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Tech metals articles written by MiningFeeds and our contributing editors about the tech metals mining sector.

Junior Graphite Miner in Mexico Bought Out by Flinders

For many weeks I have been alerting my readers to increased acquisitions in the graphite sector as Tesla announced big plans in the near term to build a gigafactory in North America to increase production of lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles. The announcement of a Tesla Lithium Ion Gigafactory in North America... Read more »

Junior Niobium Miner On Verge Of Breakout On High Grade Assays

On April 4th, 2014 I highlighted to my premium subscribers an obscure junior niobium miner which many ignored and was trading at approximately $.26. Niocorp (NB.V or NIOBF) owns a high grade niobium asset in Nebraska and has been hitting the highest grade results to date. See my previous reports on Niocorp from April... Read more »

Graphite One, Massive U.S. Deposit

In studying the rapidly growing graphite market and the junior companies that hope to be its leaders, it quickly becomes apparent which attributes are of paramount importance. It largely comes down to security of supply, jurisdiction, economies of scale, in-situ grade, suitability for high-technology applications, time... Read more »

Graphite Juniors - Graphite One and Big North Graphite

Like most natural resource sectors, graphite has been hot at times… and not so hot. Back in 2011, when there was extreme excitement about coal, potash, iron ore and precious metals, graphite stocks experienced a day in the sun. However, when gold, silver, coking coal and iron ore prices crashed in 2012-13, so did... Read more »

Interview With Graphite One CEO, Anthony Huston

The following interview was conducted last week at the PDAC convention in Toronto. Answering my questions is Anthony Huston, President & CEO of Graphite One [GPH.V] [GPHOF]. Graphite One is an advanced exploration-stage Graphite company with 100% of its assets in the State of Alaska. The market... Read more »

Demystifying the Tech Metals Market

Technology metals – also referred to as tech metals – are a relatively new investment option that, until recently, have only been available through exchange traded funds (ETFs). With the proliferation of the mobile electronics market over the past thirty years, demand for tech metals has increased exponentially.... Read more »

Gold Loses One Trillion Dollars in Value

Spot market gold prices fell to a fresh two-year low in Tuesday's Asian trading, dropping to $1322 per ounce, before rallying back above $1386, as stock markets extended yesterday's losses. Silver dropped to its lowest level since September 2010 at $22.10 an ounce before it too recovered some ground. Oil was down... Read more »

Mining Stocks to Watch in 2013 - Part 1

It's time for our annual Stocks to Watch list. 2013 is well underway and we've seen some very interesting developments in the mining markets. Despite the obvious issues facing the global economy, there is a subtle optimism brewing that perhaps the worst is behind us. To some degree, watching the DJIA hit new 52 week... Read more »

Top Mining Minds: Stan Bharti, Forbes & Manhattan

Stan Bharti is a professional mining engineer, business consultant, international financier, and entrepreneur. In 2002, Mr. Bharti founded Forbes & Manhattan, a private merchant banking organization with a focus on the natural resources sector. Today, Forbes & Manhattan has investment interests in a large... Read more »

Tekoa Da Silva - Ross Beaty Interview

I had the great opportunity yesterday to connect with legendary resource developer & financier, Ross Beaty, founder and chairman of the $2.7B Pan American Silver Corp., and executive chairman of Alterra Power Corp. Throughout his 37 year career, Ross has generated an astounding sum of over $4B worth of shareholder... Read more »

Junior Mining Stocks - Buy, Hold or Sell?

As we begin to count down the remaining days in 2012 many investors in junior mining stocks are faced with the same decision - do I sell my shares for a tax loss or do I hold onto hope for 2013? Yes, that is the scope of the carnage in the junior mining markets today. 2012 was, without question, one of the worst... Read more »

Are Mining Stocks Oversold?

A sneaky thing happened over the last five trading days. The major gold mining companies leapt back into oversold territories (when measured against gold), the likes of which are only seen a few times a century.  This summer as many mining analysts pointed out, miners hit their most oversold levels in the last 30 years,... Read more »

Eurozone Enters Recession

The Eurozone fell into recession in Q3, according to official gross domestic product data published Thursday. Eurozone GDP shrank 0.1% from Q2, a 0.6% year-on-year drop. Germany and France both grew 0.2% quarter-on-quarter, while Italy's economy shrank by 0.2%. Spain's economy also contracted, shrinking 0.3% in the... Read more »

Teck Resources - Rated Outperform

Canadian diversified mining company Teck Resources has business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy; and, Teck is also a significant producer of specialty metals such as germanium and indium. The company is the second largest seaborne exporter of steelmaking coal. Coal accounts for just under... Read more »

Funding for Junior Miners Improving

Small mining companies have enjoyed a decade long commodities boom. But now, many have long spent the monies raised via the equity markets and are struggling to come up with new cash to fund operations. About $400 million was raised through fewer than 30 deals in the spring and summer of 2012, compared with roughly... Read more »

Top Mining Minds

Top Mining Minds is an ongoing editorial and interview series from MiningFeeds.com, the internet's #1 investment website focused exclusively on mining. We connect with some of the world's most successful and influential mining industry magnates. From company builders to company financiers, we feature the mining industry's... Read more »

Strikes Affect Gold & Platinum Production

Bloomberg News reports that 39% of gold mining output in South Africa – the world's former #1 producer – has been closed after fresh wildcat strikes hit gold majors AngloGold (Stock... Read more »

Chinese Antimony Under Pressure

China remains by far the world’s largest producer of primary antimony. It's estimated that China accounted for around 70% of official mine production in 2011, down from around 80% in earlier years. Production in China is unlikely to increase over the next few years and could even fall in the face of government determination... Read more »

Follow Mining Stocks

As an investor in mining stocks it is difficult to stay connected with your investments and the companies on your watch list. Wouldn't it be great if someone designed an email application that sent you daily updates featuring company-specific news and media articles? Well, it is great and it's a free service from... Read more »

Mining Stock Indexes

At MiningFeeds, we are committed to providing mining investors with the best information available on the internet. But we are not just fans of mining, we are also fans of technology. In April, 2012 we launched our unique and proprietary "Mining Stock Indexes". These indexes are connected to the category listings... Read more »

Why Warren Buffett Likes Tungsten

In 2011, restrictions on the availability of rare earth elements brought the term "critical minerals" into the headlines. The industrial world's powers responded by filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against China's... Read more »

Fluorspar: Mining a Critical Mineral

Fluorspar is the commercial name for the mineral fluorite and was included in the list of 14 raw materials labeled as “critical” by an expert group chaired by the European Commission of the European Union (EU). World reserves of fluorspar... Read more »

EU Summit Produces Economic Appetizer

The markets were starving for some positive news, optimism ran high yesterday in hopes the EU Summit in Brussels would produce the required substance to restore confidence in the markets. In the mining sector, some significant rallies occurred while the heads of Europe prepared for dinner. Shares of Geologix Explorations... Read more »

Interview: Blair Way of Strike Graphite

On January 25, 2012, Strike Gold changed its name to Strike Graphite (Stock Profile - TSXV: SRK). In doing so, the company communicated quite clearly to the investment community that Strike had found its focus. Strike was an early-mover in the... Read more »

Mining in Mexico: Part 1

Mexico is a major producer of silver, gold and base metals. In addition, the country is also a leading producer of celestite, bismuth, fluorite, cadmium, molybdenum, graphite, and manganese. In the Fraser Institute's most recent Survey... Read more »

Markets Climb a Wall of Fear

U.S. stocks rallied, driving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to its best weekly gain since March affirming the old Wall Street adage that "markets climb a wall of fear". The equity markets surged ahead on strong corporate earnings despite negative international news, almost across the board. On Friday, it was... Read more »

Upcoming Q2 Mining Milestones

Perhaps we should call this article, "PDAC Revisited". While meeting with mining company executives at the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention in Toronto in March, we wanted to know what was coming up in Q2, 2012? For some companies, it was business as usual, but a number of... Read more »

5 Mining Stocks to Watch in 2012: Part 1

With the first quarter of a new year in the books we step back this month, take stock if you will, look towards the future and ponder what's in store for the balance of 2012. This year has been marked by volatility in both the commodities sector and the equity markets in general. Crude oil is north of $100 per barrel... Read more »

Metals and Minerals Investment Sector

There is always a sector among the raw materials on the verge of a period of "euphoria". On the chart below, each resource is represented by a company, because the indexes do not exist for all of the individual resources. Notice that, for 10 years, there is always a sector that is in a phase of "boom",... Read more »

Why Cobalt is Strategic to the U.S.

Approximately 48% of the world's 2007 mined cobalt was a byproduct of nickel mining from sulfide and laterite deposits. An additional 37% was produced as a byproduct of copper operations, mainly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Zambia. The remaining 15% of cobalt mining came from primary producers. The... Read more »

U.S. Mining Industry in Decline

The U.S. mining industry has been in decline for decades. A number of factors have contributed to this trend making the world's most powerful nation ever dependent on the supply of foreign resources. A number of factors are attributed to the decline. First, restrictive environmental regulations make mining and processing... Read more »

Rare Earth Shortage Reality

The world's biggest economies are joining forces to oppose China's policies on domestic rare earth elements as the risk of a global shortage looms closer to reality. The United States joined the European Union and Japan to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Tuesday against China's export... Read more »

Energy Critical Elements

A Report by the APS Panel on Public Affairs and the Materials Research Society coined the term “energy-critical element” (ECE) to describe a class of chemical elements that currently appear critical to one or more new, energy related technologies. “Energy-related systems are typically materials intensive.... Read more »

PDAC 2012 - Mining Milestones in March

After meeting with mining companies for the past two days at the annual PDAC convention in Toronto, we're pleased to present a list of upcoming mining milestones in March. Or shall we say, March/early April as prefaced by many of the executives in attendance at this year's convention. In alphabetical order, here's... Read more »

Graphite: Supply and Demand

In 2010 a European Commission included graphite among the 14 materials it considered high in both economic importance and supply risk. The British Geological Survey listed graphite as one of the materials to most likely be in short supply globally. The US has also declared graphite a critical material. The U.S. Department... Read more »

Cashed-Up Catfish Report

We are delighted to bring you the MiningFeeds bottom fishing report. And to catch these fish, you don't need to know how to noodle. Noodling is the term used for fishing with your bare hands. Noodling is practiced primarily in the southern United States and the primary choice of noodlers is the flathead catfish. Flathead... Read more »

Rare Earth Elements are Critical Minerals

The U.S. Department of Energy, in its Dec. 2011 report entitled Critical Materials Strategy examined the role that Rare Earth Elements (REEs) and other key materials play in clean energy technologies such as wind turbines, electric vehicles, solar cells and energy-efficient lighting. Five of the... Read more »

Impala Platinum CEO Resigns

In my mind's eye, I have this picture of David Brown; with a glass of New Year's champagne in one hand and the last bars of 'Auld Lang Syne' ringing in his ears, wondering what 2012 would bring him. A brutal self- assessment of his leadership of Impala Platinum (profile IMPUY.PK)... Read more »

2012 - Off to a Bang!

2012 is upon us and it was a good opening week for the both the markets and mining companies alike. On the heels of intense tax-loss selling in December despite positive economic data hitting the headlines as 2011 came to a close, nothing seemed to stem the tide of December tax-loss selling as many mining issuers set... Read more »

Rare Earth stocks back to earth

Rare earths came to the public's attention when China began to restrict their export in July, 2010. At the time, China announced a 72% year over year reduction in exports and with 97% of the world's current supply... Read more »

What are Strategic Minerals?

Strategic Minerals (also know as Critical Minerals) is a broad-based category that constitutes various minerals and elements; the majority of which are minor metals. Geography and availability of domestic supply often defines which minerals are deemed "critical"  for any particular region or country. On July 20,... Read more »

5 Strategic Mineral Stocks to Watch - Part 1

2011 has been a coming out party for rare earth elements and, more recently, a broader category of strategic raw materials. Strategic minerals constitute a variety of minerals and elements, most of which are minor metals, that are deemed critical to certain supply chains. Many minor metals are consumed in relatively... Read more »

5 Strategic Mineral Stocks to Watch - Part 2

3. American Vanadium Corp. (TSX-V: AVC) President Obama likes vanadium; or rather, he likes to say the word vanadium. Last February Obama joked that "Vanadium redox fuel cells is one of the coolest things I've ever said out loud". Obama also... Read more »

Rare Earth Elements - the new rockstar?

Rare earth elements (or rare earth metals) are a set of seventeen chemical elements in the periodic table, namely the fifteen lanthanides plus scandium and yttrium. Scandium and yttrium are considered rare earth elements since they tend to occur in the same ore deposits as the lanthanides and have similar... Read more »

5 Most Interesting Rare Earth Stocks - Part 1

If it weren't for rare earth elements, a collection of seventeen chemical elements in the periodic table that are generally found together in ore deposits, the world as we know it today would look a whole... Read more »

5 Most Interesting Rare Earth Stocks - Part 2

3. Rare Element Resources Ltd. (TSX:RES) Rare Element Resources is an early pioneer in their sector. The company has a 100% interest in the Bear Lodge property in Wyoming, which, according to the US Geological Survey, is one of the largest disseminated rare earth deposits in North America. Along... Read more »

Valuation of Rare Earth Stocks

From the research report entitled "Rare Earth - Our Top Picks" by analyst Luisa Moreno at Jacob Securities Inc. The rare earth sector is fairly new to investors and it is experiencing a great deal of growth and volatility driven mainly by the dramatic cuts in export quotas... Read more »

Rare Earths under Chinese Control

China mines REEs from bastnasite ore in the provinces of Gansu and Sichuan. In Inner Mongolia REEs are obtained as a by-product from iron making. HREE extraction, based on ion absorption clays, occurs in the states of Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi and Jiangsu. These clays have very low cerium content and as a consequence... Read more »

Is the bubble about to pop for Canadian rare earth stocks?

Is rare earth metals mania another bubble that is about to pop, or a genuine shift in the supply demand curve? That question is the crux of a heated debate this week after Goldman Sachs analyst Malcolm Southwood said the back-story on rare earths, which have rocketed to more than ten times their value in just a couple... Read more »

Avalon Rare Metals hits 52 week high

On December 21st, 2010,  Avalon announced it would list on the NYSE Amex exchange. The company's shares rose more than 20 percent after the announcement, to close the day at $4.91. The added liquidity of a U.S. listing has apparently served the company well. Shares have continued to surge, closing today at $9.13,... Read more »

Why should investors care about Alkali Metals?

Not all alkali metals are created equally. All of the alkali metals share similar properties: they are highly reactive metals under standard conditions and are thus never found in their elemental form in nature. The two alkali metals that are of particular value to investors are lithium, due to its high electrochemical... Read more »

Five Lithium Stocks to Watch in 2011 - Part 1

Read the word lithium and it’s likely not too long before you are reading the word battery. Jon Hykawy, lithium analyst for Byron Capital Markets echoed the sentiments of many recently when he described lithium as “hot and getting hotter.” Lithium... Read more »

Five Lithium Stocks to Watch in 2011 - Part 2

3. Talison Lithium (TSX:TLH) With a market capitalization near half a billion dollars, Talison Lithium (Stock Profile - TSX:TLH & OTC:TLTHF) is the biggest lithium mining company listed in Canada, and... Read more »

Platinum; rare, expensive and green

Platinum, among the rarest and costliest of metals, is also one of the most green. Platinum is so rare that all of the metal ever mined would fill a room measuring less than 25 feet on each side. The metal has many critical commercial... Read more »

Ucore: What's in a name?

What's in a name? A lot, apparently. When Ucore Uranium last summer changed its name to Ucore Rare Metals (TSXV:UCU) shares of the company were floundering. Today,... Read more »

Great Western Minerals on top of Rare Opportunity

A cell phone the size of a shoe. A laptop that weighs more than a truck tire. If it weren't for rare earth metals, a collection of seventeen chemical elements in the periodic table that are generally found in ore deposits, technology... Read more »

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