Mon, Mar. 23, 8:42 AM
- Molycorp (NYSE:MCP) +22.2% premarket after 60 Minutes aired a report last night on the importance of rare earth elements.
- The basis of the report is that modern U.S. life - from smartphones to cars to defense missiles - depends on rare earth elements, but that China dominates the industry
- Investors may be hoping the telecast sparks renewed interest in legislation in Congress calling for subsidies for the U.S. rare earths industry.
- Also on watch: REE, AVL, GSM, GMO, OSN, REMX
Thu, Mar. 12, 5:03 PM
Mon, Jan. 5, 8:15 AM
- China has dropped its decade-old quotas limiting exports of rare earths, as it moves to comply with a WTO ruling last year that the country's tariff and quota system was discriminatory and gave unfair advantage to domestic consumers.
- Under the new guidelines, rare earths will require an export license but the amount that can be sold abroad will no longer be covered by a quota.
- China has ~30% of global deposits of rare earths but accounts for more than 90% of production.
- Related stocks include MCP, REE, AVL, GSM.
Nov. 10, 2014, 8:00 AM
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Mar. 26, 2014, 3:38 PM
- Analysts say rare earth elements will continue to fall this year after China loses a trade dispute over its export controls, as new mines boost output and while demand in high tech products disappoints.
- A price war could break out after the U.S., EU and Japan won their case over export restrictions they said gave Chinese companies an unfair competitive edge in key sectors, says Ryan Castilloux of Adamas Intelligence; China's "only tangible defense becomes competing head-to-head on price with emerging global producers."
- Investors already are concerned about excess supply as Molycorp (MCP -3%) and Lynas (LYSCF -12.5%) boost output at their new mines; MCP aims to boost output to 20K metric tons/year after producing ~1K metric tons in Q4 2013.
- Also: REE -0.6%, AVL -2.4%, GMO -3.7%.
Mar. 26, 2014, 12:15 PM
- A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel agrees with the U.S. in a major dispute, finding in favor of U.S. claims that China’s imposition of export restraints on rare earths, tungsten and molybdenum breach WTO rules.
- China, which produces more than 90% of the world's rare earth elements, imposed strict rare earth export quotas in 2010, saying it was trying to curtail pollution and preserve resources; prices soared by hundreds of percent, and the U.S., EU and Japan complained that the restrictions gave Chinese companies an unfair competitive edge.
- Rare earth miners include Rare Element Resources (REE) and Molycorp (MCP).
Mar. 17, 2014, 7:38 AM
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Dec. 27, 2013, 2:13 PM
- Rare earth miners Rare Element Resources (REE +12.9%), Avalon Rare Metals (AVL +3.7%), and Quest Rare Minerals (QRM +11.7%) have joined Molycorp (previous) in rallying sharply. Equity markets have doled out plenty of punishment to the group this year.
- SA contributor Hawkinvest has provided a bullish write-up on Molycorp, arguing a short-covering rally could take place in early 2014.
- The Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF (REMX +0.7%) remains down 32% YTD.
Nov. 12, 2013, 7:34 AM
Oct. 25, 2013, 5:42 PM
- Greenland's parliament has removed a 25-year-old ban on uranium mining, paving the way for an industrial boom the Arctic island hopes will help it gain independence from Denmark.
- Greenland wants to boost its mining of rare earths, but uranium often is found mixed into rare earths, so the ban was blocking key mining activity.
- One rare earth deposit being explored by Greenland Minerals (GDLNF) could be the largest outside China; the company thinks it could extract up to 40K tons/year of rare earth metals.
- Rare earths: REMX, REE, MCP, SHZ, AVL, GSM.
- Uranium: URA, NLR, BWC, SHAW, URS, FLR, LTBR, URG, UEC, URRE, USU, DNN, CCJ.
Oct. 15, 2013, 12:45 PM
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Sep. 25, 2013, 12:17 PM
- Rare Element Resources (REE -10.5%) shares swirl to their lowest of the day after announcing an $8M offering.
- REE entered into a purchase agreement with investors agreeing to sell ~2.67M common shares and warrants to purchase up to ~1,33M shares; the price of each unit is $2.988, a 10% discount to yesterday's closing price.
- Proceeds from the offering will be used to advance engineering and metallurgical work as well as permitting on the Bear Lodge project and for general corporate purposes.
Sep. 24, 2013, 9:54 AM
- Rare earth stocks (REMX) start strong after reports overnight say China is likely to purchase billions of yuan of rare earth minerals starting next month to bolster its strategic reserves.
- Six large rare-earth producers - including Baotou Steel, China's largest rare earth producer by output - are on the list for the purchasing program, which was launched last year.
- Also, one of China’s largest rare earth producers says it plans to raise funds through private placement to build a plant with the capacity to produce 7K tons/year of rare earth oxides.
- MCP +3%, REE +3.7%, AVL +8.8%.
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