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How to Play the Uranium Price Rebound

Aug 02, 2013 at 14:01 | The Energy Report

When it comes to uranium market sentiment, "it's all about Japan," says David Talbot, senior mining analyst at Dundee Capital Markets. With restart applications trickling in and reactor construction underway…

Doomsday: Will Peak Phosphate Get us Before Global Warming?

Jul 22, 2013 at 15:30 | Ed Dolan

Although climate change catches the headlines, it is not the only doomsday scenario out there. A smaller but no less fervent band of worriers think that peak phosphate—a catastrophic decline…

China Continues to Reduce Rare Earth Production as Prices Fall

Jun 04, 2013 at 16:59 | Stuart Burns

Chicken or egg, which came first?The same question could be asked of the rare earth metals market.Rare earth metal prices have been falling steadily for the…

Japan Signs Rare Earth Deal with India

Nov 22, 2012 at 17:11 | Ag Metal Miner

Japan has sealed its new “friendship” in the world of rare earths by formally signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India for imports of rare earth (REE) minerals annually.

Chinese Rare Earth Mining Monopoly Threatens US Defense Technology

Nov 13, 2012 at 17:34 | Jen Alic

Technology that drives the Pentagon’s weapons program, the US auto industry and renewable energy ambitions is threatened by a lack of heavy rare earths for which China enjoys the global…

Recycling Magnets to Extract the Rare Earth Metals

Oct 29, 2012 at 17:21 | Brian Westenhaus

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is working to more effectively remove the neodymium, a rare earth element, from the mix of other materials in a magnet.  The…

Are Rare Earth Metal Prices About To Rise?

Oct 24, 2012 at 17:19 | Materials Risk

Rare earth metal prices have fallen sharply since mid-2011, some declining by as much as 80% as expectations of rising supplies coincided with declining demand. More recently, prices have shown…

Mining the Infinite Resources of Space

Jun 14, 2012 at 17:40 | Energy Digital

Mining for precious metals and resources is about to go where no man has gone before—space. No man except for Bruce Willis, that is. In the 1998 blockbuster film Armageddon,…

Burma - Truly One of the Last Untapped Energy Frontiers, Opening for Business

Feb 11, 2012 at 12:39 | John Daly

Investors, looking for sure bets, can stop reading right now.For those seeking overlooked energy "final frontiers," well, there’s now – Burma.According to the secretary of Burma's…

Can China's Monopolisation of the REE Market be Reduced?

Jan 04, 2012 at 17:09 | Dave Cohen

What does this percentage refer to? 97% That's the percentage of global production of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) controlled by the People's Republic of China. But even with a virtual…

Commodity Prices Will Remain High and Volatile for the next 20 Years: McKinsey

Nov 28, 2011 at 08:04 | Tyler Hamilton

Just looking at a new article from global consultants McKinsey about the state of world commodities and the outlook looks bleak, to say the least. (Original here) “Our research…

Is Platinum’s Next Move Down?

Oct 26, 2011 at 07:24 | Stuart Burns

Platinum is looking increasingly vulnerable. Net speculative length has been dropping for some weeks now and, as this graph from a Standard Bank report to investors shows, the trend has…

Peak Metal: U.S. Preparing for the Coming Shortages in Metals and Minerals

Oct 14, 2011 at 07:38 | Brian Westenhaus

Many if not most metals, rare earth minerals and other elements used to make everything from photovoltaic panels and cellphone displays to the permanent magnets in cutting edge new wind…

Afghanistan - Newly Discovered Mineralogical Treasure House (Again)

Oct 13, 2011 at 07:58 | John Daly

As the U.S.-led Afghan campaign lurches into its second decade, the country’s vast untapped mineralogical resources are again emerging in the Western media, seemingly underpinning the benefits of International Security…

Malaysian Environmentalists Lead Opposition to Rare Earth Processing Facility

Oct 11, 2011 at 08:01 | John Daly

With the price of rare earth elements due to China’s de facto monopoly now running at more than $100,000 per tons of unprocessed ore, it would seem that countries would…

Growing Controversy over Molycorp’s Plans to Mine Rare Earth Elements

Oct 07, 2011 at 07:28 | Ag Metal Miner

On Tuesday, the New York Times ran a story stating Molycorp, currently America’s only operating rare earth materials producer, will soon announce a heavy rare earth metal deposit right near…

Report From the Molycorp Mountain Pass Mine

Sep 29, 2011 at 04:00 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

When I heard that Molycorp (MCP) had just cratered by $22 from $53 to $31 in two days, I did what I usually do when a mining company I follow…

China’s Rare Earths Monopoly - Peril or Opportunity?

Sep 27, 2011 at 01:55 | John Daly

The prosperity of China’s “authoritarian capitalism” is increasingly rewriting the ground-rules worldwide on the capitalist principles that have dominated the West’s economy for nearly two centuries. Nowhere is this shadow…

China, Japan Minuet Around the Issue of Rare Earths

Sep 26, 2011 at 04:33 | John Daly

It’s official – China’s de facto monopoly on current rare earths production is a threat to the global economy. As least, that was the gist of hearings on 21 September…

European Union to Stockpile Rare Earth Elements

Sep 08, 2011 at 08:06 | Professor Chris Rhodes

In the light of the Chinese hegemony for its own energy projects, it is feared that restrictions in the global supply of rare earth elements (REEs)will ensue. Until last year,…

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