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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
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
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 -
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 -
Why China's Insatiable Appetite For Coal Has Likely Peaked
A recent report from Greenpeace found that China's coal consumption declined in the first half of this year and new Chinese government data suggests that the country's coal imports have dropped. Estimates indicate that by the end of the year, China's coal imports could be 8 percent below 2013 levels. China imported 18.86 million tonnes of coal in August, the lowest level since September 2012. Part of the reduced demand is due to a slowing Chinese economy. After years of double-di
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
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
The Gold Report
Raj Ray: Miners' Cost Cutting Set to Deliver in Late 2014
The Gold Report: The gold price can't seem to climb back above $1,300/ounce ($1,300/oz) despite several geopolitical hotspots making headlines. What's underpinning the price weakness? Raj Ray: The issue is that despite the geopolitical backdrop, the fundamentals still appear weak. The big drivers—demand from India and China and gold exchange-traded funds—have been more or less flat year-over-year. China is still digesting the gold it purchased last year. And, although price premiums have declin
Monday, September 08, 2014
The Gold Report
How is Doug Casey Preparing for a Crisis Worse than 2008? He and His Fellow Millionaires
The Mining Report: This year's Casey Research Summit is titled "Thriving in a Crisis Economy." What is the most pressing crisis for investors today? Doug Casey: We are exiting the eye of the giant financial hurricane that we entered in 2007, and we're going into its trailing edge. It's going to be much more severe, different and longer lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009. Investors should be preparing for some really stormy weather by the end of this year, certainly in 2015. TMR: The 200
Monday, September 08, 2014
The Life Sciences Report
Steve Brozak: Big-Picture Biotech Stocks Rule the Future
The Life Sciences Report: Steve, last year there were 15 new molecular entities approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through Aug. 12, 2013. So far this year, up through Aug. 19, 2014, there have been 26 new molecular entities approved. What could be contributing to this stepped-up pace of approvals? Steve Brozak: The reason is two-pronged. First, the FDA has a direct and specific mandate to increase the throughput of drug approvals. Second, the pharmaceutical industry of yest
Thursday, September 04, 2014
The Energy Report
Oil Field Services Surprise: Brandon Dobell on the Upstart that Could Compete with the Big Three
The Energy Report: Brandon, oil prices are declining globally. Should investors be concerned about that? Brandon Dobell: There are a couple of angles to focus on here. Oil prices were strong in May, June and July, and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, as well as Russia, put stress on expectations for supply. On the heels of that, in recent weeks relatively weak economic data points have come out�out of Europe, in particular. For investors in the U.S., let's call oil prices a mixed bag.
Thursday, September 04, 2014 -
Soros Signals Argentina’s Shale is Biggest Place to Be
One of the world's legendary investors is upping his bet on Argentina's shale oil and gas industry in a show of confidence for shale production in South America's largest unconventional prize --and a big boost for both supermajors and smaller players making big waves in the heart of new discovery areas. George Soros has doubled his stake in YPF SA, the state-owned oil company in Argentina, which sits atop some of the world's largest shale oil and gas resources, and is about to get ev
Thursday, September 04, 2014
The Energy Report
  How is Doug Casey Preparing for a Crisis Worse than 2008? He and His Fellow Millionaires Are Getting
The Mining Report: This year's Casey Research Summit is titled "Thriving in a Crisis Economy." What is the most pressing crisis for investors today? Doug Casey: We are exiting the eye of the giant financial hurricane that we entered in 2007, and we're going into its trailing edge. It's going to be much more severe, different and longer lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009. Investors should be preparing for some really stormy weather by the end of this year, certainly in 2015. TMR: The 200
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Richard Mills - Ahead of the Herd
A Coming Adoption of Forward Looking Valuation
In a very recent article titled ‘Cloud Revenue Cycle Management’ I introduced you to Certive Solutions CSE – CBP. Over the past week since I published ‘Cloud Revenue Cycle Management’ Certive has put out two news releases… and added 22 new hospital clients, and thereby a clear path to a significant increase in projected cash flow per month! The first release, dated August 26th was in regards to a four hospital system zero balance revenue share contract. Zero Balance recoveries represent on
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 -
Why The Debate Over Energy Storage Utterly Misses The Point
The debate over which energy storage technology will prove to be the best in the long-term is woefully misguided. Many technologies have been tested in the field or been fully installed, but their real-world applications have created constant questions around a number of fixed themes: the three-points concern cost, technology, and potential environmental impact, as well as the need for specific regulation and end-of-life management. Here, engineers have run into the dilemma of energy s
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
The Gold 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
Saturday, August 30, 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 -
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