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Curious Gold-Silver Ratio That Did Not Fall

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Posted by Keith Weiner - The Gold Standard Institutedard Institute

on Monday, 27 February 2017 08:46

This holiday-shortened week (last Monday was President's Day in the US), the price of the dollar fell. In gold, it fell almost half a milligram to 24.75mg, and prices in silver it dropped 30mg, to 1.7 grams of the white monetary metal. Flipped upside down, gold went up 23 notes from the Federal Reserve, and silver appears to go up by 41 cents.

Below, we will show the only true picture of the gold and silver supply and demand fundamentals. But first, the price and ratio charts.

The Prices of Gold and Silver

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Next, this is a graph of the gold price measured in silver, otherwise known as the gold to silver ratio. It moved sideways again this week, which would normally be odd for a time when the prices of the metals are rising.



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Energy Fuels Provides 'Strong Leverage to Potentially Increasing Uranium Prices'

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Posted by Streetwise Reports

on Friday, 24 February 2017 06:31

Uranium has risen 30% from the very low prices of late last year and a trio of analysts agrees that Energy Fuels is in position to take advantage of a rising price environment.

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Uranium's 30% rise from the low of $17.75/lb on Nov. 30, 2016, is fueled by a number of supply and demand factors that has industry watchers optimistic that the tide has turned. On the supply side, Kazakhstan's state-owned Kazatomprom announced in January that it would cut production by 10%; the company supplies 40% of the world's uranium. The company also announced the opening of a trading office in Switzerland. That could help placing the material in the market on a more orderly basis. Justin Chan, an analyst with Numis Securities, told Proactive Investors that "Kazatomprom's establishment of Swiss marketing arm suggests that inventory management may become a policy tool. An inventory policy rather than direct supply would see it act as more of a swing producer or swing seller, using inventory and production levels to influence the uranium price." 

Industry watchers also found hope in Rick Perry's Senate confirmation hearings as U.S. Secretary of Energy in January when he said that he would take a hard look at the Department of Energy's practice of bartering uranium. This bartering is believed to place between 5 and 8 million pounds of uranium into the market annually. 

On the demand side, there are currently 60 nuclear reactors under construction worldwide and another 160 planned, according to the World Nuclear Association, and existing reactors are having their lives extended. In the U.S., "over 75 reactors have been granted license renewals which extend their operating lives from the original 40 out to 60 years, and operators of most others are expected to apply for similar extensions," reports the Association. In December, the state of Illinois passed a bill providing subsidies for the operation of three reactors run by Excelon; the reactors had been expected to shutter in 2017 and 2018.

Macquarie Bank analysts wrote in a Jan. 20 report, "With the closure of a large number of nuclear power plants announced earlier in 2016 on economic grounds, legislative actions in New York and Illinois keeping some of these open will provide both more optimism and spot market demand into 2017." 

Additionally, it is believed that the Trump administration's pledge to make the U.S. energy independent will encourage the development of more nuclear power reactors.

Japan's restart of nuclear power reactors is also a factor on the demand side. According to the World Nuclear Association, "five Japanese nuclear power reactors have already cleared inspections confirming they meet the new regulatory safety standards and have resumed operation. Another 19 have applied to restart." The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan estimates that "seven Japanese nuclear power reactors are likely to be in operation by the end of next March [2017] and 12 more one year later."

Energy Fuels Inc. (EFR:TSX; UUUU:NYSE.MKT) is positioned to take advantage of the rising tide for uranium by continuing to explore and develop its properties. On Feb. 17, it reported that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an aquifer exemption for the Jane Dough wellfield at the Nichols Ranch project in Wyoming; this allows for future in situ recovery. The wellfield, according to the company, is important in sustaining "long-term uranium production at Nichols Ranch. . .once all thirteen header-houses in the Nichols Ranch wellfield have been constructed, the Company expects to advance production into the Jane Dough wellfield, which will be connected to the Nichols Ranch Plant."

Colin Healey, an analyst with Haywood Securities, noted that the "receipt of EPA concurrence on the Aquifer Exemption for the Jane Dough resource area represents positive incremental progress and de-risking of EFR's Wyoming ISR uranium production pipeline. . .Jane Dough is part of EFR's currently producing Nichols Ranch ISR project, and hosts a contained resource of 3.6 Mlb U3O8 (1.5 Mt grading 0.11% U3O8), which will add substantially to the permitted resources at the project once final approvals and regulatory authorizations are in place (expected in coming months), increasing the permitted total contained uranium by more than 100%."

"EFR will continue measured production from its ISR operations pending uranium price improvement, but remains very well positioned to ramp up production in an improving uranium price environment, where we are looking for a sustainable material improvement in supply/demand fundamentals over the course of the next 2-3 years and beyond," Healey wrote.

Rob Chang of Cantor Fitzgerald noted on Feb. 17 that "while expected, the approvals from the EPA and the WDEQ are necessary milestones in the development of Jane Dough. We continue to view Energy Fuels as our top leverage play to the uranium recovery."

Energy Fuels is also continuing to explore its Canyon Mine in northern Arizona. On Feb. 2, Energy Fuels released assay results that confirm that it is "continuing to discover large and high-grade areas of uranium mineralization, which the Company expects will result in a larger recoverable uranium resource than what is currently described in the existing technical report for the Canyon Mine." Energy Fuels also stated that it is "continuing to discover additional zones of high-grade copper mineralization, both inside and outside the areas of potentially recoverable uranium mineralization."

In an earlier release of high-grade eU3O8 drill results at Canyon Mine, Energy Fuels noted that "These drilling results continue to increase the Company's level of confidence that production costs from the Canyon Mine have the potential to be low-cost and competitive with the best underground uranium mines globally, including mines in Canada, based on industry-published cost estimates. In addition, the possibility of recovering copper and silver as co-products of uranium recovery has the potential to make the economics of the Canyon Mine even better."

Stephen P. Antony, president and CEO of Energy Fuels stated, "Core drilling at the Canyon Mine continues to produce exciting and, in some cases, unexpected results for both uranium and copper. This is certainly a fascinating deposit that appears to be full of valuable metals in multiple zones. This is particularly exciting, as uranium prices are showing recent strength."

Heiko Ihle with Rodman & Renshaw noted, "While we had initially envisioned Canyon as an eventual high-grade uranium mine, we remain impressed by the continued strong copper grades encountered at the site. . .we expect additional near-term drilling results to serve as a potential catalyst for Energy Fuels in 1H17."

"Energy Fuels is a strategic U.S. uranium producer that is poised to take advantage of future U3O8 price improvements. Notably, Energy Fuels is the only United States producer of uranium utilizing both ISR and conventional mining methods. In our view, this places the firm at a distinct advantage among its peers, since management has the ability to scale production based on the uranium market," Ihle added.

"Although the uranium market has remained depressed as a whole, we feel that Energy Fuels has accumulated a strong combination of both conventional and ISR projects that should provide investors with strong leverage to potentially increasing uranium prices going forward," Ihle concluded.

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Metals Capped Into FOMC Minutes

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Posted by TF Metals Report

on Thursday, 23 February 2017 07:27

An incredible amount of fraudulent, virtual silver is being created in order to cap price and paint the chart. Will JPM and the rest of The Evil Empire be successful once again in capping price and routing the Specs. The reaction to today's FOMC minutes may help to determine the outcome.

Again, I can't stress enough the devious and fraudulent nature of this latest attempt to contain and cap price. The past four days have seen the price of Comex Digital Silver pressing up against the key resistance of $18 and the 200-day moving average near $17.93. See below:

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Over this same time period, the Comex Silver Banks led by JPM have increased the total supply of Comex silver contracts by 12,809 contracts. So, while price has been flat, total supply of Comex silver contracts has been increased by 6.5%. THIS is how you cap price and paint the chart!

Imagine for a moment where price would be this morning if total open interest was held flat for the past week. How much higher would price be if sellers of existing contracts needed to be found for the 12,809 contracts of buying pressure? On a larger scale, yes the price of Comex Digital Silver is up $2 year-to-date or about 13%, but how much higher would price be if The Banks hadn't fraudulently added 44,000 new contracts since December 30?

Why do we always describe this as "fraud"? Two primary reasons:



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Jim Rogers: 2017's Best Investment Opportunities

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Posted by Jim Rogers

on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 12:10

Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 10.51.43 AMSo where do you see the best opportunities now?

Agriculture has been a disaster for 30 years, but I’m very optimistic about it. There are many ways to invest: You can buy land, agricultural products, seed companies, fertilizer, tractor companies. Farmers are getting older, and in the U.S., more people study public relations than agriculture. Therein lies the opportunity: Either it’s going to get better, or we’re not going to have any food at any price. 
I’m optimistic about Russia. The Kremlin now un- derstands that they have to play by the world’s rules. 
 
I’m also short U.S. junk bonds, because interest rates will be going higher and we’ll have a worse economy. The central banks have tried to print more money, but the market is beginning to reject it, and inflation is coming back. There is going to be a lot more debt issued in the next few years, and more bonds means higher rates. 

....read the entire interview in The Globe and Mail



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Natural Gas Bulls Crushed As Prices Tank

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Posted by OilPrice.com

on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 08:28

a58ee4208e417102a513d4f21e401151Natural gas prices plunged to their lowest level since November on mild weather in the U.S., which has caused storage levels to decline at a much slower pace than expected.

Contracts for March delivery on the Nymex exchange dipped to $2.63 on February 21, down a third since December. The bearish swing has come after successive EIA reports showing a modest drawdown in gas inventory levels.

Natural gas consumption is seasonal, with spikes in demand occurring in winter months. As such, storage levels build up over the course of the year, especially in the milder months of spring and fall. Then, gas is used up in the winter. The winter of 2016 was the warmest on record, leading to a paltry drawdown in inventories. The result was a cratering of natural gasprices last year as inventories swelled following the end of winter.

....read more HERE

Related: Biggest Gasoline Glut In 27 Years Could Crash Oil Markets



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