Streetwise Base Metals Interviews



Stefan Ioannou

Looming Zinc Supply Shortage Good News for Producers and Explorers: Stefan Ioannou
Source: Patrice Fusillo of The Gold Report  (4/18/16)
The outlook for zinc appears bullish, says Stefan Ioannou of Haywood Securities, spearheaded by mine closures, dwindling production and the dearth of replacement projects. This looming supply gap could mean increased zinc prices by the end of the year, explains Ioannou in this interview with The Gold Report, a prospect that would bode well for one of the few pure-play zinc producers, as well as for an Australian explorer that may be on the cusp of a world-class discovery. More >


Warren Irwin

Hedge Fund Chief Warren Irwin's Blockbuster Uranium Call and His Best Metal and Oil Plays
Source: Gordon Holmes of The Gold Report  (3/10/16)
The event-driven hedge fund Rosseau LP has beat its benchmark by over 50% since inception in 1998, and its founder and CIO Warren Irwin says it does so by going deep, looking at very specific events or situations that are special within industry sectors. Irwin made his name by shorting Bre-X some 20 years ago and hasn't looked back. In this interview with The Gold Report, Irwin gives us a peek into Rosseau's portfolio, discussing opportunities that he is excited about in metals, uranium and oil. More >


Negative Outside Reversal Day: Beware the Ides of March
Source: Michael J. Ballanger for The Gold Report  (3/1/16)
Precious metals expert Michael Ballanger believes we are in the very early stages of an absolutely breath-taking bull market in mining stocks and the precious metals, but like the famous Aesopian fable, sometimes it's the tortoise that wins the race by simply plodding along and exercising patience and a tad of caution. More >


Gary Economo

Graphite: What iPhones, NASCAR and Tesla Have in Common
Source: Special to The Gold Report  (2/29/16)
Focus Graphite CEO and Director Gary Economo says the tipping point is coming for natural flake mining developers—even during a depressed commodities cycle. This optimistic view is based on the urgent necessity of manufacturers today to source those critical materials and technologies needed to meet globally mandated CleanTech targets in advance of a 2020 deadline. Focus, says Economo, is on strategic trajectory to capitalize on global change with his company's high-purity graphite deposit, Lac Knife in Quebec. More >


Eric Coffin

Eric Coffin Can See the End of the Gold Bear Market and This Is What He Is Doing About It
Source: JT Long of The Gold Report  (2/23/16)
When the New York markets run out of steam, the gold market gets hot. HRA Editor Eric Coffin has been watching the companies with the best assets, waiting for just this moment. In this interview with The Gold Report, he shares the names of the best in the gold, silver, copper and uranium spaces and tells you where you can go to talk to the CEOs. More >


Joe Reagor

Joe Reagor's Equity Picks for Patient Pickers
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (2/8/16)
Picking gold and silver equities in a stagnant price environment is a stock picker's game that requires a particular thesis—and a fair portion of patience, says Joe Reagor, an analyst with ROTH Capital Partners. In this interview with The Gold Report, Reagor outlines types of companies he prefers and pairs those with names that patient investors could parlay into promising profits. More >


Rick Mills

Rick Mills: How to Profit from the Demands of a Growing World Population
Source: JT Long of The Gold Report  (1/21/16)
As the world prepares to house, feed and care for 9.7 billion people, Ahead of the Herd founder Rick Mills is looking for the companies that will profit from the silent tsunami of demand creeping up on resource and healthcare providers. In this interview with The Gold Report, Mills reveals the six companies he thinks are well positioned in their respective sectors to ride this population wave to profits. More >


David Talbot

Dundee's David Talbot Says Green Energy Trend Is Your Friend
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Energy Report  (1/5/16)
David Talbot of Dundee Capital Markets forecasts uranium demand growth of about 6% compounded annually through 2020, which ought to be more than enough to kickstart depressed U3O8 prices. Nuclear energy is part of a growing trend away from fossil fuels toward green energy and things like lithium-ion batteries for cars and energy storage. Talbot explains that lithium demand is expected to grow even faster than uranium demand, and the market is already undergoing a supply deficit. In this interview with The Energy Report, he offers his top picks in the uranium and lithium spaces, as well as a graphite name, all poised to ride the green energy trend higher. More >


Eric Coffin

Eric Coffin Calls Out the Fed's Biggest Mistake and What You Can Do to Protect Your Portfolio
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (12/17/15)
Eric Coffin, editor of HRA Journal, writes one of the must-read newsletters in the junior mining sector. In this interview with The Gold Report, Coffin implores gold equity investors to ask: Is the project financeable in this market? And he discusses some companies he covers in the HRA Journal with the know-how to find funds, as well as a couple of uranium names that would benefit from utilities re-entering the market to find long-term delivery deals. But Coffin gets rolling by questioning U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen's timing, warning investors about the growing divergence between equity and higher yield markets, and shooting down the accepted theory that the U.S. dollar index is heading to 120. More >


Thibaut Lepouttre

Lepouttre Plays Santa Claus, Gives Away Top 5 Junior Mining Picks
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (12/14/15)
Thibaut Lepouttre, editor of Caesars Report, knows 'tis the season for generosity, so when we asked him for his top three picks among junior mining equities, he gave us five—four gold plays and a phosphate name. Belgium-based Lepouttre also discusses different "black swan" events and their potential impact on the gold price, as well as some naughty and nice mining jurisdictions. But this is the interview that keeps on giving, so before he left Lepouttre added two micro-cap oil names he believes would make great "stocking stuffers." He may not be Santa Claus but you'll appreciate his magnanimity in this interview with The Gold Report. More >


capitalwinery

How Investors at the California Capital Conference Picked the Next Top Small-Cap Companies
Source: Staff of The Gold Report  (12/7/15)
If only someone could bottle the experience of finding an overlooked company, investing for pennies a share and cashing in for 10, 20 or 30 times what you paid. Priceless, right? But how to find those companies? Small caps aren't covered by the mainstream press and analysts the way blue chips are, and determining value of an early-stage company before profit and loss statements take on real meaning and big questions about science and markets are answered can be difficult. That is why veteran investors like Tom Swaney, president of California-based Harwood Capital Inc., like to meet management in person at events like the California Capital Conference. More >


Philip Richards

RAB's Philip Richards: Why a Gradual Bull Market in Metals Is on Its Way
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Gold Report  (11/23/15)
After five trying years, RAB Capital Founder and President Philip Richards sees the light at the end of the tunnel. In this interview with The Gold Report, he argues that a continued zero-interest-rate policy from the Fed will be good for gold and silver, while continued quantitative easing will be good for base metals. Many fine mining companies now trade at deep discounts relative to their NPVs, and Richards suggests a half-dozen poised to take off once the new bull market finds its legs. More >


Michael Curran

Michael Curran Goes Down-Market Shopping for Winners
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (11/19/15)
Most of the low-cost gold producers are fairly valued, says Michael Curran, managing director and mining analyst with Beacon Securities, so he's heading down-market to the advanced development opportunities and early-stage explorers that he thinks could become low-cost producers. Sure there is risk, as Curran explains in this interview with The Gold Report, but the reward could come via either a takeover bid by an established producer seeking to lower its overall costs or by supporting these companies as they transition into emerging producers. More >


Eric Lemieux

PearTree Securities' Eric Lemieux Enumerates Québec Companies with Cash and Catalysts
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (11/9/15)
Few know and understand Québec-based mining projects like Eric Lemieux, mining analyst with PearTree Securities Inc. He understands that the low commodity price environment is hindering widespread exploration but explains that for companies with cash, exploration dollars go further in tough times. In this interview with The Gold Report, Lemieux provides some perspective on several brownfield exploration projects he recently visited in Québec's Abitibi and Val-d'Or regions, while providing updates on other Québec gold and other mining projects with near-term catalysts. More >


Rudi Fronk

With KSM Permits in Hand, Seabridge Is Now Set to Leverage the Coming Bull Market in Gold
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Gold Report  (11/5/15)
With Proven and Probable reserves of 38 million ounces of gold and 10 billion pounds of copper, the potential of Seabridge Gold's KSM project in British Columbia has long been sky-high. In this interview with The Gold Report, Chairman/CEO Rudi Fronk explains that his company has always maximized its leverage to the price of gold. So now, with KSM fully permitted and greatly enhanced by the discovery of higher-grade gold and copper, and a bull market in gold now on the way, the recent strong gains made by investors in his company are likely only the beginning. More >


Joseph McAlinden

Four Reasons Investment Strategist Joe McAlinden Likes Hard Assets, Especially Gold
Source: Special to The Gold Report  (11/2/15)
In September, former Morgan Stanley Investment Management Chief Global Strategist Joe McAlinden announced in an interview with The Gold Report that he had reversed his view on commodities. In this interview, he predicts that the gold price could double in the next two year and envisions even more upside for the mining equities. More >


Marin Katusa

Marin Katusa: Follow the Good Guys in Mining
Source: JT Long of The Gold Report  (10/29/15)
The most valuable resource in a mining company is often the people. Good management can attract the right investors and add value regardless of the market. In this interview with The Gold Report, Marin Katusa, founder of Katusa Research, shares his litmus test for which mining companies are worth his hard-won dollars and which ones he is avoiding for the foreseeable future. More >


Frank Holmes Brian Hicks

U.S. Global's Frank Holmes and Brian Hicks: The One Essential to Transform Your Resources Portfolio? Patience.
Source: JT Long of The Energy Report  (10/27/15)
For investors willing to take a long-term view on their resource portfolios, this could be the best of times, says U.S. Global Investors CEO and Chief Investment Officer Frank Holmes. If you add patience to your portfolio management strategy, holding discounted oil and gas and metals mining stocks is one way to leverage the price equilibrium that will come when China's growth hits the market. In this interview with The Energy Report, Fund Manager Brian Hicks shares the names of the juniors farther up the food chain that he is adding to the fund. More >


The Secrets of Junior Mining Private Equity Risk Managers
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (10/12/15)
Some $2 trillion is being invested worldwide by private equity funds every year with a chunk of that destined for junior mining companies. Demand is as strong as or stronger than ever as investors see a shopping opportunity. Who is deciding where it goes and based on what criteria? At the annual Fall Mining Showcase event in Toronto, Red Cloud Mining Capital enlisted the help of three private equity panelists to answer those burning questions. Cheryl Brandon, a partner at Waterton Global Resource Management; Dan Wilton, a partner at Pacific Road Capital Management; and David Thomas, managing director of Resource Capital Funds, brought their insight. Anthony Vaccaro, publisher of The Northern Miner, moderated the spirited discussion that shed light on how private equity investments in junior mining work, the widely held fear of private equity among CEOs and a surprising level of interest in junior mining equities by private equity fund investors. What follows is an edited version of that panel discussion. More >


Andrew Pullar

Andrew Pullar's Plan: Go Long, Set Goals with World-Class Assets
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (10/5/15)
Andrew Pullar, CEO of The Sentient Group, a private equity fund, says his plan for investment success is all about identifying companies with long-life, low-cost, world-class assets and supporting them through to production. In this interview with The Gold Report, Pullar plots the course for a handful of what he believes are world-class mining assets. More >


Michael Hopley

Sunridge Is Now Good to Go at Its Asmara VMS Project in Eritrea
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Gold Report  (9/24/15)
It's been a very active decade filled with milestones for Sunridge Gold, and now following the September signing of a comprehensive permitting agreement with its partner, the government of Eritrea, the Canadian junior is set to begin production in 2016. In this interview with The Gold Report, President and CEO Michael Hopley discusses the riches of his company's copper, gold, zinc and silver deposits and looks forward to becoming as successful as Nevsun has been. More >


David Morgan

Silver Investor David Morgan: Conspiracy Facts Show Metal Prices Have to Rise
Source: JT Long of The Gold Report  (9/21/15)
Even in a frozen metals price market, it only takes one event to shake off the paper manipulation keeping prices below what supply and demand fundamentals of a free market would dictate. And when that correction comes, it could happen quickly. In this interview with The Gold Report, The Morgan Report Publisher David Morgan shares his favorite ways to own leverage to metal prices upside while protecting against junior mining risk. More >


Blair Way

Flinders CEO Blair Way: What Tesla Needs to Know About the Graphite Sector
Source: Special to The Gold Report  (9/8/15)
Tesla's moves toward manufacturing auto and home storage has set off a buzz of misunderstandings and opportunities in the graphite space as some 40 TSX and ASX junior miners position themselves to meet anticipated increased future demand for this critical mineral. In this interview with The Gold Report, Flinders Resources CEO and President Blair Way shares the four factors to consider when analyzing a graphite company. Warning: It is a very different proposition than investing in a gold company. More >


Max Porterfield

Resource Capital Funds Backs Callinex's Strategy near HudBay Operations
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Gold Report  (9/3/15)
Manitoba's Flin Flon Greenstone Belt has yielded VMS discoveries resulting in dozens of mines. Callinex Mines has been a big part of that success for almost a century and believes it has the properties that will become the district's latest winners. In this interview with The Gold Report, Callinex President and CEO Max Porterfield explains how high-grade assays and proximity to existing producers could lead to his company discovering the ore that HudBay will soon need. More >


James Wilson

Can a Weak Australian Currency Blow Investment Dollars Toward Mining Companies? Morgans' James Wilson Singles Out Three Gold Companies Making Headway
Source: Special to The Gold Report  (9/3/15)
A weak Australian dollar has pushed up gold prices down under and made gold mining companies with low all-in costs more attractive to investors. In this interview with The Gold Report, Morgans Senior Analyst James Wilson shares the names of ASX-listed gold, iron and graphite companies worth watching. More >


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