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Stem cell research is controversial, little understood by both the public and the legislators who set the framework governing it. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Tory Williams of the Alabama Institute of Medicine describes how her patient advocacy group is working with research institutes to advance stem cell science and provide the early-stage funding and contacts that researchers and young companies need to grow and prosper.
Are you ready for $74 per barrel oil? In this interview with The Energy Report, RBC's John Ragozzino tells us he's anticipating a V-shaped oil price recovery that could bode well for upstream master limited partnerships, the companies that invest in oil and gas assets and have been hit hard by lower prices. He has followed MLPs through the highs and lows, and he knows which had the strength to hedge at the right times and which are liquid enough to take advantage of growth opportunities that could be right around the corner.
A weak national currency is bad news for importers and consumers but good news for exporters, such as miners. According to Australian analyst Duncan Hughes of GMP Securities, the 24% drop in the value of the Aussie dollar versus the U.S. dollar means that local gold producers can produce big margins even at US$1,200/ounce gold. In this interview with The Gold Report, Hughes names two Aussie gold miners with great cash flow, as well as several with projects in Africa, and he highlights nickel and copper companies that can expect to flourish when prices rise, as he expects they will.
Drug discovery and development has gotten harder and more expensive, but the advances and technologies that whipped the market into a frenzy 15 years ago finally appear to be bearing fruit.
Ryan Castilloux's State of the REE Market Address (04/28/2015)
We are five years into this new market for rare earths: five years that dawned with higher rare earth elements prices, that unfolded with a new generation of publicly listed junior resources companies with REE properties and projects, and that saw a vicious bear market spread across the domestic and global mining sectors. But soon we will turn the page, says Ryan Castilloux, founding director and market research analyst with Adamas Intelligence, following a price rally for magnetic REEs that could regenerate investor interest and further buoy the sector. In this interview with The Mining Report, Castilloux discusses four REE projects that continue to advance, as well as companies making strides with REE extraction and separation technologies.
Hold the Nickel Price Elation (04/28/2015)
"For even the moderately bullish scenario to come to bear, it will be critical to see steel demand show signs of life this year—at least not drop off more than expected—in China and beyond."
The Big Opportunity in US Energy Right Now—and Why (04/28/2015)
"Despite the downturn in rig counts, there are a lot of Drilled-but-Uncompleted wells that will get fracked before the rig count turns up."
Randall Abramson, CEO/portfolio manager with Toronto-based Trapeze Asset Management, says that picking stocks can be like picking strawberries. If a strawberry looks terrific, other than a tiny blemish, you simply remove the blemish and enjoy the rest. But if the fruit turns out to be rotten, the entire strawberry is for the birds. Is the stock price below fair market value because there's a little blemish and the market is overreacting? Or is it a sign that the stock is rotten to the core? In this interview with The Gold Report, Abramson offers a fistful of small- and large-cap gold equity names for investors that can look past the blemishes to see quality fruit.
There's a new kind of incubator in town. The Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) is a Canadian nonprofit that fosters hands-on association between academia, government, industry and investors to grow stem cell and regenerative medicine companies from the ground up. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, CCRM President and CEO Michael May guides us through the process that brings ideas out of academia and adds the essential nurturing elements to get startups off the ground and into commercial development. Along the way, he mentions a few names that may interest investors.
The market analysis tools used by Randall Abramson of Trapeze Asset Management Inc., suggest that the broad market has been fairly valued for about a year. But by applying apples-to-apples metrics to companies in the energy sector, Abramson has found specific equities trading well below their estimated appraised values. By the end of 2015, Abramson predicts oil prices will rise back to $70 per barrel or more, and undervalued energy equities should propel toward fair value. In this interview with The Energy Report, Abramson pinpoints some unloved energy companies poised for the rebound.
Björn Paffrath, fund advisor, mine financier and chief-editor of Cashkurs Gold newsletter, says there are headwinds ahead for the gold sector but refuses to shy away. In general, he says investors want well-managed, low-cost producers with moderate headline risk that can run for one or two more years at lower gold prices. In this interview with The Gold Report, Paffrath lists equity names on three continents that are building toward better times, perhaps as soon as 2016.
Ebola Vaccine Leaps Phase 1 Hurdle (04/22/2015)
"The Canadian National Microbiological Laboratory's new vaccine is licensed to NewLink Genetics, which in turn has licensed it to Merck. In two Phase 1 studies, the vaccine produced antibodies in volunteer subjects."
As the political and financial pressures on fossil fuels mount, investors are starting to explore the renewable energy space with an eye toward reaping its potential. Rupert Merer analyzes that growing energy sector for National Bank Financial and tells The Mining Report why betting on the future of renewables is a prudent strategy for profit growth.
Gold Mining Stocks Get a Boost from M&A Activity (04/21/2015)
"Investors in gold mining stocks have a great catalyst for profits right now: increased deal-making among gold mining companies."
The weeding out of the good deals from the bad deals has now begun to restore a balance to Saskatchewan, which maintains the promise of a highly attractive final frontier in which smart management makes all the difference.
Kal Kotecha, founder and editor of Junior Gold Report, says now is the time to be buying resource stocks, especially gold equities. He says the TSX Venture Exchange is the most decimated market in the world and the index will rebound to well beyond 1,000 in the next 12 to 24 months. In this interview with The Gold Report, he lists several gold and oil equities, some with near-term production narratives, others with longer-term potential.
The Common Man: The Case for Copper and Zinc (04/20/2015)
"The only bright spots, according to recent forecasts, appear to be in base metals such as copper and zinc."
Australia will always be known as a trove of natural resources, but its most precious treasure is the abundance of entrepreneurs who are all too happy to develop the country's intellectual assets. Shane Storey, head of research at Australia-based Wilson HTM Investment Group, observes that as the market value of resource commodities declines, investors are diverting investment capital to healthcare stocks, especially in the medical technology sector. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Storey presents three names that don't come close to their long-term fair valuation potential. The upside, he believes, could be quite dramatic.
Australia has a lock on a significant portion of the world's uranium reserves. Patersons Securities' Simon Tonkin is the go-to man for analyzing the Australian energy markets. In this interview with The Energy Report, Tonkin tells us how the uranium investment space works—and which junior explorers in Australia, Africa and North America look attractive as the price of yellowcake continues to stabilize.
If you don't like what people are saying about you, change the conversation. Derek Macpherson, an analyst with Toronto-based M Partners, covers three companies that are up over 30% year-to-date—and he believes those companies are performing because they got the market's attention by changing the conversation. In this interview with The Gold Report, Macpherson says companies that can change their narrative on the fly—and deliver—will inevitably perform. Macpherson covers some performers and others that he expects will perform in H2/15 and beyond.
Nuclear power is enjoying a renaissance, and the world will soon need more uranium. Up to 50% more within a decade, says Joe Reagor of ROTH Capital. In this interview with The Mining Report, he explains that the share prices of uranium juniors remain low because the uranium spot price has not yet risen to reflect the increased demand just around the corner. This provides a great opportunity for canny, long-term investors, and Reagor identifies four companies that have the means to profit from the inevitable need for their product.
Christos Doulis, mining analyst with PI Financial, hopes for the best but plans for reality. The bear market in precious metals is well into its fourth year and could persist into 2016. In this interview with The Gold Report, Doulis says he remains hopeful that this is the year things take a positive turn, but in case we see more of the same, he recommends a few low-cost producers with saintly management teams that keep delivering on promises.
Biotech Winners Outnumber Losers in Q1/15 (04/10/2015)
"M&A continues to define this peer group, making inexpensive biotech assets as rare as hen's teeth."
Smart energy investors pay attention when Dundee Capital Markets' David A. Talbot speaks. With decades of experience as a geologist and financial analyst, Talbot knows his game. He puts his muddy boots on the ground, always visiting a mine before recommending a buy. In a wide-ranging interview with The Energy Report, Talbot opens Dundee's basket of well-positioned uranium mining firms—all well-managed companies that will pump out riches as the uranium price stabilizes.
It's the daring Phase 2-stage molecules of today that will bring patients a generation of biotech drugs that could cure certain deadly diseases tomorrow. The candidates that succeed will also energize the portfolios of investors who have exercised patience. Jason Kolbert of New York City-based Maxim Group relishes finding early-stage, cutting-edge, small-cap names that he believes will change the paradigm of medical practice. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Kolbert shares a list of favorite biotechs developing products that will command premium pricing and sustained performance in the marketplace.
Eric Muschinski, editor of the Chicago-based Gold Investment Letter, says that investing in a bear market is not about picking the absolute bottom—it's about accumulating your favorite companies regularly and averaging in at massive discounts. In this interview with The Gold Report, Muschinski lists some highly undervalued equities and tells investors to get more aggressive, especially this summer, when he believes the bear could go into hibernation.
"The life sciences industry is undergoing a tectonic shift due to regulatory changes and a growing focus on patient outcomes. In response, leading companies are using divestments as a fundamental tool in their growth strategy."
Where can investors turn when global quantitative easing and the Energizer Bunny of dollars is crushing commodity prices to within an inch of the junior miners' lives? In this interview with The Mining Report, Disruptive Discoveries Journal writer Chris Berry suggests dedicating yourself to understanding the technologies and paradigm shifts that can lower costs, and participating in the growing electric car and energy storage battery markets. He names some of the innovative companies that are finding new ways to separate the most valuable resources and enter the supply chain before it is too late.
The four-year-long bear market in metals stocks has resulted in an historic opportunity for investors, says Rick Mills, the owner and host of Ahead of the Herd. In this interview with The Gold Report, he explains that gold and other metals must rise as supply falls, so that when the market finally turns, those companies that have continued to increase shareholder value will reward shareholders many-fold. And he highlights four companies poised to do just that.
After four challenging years in the uranium space, there are finally signs suggesting this part of the commodities market is due for a recovery. . .
Taking a page out of Big Pharma's playbook—looking for likely takeout candidates—is a profitable way to approach small-cap biotechs as potential investments, especially since large caps with shrinking pipelines have an unquenchable hunger for good new drugs and technologies, and the resources to track those drugs and technologies down. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Irina Rivkind Koffler of Cantor Fitzgerald brings two companies with takeout potential to the table.
After correctly predicting $47/bbl oil last year, Chen Lin, author of the popular stock newsletter What Is Chen Buying? What Is Chen Selling?, is licking his stock-picking chops at the bargains now available in international oil plays and the ones that could materialize stateside if the artificial pressure on domestic oil created by a ban on exports is not lifted. In this interview with The Energy Report, he names three stocks that are the victims of global hysteria around plunging oil prices and blindness to local opportunities.
Despite their recent underperformance, David H. Smith, Senior Analyst with The Morgan Report, remains bullish on precious metals, especially silver and palladium, as the "love trade" heats up and the global economy adds more debt to the system. Smith believes that the secular bull run in precious metals will be reignited later this year and that investors should take advantage of the regular volatility native to silver prices. In this interview with The Gold Report, Smith provides some of the silver and platinum group metals equity names he owns and that could offer significant upside, even from current prices.
|"BAR expanded its winter drilling from 7,000–8,000m to 10,000m."|
|"ALK is progressing Dubbo, mainly focusing on financing negotiations."|
|"PMN has achieved a lot with very little, and its understanding of the mechanism of action of Alzheimer's is quite significant."|
|"Our investment thesis for RVX is based on a large and growing underserved market in cardiovascular disease."|
|"Recent financings allow SEA to proceed with ongoing exploration."|