Streetwise Reports' Article Archives — February 2014 back to current month (18)

Michael Fowler: How to Find Wildflowers in the Weeds (02/26/2014)

WildflowersMichael Fowler, senior mining analyst with Loewen Ondaatje McCutcheon Ltd. in Toronto, doesn't typically focus on midtier gold companies, but the opportunities are just too good to pass up. In this interview with The Gold Report, Fowler tells us that even private equity is getting into the game and discusses a handful of companies that are good growth plays.

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Gold: The Most Sought-After Metal on Earth (02/26/2014)

How did gold become the most sought-after metal on earth? Visual Capitalist has some answers.

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Paul Renken: For 2014 Gains, Look to Uranium, PGMs and Gems (02/25/2014)

Paul Renken, senior geologist and analyst with VSA Capital, calls 2014 a soft year for gold and silver prices, but foresees stronger prices—and demand—for nickel, copper and tech metals as the year progresses. In this Mining Report interview, he lists the three commodities investors should feel good about and digs into the details of the Indonesian ban on exports of raw ore.

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Benjamin Asuncion and Geordie Mark: Six Gold and Silver Leaders at Today's Prices (02/24/2014)

gold and silverBenjamin Asuncion and Geordie Mark of Haywood Securities forecast 2014 gold and silver prices of $1,300/ounce and $21.50/ounce, respectively. In this interview with The Gold Report, they argue that the gold and silver companies that will thrive in 2014 will be those blessed with prudent but aggressive management that can post good margins at today's prices. And they suggest a half-dozen gold and silver miners poised to do just that.

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Size Does Matter in Rare Earth Mining: Christopher Ecclestone (02/24/2014)

"It looks like market watchers have started to get a handle on what makes a good rare earth company."

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Supply and Demand Key to Base Metals Success: Adam Low (02/19/2014)

Adam Low of Raymond James believes that the outlook is excellent for zinc, good for copper and neutral for iron ore. In this interview with The Gold Report, he argues that it comes down to supply and demand. Copper supply may soon lag demand, and zinc demand, which is increasing steadily, will soon face a 10% decline in supply. Low suggests eight miners that should benefit from providing the metals the global economy will need to support future growth.

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How to Vet Graphite Investments: Stephen Riddle (02/18/2014)

Stephen Riddle, CEO of Asbury Graphite Mills Inc., has been in the business long enough to have seen companies come and go, sometimes more than once. He brings a realist's perspective to this Mining Report interview, and explains the questions he asks himself, as an investor, at each stage of mine development. He also comments on the supply-and-demand picture, and names the characteristics of his ideal graphite mine.

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The Most Important Question Top Stock Pickers Keith Schaefer, Eric Coffin and Lawrence Roulston Ask Company Presidents (02/18/2014)

Payback time? Fallback plan? Money in the bank? What would you ask the CEO of a company you were considering investing in? In advance of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention in March, newsletter writers Keith Schaefer, Eric Coffin and Lawrence Roulston are bringing 15 energy and mining companies together for a "meet the management" Subscriber Investment Summit in Toronto. In this interview with The Mining Report, the experts share their sometimes surprising responses to the state of the industry.

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This "Workhorse" Metal Is Ready for a Breakout (02/18/2014)

"Demand's rising. Supply's down. Zinc prices, and profits, are about to take off."

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'Mexico Mike' Kachanovsky: How to Buy Prime Rib Companies at Hamburger Prices (02/17/2014)

You scan the menu and notice that the prime rib and the hamburger are the same price. What do you order? The precious metals market isn't so different, according to "Mexico Mike" Kachanovsky, consultant to hedge funds and mining companies and contributor to SmartInvestment.ca. The market has pulverized the price of top-notch mining stocks to the same level as the struggling names. So, which would you buy? In this interview with The Gold Report, Kachanovsky reveals how to find the prime rib of the gold market.

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Christian Versus Embry: Gold, Lies and Video Interviews (02/17/2014)

"Strongly opposing views on the likely speed of any gold price increase, and some of the factors affecting this likelihood, make for some very polarized opinions."

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Food, Water and Fuel Are Necessary to Life and Investors: Bob Moriarty (02/13/2014)

Likening central banks to "your crackhead cousin" running loose with your American Express platinum card, Bob Moriarty sees serious economic threats in the future. This leads the owner of 321energy to look at resources like food, water and energy for protection and profit. He tells The Energy Report where energy opportunities exist, and why Chinese demand for everything will set prices in the future.

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Bob Moriarty's Stock-Picking Tools for Gold Equities: A Blindfold and a Dart (02/12/2014)

According to Bob Moriarty, the force behind 321gold, the "fact that everyone hated gold in December is a good reason for rational people to love it now." While he recommends physical gold as an essential insurance policy in any portfolio, tax selloffs, low equity prices and low gold prices mean many companies, now selling for "peanuts," are the place to put investment dollars. And, as he tells The Gold Report, all you need to pick a winner is a blindfold and a dart.

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Ryan Castilloux: Sorting Reality from Hype in the Crowded Rare Earth Industry (02/11/2014)

Evaluating rare earth projects is a tricky business, and the ambiguous reporting methods some companies use don't make it any easier. In this interview with The Mining Report, Ryan Castilloux of Adamas Intelligence examines misleading metrics that hide the devil in the details. He also explains the complex, objective methodology he uses to rank the world's 52 most advanced rare earth projects, and names five development-stage projects and three exploration-stage projects with lucrative upside potential. A must-read for anyone interested in rare earth elements.

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Gold Idol: Killian Charles' Search for the Next Mining Superstar (02/10/2014)

Miner gearKillian Charles, a mining analyst with Industrial Alliance Securities in Montreal, was tired of hearing how gold companies were doomed to failure because of the listless gold price. So he started "auditioning" companies for Gold Idol. In this interview with The Gold Report, Charles talks about what attributes got companies through to the next round and what got them sent home.

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Legendary Geologist Brent Cook Shares His Rules for Weeding Out Flaky Companies (02/05/2014)

If now is the time to accumulate deeply discounted companies with strong fundamentals in advance of a hot junior market in 2015, how can an investor tell if a company is a black hole or a shining star? Exploration Insights Publisher Brent Cook shines a light on the all-important due diligence process in this interview with The Gold Report and gives seven examples of companies that pass his litmus test.

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Joe Mazumdar: Seven Gold and Uranium Juniors with Near-Term Growth You Can't Ignore (02/04/2014)

Many junior miners have an ace up the sleeve, and that is commodity price leverage. Joe Mazumdar, senior mining analyst with Canaccord Genuity, sat down with us to share what he looks for in junior companies with a lot of commodity price leverage. In this interview with The Mining Report, find out why bigger isn't necessarily better when it comes to gold mining projects, and why the market is favoring uranium explorers over producers—for now. Mazumdar also shares names of gold companies with "bite-sized" capital needs from Burkina Faso to California, as well as the apples of his eye in the Athabasca Basin, where management teams with significant track records are heading up promising exploration programs.

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Cosmos Chiu: Assessing Gold Mines in Far-Flung Places (02/03/2014)

Cosmos Chiu, executive director of precious metals equity research at CIBC World Markets, doesn't just stick to mining companies in North America. About one-third of gold comes from Africa, Chiu says in this interview with The Gold Report, so he likes to dedicate a similar amount of coverage to companies there. But knowing what to look for in intriguing districts around the world is what sets Chiu apart—that and his decidedly bullish forecast for the gold price.

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