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A Defensive Portfolio Is the Best Offense: Paolo Lostritto (04/30/2012)

Paolo Lostritto, mining equity research analyst with National Bank Financial, attributes development companies' current struggles to both the recent trend for capital and operating cost increases and to the European sovereign debt crisis. But there are opportunities as long as investors look for companies with free-cash-flow growth and solid balance sheets. In this exclusive Gold Report interview, Lostritto shares some names of companies that have these attributes.

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Dollar's Slide Fuels QE Speculation (04/30/2012)

"The dollar's slide was compounded on Friday after preliminary gross domestic product data showed the U.S. economy had slowed by more than expected in Q112, leading to speculation that the Fed might embark on a third round of quantitative easing."

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A Return to Real Money (04/30/2012)

"There is no doubt that the Fed is, first and foremost, looking out for the special interests of its shareholders, the banks, insurance companies and securities firms."

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Europe's Gold Miners Getting Their Hands Dirty Again (04/30/2012)

"With the entire Eurozone feeling the pinch of austerity measures and jobs in scarce supply, put-upon politicians are looking increasingly favorably on industries that can provide employment, including mining."

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Rare Earths Riches Could Give Canada Competitive, Political Advantages (04/30/2012)

"Canada's REE richness could transform it from being the U.S.'s unassuming neighbor into a powerhouse in terms of political leverage and influence, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce suggests."

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It Takes More Than Being a China Hawk to Produce Rare Earth Metals (04/30/2012)

"Continued delays to developing REE projects show that there will be more to establishing a balanced rare earths supply than mere anti-Chinese rhetoric."

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An Impasse in the Iran Crisis (04/30/2012)

"Official Tehran continues to convey an impression that the sanctions are having no effect on either Iran's ability to sell its crude or entice foreign companies to enter into projects. However, the arguments are ringing hollow."

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India's New Uranium Operation Could Host One of World's Largest Reserves (04/30/2012)

"For a country that has been importing uranium to fuel its nuclear power plants from across the world, the commissioning of the mine has been hailed as a significant step to help fill the void."

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Iran's Customers Start to Drift Away as Oil Sanctions Loom (04/30/2012)

"E.U. and U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's oil export revenues have yet to come fully into force but have already led countries and companies to take steps to reduce their purchases of crude from the Islamic Republic."

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Catastrophically Successful Life Extension (04/30/2012)

"Our lives will be profoundly affected by emerging biotechnologies that will push maximum healthy life spans up much faster and further than ever before."

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ER Doctors Face Quandary on Painkillers (04/30/2012)

"The frequent prescription of narcotics in emergency departments for dental pain has been quantified for the first time by research financed by the National Institutes of Health, bringing to light another way opioids get into circulation and contribute to the rampant abuse of painkillers in the United States."

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Do Central Banks Still Love Gold? (04/28/2012)

"Central banks around the world continue to prepare for currency devaluations by purchasing gold."

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The Top LNG Export Projects in Canada (04/28/2012)

"Shipping LNG to Asia is not just a great opportunity for Canadian producers, it's a necessity. U.S. gas production is expected to stay strong—and prices low—for years."

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Invest in Africa Now: Nana Sangmuah (04/27/2012)

Last year, Africa was the region that witnessed the strongest growth in gold-mining operations. In an exclusive interview with The Gold Report, Nana Sangmuah, managing director of research with Toronto-based Clarus Securities, expects that trend to continue and suggests some immediate smart investments in Ghana, Mali, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Palladium, Nickel Seen Gaining from China Consumption Shift (04/27/2012)

"Aluminum, nickel, palladium and gold may benefit from China's shift toward consumption-driven growth from an economy fueled by investment, while agricultural products are set to lag behind, according to Barclays Capital."

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US House Bill Aims to Reduce Permitting Process (04/27/2012)

"'In a world in which the competition for mineral resources is increasingly fierce, America can no longer afford to benignly neglect a permitting process that stalls investment-threatening raw materials shortages and downstream economic activity,' National Mining Association CEO Hal Quinn told a House subcommittee."

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Chinese Yuan to Become Key Commodities Currency (04/27/2012)

"Chinese customers and end-consumers such as refiners and fabricators now typically pay for imports with dollars, but bankers at a Financial Times commodities conference in Switzerland think that will change, possibly quite rapidly."

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Yukon, Nunavut Witness High Growth in 2011 (04/27/2012)

"The Yukon saw 5.6% growth amid record levels for gold and silver exploration. In Nunavut, where output of gold and silver ore mining increased for a second consecutive year, GDP rose 7.7%."

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Gold Traders Get More Bullish as Central Banks Hoard More (04/27/2012)

"Gold traders are more bullish after central banks expanded their bullion reserves and hedge funds increased bets on a rally for the first time in three weeks."

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Gold's Delicate Balancing Act (04/27/2012)

"One big factor that has radically altered gold's supply cadence is an actual loss of one of its major sources. Just in the last couple years gold supply from central-bank sales has completely dried up. In fact, the CBs have since become substantial net buyers of the metal."

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Three Words Sum Up Recent Markets (04/27/2012)

"Market behavior over the past few months can be summed up in three words: China, Gold and Apathy."

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Fed Crystal Ball: Clear or Cloudy? (04/27/2012)

"To many, the Federal Reserve and its monetary policies seem mysterious and ill-defined. How do they decide on a policy that sees the necessity for near-zero interest rates for the next two years?"

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Investing in Biotech Stocks: The Buyout Binge Continues (04/27/2012)

"The biotechnology buyout deals just keep coming, meaning those investing in biotech stocks have scored some juicy profits, with more on the way."

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Down-Under Energy Opportunities: Ivor Ries (04/26/2012)

Most investors may not have Australian resource companies on their radar screens, but that doesn't mean that there aren't some great opportunities worth pursuing Down Under. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Ivor Ries, utilities and energy analyst at E.L. & C. Baillieu Stockbroking Ltd., one of Australia's oldest securities firms, describes the challenges faced by energy-related companies in his country and how they are taking advantage of the opportunities available both at home and in the U.S., Canada and South America.

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Tap into Low-Risk Biotech and Specialty Pharma for Growth: Steven Palmer (04/26/2012)

The somewhat obscure specialty biotechs and pharmas seek to add value by giving new life to older technologies and molecules. President and Chief Investment Officer Steven Palmer of AlphaNorth Asset Management embraces this strategy to generate exceptional returns while mitigating some of the risks inherent in drug development. In this exclusive interview with The Life Sciences Report, Palmer shares favorite life sciences names that could offer huge returns.

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There's Always Money in Midstreams (04/26/2012)

"As long as you plant yourself in the middle of the supply chain, you're going to make some money."

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Gold & Silver: Ben Bernanke Overshadows FOMC Minutes (04/26/2012)

"Some may attribute the stable inflation outlook as a bearish signal for precious metals, but this could actually provide the Federal Reserve with more room to provide further easing, despite the option being labeled as 'off the table' by some observers."

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Gold, Recession and Why Britain Is Winning the Currency War (04/26/2012)

"One way of looking at gold's long-run price behavior is to view it not as a commodity, but as a currency. Gold's bull market over the last decade or so can thus be viewed as one currency (gold) gaining value against its central bank-issued counterparts."

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Gold Reacts to Fed (04/26/2012)

"More than likely, gold's next line of defense will be at $1,671/oz and good support will be down at $1,640/oz, as gold works its way higher in spite of the price suppression."

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Pharma & Biotech Stock Outlook (04/26/2012)

"With most of the big pharma companies already facing or likely to face patent challenges for their blockbuster products, the companies have been looking toward M&A and in-licensing activities to make up for the loss of revenues that will arise with key products losing patent exclusivity."

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Equities Will Catch Up to Higher Gold Price: Matt Badiali (04/25/2012)

Ongoing inflation pressures and China's investments in the African gold supply chain point to a higher gold price, according to Matt Badiali of Stansberry & Associates. Bullion in all its forms belongs in every portfolio and when it comes to equities, investors have their choice of business models—dividend payers, prospect generators and royalty companies. In this exclusive Gold Report interview, Badiali outlines companies whose equities should catch up to the higher gold price.

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Gold Stocks: Where Is the Bottom? (04/25/2012)

"The share prices of gold and silver mining companies achieving consistent growth can be expected to rebound vigorously when confidence in metals prices firms."

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Gold's B-Wave Bottom (04/25/2012)

"I think the next momentum move is about to begin in the sector most overlooked and least expected by investors: the mining stocks."

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Is This the End of the Consolidation in Gold, Silver and the Miners? (04/25/2012)

"We are actually near a bottom in precious metals and miners. A turnaround should be coming sooner rather than later."

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A Return to the Gold Standard or Gold Behind Currencies, Part 5 (04/25/2012)

"A gold swap allows the lender of currency to benefit from greatly reduced credit risk, as the gold can be held in an allocated account, usually at the Bank of England via the B.I.S. The currency deposit is secured with this gold throughout the life of the deposit."

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Computing the Best High-Resolution 3-D Tissue Images (04/25/2012)

"Real-time, 3-D microscopic tissue imaging could be a revolution for medical fields such as cancer diagnosis, minimally invasive surgery and ophthalmology."

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Natural Gas: Why It's Time to Stop Shorting the Commodity (04/25/2012)

"As natural gas has continued its massive decline, a number of investors (myself included) have hopped into short positions, allowing most to receive handsome profits in recent weeks."

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Get Natural Gas 'for Free' After Massive Selloffs: Porter Stansberry (04/24/2012)

Stansberry & Associates Investment Research Founder Porter Stansberry envisions a future that is anything but rosy, but savvy investors may find solace and security against the crippling inflation he expects. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, the popular publisher talks about opportunities in the beaten-down natural gas industry, where investors with good timing have the opportunity to get natural gas "for free" following massive selloffs. He also discusses some niche energy plays that offer great ways to book profits in a market that has many analysts scratching their heads.

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Rare Earth Juniors Have a Five-Year Window: John Kaiser (04/24/2012)

John Kaiser, editor of Kaiser Research Online, sees 2015–2020 as a critical time for rare earth projects. Any later, he argues, and companies who have not reached production will be out of the game. In this exclusive Critical Metals Report interview, he profiles promising juniors in the space with the "full spectrum" of rare earth deposits and details how end-users like Toyota are leapfrogging the market to secure the elements they need most.

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Why Rick Rule Is Excited About This Gold Market (04/24/2012)

"After a reasonably long period of sustained and occasionally dramatic escalations, commodity markets in general and precious metals markets in particular have declined. This is normal and healthy behavior, even if it is uncomfortable for some market participants."

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Golv Vs. Fiat Currencies (04/24/2012)

"It was a challenging quarter for gold due to a pullback in March, but gold prices still finished 8.6% higher to reach $1,662.50/oz by the end of the quarter. Furthermore, gold continues to perform well against all fiat currencies."

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Gold and Silver Enter Period of Low Volatility and Disinterest (04/24/2012)

"It appears that gold and silver could have a few more months of consolidation before the next big move can develop. Summer is naturally a period of low volatility when these metals make lows, so be patient and keep your eyes out for bargains and a potential final low in the summer."

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Amgen Kicks Off Week of Big Biotech Earnings (04/24/2012)

"It's imperative that each company meets sales and profit targets for the past quarter, but investors are particularly interested in updates on drugs being developed as they represent future growth."

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Large-Cap Miners Underperforming Juniors and Silver Stocks (04/24/2012)

"During a bull market's final phase, it experiences widespread participation, increasing valuations and increasing speculation. The current relative strength in the speculative areas of the sector (juniors and silver stocks) is a harbinger of things to come."

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Indicators Predict Gold Trend to Continue: John LaForge (04/23/2012)

Many forces influence the gold markets today, sometimes producing confusing indicators of what may lie ahead. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, John LaForge, commodity strategist at Ned Davis Research Inc., talks about the numerous and sometimes not-so-obvious factors that he considers in his research and how they influence the gold markets and, ultimately, mining shares. As long as there is no significant improvement in the world monetary situation and real interest rates don't rise dramatically, he believes the gold price trend remains positive and gold stocks should shine brighter.

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Navigating Gold Equities During the Weakest Quarter: Barry Allan (04/23/2012)

Barry Allan, vice chairman of Mackie Research Capital Corp.'s mining group, is guarded about gold equities from March to May, statistically the weakest period. However, Allan remains bullish on gold stocks through the end of the year and has Buy recommendations on more than 70% of his coverage universe. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, Allan points to where he's finding value during this period of seasonal weakness.

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Bullion Refiners Stocking Up for Europe (04/23/2012)

"Gold bullion refiners have been stocking up on small gold bars popular with European gold buyers in preparation for an escalation in the Eurozone crisis."

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Weighing the Evidence of Oil and Gold Stocks (04/23/2012)

"Today's extreme divergence in oil and gold stocks and their underlying commodities presents a rare opportunity: What these stocks need now are investors to take advantage of it."

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The Oil Constriction Heats Up this Summer (04/23/2012)

"The constriction in oil availability will not hit all oil sector shares the same way. There are four overriding elements in what is coming."

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The Permian Basin Oil Play Unleashed (04/23/2012)

"The Permian is bursting with new resource plays—what's old is not only new again, but pistol hot."

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AstraZeneca's Big Drug Deal (04/23/2012)

"The acquisition will give the company access to a number of promising drugs, including a developing treatment for gout, a condition that causes joint inflammation."

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Coal Industry Stock Review (04/23/2012)

"High-quality, ultra-low-sulfur-dioxide coal is in huge global demand due to stringent government regulations on emissions standards."

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Earnings Incoming, Strap In (04/22/2012)

"MLP performance was varied this week, but the large caps did very well, so the MLP index was up 1.8%, slowly gaining on the S&P 500."

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How to Speculate Your Way to Success: Doug Casey (04/20/2012)

So far, 2012 has been a banner year for the stock market, which recently closed the books on its best first quarter in 14 years. But Casey Research Chairman Doug Casey insists that time is running out on the ticking time bombs. Next week when Casey Research's spring summit gets underway, Casey will open the first general session addressing the question of whether the inevitable is now imminent. In another exclusive interview with The Gold Report, Casey tells us that he foresees extreme volatility "as the titanic forces of inflation and deflation fight with each other" and a forced shift to speculation to either protect or build wealth.

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Gold Needs to Reclaim $1,700/oz for Renewed Buying (04/20/2012)

"We would expect liquidation selling of gold below $1,600/oz. We do not see fresh buying emerge until we can reclaim the $1,700/oz level."

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China's Commodities Drag (04/20/2012)

"The bottom line is irrational China fears have indeed been a drag on commodities in recent months."

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Gold and Silver Miners Put Real Money Where Their Mouths Are (04/20/2012)

"While it may appear to be all doom and gloom in the mining stocks, the companies themselves are signaling better days ahead."

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Select Biotech Winners in Advance of ASCO Conference (04/20/2012)

"Any time a company is expected to present healthy data at ASCO, the speculation over FDA approval, buyout, and game-changing findings can jet stock prices going into the conference."

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Electrifying Biotechnology: A Shot at Shocking Profits (04/20/2012)

"The discovery of reversible electroporation revolutionized biotechnology research. Cracking open a cell's pores allows researchers to get stuff into cells they weren't able to before."

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Gilead Sciences' Hepatitis Drug in Spotlight (04/20/2012)

"Both medical and investor communities will scrutinize results from an experimental, next-generation treatment for the liver-destroying virus hepatitis C."

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Get Your Natural Gas Shopping List Ready: Eric Nuttall (04/19/2012)

Natural gas is cheap, but it's going to get cheaper. Eric Nuttall, lead portfolio manager of the Sprott Energy Fund, expects the bottom to fall out of the natural gas market as soon as this summer. But he's not all doom and gloom. In fact, he argues that natural gas is about to give investors the buying opportunity of the decade. In addition, Nuttall forecasts spectacular growth for oil-weighted juniors. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, he urges investors to get their shopping lists ready for a massive sale in natural gas names.

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Deep Value Found in Small Medtech: Jason Mills (04/19/2012)

Medical device companies need to demonstrate four qualities to be good investment ideas, according to Senior Medical Devices Analyst and Managing Director Jason Mills of Canaccord Genuity. In this exclusive interview with The Life Sciences Report, Mills shares his precise criteria and pinpoints specific growth names that are trading at value levels.

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Mining Welcomes Canada's Planned 'One Project, One-Review' Permitting Process (04/19/2012)

"The Harper government's plan to streamline major project review at the federal level, while leaving smaller project permitting to provincial regulators is garnering support from the Canadian mining and energy industries."

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QE3 and the Looming Danger of Currency Wars (04/19/2012)

"If Fed officials' assurances of continued support for the U.S. recovery have released feel-good endorphins among wishful thinkers on Wall Street, their subtle admissions that QE3 is not off the table may equally have sent central bankers of emerging market countries into a cold sweat."

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What's Up with Dr. Copper? (04/19/2012)

"Copper will need to reverse from the current levels and investors will need to embrace that risk."

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A Return to the Gold Standard or Gold Behind Currencies, Part 4 (04/19/2012)

"Gold is money when nothing else is, particularly at the government level. If a national currency collapses, the gold in the nation's central bank does not."

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Gold Performance Improves Despite Headwinds (04/19/2012)

"Gold ended Q112 8.6% higher in London, at $1,662.50/oz; the World Gold Council described the quarter as being 'eventful' and, despite increased volatility in capital markets, the metal achieved rising prices in all major currencies, with yen investors benefiting most."

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Gold Continues to Look Bearish (04/19/2012)

"All the problems that will ultimately drive gold higher are there, but timing is important and right now the trend is down. Until the trend turns up, treat the market as short-term bearish."

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Nixon, Gold and Oil (04/19/2012)

"For the very first time in our history, all money, all currencies, are now fiat. The U.S. dollar used to be gold backed and it was the rock all the world's currencies were anchored to."

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Five Ways to Play Heart Health (04/19/2012)

You almost never hear an analyst say his sector is trading at a significant discount across all market caps. But when I interviewed Senior Analyst and Managing Director Jason Mills of Canaccord Genuity for The Life Sciences Report, that was his evaluation of the cardiovascular space in medtech. A negative environment can certainly create opportunity, and Mills says specific medtech stocks are trading at "trough levels" not seen since the technology meltdown of 20012002.

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Gold:Platinum Ratio Suggests Much Higher Gold Prices Are Coming Soon (04/18/2012)

"The gold:platinum ratio supports significantly higher gold prices over the coming months."

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More Central Bankers Find Gold Attractive (04/18/2012)

"The majority of reserve managers at the world's central banks consider gold a more attractive investment than last year, while they are wary of euro exposure, according to a new survey by Central Banking Publications."

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Cambodia, Once Secret, Is Now Open for Business: Richard Stanger (04/18/2012)

Resource investors are always looking for the next untapped region and Richard Stanger thinks he has found it. President and founder of the Cambodian Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, Stanger has been working to get the word out about Cambodia, a growing, stable country with the right geology for some big discoveries. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, Stanger gives an insider's view of the secrets to investing in Cambodia and explains why he's expecting a land rush.

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Nuclear Energy Accidents May Become a Thing of the Past (04/18/2012)

"Thorium proponents suggest that molten salt reactors that burn such fuels won't meltdown because, unlike today's high-pressured units, they are low pressured."

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Is It (Finally) Time to Buy the Solar Industry? (04/18/2012)

"High oil prices haven't yet turned solar stocks around, so what catalyst will finally move solar power off of its lows?"

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The Radical Change in Asia's Coal Market (04/18/2012)

"The narrowing of coal's trading window is a natural extension of a market maturing, with participants moving toward a more effective trading period and a true spot market."

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Finally, the US Paves the Way for the Sabine Pass (04/18/2012)

"This will be another major step in a reversal for the natural gas prices over the next few years."

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Syria Selling Gold Reserves as Sanctions Bite (04/18/2012)

"Two gold traders in the United Arab Emirates said the Syrian government had been offering gold at a discount, with one saying it was making offers at about 15% below the market price."

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WTO Suit Won't End China's Rare Earth Monopoly: Jeffery Green (04/17/2012)

Washington misses the point about rare earth element supply, says Jeffery Green, founder of J.A. Green & Co. With the Departments of Energy, United States Trade Representative and Department of Defense each approaching China's near monopoly from different angles and Congress more divided than ever, it takes an expert like Green to illuminate the structure of this complex global market. In this exclusive interview with The Critical Metals Report, Green explains the fragmented policy developments in this space and pending WTO action, arguing that the U.S. needs to develop a domestic supply chain in order to remain competitive.

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Tap Profits in the Growing Graphite Market: Simon Moores (04/17/2012)

Graphite is the Next Big Thing for resource investors, but as in any sector, due diligence is a prerequisite for success. Enter Simon Moores, graphite market specialist with Industrial Minerals in London. In this exclusive interview with The Critical Metals Report, he explains why graphite is "the perfect mineral," why we're still going to be talking about it years from now and which companies to watch in this emerging industry.

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Denison Mines, Energy Fuels to Merge into Leading Pure U.S. Uranium Producer (04/17/2012)

"Energy Fuels and Denison Mines have entered into CA$106 million all-stock transaction which allows Energy Fuels to acquire all of Denison's U.S. mining assets and operations."

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Domestic Oil Production Is Bullish for Americans: Evan Calio (04/17/2012)

For Morgan Stanley Analyst Evan Calio, a challenge is really an opportunity, at least when it comes to finding discounted equities in the oil and gas space. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, he explains why the distribution bottleneck that is causing a historically wide price differential between WTI and Brent is actually an opportunity for refiners and Americans everywhere.

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A Return to the Gold Standard or Gold Behind Currencies, Part 3 (04/17/2012)

"The questions gold investors have to ask themselves is: If the days of the dollar are numbered, how will gold be used in the monetary system that follows? Will there be a global monetary system that all nations subscribe to or will the monetary world fragment?"

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What the 'Real' Oil:Gas Ratio Says About Natural Gas Stocks (04/17/2012)

"Intermediate natural gas weighted stocks in Canada are valued higher—sometimes a lot higher—than oil stocks, despite oil being worth 35 times more than gas."

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Will Illumina Reject Roche's Raised Takeover Bid? (04/17/2012)

"Shareholders of the San-Diego based Illumina seem to be collectively siding with their board, which has already rejected two bids from Roche."

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Superior Biotechnology Leads to Superior Drugs (04/17/2012)

"Revolutions in our understanding of the genome and proteome are opening up new pathways toward vanquishing the cancer foe."

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Geothermal Steams Forward, Under the Radar (04/17/2012)

"Geothermal plants can take as long as eight years to construct and developers need stable, long-term policy that they can rely on throughout that period. But the industry has shown no sign of slowing."

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North American Potash Inventories Rise in March (04/17/2012)

"North American potash inventories at the producer level, a key indicator of market sentiment, rose surprisingly in March ahead of the region's spring planting season."

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Gold, Silver and Copper Investing Strategies and M&A Ideas: Vishal Gupta (04/16/2012)

Precious and base metal companies both have to obey the basic laws of physics and economics to be profitable. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, geologist turned analyst Vishal Gupta of Fraser Mackenzie shares names of small-cap companies that could successfully take advantage of unique mineralogy to produce profitable mines.

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Grade Is King for Gold Investors (04/16/2012)

"It seems gold investors have money to spend but are decidedly becoming more picky about what they choose to invest in and are seeking higher quality projects."

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Euro Crisis Back as Spanish Yields Spark 'Renewed Market Panic' (04/16/2012)

"Gold bullion prices traded just below $1,650/oz for most of Monday morning's London session, well within the past month's range, as European stock markets edged higher while commodities fell."

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Italy's Gold Exports to Switzerland Soar (04/16/2012)

"Italy exported 120 tonnes of gold to Switzerland in 2011, an increase of 65% on 2010."

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The Five Main Obstacles to Energy Policy (04/16/2012)

"A 'drill, baby, drill' approach will not wean the country from an almost exclusive reliance on traditional energy. Nor is it as simple as passing the magic wand of government subsidies. It most definitely is not going to be business as usual."

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Does Gold Ever Pay? (04/16/2012)

"Like earning interest on cash, gold bullion has indeed proven itself a decent investment under Warren Buffett's definition."

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Election is 'More Heat than Light' on Energy (04/16/2012)

"Bill White, who served as deputy secretary of energy during the Clinton administration, says the U.S. is on the road to energy independence largely 'due to the industry itself and not the government.'"

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The Wireless Revolution Hits Medicine (04/16/2012)

"The digital world has been in a separate orbit from our medical cocoon, and it's time the boundaries be taken down."

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Are Gold Stock Fundamentals Still Bullish? (04/16/2012)

"We seek to understand if the poor performance of gold stocks is a harbinger of things to come or if it is an example of a major correction in an ongoing bull market."

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Got Liquids? (04/14/2012)

"A sharp decline in the 10-year interest rate helped MLPs outperform this past week."

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Treating Depression with Electrodes Inside the Brain (04/14/2012)

"The procedure, called deep brain stimulation, targets a small brain structure known as Area 25, the 'ringleader' for the brain circuits that control our moods."

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Silver Miners Building for Breakout: Chris Marchese (04/13/2012)

The health of the U.S. economy may not be quite as robust as some government statistics indicate and more stimulus could be on the way, despite what the Fed may be saying. Regardless of which way the economy goes, Chris Marchese, contributor to The Morgan Report, tells us in this exclusive interview with The Gold Report that precious metals will go higher as investors seek protection from the effects of monetary policies that don't work. In the process, he expects that greatly undervalued mining shares of silver producers will again shine in the eyes of investors and highlights several of his favorites at current bargain prices.

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Bearish Channel Escaped as Gold Heads for Weekly Gain (04/13/2012)

"Yesterday, gold prices jumped 1.6% during U.S. trading, holding onto most of those gains during Friday's Asian session, despite the release of lower-than-expected Chinese growth figures."

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Gold and Silver Wait Patiently for More Easing (04/13/2012)

"Surveys continue to debate whether or not the Fed will provide additional easing, but gold and silver, the time-tested safe havens of the world, wait patiently as the inevitable devaluation of fiat currencies take place around the world."

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Gold Prices Headed for $2,000/oz (04/13/2012)

"Gold's current dip is a buying opportunity before the precious metal bottoms."

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Natural Gas Companies: A Contrarian Bet on Higher Prices (04/13/2012)

"With ample stores and cheap prices, natural gas-related equities have taken a beating. While it is always difficult to call a bottom, the tide may be turning for natural gas companies despite the latest data."

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Junior Resource and Biotech Investing Share Profit Potential (04/12/2012)

Several Casey Research publications focus on the junior resource sector because this is a prime speculative market—one where individual investors can still turn a small amount of money into a fortune, provided they bring the proper tools to the table. Yet resource juniors by no means stand alone. Biotechnology is another good market for speculation. In fact, despite the very different science and economics at work, the biotech and junior resource sectors share some interesting traits. Investors will find a lot to like in both.

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Brazil's Biofuel Boom: Mark McHugh (04/12/2012)

Believe it or not, industry experts see biofuels accounting for up to 25% of global energy consumption by 2050. With this long-term vision in mind, Mark McHugh, president and CEO of consultancy firm CenAm Energy Partners SA, assesses the current biofuel industry from his base in Brazil, the seat of the growing industry. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, McHugh explains why specialized energy feedstocks are the solution to current technological and political growth constraints, predicting that biofuel investment returns may rival historic fossil fuel profit ratios.

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Vaccine Therapies Hold Promise for Investors: Stephen Dunn (04/12/2012)

Developing vaccines to treat and/or prevent disease promises life-changing benefits for patients and unique opportunities for investors. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, LifeTech Capital Senior Managing Director and President Stephen Dunn discusses the roadblocks encountered by some developers of immune therapies and how other companies are working around those obstacles, producing investment opportunities in the process.

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Canadian Juniors' Cash Holdings Look Fat as Market Caps Sink (04/12/2012)

"Cash highs may support an emerging sentiment among analysts that, on the whole, the junior market is oversold. Meaning: it could be time to invest in some juniors."

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'Useless' Gold Overtakes Platinum (04/12/2012)

"Gold's relative lack of industrial use makes it a far better defense against the kind of economic turmoil suffered since our financial crisis broke in mid-2007: platinum is up 24%; gold is up 153%."

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A Return to the Gold Standard or Gold Behind Currencies, Part 2 (04/12/2012)

"Today we face the two almost compensating forces of inflation and deflation. When they strike together, it appears that stability is achieved, with low net inflation and low net deflation. But this is a dangerous balancing act that can, after a while, turn very mercurial."

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Playing the Immune System for Profit (04/12/2012)

I had an opportunity to pose some questions once again to Stephen Dunn who is president and senior managing director of research at LifeTech Capital, a division of Aurora Capital, which has a presence in growth hotbeds India and China. LifeTech is one of those boutique investment banks that researches small-cap stocks that need capital and attention. The firm specializes in biotech and medtech, and it really does get an opportunity to get inside little companies to know the people and to understand the science. Dunn gets to do things that he wouldn't get to do in a bulge-bracket banking environment, and after 25 years in his industry he has done nearly everything, including negotiations for intellectual property agreements to product deals, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. . .

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Graphite Has Surged 250% (04/12/2012)

"Now is the time to take advantage of the graphite bull. Prices for the mineral have surged 250% in the past few years thanks to a number of factors."

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Gold Equities Gaining Credibility: Doug Groh (04/11/2012)

While gold equities continue to trail the gold price, junior stocks are gaining traction according to Doug Groh, co-portfolio manager and senior analyst with Tocqueville Asset Management. He believes investors should not let the market's risk aversion keep them out of a stock picker's market. The trick, Groh reveals in this exclusive Gold Report interview, is to pick managements, not jurisdictions.

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Gold Steadies as Italy, Spain Face Higher Borrowing Costs (04/11/2012)

"Gold hovered near $1,600/oz as European stock markets recovered some ground following yesterday's losses."

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Can Russia and China Break the Gas Supply Price Deadlock? (04/11/2012)

"Chinese natural gas demand is expected to continue to strengthen in the next decade, and part of its needs could still be met by Russian imports despite the continued deadlock over a pricing policy."

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The Keystone Pipeline Fallout: Canada Makes Over a Billion New Friends (04/11/2012)

"You can forget about energy independence for now. Without Canadian oil, it is nothing but an American pipe dream. In the wake of the Keystone pipeline decision, Canada has decided to play ball with China instead."

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Sell in May and Go Away? (04/11/2012)

"Market action in 2012 is saying strongly that would be the wrong track for investors."

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Investing in Graphite's Growth: Kevin Puil (04/10/2012)

As the boundaries of technology continually expand, so does the demand for graphite. With uses developing and supply mainly controlled by China, prices for graphite should continue to climb, says Kevin Puil, senior analyst for the Encompass Fund and portfolio manager with San Francisco-based Malcolm H. Gissen & Associates. In this exclusive interview with The Critical Metals Report, Puil shares some junior miners set to soar alongside demand.

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Sweet Spots in a Patchy Oil Price Landscape: Frank Saldana (04/10/2012)

A variety of geopolitical, economic, technical, regulatory and transportation factors are having some confusing effects on U.S. prices for oil, natural gas and gas by-products. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Frank Saldana, senior E&P energy analyst at C. K. Cooper & Company, explains how these various factors impact the domestic producers of oil and gas products and talks about several attractive investment opportunities in the current market environment.

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For Gold to Rise, Physical Buyers Must Return (04/10/2012)

"Despite weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs numbers out last week and renewed hopes of QE3, analysts say that the physical market needs to return if gold is to start re-gathering momentum."

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Managing Expectations: Why Gold Should Thrive (04/10/2012)

"Investing, like life, is about managing expectations: Even throughout gold's decade-long rise, price action over the short term can go both ways."

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A Return to the Gold Standard, or Gold Behind Currencies, Part 1 (04/10/2012)

"The concept of quantitative easing is similar to devaluing the dollar against gold, but taking worthless assets that banks depended on for backing their credit and replacing them with freshly printed ones."

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Weight Loss Stocks Race to End the Obesity Epidemic (04/10/2012)

"The economic burden of obesity is estimated to be 10% of total health care costs, with projections continuing to grow as the obesity epidemic spreads. For investors, that means weight loss stocks are poised to gain."

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Breaking the Mold of Oncology Drug Development (04/10/2012)

"Looking at all oncology products on the market, it is striking to note how each targets a single factor in the complex processes that control tumor growth and invasion. It is almost like attempting to stop traffic in a city by blocking a single avenue: It only slows down traffic but doesn't stop it completely."

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On Estimating Rare Earth Reserves (04/10/2012)

"The NI 43-101 approach to mineral-resource classification provides greater transparency on the early stages of project development with a rigorous reporting framework that is missing under the SEC guidelines."

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Fatty Acids Fight Cancer Spread (04/09/2012)

"Tiny agents found in omega-3 could potentially be used to block the path of primary cancer tumors, preventing the advance to secondary-stage cancers."

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Gold Stocks: Timing Your Next Purchase (04/09/2012)

"For now, we will hold fast and continue to look for absolute bargains. Try to be patient enough to wait for the real deal."

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Failed Bottom in Gold Stocks Initiates Start of Capitulation (04/09/2012)

"It is more than obvious that the market is likely to make a V bottom. The good news is the market likely will be substantially higher six months and one year after the low."

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Stocks Have Reached the Euphoria Stage (04/09/2012)

"My best guess is that we will see a sharp selloff over the next two to three weeks, followed by a sharp rebound (QE3?) that may or may not move stocks to marginal new highs."

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Gold Prices Are Set for Further Decline (04/09/2012)

"The real question has become when and where will the dollar top? When the dollar tops and gold finds a major bottom, the potential for a monster move higher will become likely."

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Never Mistake Intelligence for a Bull Market: George Ireland (04/09/2012)

George Ireland, portfolio manager with Boston-based Geologic Resource Partners, believes in seeing what he invests in and his passport bears witness: 80 countries visited in five years. From Africa to Argentina, from gold to lithium and graphite, he and his team seek out companies with experienced management, promising geology, good infrastructure and strong cash flow. Ireland shares his views on issues facing the mining industry in all corners of the world in this exclusive Gold Report interview.

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Coal Stocks Are Historically Cheap—Here's What You Need to Know (04/09/2012)

"With a torrent of factors dragging the industry down, can coal make a comeback? Let's look at what's the matter with coal, why it doesn't matter in the big picture, and how you can make some money on the rebound."

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Why You Should Invest In Natural Gas (04/09/2012)

"Companies and funds that focus on natural gas producers and extractors stand to gain a fair amount of ground in coming years as pipelines and productions skyrocket."

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Nanotechnology Used to Hunt for Hidden Pathogens (04/09/2012)

"The new nanoparticle-based technique may be used to detect microbes that have challenged scientists for centuries because they hide deep in human tissue and are able to reprogram cells to successfully evade the immune system."

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Biotech Stocks: How to Invest in the Buyout Binge (04/09/2012)

"The very same problem that has big pharma execs wringing their hands is also creating one of the biggest profit opportunities we've seen in years."

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Studies Suggest that When It Comes to Drug Development Success, Size Matters (04/09/2012)

"Studies have come to the conclusion that biologics hold better prospects than traditional small molecules of advancing all the way from the lab to the clinic to the market."

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The Generic Drug Boom (04/09/2012)

"Many popular and profitable medicines are nearing the end of their patent-protection periods. As blockbusters begin to face competition from generics, big pharma stands to lose."

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Gold Juniors Available at Bargain Prices: Brien Lundin (04/06/2012)

What do the gold market and the weather have in common? You can forecast both, but predict neither, according to Brien Lundin, chief executive of Jefferson Financial and publisher of Gold Newsletter. Lundin, who also organizes the New Orleans Investment Conference, isn't focusing on if there will be rain or sun in the market, he told The Gold Report in this exclusive interview. He's slowly accumulating juniors on the cheap that have big news in the forecast.

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What Lies Ahead: A Perfect European Storm (04/06/2012)

"The energy component of Europe's economic picture is punctuated by one overarching fact: Oil and natural gas, the two dominant energy flows, must be secured from somewhere else."

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Small-Cap Ideas with Double-Digit Growth Potential: Frederick "Rick" Wise (04/05/2012)

You can own large medtech and diversified medical supply companies for low volatility and incremental upside in a trending economy (yawn. . .), but small- and mid-cap companies offer the real double-digit growth possibilities. In this exclusive interview with The Life Sciences Report, Analyst and Managing Director Frederick "Rick" Wise of Leerink Swann shares small-cap ideas that could wake up investors' portfolios.

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Oil Distribution Hiccups Will Be Resolved: Alistair Toward (04/05/2012)

North America's oil and gas landscape is a crisscrossed map of distribution bottlenecks and price discrepancies. Nonetheless, opportunities abound for investors who know where to look, says PI Financial Analyst Alistair Toward, who expects a probable buildout in oil and gas "plumbing" to resolve North America's current distribution woes. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Toward discusses companies that are benefiting from low natural gas prices, naming several light and heavy oil producers on his radar. Even in troubled markets, he argues, investors should not stop searching for the Next Big Thing.

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Where (and When) to Place Your Investment Bets? (04/05/2012)

"If you arrange to buy gold on the 13th and silver on the 15th of each month, or on Tuesday for either metal if buying weekly, your cumulative gains stand a statistically greater probability of being slightly higher."

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Call This Financial Repression? Really? (04/05/2012)

"Our current freedom to buy gold is very new, along with the wealth of alternatives, both domestic and foreign, open to anyone daring to take control of their money instead of lending it to government or paying a pension fund manager to do the same."

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Into the Green: Lithium (04/05/2012)

"With the rechargeable battery industry and consumer electronics driving demand, forecasters believe lithium's price could as much as double in value in the near future."

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E&P MLP Acquisition Boom Continues (04/05/2012)

"I expect MLP M&A activity to continue to be high, as well-capitalized explorers and producers will have the ability to pick up properties."

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Beautiful Music from Small Medtech (04/05/2012)

I was already aware that the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) produced the world's greatest musicians, but I didn't know that great sellside analysts were also minted there. Managing Director Frederick "Rick" Wise of New York City-based Leerink Swann is a proud MSM graduate, and he likes to say that he took the "classical route" to Wall Street. "I believe music was great preparation for being an analyst," he says. "I've been deciphering symbols and interpreting them and conveying the bottom line to people on a stage."

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Junior Miners Building for a Rebound: Jordan Roy-Byrne (04/04/2012)

The turnaround in precious metals prices and mining shares has been slower in coming than most analysts and investors have expected. This has certainly not deterred Jordan Roy-Byrne, publisher of The Daily Gold Premium, from searching for and uncovering some of the situations he expects to provide winning returns. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, Roy-Byrne discusses a couple of new gold and silver names with near-term production in the works.

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The Federal Reserve Did It Again to Gold Prices (04/04/2012)

"Once again, the markets made large moves based on the Fed's word of mouth, this time to the downside."

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Is It Safe to Start Buying Gold Stocks Yet? (04/04/2012)

"Should gold hold the $1,620/oz area and rebound past $1,691/oz, you will see gold stocks take off."

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Emerging Trends in Critical Metals: Richard Karn (04/03/2012)

While markets do not always reward every deserving company, quality deposits carry an intrinsic value. That's why Richard Karn, managing editor of The Emerging Trends Report, advises investors to "buy the resource" over the stock. In this exclusive Critical Metals Report interview, Karn shares some companies with deposits worth their salt.

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Big Picture, Small Cap Investing: Jim Letourneau (04/03/2012)

Examining the macro-economic environment is how Jim Letourneau, publisher of the Big Picture Speculator, likes to begin his stock-picking process. However, his understanding goes beyond headline news to reveal surprising investment themes with profit potential. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Letourneau talks about the hype and commodity investment cycles and where to dig for blue-sky stocks.

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Why Saudi Arabia Is Trying to Talk Down Oil Prices (04/03/2012)

"The sooner energy consumers realize that the oil reserves are a scarce and depleting resource being carefully managed by producers like Saudi Arabia, the sooner energy consumers will look for different sources of energy. The Saudis don't want oil users looking for other suppliers."

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Antibody Offers Hope Against Cancers (04/03/2012)

"In a potential breakthrough for cancer research, Stanford immunologists discovered they can shrink or even get rid of a wide range of human cancers by treating them with a single antibody."

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Game Changer for Gold and Stocks (04/03/2012)

"Non central banks are buying gold as well as the central banks. This is in preparation for a upcoming total acceptance of gold as a first-tier asset for reserve ratios."

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Will Gold be Part of the Emerging World's Future Monetary System? (04/03/2012)

"With the emerging world starting to build an alternative system to that of the Western world, the times ahead are likely to be turbulent, uncertain and volatile. It's in this climate that gold acts as an anchor, a stabilizer and helps to keep the flow of international money going."

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Alternative Energy Stock Outlook (04/03/2012)

"Going forward, we expect to see a paradigm shift from a market hoisted by growing governmental/institutional support to one of stable growth."

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The Decline and Fall of the US Dollar (04/02/2012)

"Gold will always remain international money completely free of national markings. It is the one 'currency' that can be exchanged that is trusted between enemies."

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Avoid These Energy Sector Investment Traps (04/02/2012)

"Successful investing is based on comparing good information about hundreds of companies and selecting those that stand out. But comparisons only work when each candidate can be examined across a standard set of parameters."

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Australian Gold Offers Good Protection: Richard Karn (04/02/2012)

Richard Karn, managing editor of The Emerging Trends Report, has been in Australia investigating precious and specialty metal projects for over two years. He likes what he sees. In this exclusive Gold Report interview, he reveals that in an environment where the U.S. dollar continues to lose its purchasing power, Australia and its gold offer good protection against what he sees as a "global pandemic of corruption."

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Australian Gold Offers Good Protection: Richard Karn (04/02/2012)

Richard Karn, managing editor of The Emerging Trends Report, has been in Australia investigating precious and specialty metal projects for over two years. He likes what he sees. In this exclusive Gold Report interview, he reveals that in an environment where the U.S. dollar continues to lose its purchasing power, Australia and its gold offer good protection against what he sees as a "global pandemic of corruption."

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China to Officially Launch Rare Earth Association April 8 in Beijing (04/02/2012)

"More than 100 Chinese rare earths exploration, mining and processing companies have reportedly been invited by the central government to attend the official launch of China's rare earth association."

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Technology Improves Neural Imaging, Human Brain Research (04/02/2012)

"A new cost-effective neural imaging system allows researchers to make much more complex maps of the brain with just one camera and one imaging system."

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Genetic Sensor Boosts Biofuel Production (04/02/2012)

"A genetic sensor enables bacteria to adjust their gene expression in response to varying levels of key intermediates for making biodiesel. As a result, the microbes produced three times as much fuel."

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With or Without "Obamacare," Healthcare Stocks Are Headed Higher (04/02/2012)

"With the bill's fate up in the air, major players will have to devise new strategies for either outcome."

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Early Third-Party Testing Benefits Medical Devices Producers (04/02/2012)

"Early engagement of third-party testing partner yields significant benefits to medical device manufacturers."

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Personal Gene Mapping Has Its Limits (04/02/2012)

"The costs of whole genome sequencing are plummeting, making the test more accessible to more people, yet the ability of the test to provide useful information to patients has not been studied quantitatively."

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Chasing Cheaper Cancer Drugs (04/02/2012)

"A new model that takes advantage of the highly specific nature of modern targeted therapies could slash drug development timelines and costs."

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Why Graphite Stocks May Continue To Outperform In 2012 (04/02/2012)

"Graphite is rapidly earning a new recognition as a component in the latest clean energy technologies such as the lithium-ion battery, fuel cells, pebble bed nuclear reactors and vanadium-redox batteries."

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Did Gold Stocks Bottom Last Week? (04/01/2012)

"Considering the extreme negative sentiment and our technical work, we believe the market made an important long-term low last week."

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Orphan Drugs: Small Is the New Big (04/01/2012)

"Big Pharma is used to thinking big, but more and more companies are turning to the rare diseases category and to conditions that affect patient groups with populations less than than some small towns."

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