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Commented by Nico Popp on December 21st, 2021 | 10:14 CET

BYD, Defense Metals, Nordex: Opportunities in a weak environment

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New technology requires new raw materials. The evolution of modern batteries for e-mobility alone shows how different the raw material requirements are depending on the technology used. First, cobalt was the battery metal; now, tungsten and silicon are increasingly important. Rare earths have also always been in demand for future technologies. These are used in displays and many other applications and have long since achieved the status of critical metals. We present three companies that are active in the field of rare earths.

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Commented by André Will-Laudien on December 13th, 2021 | 11:36 CET

Standard Lithium, Defense Metals, Nordex - The demand for metals goes through the roof!

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A possible explosion in raw material prices was already indicated in 2019. Due to low selling prices, some mining companies even reduced their mining output or stopped their exploration activities. Then came the pandemic, which put further pressure on both production and logistics, and many operations had to close for longer than expected due to adjustments in sanitation infrastructure. There is now also the supply chain problem in this already tight supply situation. Presumably, things will not get any easier in 2022 under these conditions. Which companies are making a name for themselves in this environment?

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Commented by Armin Schulz on December 8th, 2021 | 10:34 CET

NIO, Defense Metals, BASF - Trade war with China

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Didi Global's delisting on the New York Stock Exchange after less than six months of membership shows, on the one hand, the tremendous regulatory fury of the Chinese government, but on the other hand also the tensions between the USA and China. This trade war has been going on since 2018, and even the change in the US presidency has not brought any relief. At least both sides exchanged views in mid-November and do not want a cold war. China has also warned Europe against too much independence. However, since the Corona Crisis, it has become clear how dependent many countries are on China. A rethink is discernible, also because high container costs mean that imports are no longer profitable in some cases. Today we look at three companies that are at least indirectly affected by the trade dispute.

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Commented by Carsten Mainitz on December 1st, 2021 | 10:44 CET

Defense Metals, Aixtron, TUI - Winners or losers?

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Supply chain problems have hit many industries hard in the wake of the Corona pandemic. Essential parts and components were missing, and as a result, production lines at automotive manufacturers, among others, came to a standstill. In addition, raw materials and components such as chips have become much more expensive. Now, in the wake of the new wave of the pandemic, there are signs that the situation will worsen. Who are the winners, and who are the losers?

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Commented by Stefan Feulner on November 26th, 2021 | 13:09 CET

Steinhoff, Defense Metals, Deutsche Bank - Good news

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So now it has been presented, the new coalition agreement of the traffic light coalition, consisting of the SPD, FDP and the Greens. Besides the connoisseurs of cannabis, which is to be legalized in Germany, the banking and insurance industry should also be satisfied with the drafting. In addition, one focus of the alliance is on transformation in terms of the energy transition. The plan sounds optimistic, but implementation will be all the more difficult.

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Commented by Fabian Lorenz on November 16th, 2021 | 12:56 CET

Climate conference ends: Nel, Plug Power and Defense Metals continue with momentum

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After two weeks, the climate conference in Glasgow has come to an end. The results are manageable. Although coal and other fossil fuels were declared to be phased out for the first time, the wording was watered down several times. For example, it was only possible to agree on a call that the use of coal-fired power plants without CO2 capture should be "gradually reduced". But even without concrete resolutions, one thing is sure: the energy turnaround is in full swing, and investor darlings Nel and Plug Power are again stepping on the gas. Defense Metals could be due for a reassessment after the completion of drilling.

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Commented by Nico Popp on November 11th, 2021 | 11:36 CET

Nordex, Defense Metals, American Lithium: USA pushes lithium market - will rare earths follow?

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The run on lithium has caused a furor on the stock market in recent weeks. Almost all companies with "lithium" in their names have made significant gains. The background to this is the governments' e-car offensive and a lot of government funding and subsidies for battery technology. The lithium required is held mainly in the ground by smaller companies. Investors who missed out on this wave may be wondering where the music will play next. To find out, one only has to spin the e-car story further: As Tesla, BYD or even VW's green runabouts are preferred to be charged with green electricity, rare earths could soon experience a similar hype. We present shares around the hype topics of e-mobility and the energy transition.

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Commented by André Will-Laudien on November 2nd, 2021 | 13:26 CET

BYD, NIO, Defense Metals - Save the climate, make a profit!

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No one at the G20 meeting had expected any great leaps forward in climate policy - the participants had already made sure of that in advance by lowering expectations considerably. Nevertheless, there was a common goal before the summit in Rome: to send a strong signal for the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. So postponed is not canceled. Of course, everyone is aware that this is the least that the heads of state and government of the 20 largest industrialized and emerging countries can do. After all, together, their countries are responsible for 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions. If they do not act, climate protection will be in a dire state. We take a look at exciting investments with climate relevance.

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Commented by Armin Schulz on October 27th, 2021 | 11:43 CEST

Defense Metals, Nordex, Xiaomi - Battle for raw materials intensifies

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China is scaling back its magnesium production due to electricity problems. The Chinese government is aiming to reduce energy consumption and thus emissions. It will inevitably lead to supply bottlenecks worldwide, and in Germany, it will initially affect the metal industry. However, since China produces 90% of the world's magnesium, there are, in fact, no alternatives. Similar problems exist with tungsten and rare earths, needed for almost all new technologies, from renewable energies to consumer electronics and e-cars. If you want to reduce this dependence, you have to look for alternatives.

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Commented by Carsten Mainitz on October 18th, 2021 | 13:05 CEST

Defense Metals, Nordex, Varta - These are the reasons for the rising prices!

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Rare earths are indispensable for the production of laptops, cell phones, electric motors and wind turbines. However, their extraction is complicated, which is why the supply is also relatively low. The EU has classified many of these metals as critical with regard to their availability given their great importance for many industries, also because of China's dominance as the largest supplier. Efforts to build rare earth mines outside China are proceeding at full speed.

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