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Galaxy Resources: A New Focus to Meet the Coming Lithium Demand
Source: Kevin Michael Grace  03/05/2015

Just two years ago, Galaxy Resources was overleveraged and unfocused. It had lost the support of the market and its shareholders. Today, as Managing Director Anthony Tse explains in this interview with The Energy Report, a new management team has exerted fiscal discipline, consolidated assets and focused the company on its world-class Sal de Vida lithium project in Argentina, positioning Galaxy to supply a metal critical to the explosion in demand for modern electronics and transportation.


Contrarian Steve Palmer's Balancing Act Stretches from Western Canada to the East China Sea
Source: Peter Byrne of The Energy Report  03/05/2015

Building a small-cap energy portfolio that maintains balance in turbulence requires the ability to spot junior firms with solid backbones. Steve Palmer of AlphaNorth Asset Management has made a career of spotting companies loaded with value, and he tells The Energy Report not only what he looks for, but also where he has found it.


Macquarie's Brian Bagnell: Forget Peak Oil; Worry About Peak Demand
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Energy Report  02/26/2015

Brian Bagnell of Macquarie Capital Markets has two caveats for investors in junior oil and gas companies: Expect extreme volatility, and don't expect oil prices above $70/barrel anytime soon. He tells the The Energy Report that the winners in this sector will demonstrate maximal efficiency and minimal costs, and that even in this time of crisis there are bargains to be had.


Alphastox's Moshevich Defines the One Thing Strong Energy Juniors Share
Source: Peter Byrne of The Energy Report  02/19/2015

The implosion of oil and gas prices will flush out oil and gas exploration juniors with weak balance sheets and too much debt, says Etienne Moshevich, editor of Alphastox.com. The small-cap companies left standing, however, are poised to soar once the market begins to accelerate. In this interview with The Energy Report, Moshevich touts the benefits of motivated management teams and solid balance sheets for all companies in the energy sector, and singles out seven oil and gas juniors, plus a pair of uranium picks, with outstanding prospects come the turnaround.


ROTH Capital's John White Pumps the Permian for Profit
Source: Tom Armistead of The Energy Report  02/19/2015

John White has initiated coverage on several small-cap exploration and production companies in the Permian Basin, the latest of the major basins to turn in a big way from vertical oil and gas wells to horizontal fractured wells. In this interview with The Energy Report, the ROTH Capital Partners senior research analyst names five Permian players on his list of favorites.


Jeb Handwerger: A Surge in M&As Proves that Gold Is Back
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Mining Report  02/17/2015

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.


Global Insecurity Is Good for Gold, Says Mike Niehuser
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Gold Report  02/16/2015

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.


Low Oil Prices Are an Act of Economic Warfare: Veteran Investor Bob Moriarty
Source: Karen Roche, The Energy Report  02/12/2015

This is a wonderful time to have cash and be in the oil business, according to Bob Moriarty of 321energy.com. That's because savvy juniors can go shopping for assets being sold as "uneconomic" when oil is $40–50/barrel. But the low price won't last, he tells The Energy Report, predicting much higher oil within the year. And while that increase will cause oil stocks to rise in tandem, Moriarty reminds investors that it still pays to be selective.


Hedge Against Short-Term Cycles with Lithium: Daniela Desormeaux
Source: Tom Armistead of The Mining Report  02/10/2015

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.


Blackbird's Garth Braun: Leveraging Leadership, Foresight and Natural Gas Liquids
Source: George S. Mack of The Energy Report  02/10/2015

When an energy company has grown its share price more than 400% against strong headwinds in one year, that's an attention-getter. The formula, as always, is to get the right management, after which value will be created and growth will follow. CEO Garth Braun of Blackbird Energy Inc. has made sweet lemonade out of a sour market in fossil fuels. In this interview with The Energy Report, Braun describes his business model and talks about his management and leadership style.


Raymond James Analyst's Four Top Picks for the Coming Uranium Upswing
Source: Tom Armistead of The Energy Report  02/05/2015

Uranium spot prices have shown more life recently, says David Sadowski, mining equity research analyst at Raymond James, and he expects upward pressure to continue as utilities resume buying to meet future needs. In this interview, he tells The Energy Report the time is ripe to invest in uranium company stocks. In addition to his four top picks in the space, Sadowski identifies other companies whose takeout potential will be enhanced by the rising value of their properties, including one he thinks the market has undervalued.


Stefan Ioannou: Bottom-Fishing Opportunities in Base Metals, Especially Zinc
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Mining Report  02/03/2015

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.


Michael Waring Has Seen the Energy Downturn Movie Before, and He's Not Worried
Source: Tom Armistead of The Energy Report  01/29/2015

With oil and gas prices down, it's time to cull the herd, sell marginal producers and double down on the strong ones in your portfolio, says Michael Waring, founder of Galileo Global Equity Advisors Inc. In this interview with The Energy Report, Waring explains that this kind of correction happens every 10 years in this space. It presents opportunities for companies to improve and investors to profit—and he names four companies he considers most likely to succeed.


Want to Avoid Oil's Gloom? Turn to the Sun, Says Outsider Nick Hodge
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Energy Report  01/21/2015

While some celebrated shale oil as a "boom," Nick Hodge derided it as a "Ponzi scheme." Today the shale sector quivers before the specter of falling oil prices, and the oil majors that have invested heavily in shale may be humbled. In this interview with The Energy Report, the founder of the Outsider Club and investment director of Early Advantage argues that nuclear energy is about to reassert itself, and that solar power is on the verge of becoming a major energy source. He also highlights one uranium and four solar companies with especially bright futures.


Which Commodity Horses Will Be Up and Which Down on Joe Reagor's Merry-Go-Round?
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Mining Report  01/20/2015

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.


Jason Wangler Throws a Lifeline to Oil and Gas Investors
Source: Tom Armistead of The Energy Report  01/15/2015

The crash in oil prices and the continued depression in gas prices have exploration and production companies and their services providers hunkered down, cutting capital expenditures and trying to bring spending into line with income, says Wunderlich Securities Analyst Jason Wangler. The likely survivors have similar traits, and in this interview with The Energy Report, Wangler shares their secrets, and names companies he expects will have an especially bright future.


Charting Uranium's Gain, Brent Cook Looks for Sweet Spots in the Athabasca Basin
Source: JT Long of The Mining Report  01/13/2015

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.


Revolutionary Oil Prospector Richard Masterson Shares Fracking Investment Opportunities Gov. Cuomo Can't Touch
Source: George S. Mack of The Energy Report  01/08/2015

Richard "Rich" Masterson, a Midland, Texas-based consulting geologist, has helped originate oil and gas projects with previously unseen potential. In this interview with The Energy Report, Masterson describes the significance of innovative science and new methods of prospecting to locate and liberate large amounts of energy, regardless of NIMBY politics like those playing out in New York State. He also brings projects and companies with potential upside for investors to the surface.


Are You Ready for the January Effect?
Source: JT Long of The Mining Report  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.


Chris Berry Identifies Commodity Companies with the Disruptive Advantage
Source: JT Long of The Mining Report  12/30/2014

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.


8 Billion Reasons to Invest in Potash: Paradigm's Spencer Churchill
Source: JT Long of The Energy Report  12/23/2014

Potash producers have 8 billion reasons why demand for the minerals that increase food production will grow in the coming decades. Plus, a sinkhole emerging under a Russian mine is raising questions about the ability to produce enough fertilizer to feed what is projected to be an even larger and more demanding global population. The right companies could reap the benefits of exposure to the agricultural market. In this interview with The Mining Report, Paradigm Capital Analyst Spencer Churchill shares some of his favorites and talks about a unique streaming model that benefits from immediate upside.


Turbulent Times Call for Insulated Investments: Steven Salz
Source: Tom Armistead of The Energy Report  12/18/2014

Turbulence and volatility are in Steven Salz's forecast for the energy market. The special situations analyst at M Partners tells The Energy Report that falling oil prices are hurting oilfield services companies in different measures depending on their specialties, but that all are taking hits. A sign of the times: He thinks the Halliburton/Baker Hughes merger may be the first of a series of consolidations in the space.


Chen Lin: Low Oil Prices Fuel Bonanza Increases in Ethanol Stocks
Source: Kevin Michael Grace of The Energy Report  12/11/2014

Chen Lin was one of the very few who foresaw the collapse in oil prices, so investors are well advised to pay attention to his advice. In this interview with The Energy Report,
the author of the What is Chen Buying? What is Chen Selling? newsletter touts the prospects of a few oil companies that can prosper in the downturn, and explains why cheap oil means high profits for U.S. ethanol producers.


Rob Chang Spins Yellowcake into Gold and Gold into Green
Source: Peter Byrne of The Mining Report  12/09/2014

The long winter of falling uranium prices is about to give way to a Japanese spring. In an interview with The Mining Report, Cantor Fitzgerald's Rob Chang discusses the return of the small producers as an increasingly hungry market looks to eat up all of the available uranium. Plus, Chang likes gold and enlightens us on how gold miners are shaking profits out of slag.


Micro-Cap E&Ps with Less Risky Businesses: Casimir's Philip Juskowicz
Source: Brian Sylvester of The Energy Report  12/04/2014

Many small-cap exploration and production companies have had a good run in recent years, but are now getting whacked given their strong connections to oil prices. But the news is not all bad: Philip Juskowicz of Casimir Capital makes a good case for certain micro-cap names. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Juskowicz discusses four companies with strong narratives, two with defensive assets, and notes that natural gas names could see market love as margins widen.


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