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Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd NAK Stock News

Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd (NYSEMKT: NAK)

Northern Dynasty Minerals is having an incredibly rough day in the market today. At the open of the trading session, the stock was already trading slightly in the red. From there, we’ve seen further and further declines. That is, until the stock was halted. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing form NAK, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From NAK

As mentioned above, Northern Dynasty Minerals isn’t having the best of days in the market today. When the trading session started for the day, the stock was already down a bit. And things went from bad to worse as trading continued. At 1:14, NAK was halted at $2.40 per share after a loss of $0.79 per share (24.69%) thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Down

As is almost always the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to inform us of the halt on NAK. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started working to see what was causing the movement. It didn’t take long to uncover the story. Unfortunately, the drop is being caused by a sell-side report by Kerrisdale, which was released on Seeking Alpha early this morning.




Since the report was released, the stock has been on a dramatic decline. As a result, Northern Dynasty Minerals is now “halted with news pending.” We already know what that news is, but it hasn’t been made official just yet. Chances are that the company is working up a rebuttal to the report, but that’s not official yet.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be watching NAK incredibly closely. In particular, we’re watching for the rebuttal to the short report. We’ll be watching the news closely and bringing it to you as it breaks!

Update: We’re hearing that the halt is associated with a rebuttal. Working to get our hands on the news now. We will keep you updated.

Update: The NAK rebuttal hasn’t been released just yet. We have received word that it will be released by the end of the week.

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Gevo Inc GEVO Stock News

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO)

I’ve been receiving several messages from friends at Stock Twits asking when I was going to speak with Gevo in another interview. While I have reached out to the company several times, I have not received a response. Unfortunately, the company has gone silent. Outlining one of two primary issues that the stock is facing today. Nonetheless, yesterday, the company announced yet another public offering, outlining the second issue, and causing the stock to fall dramatically. Today, we’ll discuss the two big issues with GEVO, what we’re seeing from the stock today, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





The First Problem I See With GEVO

The biggest issue that I see with regard to Gevo, Inc revolves around the company’s communication with investors. Previously, I tried to open this door of communication by doing interviews, asking investors for questions, and making sure they were covered. However, as of late, this door has been closed. I’m not quite sure as to why, but I can’t seem to get in touch with the company for another interview.

The problem, however, isn’t that GEVO won’t respond to CNA Finance requests for interviews; the problem is bigger than that. Let’s face it, I love what I’ve built here, but there are other ways to communicate with investors. Press releases, social connections, and email are just a few. Unfortunately, the company seems to be foregoing communication with its investors, and that in itself is a major concern. Essentially, it’s like GEVO wants investors to take the little information they receive from the company at face value without asking questions. Unfortunately, the world of investing just doesn’t work that way.

The Second Issue The Company Faces

The truth is that Gevo needs money in order to do everything it wants to do.  Of course, there are several ways to go about raising funds. However, the favorite among management at the company seems to be to take advantage of investors by diluting the stock. In fact, they did so just yesterday after hours.




In after hours yesterday, GEVO announced yet another proposed public offering of common stock and warrants. The company said it plans to use the money to pay down part of the outstanding debts as well us use the remainder as working capital.

So, what size is the offering? How much dilution will we see? Well, in true GEVO fashion, that question is yet to be answered. The company announced the offering but failed to specify the size of the offering, pointing to the issue mentioned above.

What We’re Seeing From The Stock

At this point, it’s clear that investors are tired of the dilution. When Gevo, Inc needs money, they reach into investor pockets, and investors just aren’t having that anymore. As a result of the offering, the stock fell dramatically. In fact, at the moment (12:23), GEVO is trading at $1.60 per share after a loss of $0.73 per share (31.33%) thus far today.

Final Thoughts

The truth is that I love the product that Gevo has amassed. It’s a much needed product, given the environmental concerns of today. Not to mention, the company is much further along than much of its competition. However, a product can only get a company so far. Throughout the past year, GEVO has concerned investors with their inability to communicate. On top of that, the company has diluted the stock in a big way! At this point, investors aren’t sure what to expect, and with the company’s eerie silence, they’re starting to expect the worst!

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Uranium Resources, Inc. URRE Stock News

Uranium Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: URRE)

Uranium Resources is having an incredibly strong day in the market today. At the opening bell, the stock was already trading slightly in the green. From there, it went on a mad-dash upward that has continued throughout most of the morning. Today, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from URRE, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From URRE

As mentioned above, Uranium Resources is having a great day in today’s trading session. Early on, the stock started the day off in the green. Throughout the morning, we’ve seen a continuation of gains, only expanding the profits. As a result, at the moment (11:47), URRE is trading at $2.57 per share after a gain of $0.22 per share or 9.37% thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Making A Run For The Top

As is just about always the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to inform us of the gains on URRE. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started digging to see why the stock was making a run for the top. It didn’t take long to dig up the story. In this particular case, the gains seem to be the result of an article on Seeking Alpha that outlines Uranium as the ultimate contrarian investment.




You see, Uranium Resources and others have had a hard time since the Fukushima disaster that took place in 2011. However, many are starting to argue that in December, the price of uranium hit its bottom in December of 2016.

At the end of the day, investors have been concerned that demand for Uranium would fall off as nuclear energy moves from being the first choice to, for many, the last choice. Nonetheless, experts point to the fact that we’re seeing quite a bit of reactor construction in China, which should ultimately lead to an increase in demand for uranium. Ultimately, this should send URRE higher.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on URRE. In particular, we’ll be watching for further news with regard to reactor construction in China, and how that equates to higher demand for uranium. Nonetheless, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the news and we’ll continue to bring it to you as it breaks!

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Aqua Metals Inc AQMS Stock News

Aqua Metals Inc (NASDAQ: AQMS)

Aqua Metals had an incredibly strong day on Friday on the announcement of a large stake purchase. However, today didn’t look like it was going to be great. Nonetheless, things aren’t always as they seem. After starting the day in the red, the stock made a quick run for the green. Since then, we’ve seen strong gains throughout the day. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from AQMS, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From AQMS

As mentioned above, Aqua Metals didn’t look like it was going to have the best of days in the market today. In fact, when the opening bell rang, the stock was trading in the red. However, in no time at all, the stock ran to the green. From there, we’ve seen a continuation of strong gains, leading to what’s shaping up to be an incredible day. At the moment (10:14), AQMS is trading at $17.96 per share after a gain of $1.72 per share or 10.59% thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Heading Up

As is almost always the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us of the upward run on AQMS. As soon as we got the alert, we started to dig to see exactly what was causing the movement. It didn’t take long to uncover the story. The gains are ultimately the result of excitement surrounding a coming conference call.




In a press release that was offered early this morning, Aqua Metals announced that it would be hosting a conference call tomorrow, February 14th, 2017. The call well be held at 8:00 pm Pacific time. During the call, the company will offer an overview of financial results for the fourth quarter and full year. If you’d like to join the call, use, you can call local to (888) 740-6138. To call internationally, use (913) 312-0653. When you call in, use 9432739 as the pass code.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on AQMS. In particular, we’ll be listening to the conference call as we are excited with what the company will have to offer. We’re also watching the wire for more news with regard to the Friday purchase announcement. Nonetheless, we’ll keep a close eye on the news and bring it to you as it breaks.

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Aqua Metals Inc AQMS Stock News

Aqua Metals Inc (NASDAQ: AQMS)

Aqua Metals is having an incredibly strong day in the market today, and for good reason. It was announced that a large stake in the stock has been purchased. As a result, the stock started the day well into the green, and while it’s seen it’s ups and downs, it is still trading with impressive profits. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from AQMS, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From AQMS

As mentioned above, Aqua Metals is having a great trading session in the market today after an early morning announcement of a large share purchase. As a result, the stock was already trading on impressive gains when the opening bell rang. From there, it has seen ups and downs, but has held onto the profits, for the most part. At the moment (10:29), AQMS is trading at $14.29 per share after a gain of 25.21% thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Climbing

As is almost always the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to inform us of the gains on AQMS. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started working to see what was causing the movement. In this particular case, it felt like it took no time at all, as the story jumped out at us. Ultimately, the gains seem to be the result of a large stake purchase announcement.




Early this morning, it was announced that a 5% stake in Aqua Metals has been purchased. The purchase was made by Johnson Controls. The ultimate goal of the purchase is for Johnson Controls to give a boost to its battery business. Of course, this is incredibly good news, as this type of purchase is usually a strong signal of growth ahead.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping an incredibly close eye on AQMS. In particular, we’ll be watching the relations with Johnson Controls and digging to get further details as to what this will result in. We’ll be watching the news closely and bringing it to you as it breaks!

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Kitov Pharmaceuticals Holding Ltd KTOV Stock News

Kitov Pharmaceuticals Holding Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: KTOV)

While the rest of the market has opened and is moving for the day, that can’t be said for Kitov Pharmaceuticals Holdings. By the time the opening bell rang, the stock was halted. Unfortunately, pre-market didn’t look so hot. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing in the market, why, and what we’ll be watching for with regard to KTOV ahead.





What We’re Seeing From KTOV

As mentioned above, when the trading session started for the rest of the market, Kitov Pharmaceuticals stuck back. Unfortunately, the stock was halted after a massively bad pre-market. News was announced surrounding the CEO of the company, sending the stock down in a big way. In fact, at the moment, KTOV has been halted at $1.85 per share after a loss of 27.54% thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Halted

As is usually the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to notify us of the halt on KTOV. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started digging to see exactly what was causing the movement. It didn’t take long to uncover the story. Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of bad news surrounding the CEO of the company.




At the moment, stories are breaking that the CEO of KTOV has been detained. According to the breaking news, the detention of the CEO at Kitov Pharmaceuticals is the result of fraud allegations, and he is currently being questioned. Unfortunately, we do not yet have any news with regard to details of the fraud.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on KTOV. In particular, we’re watching to see what happens with the fraud investigation and how this correlates with what we can expect to see from the company ahead. We’ll be watching the news closely and bringing it to you as it breaks!

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Amyris Inc AMRS Stock News

Amyris Inc (NASDAQ: AMRS)

Amyris is one of my favorite companies to watch. I started to follow the stock last year, and I was astounded by what I found. With strong collaborations and products hitting the market, the company seems to be on the right path. Recently, I’ve received a few emails from followers asking if I still have the same opinion of the company. In short, the answer is YES! Today, we’ll talk about the three biggest reasons why I’m expecting to see AMRS gains ahead.





Reason #1: Work Done By AMRS In 2016 Will Likely Lead To Massive Profits Ahead

In previous articles, which can be viewed by clicking on the ticker tag link at the top of this article, I made it a point to outline recent collaborations and the potential for these collaborations to turn into revenue for Amyris. Now, the company has products that are starting to hit the market, which will likely turn this revenue potential into a reality.

As a result of these collaborations and launching products, AMRS is expecting to see massive revenue growth over the next 3 years. In fact, the company recently said that it is expecting to grow its revenue to $600 million by the year 2020. That’s a massive jump from the 2017 revenue expectation of $87 million.

Reason #2: Coming Earnings Will Likely Rally The Troops!

Lately, things haven’t been looking great for the stock. Due to recent moves leading to dilution, shorts have been all over this thing for a couple of weeks now. However, I believe that this is going to change very soon. In fact, on March 2nd, AMRS will be releasing its earnings report for the fourth quarter and full year.

This report is likely to be a big one for Amyris. In fact, if the company is able to hit its own projections, it will report a record quarter and full year. It is also expected – by investors and analysts alike – that the company will announce strong guidance, mirroring the path toward the strong growth projections through 2020. If all goes as planned, this report is likely to send the stock skyrocketing as confidence is reinstated in the minds of AMRS investors.

Reason #3: The Books Are About To Get Cleaned!

It’s no secret that AMRS could be doing better when it comes to the books. At the end of the day, there is fat to be trimmed and money to be saved. However, it looks like that’s likely to happen sooner rather than later. Recently, the company announced the appointment of Kathleen Valiasek as the new Chief Financial Officer.

Valiasek is a senior finance and business executive. She brings with her 20 years of experience in assisting start-up, venture-backed, and Fortune 500 companies. This experience will be great for the company, and likely lead to a better overall financial position ahead. In a statement, Valiasek had the following to offer with regard to her new position within the company:

I’m excited to join Amyris at a time when it is so well positioned as a leader in the sector by nature of its strong technology platform and revenue growth rate… I look forward to leveraging my skill set to continue to improve the company’s operating metrics, balance sheet and financial position.”




Don’t Listen To Me, Listen To The CEO

It’s clear that management at AMRS is incredibly happy about the direction of the company. In fact, in a press release that was released a few days ago, John Melo, President and CEO at AMRS, had the following to offer:

We are pleased to have achieved a record year of revenue growth, and having completed all of the 2016 strategic milestones we set out too, and we continue to make good progress on our debt structure by having resolved our near-term debt maturity issues in pushing out approximately $44 million in debt as announced just before year end… Also, we are meeting our expectations in securing collaborations that will result in future product sales and this is accelerating our growth rate.

As one of the fastest growing companies in our sector we are now transitioned away from commodity-related product sales, which in 2016 comprised less than one percent of total revenue. During the year, our business was driven by robust product sales growth within the health and nutrition, fragrance and cosmetic ingredients and performance materials markets. This transformation along with growing recognition of our capabilities to disrupt large global markets has led to commercial momentum and more inbound business development inquiries than ever before, which will support another year of record revenue in 2017.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line here is that AMRS is in a position where growth is highly likely. With the strong collaborations the company has been getting involved in, and a continued drive to push toward further success, this stock looks like it’s likely to climb ahead.

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Viking Investments Group, Inc. VKIN Stock News

Prior to 2017, few investors thought that Viking Investments (VKIN) would have the fortitude to become a potential break out star in oil and gas exploration in the Mid-continent territory. But,so far in 2017, VKIN is performing quite well and has been true to their revitalization plan to enhance shareholder and company value.





Since the beginning of the year, VKIN has remained focused on streamlining its capital structure, securing optimal sources for financing, and has been active in building relationships through its wholly owned subsidiary, Mid-Con Petroleum, LLC.

Earlier in the week, VKIN announced further expansion into the Mid-continent corridor, taking advantage of its ownership in over 6000 acres of land, and leveraging toward the potential to share in operating revenue from the over 1000 existing wells operated by S&B Operating, LLC. and Kansas Resource Development Company (KRDC).

VKIN To Launch Enhancement Initiative

According to their press release on Thursday, VKIN is once again on the move, assembling the pieces to advance a productive 2017. With assistance from S&B Operating, Mid-Con has completed a performance review of all of its existing producing leases in the state of Kansas. This review has led Mid-Con to identify relatively low cost methods to improve production, including stimulating inactive or inefficient water injectors, a necessary measure to initiate, enhance, and generate consistent product flow.

The initial phase of the enhancement project is anticipated to focus upon three of Mid-Con’s leases, L. Wilson, Wilson A, and Terbrock. It is expected that ten injectors will be stimulated in the project with production levels expected to be increased between 20-25% after the initiative is completed. The project is expected to commence on or about February 20, 2017, and will be led by KRDC’s management team, who specialize in formulating and operating water flood enhanced oil recovery programs.




Viking Interests

VKIN owns approximately 6000 acres of land in Kansas and Missouri, with additional ownership of oil and gas leases in Alberta, Kansas and Missouri.

While the company has completed a couple of acquisitions in 2016, management has indicated that much of the past twelve months has been more about putting key building blocks in place to nurture a seamless and efficient growth model. VKIN has established credit facilities from lenders familiar with the energy sector, established relationships with investment banks, and has sourced funding groups who are interested in assisting VKIN on future deals.

Management is committed to simplifying the entire acquisition process, by identifying under-valued, revenue generating properties and turning them into efficient and profitable revenue generating machines. The company expects to engage a methodical approach to market, buying only projects that are capable of adding appreciable value to the company and do not require exorbitant amounts of capital to bring on-line.

For investors, seeing VKIN regain their footing is a welcome sight. It may be wise to keep an eye on them to see if the robust plans staged for 2017 continue to play out, at which point entertaining an investment thesis in VKIN may become warranted. In the meantime, as with any micro cap name, stay focused to fundamentals and remain appraised of any additional news through CNA Finance, your source for VKIN breaking news.

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Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC Unit VNR Stock News

Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC Unit (NASDAQ: VNR)

Vanguard Natural Resources is having an overwhelmingly rough day in the market today. When the trading session opened for the day, the stock was trading massively in the red. We found the reason for the declines, and don’t believe we’ll be seeing a recovery today. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from VNR, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From VNR

As mentioned above, Vanguard Natural Resources is having a rough day in the market today. While we’re only a couple of minutes into the trading session, the stock is already trading on massive declines. In fact, currently (9:32), VNR is trading at $0.32 per share after a loss of $0.67 per share (67.60%) thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Falling

As is usually the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to inform us of the drop in value on VNR. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started to dig to see exactly what was causing the drop. It didn’t take long to uncover the story. It seems as though the company’s financial blues have finally reached a breaking point.




Early this morning, Vanguard Natural Resources announced that it would be filing bankruptcy. Of course, bankruptcy is never a good thing for investors. After all, very few companies actually survive bankruptcy, and investors in those that do experience very little when it comes to return of value, at least in the near term.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be watching VNR incredibly closely. In particular, we’re interested to see how this bankruptcy plays out. After all, how this bankruptcy goes will dictate whether or not the company will exist this time next year. Nonetheless, we’ll be following the story closely and bringing it to you as the news breaks!

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National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. NOV Stock News

National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE: NOV)

National-Oilwell Varco was off to a relatively strong day in the market today. When the trading session opened, the stock was already trading in the green. From there, we saw some ups and some downs, but the stock maintained itself in the green. And then minutes ago, things got very interesting when the stock started to spike toward the top. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from NOV, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From NOV

As mentioned above, National-Oilwell Varco was off to a pretty good day in the market early on. The stock started the day in the green, and while there were some down times, the stock never touched the red. Then, minutes ago, things went from good to great as the stock started spiking upward. Currently (10:35), NOV is trading at $39.24 per share after a gain of $1.43 per share (3.78%) thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Spiking

As is usually the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us to the spike on NOV. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started working to see what was causing the movement. While there has been no fundamental news released by the company that would lead to such gains, we did find a rumor that we believe is the cause.


At the moment, there’s a rumor surfacing in social media that an activist investor is planning on getting involved in the National-Oilwell Varco. In fact, the rumor suggests that Pershing Square is going to be opening a large position. At the moment, these rumors are unconfirmed. It’s also very interesting when you look at the timing. In fact, the rumor broke about 2 minutes before crude oil inventory data was offered, showing inventories rose by 6.4 million BBLS compared to the 3 million expected. Nonetheless, NOV is climbing on the rumors.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be watching NOV incredibly closely. In particular, we’re interested in learning whether or not Pershing Square will be making a large purchase of the stock ahead and, if so, what their plans are with the company. We’ll be watching the news closely and bringing it to you as it breaks!

Update: Jim Cramer suggests NOV will be acquired by BHI in a Tweet.

Update – We’re hearing down the wire that management at National-Oilwell Varco says they have no information on any activist position. Currently, this is unconfirmed. We’ll continue to follow the story.

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Gevo, Inc. GEVO Stock News

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