While I do understand what you have said about the necessity of cutting some good core and everything else being in place, I have heard that a new feasibility study will also be required. Will that be a full feasibility study and follow up scoping studies as well. I am not in the business so I thought I would get straightened out by someone that is/was.
Also, after the initial discovery stage and hoped for results, will new metallurgical testings have to be done or is there sufficient data on hand from previous work that was done there whereby that will not be an issue. Again said in laymens terms
Red, what you wrote does make sense because they would not have embarked on this new venture if they:
A] didn't understand the signs of the times and that exploration results alone often times does not affect the market's [whoever they are these days] reaction.
B] or if they did not have the ability to carry the new plan out.
I am curious about what is next and also, if what we will soon hear about will have an immediate effect on the SP or will it just be more building blocks for an emerging junior.
Rare Earths Pre-Curser To Other Metal Shortages Dominated By China Production?
Currently, the metal markets are correcting as most pundits are calling for a bubble collapse in all commodities. The prices of metals both precious and base moved up rapidly throughout 2009 resulting in rapid gains as follows:
As usual, the drop in metal prices is accompanied by a strong U.S. dollar as the speculative funds and investors divest themselves of commodities and stocks to buy U.S. dollars, a well-established market play that continues to reward the big speculators regardless of the fundamentals.
The current slide in commodities and stock markets was ignited by China’s announcement on January 13, 2010 that it would tighten the banks’ reserve requirements by ½ of a percentage point which is perceived as a sign of further monetary tightening creating fear that the Chinese economy will slow further cutting off global recovery. China’s economy grew at only 6% in 2009 furthering the belief that China’s growth is slowing. The basic fundamentals of supply and demand argue for China and India to continue their modernization and put further pressure on demand for metals. Those same fundamentals as well as the following list are the basis for our continuing emphasis on a 30 year bull market:
- Iron production and sales continue to escalate as major producers such as Rio Tinto Ltd./LLC, BHP Billiton and Fortrescue Metals Group step up the world production of iron in 2010 and 2011. China now consumes over 50% of all iron production.
- Steel demand and prices continue to strengthen.
- China Investment Corp., a Sovereign wealth fund, has invested approximately $50 billion in mining as the $300 billion dollar fund moves out of the financial sector.
- Other Sovereign funds are shifting portfolios away from financials to commodities and natural resources. Vast sums of 10’s of billions of dollars are and will be invested in mining related activities.
- Gold continues to be the first choice by wealthy individuals (and now funds) as a safe haven. Commodities, especially metal, are now beginning to attract these same investors.
- New mines can take up to eight years to develop which will restrict the supply side.
- The Western world appears to be intent on stifling the development of new mines rather than encouraging investment. In today’s world, mining companies have proven to be good corporate citizens concerned about the environment, the creation of jobs, and adding to the wealth of their jurisdictions. To continue to stifle the advancement of mining in the free world only makes us vulnerable and dependent on more hostile countries that are building their minerals wealth.
- China will become more aggressive in securing mineral resources off shore for their decades of modernization. India will soon become a serious competitor with China in this regard.
- Idled mine capacity has now been reinstated with existing brownfield operation (especially in iron and manganese) substantially maximizing production.
Large LME stocks of metals work well for the major consumer China to mediate the rise and volatility of base metal prices, otherwise China could purchase those stockpiles with ease.
If we monitor and follow the lead that China is adopting there should be little doubt that China is concerned about future supply and taking steps to secure the metals it requires offshore.
2009 has been the best year for commodities since the early 1970’s as the vastly oversold sector from precious, base and specialty metals rapidly appreciated in price reversing the fortunes of some of our largest mining giants around the world as well as focusing attention on the continuing demand by China for all metals.
Gold, the leader of the metals pack, recorded a record high of $1,226/oz. in 2009. 2010 should see a breakthrough of $1,500/oz. on its way to $2,000/oz. Eventually as the world turns to a new gold backed currency the price of gold will be pegged at much higher prices. The realization that gold is the safest haven in these economic times has finally crystallized and will underpin the gold market for years to come. China is again taking the lead not only in world gold production but consumption as well. China narrowly beat out India in household consumption at 432 tonnes versus 422 tonnes. Now that China encourages its citizens to invest in precious metals as well as central bank purchases it will be a driving force in the future price of gold.
More and more central banks are increasing their purchases of gold as western banks are selling less. The fundamentals of supply and demand have had demand overpowering supply and only central bank selling has filled this short fall. There will come a time when the only gold available for sale will be from producers with receding production and reserves, who will want to sell their gold assets and for what? ...Paper? Dehedging of gold also will put upward pressure on the gold price as the total world hedge book drops to 11.5 million ounces.
North American gold financings came close to $20 billion in 2009, not accounting for base and specialty metal financings. This is the tip of the iceberg when you think of huge amounts of cash from individuals, institutions, sovereign funds and now China’s mandate for their resource companies to invest offshore, all to be utilized by metal companies in exploration, development and production.
Although the metal prices have been correcting for the past few weeks with the indication the bottom has been reached, on January 29, 2010 the prices are all up with the exception of molybdenum since my last letter dated August 5, 2009.
2A 15782 Marine Drive, White Rock, B.C. Canada V4B 1E6
Ph.: 604-531-9639 Fx: 604-531-9634
to have your name added to the email list please
send a request to: email@example.com with FVMM in the subject line
It is now time for governments to pre-empt rather than be reactive to the situation with rare earth metals and develop alternative sources of supply.
See Strategic Metal Chart Below:
*Electrolytic manganese only. Total production is approximately 29 billion lbs.
The general direction for all metals, precious, base and specialty will continue upward as more money than we have ever experienced chases metal commodities and metal stocks while production and reserves dwindle.
Larry W. Reaugh
February 2, 2010