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The Life Sciences Report's Biotech Watchlist, introduced in January 2013, is composed of 17 companies that industry analysts felt showed promise for the coming year—companies with productive pipelines, good management and stock-moving catalysts on the horizon. The new year presented legitimate prospects for portfolio growth and, indeed, that has been the case. In this update, we summarize the current status of Watchlist companies and introduce our Portfolio Tracker, showing the status of each company in real time.
Chen Lin, author of What is Chen Buying? What Is Chen Selling?, goes wherever he sees returns. In the summer, he bought mining stocks when the yellow metal hit $1,200 per ounce. Now, he's trading in his gold names and moving into the fracking space after a three-year hiatus. In this interview with The Energy Report, Lin names the companies he's buying to play a likely energy sector bottom and tells investors to actively manage their portfolios in the coming stock-picker's market.
Carbon Is the Problem: Is Graphene the Solution? (10/31/2013)
"The search is on to find a better material than silicon—one that is much more energy-efficient and less likely to produce waste heat."
Gissen and Berol's Gold Stock Tricks and Treats (10/30/2013)
No matter how elaborate an investor's Halloween costume is, the gold space isn't handing out much in the way of treats this year. While Encompass Fund Managers Malcolm Gissen and Marshall Berol don't agree on the timeline for gold's recovery, they have faith that it will come. In the meantime, their focus is on companies that are in production, generate cash flow and have top-notch management teams. They also dig into their treat bag for names in the energy sector and other metals in this interview with The Gold Report.
What Not to Do When Investing in Miners (10/30/2013)
"Precious metals miners are the most volatile stocks on earth. They're so volatile that investors often forget that underneath those whipsawing stock prices lie real businesses. But even many of those who consider themselves old pros in natural resource investing tend to get one thing wrong. Eric Angeli, an investment executive with Sprott Global Resources and protégé of legendary resource broker Rick Rule, explains how not to fall into the 'top-down' trap. . ."
"The world is still using the raw materials and components with one of the basic designs that built the first commercial nuclear power reactor more than a half-century ago."
Uranium prices and mining stocks are low, but market forces will push them both higher in the next 12–24 months, says David Sadowski. Miners are jockeying for position and the Raymond James mining analyst tells The Mining Report to expect mergers and acquisitions as they prepare for the good times to come. The market's supply glut will be gone by mid-decade, and mining will have to ramp up to head off a deficit by 2020. The time to buy is now.
The bear market in precious metals equities will end soon, says Jordan Roy-Byrne, editor and publisher of The Daily Gold Premium, perhaps even by the end of the year. But the rising tide will not lift all juniors equally. In this interview with The Gold Report, Roy-Byrne explains why bottom-fishing is a bad idea and why the savvy investor must find companies that will not just survive but thrive when the bears become bulls.
Investors Are Holding Gold as Fed Turns Dovish (10/28/2013)
"Gold last week enjoyed its strongest rise in almost three months, adding 2.6% as silver rose 2.9%."
When Nuclear Energy Lights Every Home on Earth (10/28/2013)
"Sooner than you think, biology will be reprogrammed to 'grow' new energy."
"This is not to say that investors should necessarily avoid small or medium-sized clinical life science companies. The high risk comes with a high potential for return, although investors will probably have to spend a lot more time with their due diligence. Also required is a strong stomach for the volatility of these stocks."
Patrick Cox, editor of the brand-new publication Transformational Technology Alert, is acutely aware of how transformational technology platforms can enable efficiencies and improve scale a la Moore's Law. A sweeping new synthetic vaccine platform that poses infinite possibilities for researchers and could produce novel preventive and therapeutic drugs is a quintessential example. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Cox delivers a single name that holds the potential to save lives on a mass scale, cheaply and efficiently, in both the developed and developing world—and deliver health and wealth to investors' portfolios as well.
James C. West: Positive 2014 Outlook for Oil and Gas (10/24/2013)
James C. West, lead oil services and drilling analyst at Barclays, sees incredible growth ahead for oil production around the world. In this interview with The Energy Report, West explains how likely constitutional change in Mexico will spur momentous industry growth, along with new deepwater targets opening up in offshore China. Meanwhile, decent commodity prices and economic improvement in Eastern Europe are creating powerful oil price tailwinds. But the best news in North America. Find out which companies are positioned to thrive in the year ahead.
There are no easy answers in this market. Companies and investors alike have to hunker down and make tough calls, but that doesn't mean companies and investors can't make money, even in the short term, says Kerry Smith, a research analyst with Haywood Securities. Smith and Haywood's staff geologists narrow their sights on small companies cheaply exploring for beaten-up commodities. In this interview with The Gold Report, Smith reveals some fresh names, as well as perennial favorites on Haywood's quarterly round-up.
3 Reasons Gold Could Scream Higher (10/23/2013)
"After faking a move lower, gold futures have broken above resistance, posting the first higher low since early July. This could be a significant short-term bottom—especially since it was preceded by a false move lower."
It could be 2017 before the commodity supercycle is evident again, but stormy weather in the mining space has a silver lining: It is encouraging miners to develop new, innovative approaches to their business. In this interview for the first edition of The Mining Report, John Kaiser of Kaiser Research Online outlines 10 strategies that are setting certain companies apart. Discover the companies that are redefining their business, as well as miners with the goods in the ground to continue come rain or shine.
4 Pharma Stocks Could Deliver Earnings Surprises (10/22/2013)
"New products are expected to support top line going forward. This, along with increased pipeline visibility and smart utilization of cash, should increase confidence in the sector."
Underappreciated companies and companies with management teams that have disappointed in the past can be opportunities to buy, not sell, says Derek Macpherson of M Partners. Don't be dazzled by flashy drill results, he advises. In this interview with The Gold Report, Macpherson says that investors are better to look for junior explorers with long-term vision, high grades and simple operations in good jurisdictions, and names eight companies that make the grade.
Deeply Oversold Gold Stocks Are Set to Soar (10/18/2013)
"Today the bears' primary rationalization against gold miners is the notion they can't earn any profits, which is a complete fallacy."
A Compulsion for Brain Science: Zack Lynch (10/17/2013)
Roughly a third of the world's population feels the burden of some type of brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerve disease: dementia, depression, compulsion, infection, trauma. Understanding the need for investment, awareness and public policy advocacy in finding solutions for these afflictions, Zack Lynch founded the Neurotechnology Industry Organization in 2006, and serves as its executive director. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Lynch makes a bullish case for a growing industry and discusses how he proposes to increase funding for neuroscience from both private and public sources, thereby increasing options for patients and opportunities for investors.
Alternative energy is a long-term investment, but returns are already rolling in, says Edward Guinness, co-manager of the Guinness Atkinson Alternative Energy Fund, which is up a whopping 67% year to date. Before you know it, rooftop solar could be as ubiquitous as mobile phones, and developments in wind energy are already creating a compelling value proposition for energy consumers—especially in Europe, where energy prices are high. Learn about the holdings driving growth for Guinness' fund in this interview with The Energy Report.
"Molten salt reactors could eliminate the problem of nuclear waste, and arranging vertical-axis wind turbines like 'a school of fish' could make wind farms more efficient, with a smaller land footprint."
The Other Precious Metal Can Double Your Money Now (10/17/2013)
"Even when the government isn't on the brink of financial suicide, palladium is in heavy—and growing—demand."
Now more than ever, investors simply can't afford to wish upon a star and hope the drill bits will deliver something; they need to focus on miners that have what it takes to get through the down times, says Thibaut Lepouttre, editor of Belgium-based Caesars Report mining newsletter. In this interview with The Gold Report, Lepouttre reveals the results of his search over five continents to find those juniors in gold, iron ore and tungsten that offer superior value.
Junior Survival Strategies for a Dismal 2014 (10/16/2013)
"A number of junior companies with Nevada gold exploration projects are in a position to survive the financing downturn if they are willing to employ certain managerial strategies."
Tom Szabo, an investment strategist and principal of MetalAugmentor.com, invests in miners with base metal, specialty metal and rare earth element projects because the market isn't quick to notice them—meaning it's easy to get in early on a great project. His Peerless system helps to identify opportunities based on unique attributes. So, which metals and rare earth companies are set to strike in this volatile market? Szabo doles out tips in this Metals Report interview and explains why he likes companies that have yet to achieve market favor.
Flash flooding in Colorado took a considerable toll, but there is always opportunity in crisis—this time, that opportunity lies in service companies. In this interview with The Energy Report, Jason Wangler, analyst with Wunderlich Securities, recounts how emergency service, information technology and small infrastructure-building companies have found a profitable niche in making oil and gas operations safer and more responsive in the event of disaster. He also tips us on some international plays with hidden values and a few firms with great risk/reward profiles in the domestic shale fields.
"We have compiled five of our best end of year, and long-term small-cap developmental biopharma companies we feel have an excellent chance to be long-term 'multibaggers.'"
Tom Szabo, an investment strategist and principal of MetalAugmentor.com, does not believe that you can judge all gold companies the same. Szabo uses the Peerless concept to rank companies qualitatively, but dynamically, as their circumstances change. In this interview with The Gold Report, Szabo discusses explorers, developers and producers that he believes are one of a kind.
Hot Alternative Energy Mutual Funds (10/14/2013)
"The most promising among the new options is power derived from the sea. A number of ocean power technologies may soon become commercially viable options."
The country may be going in the wrong direction, but born Libertarians Dr. Ron Paul and Casey Research founder Doug Casey are enjoying the power of sowing dissention by spreading ideas. In this interview at the Casey Research 2013 Summit in the wake of Ron Paul's keynote address, Casey tells The Gold Report why he believes the U.S. is looking more like ancient Rome in its final days and how he is planning for the coming crisis—in another country watching on his big-screen television.
The Gold Report sat down with three of the mythbusters-in-chief at the recent Casey Research 2013 Summit. Louis James, Marin Katusa and Rick Rule debunk myths that range from quantitative easing to crowdfunding, and touch on an array of resource sectors, including gold, platinum, palladium and oil. Get insights about the work investors need to do to succeed and learn why age matters.
Gold and America's Fake Default (10/11/2013)
"Gold just isn't working as advertised, in short, as U.S. default draws near."
The focus of most small biotech and pharma companies is on discovery—looking for that next breakthrough in gene therapy, diagnostics, drug delivery and the like. While Bio-Wire.com's Brian Wilson has explored and written about the possibilities in these fields, he sees potential outside the traditional discovery sphere, in companies focused on low-profile tasks like contract manufacturing services. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Wilson names one of his favorites in that space, and discusses a pair of companies using contract manufacturing services to advance their own development strategies.
LNG Exports: The $35 Billion Bull Invading Canada (10/10/2013)
In a remarkable interview with The Energy Report, Jason Sawatzky reveals the hottest new thing happening in the North American oil exploration and production space: the rush by major oil and gas firms to build LNG export facilities on Canada's West Coast. The AltaCorp Capital analyst points out that major oil and gas firms are not the only way to play West Coast LNG development, and investors should look very closely at Canadian oilfield services. The capital flowing into West Coast LNG is pumping up growth in the oilfield services industry too, with plenty of black gold to spread around.
"The U.S. geothermal industry, which has benefited significantly from government-supported R&D, is still growing thanks to global demand for U.S. technology overseas."
Greg McCoach Says Keep the Best and Dump the Rest (10/09/2013)
Greg McCoach, publisher of Mining Speculator newsletter, is not ashamed to admit he has taken a big hit in juniors in the last couple of years. What he has done in response is what he advises all investors to do in this interview with The Gold Report: Get rid of the also-rans and keep and build positions in those companies that have what it takes to gain in multiples when the market recovers. And he suggests six companies that could do just that.
How the 'Paper Market' Is Undermining Gold (10/09/2013)
"'The paper market for gold is ideal for speculative capital inclined to manipulate for purposes of maximizing year-end bonuses' says Hathoway."
Candlestick, head-and-shoulders, ascending triangle: If these phrases aren't familiar to you, you're missing out on major profit opportunities. Clive Maund, technical trader and editor of CliveMaund.com, shares the tricks of his trade in this interview with The Energy Report. Find out how to recognize potential price swings in commodities and stocks, and discover junior energy companies and ETFs with charts that scream "upside!"
An increasingly high-tech world is on the horizon, but technological revolution can't take place without the right materials, especially graphite and platinum group metals. This is where mining, one of the oldest industries in human history, comes in. In this interview with The Metals Report, Byron King, editor of the Energy & Scarcity Investor and Outstanding Investments newsletters, profiles companies poised to deliver graphite and platinum group metals to tech companies working to change the way we communicate, travel and harness energy.
Technical trader Clive Maund, the force behind CliveMaund.com, tells The Gold Report that the prolonged naked shorting of precious metals stocks has been immensely destructive to the sector and has left a battlefield littered with corpses, like the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The silver lining: He believes his charts are showing a Head-and-Shoulders bottom, which could signal an excellent entry point. That is good news for the companies Maund highlights, which he believes are strong enough to survive the onslaught.
Diversified Miners Pin Hopes to Iron Ore and China (10/07/2013)
"Record export figures from Western Australia's Port Hedland suggest iron ore miners BHP Billiton, Fortescue Metals and Atlas Iron are set to report strong quarterly earnings in the coming two weeks."
Blowback Investments from the Next Oil War (10/07/2013)
"Expanding Middle East conflict has the potential to drive global energy prices through the roof."
Biotech Companies Record Another Positive Quarter (10/07/2013)
"In all there were 27 public offering transactions generating $1.26 billion in the third quarter, with companies continuing to take advantage of their higher stock valuations and welcoming capital markets to raise funds for their operations."
If it is fall, it must be conference season in Colorado. The Denver Gold Forum, held Sept 22–25, was an invitation-only event billed as featuring seven-eighths of the world's publicly traded gold and silver companies measured by production. It was preceded by the Precious Metals Summit in Beaver Creek, which focused on smaller, emerging companies, some 90 of them with market caps of at least $20 million. Attendees included analysts, fund managers and institutional investors eager to hear updates on companies they own—or may want to own in the future. The Gold Report Publisher Karen Roche and Associate Publisher Jason Mallin were there and brought back this report.
What Gold Miners Are Thinking Today (10/04/2013)
"Having one-on-one conversations with numerous executives from gold companies is an invaluable way to evaluate the state of the gold mining industry."
Biotech companies are fiercely competing to create the newest and best miracle drugs using stem cell technologies. How can an investor spot the potentially victorious outliers amid the chaos of rival scientific claims? The failure rate of new product development in the only recently understood cell space is terrifying, but in this interview with The Life Sciences Report, analyst Vernon Bernardino of MLV & Co. reveals his formula for evaluating the strongest contenders. Bernardino also names five companies with products that may succeed in this new and competitive space.
If there's a gun on the table in the first act, it will be fired by the end of the play. The way legendary portfolio strategist Don Coxe sees it, the potential to bring on vast U.S. energy reserves is the gun. . .or is it a safety valve? Don Coxe tells The Energy Report that the fracked oil and gas boom has saved the U.S. from endless recession and explains why he remains bullish on China and Japan as sources of energy demand. Coxe also shares his preferred portfolio allocation ratios between industrial and financial stocks, bonds, metals and energy, with a weight on fossil fuels.
International uncertainty about conflict, growth and market transparency can make the world a scary place to invest your life savings. In this interview with The Gold Report, Windermere Managing Director Brian Ostroff focuses on North American gold and phosphate stories that offer an alternative to risky jurisdictions and can be profitable at even conservative resource prices. By understanding the unique supply and demand factors for each subsector, he isolates the opportunities that often get buried in the big, bad commodity basket.
Opining that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has put a stake in the heart of the dollar, Bob Moriarty of 321gold advises people to invest in something real or be prepared to see their investments go to money heaven. Attributing many of the declines in share prices to irrational behavior, he tells The Gold Report about several of the bright companies now selling at "absurdly cheap" share prices.
Forget Drillers: Better Oil Plays on the Cheap (10/02/2013)
"Midstream companies are the companies that transport and process the oil and gas flowing profusely from America's shale patch."
An economic recovery that isn't one. A civil war that isn't one. Cheap oil that is no more. According to Bob Moriarty, resources remain one of the few absolutes in the world. In this Energy Report interview, Moriarty explains why he's sticking to resources when many investors are turning to the mainstream markets, and shares long-term opportunities for shale oil in New Zealand and coal bed methane in Indonesia.
Industrial minerals like copper and nickel are essential to global economic expansion. But everywhere you look, grades are getting lower, and costs are getting much, much higher. Is there a way out? Rick Mills says mining companies need to look to Greenland. In this interview with The Metals Report, the owner and host of Ahead of the Herd.com lauds the world's largest island for its vast resources, its one-stop regulatory system and its year-round access to ocean transportation.
"After a series of financial setbacks and exhaustive regulatory deliberations, energy storage fed by renewables is set to earn a scalable role due largely to a new mandate in California and market rules and incentives in the PJM Interconnection."
3 Small-Cap Biotechnology Stocks Making Big Moves (10/01/2013)
"Investors have seen a tremendous rally in the biotechnology industry. Many stocks have been participating in the rally, but there have been a few that are especially standing out because of performance and/or new announcements."
|"GRG offers significant upside in a rising environment for gold and silver."|
|"PGLC's Relief Canyon is primed for production and we expect it will be one of the next projects to enter production in Nevada."|
|"KDX has a legitimate shot to vault itself into the ranks of mid-tier gold producers."|
|"BAR's Martiniere continues to look enticing as a gold exploration and discovery story."|
|"Ramp-up is going extremely well at TV's Caribou: the operation is already cash-flow positive, after only one quarter of commercial production."|