Rare Earth (REE) stocks, including Molycorp, got hammered today and we added a little to our position. These stocks are over extended as most are up over 100 percent in the past month. We believe this story has legs and is just getting started. Consider,
“Toyota Motor Corp. has set up a task force on rare earth minerals used in hybrid cars amid reports of China’s ban on exports of the materials to Japan. – Bloomberg
“Boeing has signed a deal to deploy remote sensing technology to map out U.S. deposits of rare earth elements…Boeing’s decision to bring its technology to bear in the hunt for rare earth elements is not surprising, given that it is a massive end user of the metals.” – TechNewsDaily
Scarce commodities, which have no substitutes and critical for industry and national security? Sounds like “Gold on Steroids” to us. We wouldn’t bet the ranch, but don’t want to miss what could be a nice run as the market begins to focus. This is a long-term story and experts say that rebuilding an independent U.S. supply chain could take 15 years. The Defense Department is about to release a study on the national security aspects of the U.S. REE dependence on China.