Streetwise Critical Metals Interviews



Mick Carew

Haywood's Mick Carew Explains Why Now Is an 'Opportune Time for Consolidation' in the Mining Space
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (8/24/15)
Mick Carew, a research analyst with Haywood Securities, hopes we have found the bottom of the commodity cycle but expects M&A activity to continue apace through the rest of this year and into 2016 as low metals prices force the hands of underfunded management teams. Carew says M&A is commonly viewed as a potential indicator of a swing in market sentiment, and in this interview with The Gold Report, he discusses a handful of his favorite names, some of which could become M&A targets. More >


Thinking Outside the Commodity Box: Benchmark's Investment Primer for Lithium, Cobalt and Graphite
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (8/10/15)
It's often difficult to understand the global markets for critical minerals so The Gold Report narrowed it to three—lithium, cobalt and graphite—and brought in Simon Moores, managing director of London-based Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, and the firm's analyst, Andrew Miller, to provide insight into minerals that they say need to shed their labels as traditional commodities and embrace their future as niche, raw-material solutions for a growing list of technology manufacturers. As Benchmark prepares to embark on its World Tour, Moores and Miller discuss supply chain visibility and the impact of disruptive technologies on these markets, as well as companies seeking to leverage lithium, cobalt and graphite into investable business models that will lure investors with a long-term outlook. More >


Luisa Moreno

Luisa Moreno Explains Why Metallurgy Is So Important in Critical Metals Projects
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (7/23/15)
Luisa Moreno, managing partner and analyst with Toronto-based Tahuti Global, says there are many things investors must pay attention to when it comes to critical metals projects, but nothing should trump metallurgy. That's because no two deposits are precisely the same, and having a clear understanding of how to economically recover those metals and get them into end-users' hands is usually the difference between higher share prices and failure. In this interview with The Gold Report, Moreno discusses several companies developing critical metals deposits with established metallurgy and other attributes that put them on the path to success. More >


Paul Renken

Paul Renken's Gold, Graphite and REE Names Poised for Gains
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (6/22/15)
Paul Renken, mining analyst with London-based VSA Capital, spends much of his time researching small and micro-cap resource equities and the commodities central to their business models so we don't have to. In this interview with The Gold Report, Renken suggests some of his favorite graphite and rare earth names, as well as a handful of gold equity picks. More >


Chris Berry Michael Berry

Chris and Michael Berry: What the Boomers Got Wrong—and Right—About Natural Resource Investing
Source: JT Long of The Gold Report   (6/15/15)
What do Gen Xers not understand about value investing? What can Millennials learn from today's resource investors? In anticipation of Father's Day, The Gold Report, quizzed Chris and Dr. Michael Berry, authors of the Disruptive Discoveries Journal, on how investing has changed over the years in the gold, silver, niche metals and energy space, and what they are investing in today to make sure they survive to see the next cycle. More >


Richard Karn

Three Australian Miners Richard Karn Believes Are Positioned for Success
Source: Special to The Gold Report  (6/1/15)
Despite the collapse in broad commodity prices, numerous specialty metal prices have held or even gone up in the last few years: companies with the potential to produce these metals couldn't attract capital, and the tightness today is now likely to become shortages tomorrow, says Richard Karn, managing editor of The Emerging Trends Report. When institutional capital eventually comes back to the sector, money will flow first to companies in or nearing production now. In this interview with The Gold Report, Karn highlights three such companies in Australia producing graphite, tungsten, rare earth elements, hafnium and other specialty metals. More >


John Kaiser

Survival Guide for the Mother of All Bear Markets from Veteran Bottomfisher John Kaiser
Source: JT Long of The Mining Report  (5/5/15)
When North Americans wake up to the dangers of relying on China and Russia for essential metals like zinc, rare earths, antimony, niobium and scandium, the juniors now suffering with anemic stock prices could turn into cash producing machines worth writing home to mom about. In this frank assessment of everything from gold and diamonds to potash and zinc, Kaiser Research Online author John Kaiser names for The Mining Report readers the companies that could be swept up in a rush to security of supply. More >


Ryan Castilloux

Why Everyone Is Talking About Scandium: Ryan Castilloux
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (5/4/15)
Ryan Castilloux, founding director and market research analyst with Adamas Intelligence, is getting a lot more inquiries about scandium. Investors are asking: What is scandium? How is it used? What are its growth prospects? And how can I make money in scandium? In this interview with The Gold Report, Castilloux provides an overview of the scandium market and its publicly listed players with advanced-stage projects. With one tonne of scandium fetching $5 million or more, Castilloux says those with a bullish outlook on scandium will never find a better buyer's market. More >


Duncan Hughes

Duncan Hughes: The Weak Aussie Dollar Means Strong Aussie Miners
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Gold Report  (4/29/15)
A weak national currency is bad news for importers and consumers but good news for exporters, such as miners. According to Australian analyst Duncan Hughes of GMP Securities, the 24% drop in the value of the Aussie dollar versus the U.S. dollar means that local gold producers can produce big margins even at US$1,200/ounce gold. In this interview with The Gold Report, Hughes names two Aussie gold miners with great cash flow, as well as several with projects in Africa, and he highlights nickel and copper companies that can expect to flourish when prices rise, as he expects they will. More >


Ryan Castilloux

Ryan Castilloux's State of the REE Market Address
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Mining Report  (4/28/15)
We are five years into this new market for rare earths: five years that dawned with higher rare earth elements prices, that unfolded with a new generation of publicly listed junior resources companies with REE properties and projects, and that saw a vicious bear market spread across the domestic and global mining sectors. But soon we will turn the page, says Ryan Castilloux, founding director and market research analyst with Adamas Intelligence, following a price rally for magnetic REEs that could regenerate investor interest and further buoy the sector. In this interview with The Mining Report, Castilloux discusses four REE projects that continue to advance, as well as companies making strides with REE extraction and separation technologies. More >


Rupert Merer

How to Make Money in Renewable Energy: NBF's Rupert Merer
Source: Peter Byrne of The Mining Report  (4/21/15)
As the political and financial pressures on fossil fuels mount, investors are starting to explore the renewable energy space with an eye toward reaping its potential. Rupert Merer analyzes that growing energy sector for National Bank Financial and tells The Mining Report why betting on the future of renewables is a prudent strategy for profit growth. More >


Chris Berry

Disruptive Stock Watcher Chris Berry Cautions Investors About the Real Potential of Deflation
Source: JT Long of The Mining Report  (4/7/15)
Where can investors turn when global quantitative easing and the Energizer Bunny of dollars is crushing commodity prices to within an inch of the junior miners' lives? In this interview with The Mining Report, Disruptive Discoveries Journal writer Chris Berry suggests dedicating yourself to understanding the technologies and paradigm shifts that can lower costs, and participating in the growing electric car and energy storage battery markets. He names some of the innovative companies that are finding new ways to separate the most valuable resources and enter the supply chain before it is too late. More >


Simon Moores

Where Will the Graphite, Lithium and Cobalt for the Battery Revolution Come From?: Simon Moores
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Mining Report  (3/24/15)
Following the lead of Tesla Motors, LG Chem, Foxconn and others are racing to build megafactories to build batteries for electric cars. Yet even now the world supply of graphite, lithium and cobalt needed to supply these factories is insufficient. In this interview with The Mining Report, Simon Moores, managing director of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, explains that we can soon expect healthy prices for all three metals, but the juniors that will succeed in the market must first and foremost learn to meet the needs of the end users. More >


Philip Richards

Why Goldman Sachs Is Wrong About Commodity Prices: Philip Richards
Source: JT Long of The Mining Report  (3/17/15)
Goldman Sachs delivered a dire commodities outlook earlier this year, but RAB Capital Founder Philip Richards still sees compelling buying opportunities. In this interview with The Mining Report, Richards discusses his outlook for oil, gold, vanadium, zinc and nickel, and profiles companies with projects that will see the light of day even in harsh price environments. A few of these names have doubled in stock value in recent months, and still others look poised to deliver multiple returns on investment. More >


Christopher Ecclestone

Why Hallgarten's Chris Ecclestone Is Staying Long in the Mining Sector
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (3/16/15)
Chris Ecclestone, principal and mining strategist at London-based Hallgarten & Co., finds optimism in the most unlikely places. He says that the key reason to be cheerful in 2015 is that the mining sector remains largely ignored. Ecclestone posits that the eventual rotation of broad market money into the sector will float many boats and lead to further M&A, which could start this year. In this interview with The Gold Report, he recommends being long mining stocks and shares some long positions and possible M&A targets. More >


Gareth Hatch

Gareth Hatch: New REE Export Rules Inside China Level the International Playing Field
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Mining Report  (3/3/15)
The era of rare earth elements export quotas and tariffs in China will soon be over and that could ultimately mean a new era of higher prices for REEs inside China, says Gareth Hatch, founding principal of Technology Metals Research and president of Innovation Metals Corp. Chinese REE producers are now subject to much higher environmental standards, which could further level the playing field for non-Chinese REE producers. In this interview with The Mining Report, Hatch discusses some of the latest REE processing technologies, companies with promising REE projects and other companies looking to produce battery-grade graphite.
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Jeb Handwerger

Jeb Handwerger: A Surge in M&As Proves that Gold Is Back
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Mining Report  (2/17/15)
Gold stocks have been trading at huge discounts for years, but even rock-bottom prices couldn't entice takeover bids until the market hit bottom. The bottom is now here, says Jeb Handwerger, founder of GoldStockTrades.com, and M&As are off to a roaring start this year. In this interview with The Mining Report, Handwerger predicts a new record gold price within 18 months, and presents a host of gold and other metal equities poised to take off in 2015. More >


Mike Niehuser

Global Insecurity Is Good for Gold, Says Mike Niehuser
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Gold Report  (2/16/15)
International anxiety may be good for gold prices, as gold continues to have a place as a store of value in uncertain times, says Mike Niehuser of Scarsdale Securities. Lower energy prices and a stronger dollar may provide relief for precious metal miners, especially explorers and miners working outside the United States. Management teams that have been forced to adapt to survive should do well in an upturn, and in this interview with The Gold Report, Niehuser discusses a handful of companies that fit the bill, including one in renewable energy. More >


Daniela Desormeaux

Hedge Against Short-Term Cycles with Lithium: Daniela Desormeaux
Source: Tom Armistead of The Mining Report  (2/10/15)
Lithium is for long-term investors, says Daniela Desormeaux, founder of signumBOX. Its future will be driven by soaring demand for batteries for electric vehicles and electronics. In this interview with The Mining Report, Desormeaux notes that lithium is less dependent on short-term economic cycles than commodities like oil and copper, and says demand for lithium will grow faster than the global economy. The entry of new players to the market is making what was an oligopoly more diverse and competitive, and she highlights some of the exciting projects being developed. More >


Stefan Ioannou

Stefan Ioannou: Bottom-Fishing Opportunities in Base Metals, Especially Zinc
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Mining Report  (2/3/15)
Copper is off to a rough start in 2015 and while other base metals have also shown price weakness, zinc could finish 2015 strong, says Stefan Ioannou, mining analyst with Haywood Securities. He estimates that over the previous two years about 12% of global zinc production ceased and more will end soon, ultimately leading to a run in the zinc price in late 2015 and into 2016. In this interview with The Mining Report, Ioannou discusses his top zinc pick and some high-grade, low-cost copper producers with zinc production profiles. More >


Are You Ready for the January Effect?
Source: JT Long of The Mining Report  (1/6/15)
As far back as 1942, economists have noted that small-cap companies in particular tend to surge at the beginning of the year in a cycle known as the January Effect. After the year we have seen in the natural resources space, The Mining Report checked in with sector experts to find out whether they are expecting this traditional gift, how they are preparing for it and what companies could benefit. More >


Chris Berry

Chris Berry Identifies Commodity Companies with the Disruptive Advantage
Source: JT Long of The Mining Report  (12/30/14)
Globetrotting Chris Berry, founder of House Mountain Partners, finds most retail and institutional investors sitting on the sidelines waiting to see where the energy sector is headed before jumping back into the game. Game-changing disruptive technologies or sustainable end-user agreements are what companies need to succeed and he shares some likely names in the cobalt, lithium, nickel, graphite—even uranium—spaces in this interview with The Mining Report. More >


Gianni Kovacevic

The Copper Denominator: Gianni Kovacevic
Source: J. Alec Gimurtu of The Gold Report  (12/15/14)
Gianni Kovacevic, the author of "My Electrician Drives a Porsche?" and executive chairman of CopperBank Resources Corp., takes a scientific view of historical, social and environmental trends in energy usage and identifies copper as the common denominator. As global energy usage increases, most of that energy flows through copper. In this interview with The Gold Report, Kovacevic discusses how his book explains his approach in understanding copper's investment opportunity in a scientific context, and the role of the company he founded to take advantage of this secular trend. More >


Robert  Baylis

Robert Baylis: A Taste for Tungsten—Finding the Sweet Spot for Investors
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Gold Report  (12/8/14)
Finding the right combination of factors for an investable tungsten operation is no easy matter, says Robert Baylis, managing director of London-based Roskill. Much of the tungsten space is held privately, but some publicly traded equities offer leverage to future demand growth. In this interview with The Gold Report, Baylis says investor success in this space depends on finding that sweet spot where low capital and operating costs act as the honey needed to lure end users into offtake agreements or outright takeovers. More >


So Bad It's Good: Surviving 2014
Source: JT Long of Streetwise Reports  (11/25/14)
As we approach Thanksgiving in the States, Streetwise Reports
reached out to some of our most popular experts for perspective on the natural resource market during this volatile time. While some thought 2014 was so bad it was good—for contrarian investors—others will be all too happy to see the year in the rearview mirror. More >


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