Graphite – At the end of last week, Australia's Syrah Resources signed a memorandum of understanding for a graphite offtake agreement with China Aluminum International Engineering, or Chalieco.
The top five gainers on the TSX Venture Exchange last week were Laurentian Goldfields, Flinders Resources, Silvermet, TerraX Minerals and Regulus Resources.
Rare Earth – Some experts see the December 2013 execution of Jang Sung-taek, uncle of Kim Jong-un, North Korea's supreme leader, as a move that may halt the exploitation of the nation's rare earth elements.
Tungsten – W Resources is working on starting production at its La Parrilla tailings project in Southwest Spain.
Diamond – Peregrine Diamonds, North Arrow Minerals and Mountain Province Diamonds are among the diamond companies that John Kaiser likes.
"You don't have to have all your money in mining," Jim Letourneau said at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference. He suggests investors diversify into biotechnology and technology in 2014.
Cobalt – Chris Berry of House Mountain Partners will be focusing on cobalt this year, and he suggests keeping an eye on Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold to get a sense of what the market is doing.
Gold – Premium Exploration Inc. (TSXV:PEM, OTCPINK:PMMEF) released more assay results from drilling the upper gold zone at the Friday Gold Deposit in Idaho County, Idaho.
Uranium – NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSXV:NXE) filed a preliminary short form prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces of Canada, other than Québec, in connection with the bought deal offering of 22,300,000 units of NexGen for gross proceeds of $10,035,000.
Gold – The McKenzie Valley Land and Water Board has issued a Land Use Permit to TerraX Minerals Inc. (TSXV:TXR,FWB:TXO) permitting the company to conduct advanced exploration and drilling programs on its Yellowknife City Gold Project.
Copper – Tarsis Resources Ltd. (TSXV:TCC) has appointed Jason Weber to its Board of Directors. Mr. Weber was the former President and CEO of Kiska Metals Corporation, and previous to that President and CEO of Rimfire Minerals Corporation from 2007 to 2009.
Copper – Western Copper and Gold Corporation (TSX:WRN,NYSEMKT:WRN) President & COO, Paul West-Sells, spoke to Resource Investing News at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention about the Casino copper-gold deposit in the Yukon.
Uranium – Cyclone Uranium (OTCMKTS:CYUR) CEO James Baughman spoke to Resource Investing News about the Cyclone Uranium Project in the Great Divide Basin, Wyoming.
Gold – Orefinders Resources Inc. (TSXV:ORX) CEO Bill Yeomans spoke with Resource Investing News about the Mirado Gold Project in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The Company is currently working in a mature gold camp with several mills in the area, with 3 stockpiles containing 3,000 ounces at an average of 4.14 grams per ton.
Highbank Resources (TSXV:HBK) CEO Victor Bryant talks about its construction aggregate deposit on the Portland Canal,
Copper – Copper fell to $6,608 per tonne on Monday, an eight-month low, as weak Chinese trade data and the crisis in Ukraine impacted investors' choices, according to Reuters.
Silver – Today, silver rose 0.4 percent, or $0.08, to $21 an ounce, as Russian forces took over a military hospital and missile base on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.
Gold – Gold was steady at $1,339.30 an ounce on Monday, as strong U.S. payrolls data and declining Chinese exports both pushed investors to sell but the situation in Ukraine made the metal an attractive safe haven for others.
Lithium – In an article published this morning, Industrial Minerals' Simon Moores states that Tesla Motors Inc.'s (NASDAQ:TSLA) planned $5-billion lithium-ion battery "gigafactory" could increase natural graphite demand by 37 percent by 2020.