While China continues to make asset driven economic decisions and now looks like a traction control experiment where the economy is like a car that is driving on ice that doesn't yet know it, QE2 ignited the bunsen burner for commodity price speculation. Last I checked, Ben Bernanke has decided to continue on with QE2 but has decided that QE3 is probably a bad idea because the true positive impact of additional money coming into the economy would be more than offset by inflation. In my opinion he's making the right call, but this call is likely going to put downward pressure on commodities and other assets.
Potash Mining News
QE, of course, only happens when interest rates hit the zero bound, so it’s impossible to disentangle the effects of QE from the effects of G3 interest rates all coming down to 1% or lower. But the effect of all these investment flows is clear: if you look at commodities as an asset class, total commodity assets under management have risen from just over $150 billion at the end of 2008 to over $400 billion today.
Commodity prices took a beating today. This Bloomberg headline sums it up well: Commodities Sink Most Since 2008 as Stocks Fall. But how can this be? We have been told repeatedly that the surging commodity […]
With rising global demand for food comes escalating cash flows that enable farmers to purchase additional fertilizers to further boost yields. Dundee Securities Senior Analyst Richard Kelertas follows junior potash explorers that have been red hot for much of the past six months. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Richard shares some names that he believes could develop into bumper-crop multiples for investors.
Has oil moved into backwardation yet? What does corn’s roll yield look like? How do you know when it’s time to buy—or sell? Each week, we investigate the futures curves of the U.S.’ most important […]
Allana Potash Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AAA) ("Allana" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that drill hole DK-11-17 intersected significant potash mineralization of 31.03% KCl over 1.00 metre starting at a depth of 74.20 metres. Hole […]
Though the hurdles of government approval and project financing remain, Orocobre (ASX: ORE; TSX: ORL) released a strongly positive feasibility study of Olaroz, its lithium-potash brine project in Jujuy state, Argentina.
With silver spiraling out of control, it's worth checking in on some of the other commodities. Indeed the agricultural or soft commodities have, as a group, been surging in recent times, sending the Dow Jones UBS commodities index up over 30% year on year. Not only have they inflated returns on broad based commodity investment products but they've inflated prices, political tensions, and economic risks around the globe.
We feel that some commodity prices are getting overextended and very close to their tipping pint. Far from an ultimate top but ready for a healthy correction. Crude traded to its highest level in two […]
When Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan released its Q1 financial statements on Saturday, it said there were more good things happening in the industry. "With rising demand putting pressure on global supplies of a wide range […]
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) today reported record first-quarter earnings of $0.84 per share1 ($732 million), 71 percent above the $0.49 per share ($444 million) earned in the same period last year. Strong demand and improved prices for all three nutrients resulted in record first-quarter gross margin of $1.1 billion, significantly above the $729 million earned in last year’s first quarter. Earnings before finance costs, income taxes and depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)2 of $1.1 billion and cash flow prior to working capital changes2 of $899 million substantially exceeded the first-quarter 2010 totals of $776 million and $633 million, respectively.
Ringbolt Ventures Ltd. (the "Company" or "Ringbolt") (TSX VENTURE:RBV)(OCTBB:RNGTF)(FRANKFURT:3OZ) is pleased to announce that it has received a permit to carry out an initial drilling program. The State of Utah, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining has approved a "Notice of Intent of Conduct Exploration" for drilling. The planned exploration will primarily consist of drilling to a depth of approximately 5,000 feet to test the potash and salt horizons on one of its state leases.
Sherritt's Q1 earnings rose 116% over the same quarter a year ago. The company reported net earnings on Thursday of $63.6 million or 22 cents a share. A year ago, the company reported only $29.4 million in net earnings or 10 cents a share. The company's sales volumes were up slightly. Sherritt's sales volumes of nickel, reported in thounsands of pounds, was 9,438 in 2011 and 9,392 in 2010, less than a one per cent increase.
With commodity prices up so much over the past several years, you can forgive long-term value investors for giving them a miss. Who wants to risk exposure to another asset bubble so soon after the dot-com implosion and the U.S. housing mess?
Nothing new to report from Uncle Ben and his cronies but at least there was more talk of inflation with rising commodity prices. The $2.50 range carried on in Crude again today as traders try […]
Allana Potash Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AAA) ("Allana" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that drill hole DK-11-16 intersected significant potash mineralization of 29.80% KCl over 4.00 metres starting at a depth of 125.20 metres. Hole 16 intersected two strong zones of potash mineralization which are interpreted to correlate with the Sylvinite Zone and Kainitite Zone in a previously unexplored part of the basin. The Sylvinite Zone returned 6.50 metres of sylvinite which graded 24.79 % KCl and includes a 4.00 metre interval that returned 29.80% KCl. Further down the hole, 5.00 metres of kainitite was intersected which returned 20.29% KCl.
Allana Potash continues to intersect high grade potash at shallow depths with 47.81 percent KCL over one metre
Allana Potash Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AAA) ("Allana" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that drill hole DK-11-13 intersected significant potash mineralization including one metre of 47.81% KCl. Hole DK-11-13 intersected two robust potash zones which appear to correlate with the Sylvinite Zone and Kainitite Zone. The Sylvinite Zone returned 2.8 metres of sylvinite which graded 45.86 % KCl and includes a one metre interval that returned 47.81% KCl. Further down the hole, 8.7 metres of kainitite was intersected which returned 22.91% KCl.
Planet Earth is in the midst of a food bull market. Wellington West Capital Markets Managing Director Robert Winslow follows small-cap agricultural stocks that can give investors both diversification and leverage to achieve double-digit percentage […]
Mesa Exploration Corp. (TSX VENTURE:MSA)(PINK SHEETS:MSAJF) has acquired the White Mountain Potash Project in western Utah consisting of approximately 1,700 acres of Federal Potash Permit Applications. Potash occurs at the White Mountain project in the […]
Orocobre Limited (TSX:ORL)(ASX:ORE) is pleased to report that it has produced battery grade lithium carbonate from Salar de Olaroz brines. Orocobre's analysis shows that the lithium carbonate is of greater than 99.9% purity* and of higher purity than the specifications for battery grade material sold by existing producers. This material was produced by refining a lower purity product previously produced at the company's facilities at Olaroz with recirculated brines. As such, the Company considers the material to be representative of what could be expected in commercial production.
One of the world’s largest potash producers, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PotashCorp) has teamed up with joint venture partners, Redpath and Thyssen Mining in the newly formed Associated Mining Construction (AMC) for the first new potash mine shaft in Saskatchewan to have been built in over forty years - Scissors Creek.
Rodinia Lithium announces commencement of Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Salar De Diablillos
Rodinia Lithium Inc. (TSX-V:RM)(OTCQX:RDNAF) has commenced work to has commenced work to aggressively accelerate completion of a Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") of its Salar de Diablillos property in Argentina following its recent announcement of an inferred recoverable resource.
Orocobre Limited (TSX:ORL)(ASX:ORE) reports a substantially increased and upgraded resource estimate at its flagship Salar de Olaroz lithium-potash project in Jujuy province in north-west Argentina. This follows completion of a comprehensive resource definition drilling program undertaken throughout 2010.
Cloth-dying and soap-making have employed residue from boiled plant material since ancient times. The plants are reduced to brine and that evaporated until only the useful “potash” remains.
Reuters reported that Russian potash miners Uralkali (URKA.MM) and Silvinit (SILV.MM) expect to produce a combined 10.6 million tonnes of potash this year, up from 10.3 million tonnes in 2010.