Category Archives: Critical Materials

Trump Wants Investors To Buy American Mining and Manufacturing

I just read Trump's inaugural speech and it can be summed up in the following sentence, "Buy American and hire American". This policy could have a great impact on some of our US natural resource holdings including our investments in US precious metals, rare earths, graphite, lithium, uranium...which have been forgotten about for nearly twenty years as large mining companies sought mines in foreign jurisdictions which had less regulatory burdens then the US. For years I expected a renaissance in this abandoned mineral sector as a country can last only so long before people realize that their jobs have been sent overseas.
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Prepare Your Stock Portfolio For President Trump with Strategic Metals and Minerals

The markets are pricing in inflation following the Trump US Presidential Election Win. US stocks are soaring to record highs and the Dow is on verge of breaking 20k a major psychological level. Investors should be prepared for volatility as President Trump will counteract a lot of Obama's moves over the past eight years and this could accelerate moves in many markets. Notice already US bonds are breaking down as capital is flowing to riskier assets most notably stocks and recently copper and energy. This is signaling to me inflation, rising interest rates and major policy changes which is already having dramatic effects on the average portfolio. Continue following the tensions in the South China Seas with the recent stealing of the Chinese of a US military drone. Could China have taken that drone to see what rare earths the US in using to power and guide the advanced drones? All the metals which China has control of should be watched and you should get exposure. Focus on rare earths, graphite and other strategic battery technology metals such as scandium, graphite and cobalt. Trump has put in Peter Navarro as a trade advisor with China and the Chinese are already threatening a trade showdown. Hopefully Trump will move fast to help secure our own supply chain of critical metals as that is how the Chinese can squeeze the West.
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M&A Signaling Market Bottom in Agriculture and Fertilizer Stocks?

Big news hits the fertilizer sector as Bloomberg reports that Potash Corp (POT) and Agrium (AGU) are in advance M&A discussions. If Bloomberg is true then this could be a major catalyst for the sector. Potash Corp is the world's second largest producer and a merger with Agrium could mark a bottom in the agricultural sectors which has been declining for years. Both companies are struggling cutting dividends and taking losses as emerging economies such as India and China have been waiting on the sidelines to sign contracts. Today's action may be signalling the end of this downtrend.
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Smart Money Coming into Clean Energy Sector Should Look at Uranium Lithium Deposits

Uranium continues to drop to breathtaking 5 year lows despite being the most crucial clean and carbon free energy source. However, these low prices can be cured quite quickly by a black swan and I am positioned for this sort of move. Attention should be paid to the restructuring of the deal between Cameco and Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is the world's largest uranium producing nation but as I have always written is not a secure supplier of this strategic clean energy metal and at any time could make moves to squeeze foreign operators like Cameco or Areva possibly nationalizing their assets. The Government is being hurt by low uranium prices and these producers are cutting back due to the low price. This means Kazakhstan is putting pressure even on the lowest cost producers in the world. Uranium investors must watch developments in Kazakhstan as nationalization fears could spark a major rebound in uranium developers and producer in much safer places such as North America.
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Is There Enough Lithium and Graphite to Meet the Increasing Global Demand from Manufacturers?

I have been following the blossoming of the lithium boom over the past few years and my readers have seen the huge amount of growth over the past two years. My readers have followed the stories of top performers such as Western Lithium (WLC.TO or WLCDF) and Pure Energy Minerals (PE.V or HMGLF). Those two stocks were champions during a brutal bear market in junior miners for good reason. Investors are growing more convinced about the growth of electric vehicles especially with the popularity of the Tesla (TSLA) brand and enthusiastic leader Elon Musk whose goal is to put 500k electric vehicles on the road by the beginning of the next decade. Problem for Musk is there isn't enough lithium and graphite right now to fill that demand. So Tesla has been signing deals with lithium junior miners such as Pure Energy (PE.V or HMGLF) and Bacanora to possibly secure supply and pricing. Yet graphite has been completely ignored so far. This should change soon as lithium ion batteries require much more graphite than lithium to operate.
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Global Economy Making Clean Energy Transition From Fossil Fuels to Renewables

According to recent Washington Post article, 2015 was a breakout year for clean energy investments with over $325 billion invested into the sector. What is shocking about this figure is that it happened during a year when oil crashed from above $100 per barrel to 10 year lows. Why are lithium stocks soaring and renewable energy demand increasing when oil is so cheap?
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Copper and Base Metals May Be on Verge Of Major Breakout After Glencore Cuts Production

For the past two weeks I have written to my premium subscribers to look at copper and the industrial metals as I saw deep pocketed private equity funds and billionaires such as Carl Icahn and KKR taking big bets on beaten down Dr. Copper hitting five year lows. I knew that a bottom could be forming and that we could be near the final turn. It was my first copper bet in many years. Now it appears that the call of a bottom in copper and industrial metals could be confirmed by the recent news that Glencore is cutting global production of zinc. Copper and nickel could be next. The Commodity Giants such as Glencore are in great financial duress right now shutting down mines left and right that are losing money at these low commodity prices. They recently shut down two African Mines.
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Jeb Handwerger, “Prices for rare earths could be making a comeback.”

Commodities have seen a broad decline, but prices for rare-earth elements are poised for a recovery. That may come as a surprise following the bankruptcy filing by U.S. rare-earth miner and producer Molycorp Inc. earlier this year, and given the uncertainty surrounding metals demand and the economy in China, a country which controls nearly all of the world’s rare-earth market.
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Lithium Ion Battery Growth Boosting These Junior Miners Seeing High Volume Breakouts

Lithium and graphite are two of the most important materials for lithium ion batteries which have seen a huge increase in consumption over the past decade. Annual growth is around 20% which means demand doubles every five years at this point. The main driver is the increase in use of smartphones, laptops and tablets in addition to the increasing popularity of Tesla's electric cars. Increasing volume and price rises have recently come into some of our featured companies...
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