Streetwise Reports' Article Archives — January 2015 back to current month (22)
"Concerns about bank holidays and also a return to the drachma have returned and Greeks are looking for ways to prevent further destruction of their wealth."
Brien Lundin Plays the M&A Game (01/28/2015)
Mining investors love to talk M&A. The speculation. The buzz. Goldcorp started tongues wagging recently when it made a CA$526 million offer for Probe Mines. Brien Lundin, publisher of Gold Newsletter, believes that deal could start the ball rolling on further M&A. He predicts that as gold flows west to east at an unprecedented rate, the gold price will ultimately come under pressure and carry equity prices dramatically higher in either 2015 or 2016. In this interview with The Gold Report, he suggests that prices have never been lower on some of the most likely names in the M&A game.
Women aren't necessarily better than men, but men and women on boards together make better decisions that lead to higher returns, according to a new study on the impact of women on the boards of mining companies. As a matter of good governance, Amanda van Dyke, chair of Women in Mining (UK), analyzed the performance of companies open to new ideas, including moving beyond the old boys' network, and found that they excelled in profitmaking, environmental and social sustainability, and a host of other factors. Imagine, she challenges shareholders in this interview with The Mining Report, how much more you could make on your investments if a critical mass of the talented and best women in the industry made it to the top.
"Even though gold was down last year, it still ranked as the second-best-performing currency, following the U.S. dollar."
Investing in mining equities can get rather complicated but Heiko Ihle, managing director at H.C. Wainwright & Co., says precious metals equity investors need to focus on just three criteria: jurisdiction, management and asset viability. In this interview with The Gold Report, he explains his rationale and discusses several of his preferred gold and silver names.
Gold Turbulent on Greek Aftermath (01/26/2015)
"With the aftermath of the election result still to really impact, one suspects that the likely forthcoming very difficult negotiations between the new Syriza government in Greece and the EU/ECB and the IMF over renegotiation of Greek debt will create some significant waves in the gold market ahead."
"Credit Suisse anticipates that copper prices will be capped at around $6,600 per tonne and $3 per pound."
According to Michael Fowler, senior mining analyst with Loewen, Ondaatje & McCutcheon, the major gold producers have gorged on debt and sold off their seed corn. In other words, they pursued exactly the wrong strategy in the past and are now paying the piper. The intermediates, on the other hand, have better balance sheets, positive cash flow and prospects for growth. In this interview with The Gold Report, Fowler highlights five producers prospering against the odds, and three companies with near-term projects likely to be taken out.
Metals are like horses in a merry-go-round, believes Joe Reagor of ROTH Capital—as some rise, others fall. In this interview with The Mining Report, Reagor explains how looming surpluses, shortages and reduced confidence in central banks will be negative for copper but positive for silver, gold, uranium and, especially, zinc. And he suggests a handful of companies in these sectors that look to be best in show.
Eric Coffin: Is Market Sentiment Shifting to Gold? (01/19/2015)
Equities past their peak? Bond market dead? So where do investors go looking for returns? Eric Coffin suggests gold, both bullion and stocks. In this interview with The Gold Report, the publisher of Hard Rock Analyst explains how changes in the currency and energy markets have reignited interest in the sector, and suggests five gold explorers, plus one each in copper and uranium, poised to profit from the new economic realities.
Top 10 Gold Miners Leap on Gold's U-Turn (01/16/2015)
"As gold gained about 8.5% in the past 25 days, gold miners have soared. "
Ron Stewart Presents Juicy Gold Takeover Targets (01/14/2015)
The gold sector has always had a boom-and-bust mentality. Ron Stewart of Macquarie Equity Research says the flip side to the bear market is that the next bull market will produce phenomenal gains, and the companies leading the pack will be those that can still flourish with low gold prices. In this interview with The Gold Report, Stewart identifies low-cost, high-grade miners, several of which are likely to excite interest from cashed-up suitors.
"The cost of power represents a very large proportion of overall operating costs, particularly for those having to rely on diesel generators, due to their locations."
As nuclear plant restarts take effect in Japan, both market sentiment and fundamentals are seeing positive boosts. Here to discuss the sea change is expert geologist and astute investor Brent Cook, author of Exploration Insights. In this interview with The Mining Report, Cook explains the forces behind uranium's recent price uptick, and describes what kinds of uranium mining projects are worth an investment in this market.
Gold-tracker Thibaut Lepouttre treks the world hunting for solid gold mines and companies with the guts to dig for riches. The editor of Caesars Report and Sprout Money tells The Gold Report why the price of gold is moving sideways for the moment. Don't be fooled by cowardly gold bears, says Lepouttre; invest in muddy, muscled, bull-headed explorers with noses tuned to sniffing out the purest form of value.
"The rare earths industry was in a state of consolidation after a Chinese export clampdown prompted a rapid spike in prices in 2010/11."
The Look and Feel of Canadian Venture Market Bottoms (01/08/2015)
"While it is difficult to discern if today’s market is truly the absolute bottom, the similarities in media headlines, the tone of discussion, and overall sentiment are reminiscent of bear markets past."
The January Effect–the surge that small-cap companies may experience at the beginning of the year–goes back some seven decades. What will 2015 bring? The Gold Report talked to some experts to find out what they are expecting in the early days of the new year and which companies might be in position to take advantage. Most experts are optimistic about a bump, and some have some very interesting ways to profit from it.
"Euro-priced gold meantime extended yesterday's surge, hitting a new 16-month high above €1,029 per ounce after news that Eurozone inflation fell to minus 0.2% across the 19-nation union in December, pulled down by falling oil prices."
Are You Ready for the January Effect? (01/06/2015)
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.
We've hit peak economic gold discoveries, but unlike the new fracking technologies that saved the oil industry, there's no fracking technology to coax mineral wealth from ever-deeper deposits. In the face of this shortage, expert geologist Brent Cook of Exploration Insights is scouting out companies that are cashed up and poised to deliver value when other miners may be left scraping the bottom of the barrel. In this interview with The Gold Report, find out what Cook expects for gold exploration in 2015, and why the next few years are going to be very interesting indeed for yellow metal miners.
Gold Great Value Protector in 2014, Silver Not (01/05/2015)
"If one looks at the strength of the US dollar (or perhaps this should be the weakness of other currencies vs the dollar) with the dollar index rising 12.4% over the year, an investment in gold in any other currency will have seen a decent increase over the year."
|"MAG is poised to enter production this year."|
|"PVG reset expectations and can look to regain investor confidence."|
|"Sampling shows high-grade rhodium potential at PGE's Stillwater West."|
|"SCOT is now in the field on its projects in the Golden Triangle."|
|"There may be significant upside potential from SEA's 3 Aces project."|