‘Blank-Check’ Companies Are Hot on Wall Street. Investors Can’t Ignore Them.

By Nicholas Jasinski Jan. 17, 2020 5:14 pm ET   Note from Dudley Pierce Baker of CommonStockWarrants.com Our interest in blank check companies is simple – every blank check company (SPAC) has a stock warrant trading with a 5 year life and the clock does not begin until an acquisition/merger is completed. There are currently 67 blank check companies currently trading and in my databases. Many potentially great opportunities. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Some big-name initial public offerings last year were panned for not having a profitable business. Yet more than a quarter of the offerings were of companies with no business at all—by design. These were special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, also known as “blank-check companies.” Their goal is to raise money from public and private investors and then identify an acquisition target and buy it, typically within two years. SPACs raised $13.6 billion in 59 IPOs last year. Should you be investing in one of these companies? The pitfalls can be numerous, and not all SPACs are created equal—but investors should not completely ignore this growing segment of the public markets. Richard Branson’s spaceship company Virgin Galactic Holdings (SPCE), fantasy-sports website DraftKings, Twinkie-maker Hostess Brands (TWNK), and restaurant chain TGI Fridays are among companies to merge with SPACs in recent years. There are currently 71 SPACs on the market seeking targets, according to data from SPACInsider, a website devoted to research analysis and data about the industry. SPACs can designate a target industry or geographic region, or go public as generalists with no specific … Continue reading

What Will It Take For Juniors To Move?

January 17, 2020 By Collin Kettell What will it take for juniors to move? On January 7 gold broke above $1,600 per ounce for the first time since 2013, on the back of retaliation by Iran against the United States. As often is the case, this move in gold prices occurred during afterhours trading. By morning, gold had retraced the key level. Gold stocks never so much as benefited from the excitement, instead suffering a harsh day in the red. For investors focused on the juniors, the day proved particularly painful. This price action sparked calls from frustrated investors curious to make sense of the erratic moves. One of those calls came from a good friend of mine who posed a question that has become the inspiration for this week’s article – How is it that at $1,600 gold, the juniors are priced at 1/10th of where they were last time when gold was at the exact same price in 2013? This is a fantastic question. The answer is critical for junior resource investors, as it has far reaching implications that are instructive on how to profit from the upcoming move. Remember that junior resource companies are fundamentally unlike major mining companies. Mining companies produce gold with an aim to generate profit by selling that gold at a higher price than the cost to extract it. As such, a comparison between the valuation of major mining companies today versus the last time gold registered these levels is a worthwhile exercise. Let’s take … Continue reading

SILVER – Should Investors Lower Expectations?

By Dudley Pierce Baker CommonStockWarrants JuniorMiningNews While investors have watched the price of gold performing very well and recently trading over $1600, silver has lagged and lagged badly. This begs the question, are we overrating or expecting too much from silver and our silver miners? Quite the contrary……… Two other analysts that I follow are saying to be patient and that silver will be catching up soon, really soon. Below I give my opinion on how to invest in silver, if these analysts are correct that higher prices are coming. Chris Vermeulen at TheTechnicalTraders.com sees the possibility of silver trading upwards of $90 – $95 per ounce within the next 24 months. A move of that potential is surely worth waiting for, is it not? In this recent article by Chris, SILVER TRADERS BIG TREND ANALYSIS – PART II “…Remember, the current disparity level is just over 200% between Gold and Silver.  If Gold continues to rally higher and Silver attempts to break higher, attempting to narrow the disparity level, then Silver will (at some point) enter a near parabolic upside price move above $36 to $40.  Our researchers believe this may happen before June or July 2020….” Clive Maund – January 13, 2020 writing on Silver-Phoenix500.com: Silver Market Update “…Silver’s recent rally looks diminutive and stunted compared to gold’s, but that’s normal at this early stage of a new bull market, when silver typically underperforms gold due to investors being risk inverse, with silver being perceived as more risky … Continue reading

Hemp: The Natural Response to Plastic Pollution

Hemp: The Natural Response to Plastic Pollution by VISHAL VIVEK 4 days ago in INDUSTRY Hemp: A Victim of Human Folly The current rate of plastic production is about one billion tons in three years. That is what a 2016 article in ScienceDaily says, quoting a University of Leicester study. Plastic is inert and hard to degrade. So it becomes a toxic techno-waste that has severe polluting effects on the earth’s biodiversity A National Geographic report says that plastic kills millions of marine and land animals every year. Experts have found out that all species to have eaten microplastic – from small shrimps to big elephants. The effects vary from damaging the digestive and reproductive systems to death. But Mother Nature has provided a simple solution to this menace: the hemp plant. Hemp: A Victim of Human Folly Hemp, or industrial hemp, is one of the earliest plants that our ancestors cultivated and used. Archeologists have found evidence of the use of hemp fiber some 10,000 years ago. Experts estimate that hemp cultivation began about 8000 years ago. The many benefits of hemp have been available to human beings for centuries. But its cultivation and use were banned in most countries across the globe in the 20th century. The only crime of the plant is that it belongs to the same species, Cannabis Sativa, as marijuana. But there is a significant distinction between hemp and marijuana. That is in the concentration levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the component that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. Marijuana … Continue reading

Supercharge Your 2020 Resource Portfolio

        Editors Note from Dudley Pierce Baker – CommonStockWarrants.com “Marin Katusa and his team do an excellent job of marketing and presenting the views and justification for the continuing bull market in the resource sector. I basically agree with all of their views. I would suggest and I believe that Marin would agree, that investors should consider stock warrants which might be trading on any of the companies being considered for investment.” Katusa’s Investment Insights January 3, 2020 Supercharge Your 2020 Resource Portfolio By Marin Katusa The resource sector had a big year in 2019, capped off with a stellar final quarter. I hope everyone’s portfolio capitalized on it. I know the Katusa’s Resource Opportunities portfolio did. Below is a chart which shows the performance for major commodities for 2019. You’ll see it was a tale of 2 worlds. Niche metals like vanadium and cobalt took it hard on the chin. Meanwhile oil, soft commodities, and precious metals rocketed higher. Gold finished up 19% for the year. It was the best annual return for the yellow metal since 2010. Gold producers are leveraged to gold prices. It means that when gold prices go up, producers commonly go up significantly more. The same can be said with the downside, falling gold prices mean crashing gold stocks. This year, however, it was a tale of the former. Gold put up a stellar year and gold producers rocketed higher. Below is a chart which shows the performance of junior gold producers, mid-tier … Continue reading

Precious Metals Companies And Stock Warrants

December 25, 2019 By Dudley Pierce Baker Founder – Editor Common Stock Warrants Junior Mining News Happy Holidays To All and perhaps an idea for you heading into 2020. There are many stock warrants trading on companies in the Precious Metals sector. Perhaps you remember the name Precious Metals Warrants which we founded in 2005? That was a great name at the time as resource companies and stock warrants on those companies did well, very well. That time is here again as I anticipate soon, that gold, silver and mining shares and of course the warrants trading on those shares to rise substantially creating many 500% and 1,000% gains, perhaps much more. In 2013 we changed our name to Common Stock Warrants as expanded our stock warrant database service to include all warrants trading in the United States and Canada and in all industries and sectors. Many of my subscribers are primarily interested in the resource sector and currently there are many warrants trading on companies in the gold, silver, oil & gas and uranium space. Some are begging to be bought at current prices. Subscribers to our Gold or Lifetime Subscriptions have much more information at their disposal, with access to my weekly audio and to my personal portfolio, “A Look Over My Shoulder”. I follow the views and technical analysis of Chris Vermeulen at The Technical Traders and suggest you also visit their website and consider a subscription. I look for 2020 to be a banner year for the … Continue reading

Why Warrants Are The Worst Of Wagers

Why warrants are the worst of wagers     First a note from Dudley Pierce Baker, Founder-Editor of Common Stock Warrants. The title of Mickey’s article caught my attention and at first I was greatly upset. But Mickey, a geologist, is focusing on warrants issued in connection with private placements and I can agree with many of Mickey’s comments. With stock warrants, like options, or LEAPS, it is all about the underlying company. If a company does not execute on its plans or the markets do not cooperate, it is impossible for these financial instruments to increase in value. Here is Mickey’s closing comments on his article (below). “….I will still consider a financing that features warrants but it must be a compelling story with a group of strategic investors who are demonstrably committed to the company and an orderly market that responds positively to exploration success.  Otherwise, for any story I like, I can purchase free-trading shares on the open market.” Mickey Fulp Monday November 25, 2019 15:50 Kitco Commentaries | Opinions, Ideas and Markets Talk A warrant is a common financial instrument designed to entice speculators’ participation in a company’s private placement. It grants the participant a fixed price option to acquire another share in the company at a future date. Private placement units commonly consist of a share and a half or full warrant with a one- to a five-year expiration date.I opine that a warrant is a financial instrument that in the vast majority of cases has zero value. … Continue reading

The US Economy: All Roads Lead To Gold

  Stewart Thomson email: stewart@gracelandupdates.com email: stewart@gracelandjuniors.com email: admin@guswinger.com Nov 19, 2019 Top US politicians describe the US economy as the “mightiest of all time”. Please click here now . Houston, we have a problem! The next tariff tax deadline is now only about three weeks away. While Trump’s diehard fans may want him to hike these taxes again if China doesn’t “play ball”, massive FOREX liquidity flows suggest that the world’s biggest money managers are becoming extremely concerned about the level of risk in the US economy. Please click here now . Double-click to enlarge. American GDP growth has literally incinerated (from what I predicted would be a 5% peak as the tariff taxes were launched), and this dollar versus yen chart shows a massive bear wedge pattern in play. That bear wedge is ominous. It suggests giant bank FOREX traders believe something is about to go badly wrong with the US economy… more wrong than the horrific sub 1% GDP growth in play now! Trump’s initial platform of tax cuts, law and order, and deregulation was awesome. It created surging markets (both gold and stocks), a positive vibe for citizens, and solid GDP growth. That platform has been replaced with macabre QE and negative rates worship, turning a blind eye to a skyrocketing deficit, and a crazed attempt to boost growth with tariff taxes… and it’s all happening as the world de-dollarizes at an ever-faster rate. Stagflation is emerging, and some economists are forecasting that in 2020 corporate earnings and revenue growth will both come in at … Continue reading

Global Endgame Has Started, Gold Rush In The Making

GLOBAL ENDGAME HAS STARTED, GOLD RUSH IN THE MAKING. EGON VON GREYERZ TALKS TO RONALD STÖFERLE November 18, 2019 by Egon von Greyerz       Ronald Stöferle of Incrementum & the “In Gold We Trust” report and Egon of Matterhorn Asset Management, discuss at the Precious Metals Summit in Munich, Germany, the massive risks of the world’s financial system. The two precious metal experts, share their view about how to deal with the profound downside threats and its implications for the global economy, further: Global financial risks have never been greater How to analyse and understand the very severe  downside prospects we face Endgame started with dire implications for stocks, real estate, debts and politics Gold 7th sense of the financial markets, sniffed out early recessionary and inflationary warnings in the recent up move Central banks panic mode statements hint at the rotten nature of the world’s financial system Central banks are on a gold buying spree to prepare for a new currency system European banks are totally bankrupt, helicopter money and MMT are guaranteed First innings of a bond market implosion, skyrocketing interest rates and inflation to follow Negative bond yields result in guaranteed losses. Liabilities will never be repaid Huge rush into Gold about to start, as it hits the front pages Financial and psychological preparations are absolutely key GLOBAL ENDGAME HAS STARTED, GOLD RUSH IN THE MAKING. EGON VON GREYERZ TALKS TO RONALD STÖFERLE     Egon von Greyerz Founder and Managing Partner Matterhorn Asset Management Zurich, Switzerland Phone: +41 44 213 62 45 Matterhorn Asset Management’s global client base strategically stores … Continue reading

What’s Coming In Q4 – Adam (Fundamentalist) & Chris (Chartist) Explain

October 17, 2019 Chris Vermeulen TheTechnicalTraders.com       Note from Dudley – These Guys Are Good: Chris and his team are providing investors with a great road map for the direction of the markets, which is why I am also a paid subscriber to TheTechnicalTraders services and encourage you to consider a subscription as well, The ideal service to supplement your other subscriptions as well as my CommonStockWarrants.com. WHAT’S COMING IN Q4 – ADAM (FUNDAMENTALIST) & CHRIS (CHARTIST) EXPLAIN Investors don’t forget the great opportunities available with stock warrants which will increase your potential gains and greatly decrease your investment cost by at least half. E.B. Tucker with Casey Research, recently referred to Dudley as ‘the top expert in the field with over 40 years of experience‘ with stock warrants. “I also encourage you to check out the work from our friend Dudley Baker. Dudley is the founder and editor of Common Stock Warrants. He’s been trading warrants for 40 years and has developed an exclusive database of all stock warrants trading in the U.S. and Canada. We’re paid-up subscribers as well.” A few examples for you to see the power and leverage of using stock warrants. Stock Warrants – Power Point Presentation   Jeff Baker Senior Analyst – Admin/Web Developer B.Sc. Geological Sciences (UTEP) Common Stock Warrants & Junior Mining News