NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -02/17/12)- Over the last month Rare Earth stocks have outperformed the broader market by a large margin as demand for the 17 elements continues to skyrocket. The Market Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF (REMX) is up more than 9 percent since January 17, 2012, with North American and Australian rare earth stocks leading the rally. Five Star Equities examines investing opportunities in the Rare Earth Industry and provides equity research on Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP - News) and Quest Rare Minerals (AMEX: QRM - News) (TSX-V: QRM - News). Access to the full company reports can be found at:
Presently China produces about 95 percent of global rare earth supplies. However the nation says that excessive production is depleting its reserves and damaging its environment. While China may be looking to lower its production - and perhaps preserve rare earth prices -- a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel recently ruled that China violated global trading rules by curbing exports of raw materials such as bauxite, coke, magnesium, manganese and zinc, which inflated prices and gave domestic Chinese firms an unfair competitive advantage.
A number of U.S. lawmakers have urged the United States to use the WTO decision to launch a new case to force China into lifting its rare earth export restrictions, Reuters reports.
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Gold Stock Trades Editor Jeb Handwerger recently told The Critical Metals Report that a U.S. government think tank wrote a 200-page report anticipating a supply shortfall in certain basic elements. According to Handwerger, the report says that in the short-term there could be supply shortages of yttrium, europium, neodymium, terbium and dysprosium.
Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. is a Canadian-based exploration company focused on the identification and discovery of new and significant Rare Earth deposit opportunities. Earlier this month the company reported on progress at the Corporation's B-Zone Heavy Rare Earth project, Strange Lake, Quebec. Quest is advancing the project "so as to be in a position to deliver its pre-feasibility study (PFS) for the B-Zone deposit in the second half of calendar 2012."
Molycorp, Inc. is the only U.S.-based company that is fully integrated across the rare earth mine-to-magnets supply chain. In addition to its current production of rare earth oxides at its flagship rare earth mine and processing facility at Mountain Pass, California, the Company produces rare earth metals, rare earth alloys and rare metals such as niobium and tantalum.
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