China’s Shale Gas Boom

Gas – Mirroring the expansion of the shale gas industry elsewhere, China is experiencing a boom in shale gas production.

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Mickey Fulp: A Hopeful Optimist in Today’s Markets

Uranium – At this year’s Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference, Investing News Network spoke with Mercenary Geologist Mickey Fulp, who is hopefully optimistic in today’s resource market.

John Kaiser’s Diamond Stock Picks

Diamond – Peregrine Diamonds, North Arrow Minerals and Mountain Province Diamonds are among the diamond companies that John Kaiser likes.

Jim Letourneau: Look to Biotechnology, Technology in 2014

"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.

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Avino Silver & Gold Provides Avino Expansion Update

Silver – Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (TSXV:ASM,NYSEMKT:ASM) announced an expansion update from the Avino mine, which is located on its Mexico-based Avino property. David Wolfin, the company's president, CEO and director, said he is "extremely pleased" with the progress being made there.

Mirabela to Draw Down Remaining US$10 Million from $45-million Loan

Nickel – Mirabela Nickel Ltd. (ASX:MBN) announced that the ad-hoc committee of holders of more than 65 percent of the company's unsecured notes due April 15, 2018 will allow Mirabela to draw down upon the US$10 million still available under a $45-million loan obtained in December 2013.

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Ukraine in Talks with Europe to Modernize and Maintain Gas Infrastructure

Gas – ITAR-TASS reported today that Kiev is in talks with European gas companies regarding a national gas consortium that would help Ukraine with its natural gas transportation system. Ukraine's parliament-appointed Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Prodan told ITAR-TASS that he country has forwarded proposals to European gas companies, but that Kiev is not in talks with Moscow concerning the issue.

Coal Surplus Continues to Rise as Australian Miners Continue to Export

Coal – Bloomberg reported that Australian mining companies are producing and exporting coal at a loss due to take-or-pay contracts with freight companies.Losses from exporting coal at current low prices are much less than what it would cost to default on the freight agreements.

Norfolk Southern Reports Declining Coal Shipments, Posts Drop in Profits

Coal – Reuters reported today that U.S. rail shipper Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) reported a drop of 18 percent in profits for the first quarter of 2014, largely due to a 15 percent fall in earnings from coal shipments. However, Norfolk Chief Executive Wick Moorman told Reuters that the company expects a rebound following this quarter.

Nigeria Stays Local With Oil Contract Awards

Oil – Reuters reported today that Nigeria has awarded oil contracts worth roughly $40 billion a year to domestic oil companies. The contracts make up the majority of Nigeria's long-term oil contracts, and the move is in line with the country's policy to increase the role of local businesses in the oil industry, according to Reuters.

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