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Dirk Graszt, CEO, Clean Logistics SE

Dirk Graszt
CEO | Clean Logistics SE
Trettaustr.32, 21107 Hamburg (DE)


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Matthew Salthouse, CEO, Kainantu Resources

Matthew Salthouse
CEO | Kainantu Resources
3 Phillip Street #19-01 Royal Group Building, 048693 Singapore (SGP)

+65 6920 2020

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Justin Reid, President and CEO, Troilus Gold Corp.

Justin Reid
President and CEO | Troilus Gold Corp.
36 Lombard Street, Floor 4, M5C 2X3 Toronto, Ontario (CAN)

+1 (647) 276-0050

Interview Troilus Gold: "We are convinced that Troilus is more than just a mine".

16. March 2021 | 07:08 CET

BYD, Almonty Industries, Varta: Comebacks and insider tips

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Shares related to electromobility and hydrogen have recently shown that trees do not grow to the sky on the stock market. Many a stock that was highly praised just months ago has since lost half its value. At the same time, however, it is clear that the trend toward new drive technologies will continue. In the fourth quarter of 2020, around one-fifth of newly registered vehicles in Germany were hybrids and pure electric cars. Reason enough to look at stocks that could still have potential now.

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Dr. Thomas Gutschlag, CEO, Deutsche Rohstoff AG
"[...] China's dominance is one of the reasons why we are so heavily involved in the tungsten market. Here, around 85% of production is in Chinese hands. [...]" Dr. Thomas Gutschlag, CEO, Deutsche Rohstoff AG

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Nico Popp

At home in Southern Germany, the passionate stock exchange expert has been accompanying the capital markets for about twenty years. With a soft spot for smaller companies, he is constantly on the lookout for exciting investment stories.

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BYD: Solid Company, speculative stock

BYD has been popular with investors for years. The former battery maker began years ago by initially electrifying smaller vehicles and public transportation. Thanks to a steep learning curve, the Chinese now have several electric cars on offer and have long since become more than a battery manufacturer. This market position is convincing more and more shareholders. The Company increasingly wants to sell its batteries to other manufacturers and thus promises lower unit costs.

Even though the share price has fallen in recent weeks, BYD's strategy is paying off. After a loss of around 25% in one month, the share is more attractive in Germany than at the end of January, just above the EUR 20 mark. Although the next few trading days are likely to remain volatile, BYD's record chase could continue. However, prices below EUR 18 would be a warning signal. The share remains a hot topic.

Almonty Industries: Tungsten producer with molybdenum fantasy

Almonty Industries is also a hot stock in the best sense. In the past 3 months, the tungsten producer has posted a return of almost 80% - with no sign of market weakness. Almonty already operates two tungsten mines in Portugal and Spain. We know tungsten from the filament in classic light bulbs. But the industrial metal is also needed for electromobility. Almonty is currently in the process of bringing its tungsten mine in South Korea into production - permits and financing are already in place. This mine is set to become the largest tungsten mine outside China and should make a significant contribution to the Western world's independence from the giant empire.

But the Sangdong project in South Korea offers more than just tungsten. In April, the Company plans to confirm existing historical data as part of a newly launched 12,500-meter drilling program. The goal here is to find and develop the high-grade molybdenum deposits suspected there. Almonty is already talking about the opportunity for a world-class molybdenum project on par with the tungsten mine. Molybdenum is used to harden steel and is also used in catalytic converters and solar cells. Molybdenum is also a topic around medical technology imaging processes. The Almonty share has already made substantial gains. However, the less than EUR 150 million market capitalization could still be too low given the various projects and prospects.

Is the Varta share running out of juice?

On the other hand, the Varta share is relatively too highly valued. Varta is a German Company that excels in high-quality rechargeable batteries and battery cells. Whether in headphones or hearing aids, with battery cells from Varta, the music always plays a little longer than with the competition. Last summer, electric car fantasies also flared up around Varta. Even subsidies were raised and the share took off dynamically.

But meanwhile, there is not so much euphoria left. On a one-month horizon, the share has lost more than 25%. Although a return of 108% remains on an annual basis, the excesses of the beginning of 2021, when the share price surged to over EUR 175, are a deterrent signal that shows a lot of speculation here! The investment story around Varta is interesting, but the Company must first assert itself against the competition from Asia. Here, companies like BYD could be ahead of the game.

Reducing complexity in the portfolio with commodity investments

Investors who want to stay out of technical issues should instead focus on commodity producers that are in demand. The list of attractive raw materials that benefit from electromobility is long: copper, silver, tungsten, molybdenum or rare earths. The small producer Almonty Industries has two of these sought-after metals in the ground and is already mining tungsten. The share could therefore be an interesting second-tier pick.


Nico Popp

At home in Southern Germany, the passionate stock exchange expert has been accompanying the capital markets for about twenty years. With a soft spot for smaller companies, he is constantly on the lookout for exciting investment stories.

About the author

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05. October 2021 | 11:40 CET | by Fabian Lorenz

BioNTech, Varta, Sierra Grande Minerals - Is the countermovement coming?

  • Commodities

The BioNTech share was under intense pressure in the past trading week. But even at the start of the week, the bulls could not prevail with a countermovement. There is also good news from the new German biotech star. Ripe for a rebound are also the shares of Varta and Sierra Grande. At Varta, the presentation of Apple's new Airpods could herald a share price recovery. Sierra Grande is suffering from weak precious metal prices. The Company has just published positive drilling results. Investors could soon look forward to rising prices for all three shares.


10. September 2021 | 13:50 CET | by Carsten Mainitz

Sierra Grande Minerals, Barrick Gold, Sibanye Stillwater - Tempting valuation levels

  • Commodities

Patience is a virtue. Especially on the stock market, investors are often required to be patient. Why do rising prices take so long to materialize, even though the relevant facts are already on the table? One or the other investor who has invested in commodity shares has undoubtedly experienced this or a similar situation. But those who take a longer-term view and make the proper sense of the relevant framework conditions that determine supply and demand will be successful. Precious metals have proven to be a protection against inflation over long periods of time. Various raw materials such as copper and lithium are experiencing rising demand as a result of electromobility. These three stocks offer opportunities.


10. September 2021 | 10:14 CET | by Nico Popp

Daimler, Aztec Minerals, Varta: How growth investments succeed

  • Commodities

New technologies are currently transforming the economy. The triumphant advance of electric cars is a done deal, and even buildings will soon be largely climate-neutral. First and foremost, carmakers, manufacturers of photovoltaic systems and energy storage systems are driving this development. But other beneficiaries are currently receiving little attention from the market. We present three stocks.