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Dave Forest

Pierce Points Daily E-Letter

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Dave Forest

Dave is Managing Geologist of the Pierce Points Daily E-Letter.

Latest articles from Dave

  • So You Want to Build a Natural Gas Sector

    Published 09 September 2010 | viewed 8,624 times

    Investors aren't too excited about natural gas these days. The lack of enthusiasm is understandable, with front-month NYMEX natgas prices having sagged below $4/mcf. But…

  • India Gets Pushy with Coal

    Published 08 September 2010 | viewed 9,067 times

    One of the "drums" I've been banging for awhile is coal exportable to India. The case is pretty clear. India's domestic coal prices are fixed…

  • Bond Market Blues: Fed Snaps up $9 Billion in Government Bonds

    Published 07 September 2010 | viewed 4,392 times

    There's certainly been no shortage of news to analyze lately. One of the biggest items being the Federal Reserve's announcement that the agency will restart…

  • Why Bank Profits are Good for Renewable Energy

    Published 23 August 2010 | viewed 5,540 times

    Had a long flight home yesterday from South America. Lots of time to read through a pile of news on resource projects and financing. Here's…

  • Return of the Great Bond Conspiracy

    Published 22 August 2010 | viewed 7,829 times

    The old saying goes that just because you're paranoid doesn't mean everyone else isn't in on it. It's starting to feel that may be true…

  • Is European Shale Gas the Real Deal

    Published 16 August 2010 | viewed 6,984 times

    Oilfield services major Halliburton said late last week it has completed the first hydraulic fracture (frac) on a horizontal shale gas well in Poland. The…

  • Where Are the Best Natgas Prices in America?

    Published 12 August 2010 | viewed 5,042 times

    Florida. At least they were last week. City-gate natural gas prices in the Sunshine State briefly hit $14 per MMBtu last Thursday. A level not…

  • Mis-Judging the Gold Market

    Published 12 August 2010 | viewed 8,233 times

    Gold is so misunderstood. My colleagues and I often joke about how gold is the "all-weather" investment. When the economy is good, pundits claim gold…

  • Scorched Earth Finance

    Published 10 August 2010 | viewed 5,687 times

    One of my favorite journals is Project Finance. Having recently raised $25 million for a mining project, and now looking at a bigger raise for…

  • Health Check of the US Debt Markets

    Published 05 August 2010 | viewed 3,426 times

    Just finished a read of the fresh new "Minutes of the Meeting of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee". The TBAC is a "meeting of the…

  • Huge Jump in US Crude Oil Imports

    Published 04 August 2010 | viewed 5,546 times

    U.S. crude oil imports. Huge jump in the week ended July 23, with total imports up to 11.15 million barrels daily. This is the highest…

  • How the Lizard Brain Kills Exploration Projects

    Published 28 July 2010 | viewed 4,358 times

    Exploration is a complex business. Ore bodies are almost never straight-forward. And in most cases the only information the exploration team has about these complex…

  • Natural Gas Royalties and Chaos Theory

    Published 28 July 2010 | viewed 10,464 times

    We all know the famous (and oversimplified) explanation of chaos theory. If a butterfly flaps in Moscow, it creates typhoons in Manila. The basic point…

  • What Renewable Projects Would you Purchase Electricity From if you Were a Power Utility

    Published 27 July 2010 | viewed 5,637 times

    Renewables (and particularly geothermal) are becoming a more popular talking point amongst utilities and governments these days. Just this week, America's Geothermal Energy Association said…

  • How The Next Major Uranium Discovery Will Be Found

    Published 21 July 2010 | viewed 8,613 times

    Yesterday, we went through the basics of unconformity-hosted uranium deposits. And why these are the big prize for the uranium industry. And yet, despite decades…

  • Uranium’s Big Prize

    Published 20 July 2010 | viewed 6,019 times

    Sixteen hours on airplanes yesterday gave me the chance to finish reviewing a lot of uranium material. (For those of you finding the uranium theme…

  • The Importance of Mineralogy

    Published 19 July 2010 | viewed 15,229 times

    It's been a hectic week of travel through Europe, on behalf of our gold-copper company. I'm sitting in the Crowne Plaza in Bratislava, Slovakia, getting…

  • Here's the Bottom Line on Uranium

    Published 15 July 2010 | viewed 6,567 times

    It's been an interesting few weeks since I last checked in on uranium. The search for what's next in yellowcake projects has taken me to…

  • Shale Gas and LNG

    Published 09 July 2010 | viewed 6,881 times

    This week, Australia's Beach Energy signed an MOU with Japanese commodities brokers Itochu to examine the possibility of building an LNG plant fed by shale…

  • The Starbucks Mining Model

    Published 08 July 2010 | viewed 6,706 times

    Starbucks has a great business model. They've essentially created a chain of clearinghouses across the globe. Coffee is the anchor product. It brings a lot…

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