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  • Lithium Ion Batteries Seeing Huge Increase In Consumption, Boosting Demand For These Junior Miners

    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.

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    While the TSX Venture has been crushed in 2015. Our positions in graphite and lithium continue to outperform as shown by the chart above.

    Increasing volume and price rises have recently come into some of our featured companies…

    1)News today out of Dajin Resources (OTCPK:DJIFF) from their Alkali Lake Property are results from a gravity survey which showed a deep closed basin of 4000 ft. This means the property has the potential to be an additional source of lithium brine. What is important about Alkali Lake is that it is just 12km from Albemarle (NYSE:ALB) Lithium Mine…North America's only producing brine based mine.

    2)Dajin is trying to follow in the footsteps of the more advanced Pure Energy Minerals (OTCQB:HMGLF) which has seen a huge boost of interest after the NI 43-101 Inferred Resource. Pure Energy and Dajin are located in the same prospective Clayton Valley area near Albemarle's Silver Peak Lithium Mine. This area should become the source of large amounts of cheap lithium to Tesla's Gigafactory. Pure Energy's project has nice size of 816k metric tonnes of Lithium Carbonate Equivalent (LCE) in the inferred category. I am now quite excited for Pure Energy to report on some of the economics of converting brine to lithium for batteries. I know management is working with major technological partners such as Tenova Bateman and South Korea's POSCO.

    3)Great Lakes Graphite (OTCPK:GLKIF) is recommissioning a Micronization Facility in Ontario and may have some near term opportunities to sell micronized graphite. Graphite needs to be ground into a fine powder to a standard microscopic level for end users in many different industries from lubricants to batteries. Great Lakes is already sourcing flake graphite material not from its own properties and is ready to start recommissioning the Matheson Micronization Facility as they have already closed on the major financing. The plant is adjacent to a major highway and rail. Now with the financing in place I hope to hear news that the plant could restart operations in the near term. There are still many obstacles and risks in any startup, but it is quite positive that this little company has advanced this far building a technical and marketing team ready to supply a market growing in demand. Great Lakes is different that the average graphite company in that they are focused on near term profitability and cash flow through graphite processing, which then can give it the financial strength to develop their own graphite deposits.

    See my recent interview with Great Lakes CEO Paul Gorman by clicking here…

    Disclosure: I own HMGLF, DJIFF and GLKIF. They are all website sponsors. Please do your own due diligence.

    Aug 19 10:57 AM | Link | 1 Comment
  • Historic Low Level In TSX Venture May Be Huge Buying Opportunity

    Risk taking is a natural part of life, especially in the capitalist system where the greater the risk, the increased potential reward. The TSX Venture Index which is made of the Canadian start ups in junior mining and high tech is hitting lows not seen since 2002 and the 2008 Credit Crisis.

    Despite the record amount of global QE, investors are sitting in US dollars, treasuries and large caps rather than investing in new ideas especially in the resource arena. Higher risk capital entering start ups especially in junior mining has reached a new low as investors have been seeking liquidity and dividends.

    Clearly, the strong global economy purported on CNBC has not yet been reflected on the TSX Venture Exchange yet. However, that may change over the next 3-5 years and now may be the time to buy up the best resource assets at historic lows. Over the past decade, The TSX Venture has at least doubled or tripled from these historical low levels where it is currently trading.

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    Major rallies over the past decade began when the Venture was trading below $1000. The Venture is trading at $790 as this is written. I wouldn't be surprised to see a major bounce to the $2400 or $3400 level like it did back in 2009 and 2003.

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    The Junior Gold Miner (NYSEARCA:GDXJ) ETF appears like it could be approaching a major bottom in the $29 zone and could form a double bottom with the December Low over the next couple of weeks.

    I just returned from the New Orleans Conference where I met with management of some exciting gold companies on the verge of major gains as they reach fundamental catalysts.

    1)Pershing Gold (OTCQB:PGLC) just announced a financing with some of the most active and smartest US investors and now sits with over $20 million in cash, a fully permitted heap leach facility and an expanding gold resource base in Nevada. One of the insiders has been buying aggressively in the open markets which is a positive sign for a turn in the company. I expect Pershing to be up-listed to a major exchange such as the NYSE or Nasdaq in the near term. With the former Franco Nevada, Chief of US operations as its current CEO the weak junior mining environment could play into the advantage of cash rich and deep pocketed Pershing to pick up quality mining assets at a bargain to complement near term production at Relief Canyon.

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    I am excited to see this company break out of its recent downtrend, get up-listed and become recognized by the institutions possibly by the end of 2014.

    2)Red Eagle Mining (RD.V or RDEMF) just published a Definitive Feasibility Study showing some of the best economics in the business on their San Ramon Deposit in Colombia. All that they are waiting for is the final environmental permit which could come soon and really boost the value of this asset. Red Eagle has some strong shareholder support from Liberty Metals and is one permit away from building one of the world's most economic mines. Don't think the project is too small, there is a lot of room for growth and was drilled in a way to get it into production the most cost effective way. The CEO Ian Slater did an excellent job to advance this project to get to a construction decision without blowing out its share structure and minimizing dilution.

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    3)Canamex Resources (CSQ.V) is hitting arguably the best drill results in Nevada right now on a regular basis and have attracted investment dollars from two NYSE gold producers such as Hecla and Gold Resource Corp. There are assays pending from both the Penelas East Discovery and historic resource area. I first told you about Canamex back in 2013 and it is now up 130% in 2014 as they are making a great discovery in Nevada at their Bruner Project. Canamex just announced step out drill results at the far northern end of Penelas East over 100 meters away from the nearest neighbor drill result. They intersected 22.9 meters of 3.29 g/tonne, which means that the project remains wide open to the north. A second core hole was drilled and intersected the high grade target. Results should come out in early November.

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    Canamex is pulling back to its 200 day moving average. It may be a good area of support to add as it is in a strong uptrend.

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    Oct 28 4:27 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Value Investors Entering Junior Mining Sector?

    The gold (NYSEARCA:GDX) and silver (NYSEARCA:SIL) miners have been hammered down to historic 1999 lows, while the U.S. banks (NYSEARCA:XLF) and U.S. dollar (NYSEARCA:UUP) reach new heights. Many amateur investors may be prematurely assuming that all is well with the global economic picture. The fine tuning of the economy by the Central Banks and specifically Ben Bernanke appears to have been a major success to the masses. On the other hand, astute investors who have learned from history and are aware of the financial risks stemming from currency devaluation. Could this really be an illusion? Could the dollar be on the verge of a collapse? Is The Fed losing control of interest rates that could spike higher? (click to enlarge)

    Gold (NYSEARCA:GLD) is undergoing a significant correction after making a huge run from the 2008 low below $800 to $1900 in August of 2011. Gold is significantly below its 3 year trailing average at $1550 and its 5 year trailing average at $1327. The last time this occurred was in the late 90's. Investors who acquired gold back then saw incredible 660% gains while the equity markets did nothing over the next 15 years. A similar opportunity could be occurring right now in precious metals and the junior miners (NYSEARCA:GDXJ).

    Long term investors are increasing realizing that this is a historic buying opportunity for natural resources and mining stocks. We are near thirty year trough in the value of miners. Commodities are cheap, interest rates are historically low and the U.S. housing, greenback and equity markets are near all time highs. It seems that many of us, underestimated the powers of the Central Banks on the free markets to manufacture a recovery while suppressing commodity prices for the short term. However, astute long term value investors realize that this is the time to acquire real assets for pennies on the dollar. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Eventually, contrarian value investors will be rewarded.

    Don't get confused by the Fed's bafflegab. One week, Bernanke testifies in Washington saying easy money policies must continue to prop up a weak economy or else we could face a significant threat to this recovery. The markets rally. The next week, he says he may taper by 2014. The markets fall. The Fed appears to be micro-managing the markets as they fear a loss of control.

    Bernanke may have wanted to take a little froth off of the equity markets and prevent oil breaking the $100 mark. Precious metals are now completely out of favor, which allows Central Bankers to continue devaluing the dollar. Not allowing the free markets to balance itself out and these constant policy interventions could lead to unknown long term economic consequences. Eventually, investors could lose confidence in paper assets and get "fed" up with potential devaluation. Remember fiat currencies over the long term end up worthless as a form of money. Only precious metals have withstood the test of time. Gold bulls know that time is on our side over the long run and the sector continues to get cheaper in the short term moving to historic discount valuations.

    Remember Bernanke is on his way out and Obama is probably looking for an even more dovish successor. Bernanke will be known for unleashing quantitative easing to boost housing and equities. The turn for commodities after this two and a half year decline could be right around the corner.

    U.S. housing is now hitting multi-year highs. Many homeowners destroyed their credit by walking away from their homes and capitulated near the lows four years ago. We have witnessed a major "V" reversal in the housing and financial sector where the real losers were the ones who did not have patience and sold. Learn from their mistakes in the resource sector, smart money picked up housing assets for pennies on the dollar back then, while the lemmings walked away from their homes and destroyed their credit. It may be happening right now in the oversold resource sector. Four years from now we could see exponential gains in the sectors which the masses are ignoring right now. Remember most investors chase the latest fad and ignore a crucial rule in the market. What was the worst performers were over the past two years could be the best performers over the next two.

    Right now, we are witnessing a shakeout in the mining sector and precious metals. The losers will be those who capitulate (much like the homeowners who foreclosed) and sell their shares to the smart money, which is now entering the precious metals and commodities sector. Insider buying and major strategic investments by smart money is increasing.

    Now the buzzword in the media is tapering. A few months ago it was fiscal cliff. Tapering means to decrease gradually. The Bankers actually are doing the opposite and are increasing money supply rapidly to the tune of $85 billion a month. Our foreign debts have reached historic levels. As interest rates rise from this purported exit, The Central Bank may do a 180 degree turn and continue to print dollars rapidly to pay down increasing debt payment and keep pace with other devaluing currencies like the Yen.

    Silver is below its 5 year trailing average in the high teens and gold is breaking below it 5 year trailing average. We are reaching 2008 and 2001 levels for both silver and gold miners. At these oversold levels in the past the miners were able to reverse and make exceptional gains.

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    We should begin seeing some powerful bullish reversals in the junior miners as value investors continue to enter the sector. It increasingly appears that we are near a potential secular bottom.

    Don't be manipulated by the mainstream press scaring you with headlines about the economic troubles in China or that mining is dead. Negative people may tell you that the financing markets have dried up. That is not true.

    Already we have seen major increases of Chinese investment in energy, potash and precious metals. This may be indicating that some of the smartest minds are taking advantage of this discount sale in the miners and are using the media to their advantage. Be careful of all the bearish headlines on the miners and follow the money. There is capital for the right mining projects in stable jurisdictions. Real assets and commodities are historically the greatest hedges against inflation risk and monetary debasement.

    Look to the companies that are attracting serious capital and institutional support. Major value funds have been buying gold mining stocks over the past few months as the precious metal funds face redemptions. This is characteristic of market bottoms. Value funds are continuing to buy in one of the most difficult junior mining markets.

    Over $11 million was raised this past week for quality Yukon junior miners, which are being completely ignored by the public. This shows strong support for higher precious metal prices.

    Investors should look for platinum and palladium projects in safe jurisdictions as the fundamentals are extremely strong with rising industrial demand for these catalysts and declining supply from South Africa. This supply demand imbalance should impact the price over the long term.

    Look for location and the major partners. Watch the uranium space which is gaining a lot of attention as the Russia-US "Megatons to Megawatts" Program expires at the end of 2013. Remember the U.S. produces around 4 million of the 55 million pounds consumed annually and has depended on these secondary supplies. Japan is set to turn back on nuclear reactors this summer. China is building new reactors.

    The uranium price appears to be making a double bottom as do many of the uranium miners (NYSEARCA:URA). Remember the U.S. produces around 4 million of the 55 million pounds consumed annually. It should be noted smart money is entering the sector in addition to Microsoft's Bill Gates. Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway took a stake in Chicago Bridge and Iron, which recently took over the Shaw Group, a nuclear services provider. Could Buffett be signaling an opportunity in the undervalued uranium sector?

    Keep a close eye on the near term uranium producers the United States. Cameco just started additional production at their North Butte ISR mine. Mark my words the Powder River Basin in Wyoming is a strategic area for the future of uranium production in the United States.

    Obama just announced a major initiative to fight carbon emissions. Countries around the world are also fighting air pollution. The world we live in today is looking to reduce air emissions and the carbon footprint. Uranium and rare earths (NYSEARCA:REMX) are critical metals for that goal.

    In conclusion, turn off the negative news that is broadcasted to misdirect and confuse investors. Follow the capital to quality situations, which are building value during challenging times and continuing to communicate to shareholders. It is during these difficult times in the resource sector when the greatest opportunities are discovered. Remember American Barrick Resources started off as a 16,000 ounce gold producer in the 80′s down market in gold and grew to be Barrick Gold Corp, the largest gold producer in the world.

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

    Jun 28 3:02 PM | Link | Comment!
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