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"New Silicon": The Next Junior Mining Sector Poised For Lift

Post  Admin on Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:51 am

It's no secret that adding small-cap junior minors to your portfolio can lead to outstanding profits.

Junior miners are, of course, the tiny companies hard at work finding... exploring... and hopefully mining some type of valuable mineral.

Yes, some of these companies will go bust as they burn through cash...

But find the right junior mining company and your life could change forever. In fact, I know of no other plays that have produced such amazing life-changing profits time and time again. Just look at some of recent gains I found through our friends at Casey Research...

Northern Freegold went up 117% in just one month.

Osisko Mining soared 284% in the matter of 6 months.

Or, International Hill climbed 200% in 7 months.

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Recently, two scientists won the Nobel Prize for their pioneering discovery of this breakthrough new material.

They call it the "New Silicon."

It's billed as the wonder material of the 21st century...

With the power to revolutionize micro-electronics... just like the introduction of the silicon chip nearly 50 years ago.

According to the National Science Foundation, it's called this material is the "New Silicon" because it's a leading candidate to replace silicon in applications ranging from high-speed computer chips to biochemical sensors.

This new wonder material could have a major impact on the way we live, work, and play.
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Just like the "old silicon" made our lives easier, richer and safer when it was introduced into thousands of products in the 1960s...
According to PC World, the "New Silicon" has transistor speeds up to 10,000 times faster than the "old silicon." And it's cheaper to produce.

Incredibly, it's only one-atom-thick... 100,000 times smaller than a human hair... yet has the strength, flexibility and electrical conductivity to open up new horizons for high-tech applications, military uses, construction - almost anything you can imagine.

In other words, its potential isn't even fully known or even imagined yet. That's how new and amazing this is...

So what, exactly, is this "New Silicon?"

It's simply graphite - and specifically a new substance called "graphene."

Graphite burns at a very high temperature (3,000 degrees or so), and is therefore useful in numerous electrical and thermo-chemical applications, from arc-lamp electrodes to thin-film heat sinks - such as are contained within your Apple I-Pad.

Quite a bit of natural graphite is consumed in refractory processes, electric arc steelmaking, brake linings, foundry facings and lubricants.

There's also a substance called graphene, which occurs naturally in graphite. Graphene has unique physical properties. It may be one of the strongest substances ever identified. On that score, we're still in the very early innings of understanding the technology that could come out of graphene.

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Because of it's rarity and increased usage, graphite prices have more than doubled in recent years. Based on recent quotes, a ton of 97% pure graphite goes for over $2,000. A ton of ultra-pure, 99.99% graphite will set you back over $20,000. Put simply, I believe graphite prices still have a long way to run. This is your chance to be on the cutting edge of resource investing. And more importantly, your chance to profit.

Now's the time to add some of the best junior graphite miners to your portfolio. Who knows... you may just make those life-changing gains I showed you earlier. Graphene
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FOCUS METALS Inc." http://finance.yahoo.com/echarts?s=FMS.V+Interactive#symbol=fms.v;range=6m;compare=;indicator=volume;charttype=area;crosshair=on;ohlcvalues=0;logscale=off;source=;

[The Sleuth's Note: Doing a quick search using Yahoo! Finance, we came across a few minors working with graphite right now. You can start out by taking a closer look at these: Northern Graphite Corp (TSXV: NGC.V), China Carbon Graphite Group INC (OTCBB: CHGI), and GraphTech International LTD (NYSE: GTI ). This high growth industry also comes with risk, of course. Before buying anything, we suggest doing your homework on this one.]

Sincerely,
Byron King
Energy and Mining Correspondent for The Penny Sleuth

P.S. I recently conducted a "world tour" to find the best "New Silicon" company. The company I found just won the rights to a $2.5 billion graphite discovery. Luckily, they're still sitting within my buy range. To learn more on how to get the name and ticker of this play, click here...

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Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada - Trade Resumption - Northern Graphite Corporation - NGC
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Re: "New Silicon": The Next Junior Mining Sector Poised For Lift

Post  Admin on Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:55 pm

Focus Metals, Inc. (FMS.V)
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FOCUS METALS INC.
(TSXV: FMS.V )
Last Trade: 0.92
Trade Time: 3:55PM EDT
Change: Up 0.01 (1.10%)
Prev Close: 0.91
Open: 0.92
Bid: 0.90
Ask: 0.93
1y Target Est: N/A
Day's Range: 0.90 - 0.93
52wk Range: 0.07 - 1.78
Volume: 83,302
Avg Vol (3m): 286,952
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Press Release Source: Focus Metals Inc. On Thursday June 30, 2011, 9:33 am EDT

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 30, 2011) - Focus Metals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FMS - News) announced today it will upgrade its summer operational schedule to further define and expand its graphite resource at its Lac Knife, Quebec, property.

The purpose of the new drilling program is to meet two specific objectives; place historic resource calculations in a 43-101 framework, and; obtain significant graphite samples for potential offtake partners.

"Ultimately, this will enable us to determine how large the resource is," said Gary Economo, President and CEO of Focus Metals Inc. "It also fits our customer-driven business strategy.

"This financially responsible decision should satisfy the interests of regulators with an updated 43-101; potential customers with sufficient samples, and; shareholders with greater potential for long-term value," Mr. Economo said.

Samples will be sent to those potential offtake partners in the United States, Europe and China, Mr. Economo said, adding: "It made sense to reap the benefits that expanded drilling brings."

Samples will be drilled out by large-bore machines to depths of up to 300 meters - almost twice the depth of previous drilling - while new areas will be drilled on the southern portion of the Lac Knife property.

The bulk of those samples will be processed to 95%, while a portion of those samples will be purified to 99.9% for some customers.

Mr. Economo said that unlike precious metals, the true economic value of technology grade graphite is dependent on the specifications of the end users.

The graphite on Focus Metals' property varies from eight percent to over 40 percent grade and can be mined more efficiently when a more complete data picture from drilling is completed this summer.

Additionally, Mr. Economo said, it is prudent at this time to drill more holes and deeper holes in order to develop the company's mine plan.

The Lac Knife crystalline flake graphite property has undergone two pre-NI 43-101 feasibility studies since 1989.

Last year, Focus Metals awarded a contract to Roche Consulting Group Ltd to undertake a technical and environmental due diligence on the property. Roche's mandate was to evaluate the correlation between the historical resource estimate and new 2010-11 drilling estimates.

An NI 43-101 technical report including a compliant resource calculation was due for publication in the summer of 2011. That report will incorporate the new drilling results.

Roche was also contracted to produce a Preliminary Economic Assessment in tandem with the NI43-101 compliant resource calculation. An enhanced new drilling program may alter results from work already undertaken.

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Focus Metals Inc. is an emerging, mid-tier junior mining company with excellent discorvery stage base metals and industrial minerals opportunities in Quebec. The Corporation intends also to acquire advance stage industrial minerals exploration properties in its portfolio in the future. The Corporation is led by a determined management and technical team with extensive exploration and mine production experience.

This News Release may contain or refer to "forward-looking statements" which reflect Management's expectations regarding the Company's future growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities. These statements reflect Management's current beliefs at the time of this news release and are based on information currently available to Management. All statements other than statements of historical fact, included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding use of proceeds, and future plans and objectives of the Company, are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Management's expectations are exploration risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulators. While the Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments may cause its views to change, it specifically disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.
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Will graphite go the way of rare earth?

Post  Admin on Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:36 am

Mon May 7, 2012 7:14am EDT

* Graphite-linked shares leap on hopes of battery demand

* Stock moves similar to recent rare earth rally

* Analysts skeptical about sustainability of boom

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TORONTO, May 6 (Reuters) - Louis James, a mining investment strategist at Casey Research's office outside Seattle, first started to hear the odd question about graphite a year ago.

Today the buzz is deafening, he says, and shares of companies involved in graphite - a once-obscure segment of the mining industry - have soared, probably to unsustainable highs.

Natural graphite is expected to become the material of choice to make advanced lithium ion batteries that power smartphones and tablet computers, as well as hybrid and electric vehicles, among other products. Most of the world's supply of natural graphite currently comes from China.

Sound familiar?

Like rare earths two years ago, graphite is red hot, and the excitement has the shares of small Canadian miners exploring for the stuff doubling and even tripling almost overnight.

"If that isn't the 'Flavor of the Day,' I don't know what is," James says.

Shares of Northern Graphite Corp have climbed to C$2.51 from C$0.95 on the TSX Venture Exchange since the beginning of the year. Zenyatta Ventures Ltd has climbed from 14 Canadian cents to 59 Canadian cents, while Focus Metals Inc has jumped 40 percent to 97 Canadian cents.

While the attention is not entire unwarranted - natural flake graphite prices have nearly tripled in the last two years after more than 20 years of stagnation - many experts believe the sector is already headed for bubble territory.

"In a three-month period we had prices double, just that quickly," said Stephen Riddle, chief executive of Asbury Carbon, which makes natural and synthetic graphite products. "It's kind of like how the stock market works - it was on perceived future demand."

Prices rose last year in part on concerns that China, which produces some 70 percent of global supply, will choke off exports much as it did with the rare earths. Meanwhile, demand for graphite is expected to surge. That's a tempting imbalance that many investors might find hard to resist.

But experts say concerns over China are overblown. In contrast to rare earths, there are plenty of alternative sources of graphite around the world. Indeed, only 51 percent of natural graphite imported into the United States from 2007 to 2010 came from China, with nearly 40 percent coming from Canada and Mexico, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Riddle said his company, which has been in business for four generations, has had no trouble finding graphite supplies, and prices are even softening.

SYNTHETIC WEIGHS

The second big question mark hovering over the segment is synthetics. Battery makers actually prefer synthetics because quality is easier to control and they can be produced most anywhere. In fact, the battery industry accounted for less than 5 percent of natural graphite demand in 2011.

"The uptake in battery growth is a little over hyped, I think, given that most of the graphite demand today for lithium ion batteries is for synthetic graphite," said Jonathan Lee, a battery materials analyst with Byron Capital Markets.

That may change, however. Synthetic graphite can cost more than $20,000 a tonne, while unprocessed flake graphite costs $1,500 to $3,000 a tonne. Add in processing and coating, and the price is about $8,000 a tonne, meaning natural graphite represents major cost savings.

The price differential has analysts and would-be miners speculating that as demand for lithium ion batteries grows and battery makers need to buy more graphite, they will eventually choose cheaper natural flake over synthetic.

"Do I think there's an inevitable switchover? Yes," said Lee. "However, I do think that will take time, and I don't think that it is imminent."

Graphite, which is highly conductive and can withstand intense heat, is now used primarily in refractories for steel making and in crucibles to hold molten metals.

That means any companies that are successful in bringing a graphite mine into production in the near term will look to do business with those traditional customers.

Even so, analysts believe there is space for more graphite production outside China in order to stabilize the market. Already companies in Brazil are expanding output, while two closely held Canadian miners are coming online soon.

"It comes down to people having to be very judicious on companies and projects," said Mackie Research analyst Matt Gowing. "There's only going to be room for a limited number of players."

Northern Graphite, Focus Metals and Energizer Resources Inc are often mentioned by analysts as promising development-stage companies.

RARE WARNING

Investors who are still eager to join the graphite rush should consider the rare earth boom and bust before jumping in, industry experts warn.

Rare earths were pushed from obscurity into the mainstream in 2010 as China, which then produced more than 95 percent of global supply of the group of 17 metals, clamped down on exports. This sent prices sky-rocketing.

Almost overnight hundreds of companies popped up promoting plans to mine the obscure metals, which are essential for making everything from Apple Inc's iPhone and Toyota Motor Corp's Prius cars.

Shares of many rare-earth companies, most of whom held nothing more than early-stage exploration properties, tripled between April 2010 and April 2011. The bubble burst in mid-2011 when rare earth prices started to tumble.

By April 2012, most would-be rare earth miners were worth less than where they started two years earlier. Some see history repeating itself with graphite.

"You want to be very skeptical of any graphite company that was a rare earth company last week and an uranium company last year," said James.

"You could double your money on a company that has nothing. However, there's no way to tell when a 'Flavor of the Day' will become a 'Flavor of Yesterday.'"
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