August 22, 2014 By Thom Calandra
Graphite’s ’Ridiculous Rally’
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The Carbon Age still awaits us.
[This free article pegs someone who was relatively early on graphite.]
The carbon-copy hype, yes, that started arriving in force four and five years ago with spiked word of graphite prospectors, graphene developers and the promise of high-grade (and cleaner) thermal coal.
Not to mention the top of the hydrocarbons pyramid: diamonds. The latest secular wave of predictions for rising per-carat prices at wholesale and retail came way too soon. In fact, we’re still waiting for the stones to rally.
Examine the entire hydrocarbons arena — the equities, the projects, the resources, contract prices for graphite and coal, auction prices for diamonds — very few individuals have made big money since 2009.
At least not like potash did when that theme fertilized select stocks in 2010 — specifically the $430 million Potash One sale. Or hey, lithium speculation, especially the Canadian wanna-bes: they cleaned up at the start of their promotional sweepstakes in 2007 or thereabouts.
Cam Birge On Capitol Hill, USA
We have heard plenty of bully-bully talk of fresh and vast kimberlites for diamonds and a coming rush of fresh China jewelry buyers. We are still waiting.
Lots of chatter about the experimental molecular graphene and its properties, even invisibility fabric. Ditto graphite and the fact that there is way more of this hyrdrocarbon in lithium-ion batteries than there is lithium.
Still, let’s give credit where credits are carbon.
Graphite financiers had decent success in the late 1990s, sowing their capital seeds for dozens of graphite prospectors worldwide.
[In The Calandra Report for paid subscribers, I have looked at a few, and discussed and owned 'em, including, presently, Quebec graphite and diamond explorer Nouveau Monde Mining (TSX: V.NOU, Stock Forum); Quebec's Mason Graphite (TSX: V.LLG, Stock Forum); a squib or two about Northern Graphite (TSX: V.NGC, Stock Forum); and on the coal front, thermal coal miner Prophecy Coal (TSX: V.PCY, Stock Forum) in Mongolia. Plus, one in London trading that is set to see its shares triple or more in coming months. Subscribe to TCR for that one.]
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