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There may be blood in the streets, but in today's market, the tribulations of junior miners could represent a boon for investors. With gold prices testing and retesting the bottom, and despite his dour outlook on the future of global economics, newsletter publisher Greg McCoach tells The Gold Report that to survive the endgame, investors should both hold gold and seek out stock in explorers with solid prospects.
The Canadian government could be doing more to fund REE academic and industry research and development, says a Canada House of Commons report.
Silver Prices Stay Strong, Set Pace for Gold (06/27/2014)
"This month silver has performed well, bringing in 12.3% returns since it bottomed out at the end of May."
"The recent trend in healthcare M&As has many benefits, not least of which is the ability to reach a wider range of people who depend on the drugs and treatments the industry delivers."
"US oil production is soaring. And it will continue to soar as companies find innovative ways to extract it more economically. The shale energy boom is only going to get bigger."
With 400 million more people set to get on the grid in India alone, smart investors will profit from new demand for all kinds of energy. In this interview with The Energy Report, Frank Holmes and Brian Hicks of U.S. Global Investors share some of their favorite ways to build a diversified portfolio that takes advantage of opportunities large and small, domestic and international.
Piper Jaffray's Charles Duncan Addresses Pot Shots (06/26/2014)
Early-stage biotech is a risky investment, but some bets are safer than others. Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. is doing high-stakes experimental work in both preventive and therapeutic medicine, addressing HIV, cancers and pre-cancers. The company's lead clinical program is in Phase 2 and a data readout is imminent, which has made the stock both volatile and an easy target for critics. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Senior Biotechnology Analyst and Managing Director Charles Duncan of Piper Jaffray & Co. addresses some of the criticisms that overhang the stock.
According to Lawrence Roulston, the continuing woes of the junior gold sector present a tremendous opportunity to those with the knowledge, savvy and will necessary to take advantage. In this interview with The Gold Report, the publisher of the Resource Opportunities newsletter showcases three companies with management teams that never relent in adding value to their projects.
The Best Reasons to Own Gold (06/25/2014)
The most simple and compelling argument for owning gold for the average investor is to diversify a portfolio.
6.1 Trillion Reasons Not to Short Shale (06/25/2014)
"Drilling technologies have allowed us to extract oil and gas directly from the source rocks, or shale… and reversed a nearly 40-year decline in oil production."
As romantic as the idea of the gold explorer who strikes it rich in lightning fashion is, the far more common tale is one of hard work and persistence. For investors, that means doing due diligence to search out the likely success stories. In this interview with The Mining Report, Brent Cook of Exploration Insights shares the telltale signs of success he looks for in the junior gold, phosphate and uranium sectors and discusses the synergies that stand to benefit some recent mergers.
Chen Lin doesn't get attached to stocks, only to profits. The author of What is Chen Buying? What is Chen Selling? buys low, sells high, then tells his subscribers what he's doing and why. In this interview with The Energy Report, Lin describes a recent success and explains his high expectations for two oil and gas producers. Savvy investors: Pay attention.
Tesla Motors makes the most sought-after electric cars in the world. The cars run on advanced electric batteries and Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to build those batteries in America. Tesla has dubbed its $5-billion pet project the "Gigafactory," and it could be up and running by 2017, prompting the need for battery-grade materials like graphite, lithium and cobalt. In this interview with The Gold Report, Simon Moores, manager of industrial minerals data with London-based Industrial Minerals, helps readers sort out the critical materials investors should keep an eye on.
"For perspective, there were 5.4B cell phones on the planet in 2009. By the end of this year, estimates are that there will be 8B. It's going to take a lot of palladium for the world to keep talking, texting and tweeting."
Three Ways to Spot Bad Biotech Data (06/20/2014)
"Biotech is (for the most part) a game of chance that has a lot to do with luck. However, I do believe that investors can significantly improve their chances of a win with just a rudimentary understanding of clinical trial data and how it is viewed by doctors and the FDA."
Junior explorers and producers may be at the mercy of market forces, but an opportunistic management team can control its own destiny by capitalizing on industry opportunities. In this interview with The Energy Report, Randall Abramson, president, CEO and portfolio manager at Trapeze Asset Management Inc., tells the story of how one junior company cleaned up on an asset the majors overlooked. He also shares compelling oil and gas names from Canada to Tanzania.
Forecasting when we'll have a cure for cancer remains beyond the predictive powers of researchers and investors. But forecasting the focus of the latest American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting was in the cards: Immuno-oncology took center stage. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Medical Technology Stock Newsletter editor John McCamant describes the excitement surrounding this rapidly evolving sector, and names big pharma and small biotech players conjuring potential game-changers.
Two Cancer Stocks Take Shots on Goal: Echo He (06/19/2014)
Oncology is king in biotech. Patients must be put on one drug, and then another, followed by another, as the disease progresses and becomes resistant. Multiple drugs will always be necessary, meaning multiple opportunities for drug companies. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, analyst Echo He, formerly with the Maxim Group, serves investors two cancer drug picks that have been battered but are hot for a comeback.
Close your eyes. Imagine India growing and importing gold again freely. China and the U.S. investing in infrastructure. What would that mean for commodities? In this interview with The Gold Report, U.S. Global Investors CEO Frank Holmes outlines the developments that could move us toward that vision and the impact that scenario could have on gold, diamonds and steel.
"For now, oil exports and southern production are not impacted by the ISIL movement, but the fall of the Baiji refinery today does increase concerns over the growing turmoil in the country."
Michael and Chris Berry are back for The Mining Report's second annual father-son interview in honor of Father's Day. While they don't agree on everything, they are aligned on the importance of disruptive discoveries to help companies succeed even in a sideways market. Flexibility and selectivity are their long-term strategies in any sector, from precious metals to commodities to rare earths.
The LifeSci Startup with 'The Ultimate App' (06/17/2014)
"What if when you went into a grocery store, a smartphone app could tell you which foods you were about to purchase might make your specific body sick—or which might prevent illness?"
Commodities from coal to gold once traded in close correlation, but today the graph looks helter-skelter. This means Philip Richards of RAB Capital has had to think on his feet when choosing names for his company's Special Situations Fund. In this interview with The Gold Report, Richards explains how commodities markets have changed in recent years, and he lists companies of interest in the gold, silver, nickel, vanadium, zinc and oil and gas sectors.
"Despite some limited potential weakness in the very near term, the global picture for base metals looks to be heating up from both a supply and demand perspective."
Will Gold Continue Its Rebound Rise? (06/16/2014)
"All things considered, it looks more like 2015 could be the year of a strong change to the upside."
You may not have thought to look northward for biotech innovators, but Bloom Burton & Co. cofounder and President Brian Bloom can show you some truly hot Canadian companies with compelling skill sets and pipelines. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Bloom talks about his firm's upcoming conference and presents a detailed picture of four very interesting companies that could return doubles, triples or more.
Known for his saying that "the first billion is the hardest," oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens addressed the Stansberry Society Conference in Dallas at the end of May with a plea for a national energy plan that takes advantage of the millions of barrels of oil being produced each day in the U.S. for domestic use. First addressing the audience, and then in conversation with event host Porter Stansberry, followed by an all-star energy investing panel, the Pickens Plan advocate was optimistic about the prospects for growing the country and individual investment portfolios through smart use of natural resources.
Bill Bonner's Brickburn Asset Management is located in Calgary, the financial brain of booming oil and gas plays in Western Canada. Bonner knows the reputations of the local managers, the geological promise of oil and gas field rigs, and how production for export is being pumped up as Asian companies with deep pockets throw tons of money at small producers. In this interview with The Energy Report, Bonner shares 10 names where these stars align.
"Investors like us love ASCO because of the so-called 'ASCO Effect'—a hefty surge in cancer-focused biotech stocks that always accompanies the start of this meeting."
"When following major energy development projects like pipelines or LNG plants, it's important to watch for sales and purchase agreements (legally binding contracts) and final investment decisions."
"Silver plays a major roll in technology today. From everyday gadgets to healing wounds, this precious is an important part of modern life."
Lackluster gold should find some of its sparkle in the second half of 2014, according to Joe Foster, fund manager at Van Eck Associates. The prospect of loosened import and tax restrictions in India is one potential catalyst, and stabilization in the exchange-traded funds is another positive. He shares with The Gold Report his perspective on the likely state of merger and acquisition activity in the gold equity space this year, and discusses companies positioned to ride the upswing.
"We are aware that this downtrend has existed for almost four years and has tested the patience of the most ardent bulls, however, that's not a reason to hit the acquisition trail with gusto."
Even as demand rises steadily, the world's largest non-Chinese tungsten mine will be exhausted by next year. So investors should be lining up to fund new mines, right? Not a bit of it, says analyst Mark Seddon of Tungsten Market Research. In this interview with The Mining Report, Seddon argues that a supply shortage could mean much higher prices, leading to handsome profits for those companies that get to market soonest.
Renowned investor Peter Lynch once said, "The person who turns over the most rocks wins the game." All resource investors should be turning over rocks, but who has time to track hundreds of companies, to visit projects, to meet with management? The Gold Report has asked Sprott's Rick Rule, Canaccord Genuity's Joe Mazumdar and Oil & Gas Investments Bulletin's Keith Schaefer to identify a select group of natural resource companies they feel are poised to make a move before the end of the year. We will be tracking these precious metals and oil & gas companies with game-changing catalysts on the newly launched Natural Resources Watchlist.
Tesla's Gigafactory: The Critical Minerals Impact (06/06/2014)
"At a time when supply chain security, transparency and responsibility are becoming central concerns for both manufacturers and consumers, IM Data discusses Tesla Motors' plans to build the world's biggest lithium-ion battery plant and the impact it could have on demand for critical minerals: graphite, lithium and cobalt."
Stephane Foucaud sees a very positive period for the international E&P sector on the horizon. Cash is flowing back into the sector in spite of the unstable politics of some producing countries. In this interview with The Energy Report, the managing director of institutional research at FirstEnergy Capital reveals what he looks for in an investment candidate and where you can find promising opportunities in oil and gas.
The recent pullback in biotech shares has not changed the time-tested theory of investing in small-cap drug development companies. Good or bad data will continue to move shares. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, ROTH Capital Partners' Senior Research Analyst Joseph Pantginis presents five biotech names with varying timeframes for market-moving data that could provide huge upside for investors willing to do some homework and understand the growth proposition.
When progress is made in drug development, value is created. Investors recognize that progress by purchasing shares in companies when milestones—which act as catalysts—are met. The Maxim Group's Senior Managing Director and Head of Healthcare Jason Kolbert lives by catalysts, and urges his investor clientele to understand there is no other reason to buy a stock except in anticipation of new information that creates value. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Kolbert discusses six names that have immense regenerative power for portfolios.
Secrets of the Strategic Investors (06/04/2014)
How do you calculate ROI on investment conferences? They often require travel expenses, time away from the office and some eating of rubber chicken with mysterious sauces. But the right conference can result in a whole new way of looking at your portfolio. To evaluate the recent Altegris/Mauldin Strategic Investment Conference in San Diego, The Gold Report asked attendees for their insights on the major themes from thought leaders such as Former Speaker of the House of Representatives and host of CNN's Crossfire Newt Gingrich, Gluskin Sheff + Associates Chief Economist David Rosenberg and Hoisington Investment Management Executive Vice President Lacy Hunt.
Thoughts from the Frontline writer John Mauldin captured some of the debate waged from the stage during the 2.5 days at the Altegris/Mauldin Strategic Investment Conference when he said, "Our economic future depends on a race between two accelerating curves—debt and innovation." Attendees saw much to fear and some glimmers of hope.
Ricardo Carrión and Alberto Arispe of Peru-based Kallpa Securities have a boots-on-the-ground view of the politics, legal battles and investment climate for precious metals mining in the Andes. In this interview with The Mining Report, Arispe and Carrión detail the new, positive developments afoot in this region and explain why investors should get involved now, before the rest of the world catches on.
Your Personal Gold Standard (06/03/2014)
"If you think that the value of paper money will be in some jeopardy, or confidence in paper money may be lost, one way to protect yourself is by buying gold, and there's nothing stopping you."
Growth for the sake of growth is over, but that doesn't mean mergers and acquisitions in the mining space are finished, says Ian Parkinson, director of equity research-mining with GMP Securities L.P. Parkinson expects a fresh round of takeover bids for underperforming single asset producers and developers that could move the needle for state-owned enterprises and multinationals. In this interview with The Gold Report, we picked Parkinson's brain for some likely targets.
Gold Prices Bounce from 4-Month Lows (06/02/2014)
"Trading more than 4% down from this time last week, gold prices rallied off $1,241 per ounce as European stock markets followed Wall Street's Friday finish to reach new record and multiyear highs."
|"A licensing deal for PMN's PMN310 could come in as early as 2018."|
|"KBLT brings immediate exposure to high cobalt prices and expectations for further price increases owing to rising demand from the battery space."|
|"In 2017, TXR made new gold and base metal discoveries at Yellowknife."|
|"SEA's 2018 winter drill program at Courageous Lake will initially test up to seven targets with sufficient strike and width continuity within 200m of surface; this will be followed by infill drilling to support a resource estimate."|
|"VIVE's 2018 revenue guidance was largely in line with our estimate."|