a unique opportunity to invest in companies that do not have a g
Friday, September 12, 2014
The Energy Report
Where to Look for Yield During a Time of Low Gas Prices: Elliott Gue
The Energy Report: Elliott, you recently wrote in Capitalist Times that "unless last winter marked the onset of a new ice age, the underlying supply-and-demand trends that prevailed before the polar vortex are always going to win out." Based on the charts that accompany that article, what are those trends? Elliott Gue: Last winter was really cold and, as a result, natural gas demand was very high. Natural gas stores in the U.S. were drawn down much more rapidly than normal. At the same time, th
Friday, September 12, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Biotechs with Upside Possibilities Target Ebola and Liver Disease: MLV & Co.'s Vernon Bernardino
The Life Sciences Report: Vernon, up to 30 thousand (30K) people currently have a vital and pressing need for experimental therapeutic and immunization agents to protect them from the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa. That 30K is a conservative estimate, according to University of Oxford epidemiologist Oliver Brady, who wrote an op-ed piece for the World View column of Nature last month. He said even that conservative approximation far exceeds the current supplies of exp
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The Gold Report
Jeff Killeen: Cash and Catalysts Rule the Day
The Gold Report: Two years ago CIBC World Markets recommended taking a short position on a selection of gold stocks. What's CIBC's view on gold stocks today? Jeff Killeen: We had put out a basket of names recommending some short positions, but at that time gold was trading at about $1,600/ounce ($1,600/oz) and there was little support for the price at that level. That dynamic doesn't seem to be at play in today's environment. We are maintaining our current recommendation: Investors should be at
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Richard Mills - Ahead of the Herd
Sernova Update TSX.V - SVA
While we wait for efficacy news from Dr Shapiro the company has been moving forward. The three technologies - cell pouch, stem cells & local immune protection - when combined will be a very potent platform, I think a 'disruptive' technology. Work continues on several fronts: 1.)  Sernova is actively pursuing large pharma and medical device companies who have an interest in the regenerative medicine space in diabetes and haemophilia. 2.) Sernova has applied for and are continuing to app
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Dennis Miller - Casey Reseach
What Chimpanzees Can Teach Us about Convertible Bonds
In a renewed commitment to finally learn Spanish, one of my colleagues spent quite a bit of time this week awkwardly saying, “Qué es eso?” into the headset Rosetta Stone provides with its language learning programs. Translation: “What’s that?” Here in the US, the 10,000 or so people reaching retirement age each day often find themselves asking the same question—though maybe not out loud—when advisors use terms of art or casually mention sophisticated investment options. What’s that? Most of thes
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Peter McKenzie-Brown - Language Instinct
Reclaiming the land
To a large degree because of its agricultural roots, Alberta’s concern about the soil goes far back. The province’s first efforts to conserve its soil date back to the 1932 “Noxious Weed Act.” In 1935 came “The Control of Drifting Soil Act” in response to Depression-era drought, which damaged agriculture throughout North America’s Great Interior Basin. That act mandated that the occupier of the land was responsible for preventing soil drifting. It was adequate for the time, when the province
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
The Gold Report
Filipe Martins: African Miners that Can Generate Cash Flow and Dividends
The Mining Report: Some of the experts we have interviewed for the The Mining Report and The Gold Report is that a $1,250–1,350/ounce ($1,250–1,350/oz) gold price can be expected in the short term. Do you agree? Filipe Martins: At GMP, we forecast a $1,350/oz gold price from roughly 2015, but we think there is a real risk that the gold price could fall before it rises, given the threat of higher borrowing costs. Most recently, we haven't seen the increases in physical demand from China and Indi
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
The Gold Report
Sprott's Charles Oliver: Gold at $1,500 by Christmas?
The Gold Report: Gold continues to languish under $1,300 per ounce ($1,300/oz), even as full economic recoveries in the U.S. and the European Union (EU) have yet to occur, despite trillions in new debt and stimulus. Meanwhile, we have two wars in the Middle East that could escalate, as well as reports that Russian troops are in Ukraine. With all that in mind, do you think that gold's fundamentals are less important than they once were, or is the price of gold being held back by other factors? C
Monday, September 08, 2014