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Commented by Fabian Lorenz on September 14th, 2023 | 08:25 CEST

EU investigates BYD! Share staggers. BASF and First Phosphate bet on the battery market

  • Mining
  • phosphate
  • Electromobility
  • chemicals

Alarm bells at BYD. The European Commission is investigating the extent to which Chinese e-car manufacturers have received unauthorized subsidies for electric vehicles and can now flood the world market with cheap vehicles. This is weighing on BYD shares, which should actually benefit from the ongoing IAA. In contrast, First Phosphate reports another success. Following the preliminary economic evaluation, tests have now shown that phosphate rock from the Canadians is of high quality and suitable for producing lithium iron phosphate batteries. German chemical giant BASF is also expanding its activities in the battery sector. After setting up a plant in Germany, it is now moving to the United States. But analysts are currently skeptical about the stock.

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Commented by Nico Popp on September 5th, 2023 | 07:40 CEST

Climate revolution hanging by a thread: Siemens Energy, BASF, Manuka Resources

  • Mining
  • RareEarths
  • Energy
  • renewableenergies

Most people agree that the economy must become climate-neutral. However, despite promising technologies, the path to climate neutrality is not without obstacles. Handelsblatt newspaper now quotes a joint study by three institutes, according to which seven raw materials are needed to master the transformation of the economy. These include graphite, rare earths, nickel, cobalt, iridium, lithium and manganese. The scientific community also recommends that policymakers promote the entire value chains of key technologies. We look at what this means and where investors can look for opportunities.

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Commented by Juliane Zielonka on August 31st, 2023 | 09:05 CEST

Strategic turning points in Chemicals, Automotive and Energy: Investment opportunities with Defense Metals, Volkswagen and BASF

  • Mining
  • RareEarths
  • Electromobility
  • Digitization

Rare earths are becoming increasingly important due to digitalization, especially for the electronics industry. Defense Metals, a company from Canada, is focusing on the extraction of rare earths at the Wicheeda project. Geotechnical investigations are progressing rapidly in order to develop the valuable raw material. Volkswagen reports an impressive 17.9% increase in car sales in July. Nevertheless, the Company is lowering its annual sales forecast due to growing competition in China. Germany's energy transition is affecting major corporations like BASF. The US company Cheniere Energy will supply BASF with liquefied gas in the future. To adapt to the new market conditions, BASF has successfully completed the spin-off of its mobile exhaust catalyst and precious metal services businesses. The new site surprises.

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Commented by Nico Popp on August 17th, 2023 | 07:20 CEST

Return on investment thanks to recycling: NEL, RegenX Tech, BASF

  • recycling
  • circulareconomy
  • renewableenergies

Many people view recycling with skepticism and are reminded of regulations for waste separation, even though a significant portion of carefully sorted recyclables ultimately end up in incineration plants. On a large scale, however, recycling is a beacon of hope. For Germany, in particular, a functioning circular economy could bring many advantages - after all, energy requirements and dependence on foreign countries are high. Recycling is also about the future of the industry.

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Commented by Juliane Zielonka on August 3rd, 2023 | 07:35 CEST

dynaCERT, BASF, Daimler Truck AG: Investors pounce on logistics stocks, new opportunities and profit potentials

  • Hydrogen
  • greenhydrogen
  • chemicals
  • Logistics

dynaCERT is developing a patented technology that generates hydrogen and oxygen on demand and delivers them through the air intake system to improve combustion and carbon emissions in various diesel engines. The Company has sold 93 HydraGEN™ units to a logistics company in Guyana to support the country's ambitious goal to reduce CO₂ emissions by 70% by 2030. BASF has cut its investment budget amid a global downturn to preserve cash. Amid takeover rumors from chemical company Covestro, BASF CEO Martin Brudermüller calls for support from the German government to improve the competitiveness of European chemical companies. Daimler Truck has launched a share buyback program in which up to 82.3 million shares may be repurchased. The Company expects a significant increase in profits with higher revenue and sales.

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Commented by Fabian Lorenz on August 2nd, 2023 | 09:55 CEST

Nikola Motors share unstoppable: Strong news also from BASF and Manuka Resources

  • Mining
  • Batteries
  • BatteryMetals
  • Electromobility
  • Vanadium

Forget about a recession. These stocks are on the fast track or the verge of a breakout. For example, the Nikola share gained more than 15% in value yesterday. The reason was a new order in the US. This means that the shares of the manufacturer of zero-emission trucks have multiplied within two months. The Manuka Resources share could also be on the verge of a breakout. Due to the ramped-up gold production, exploration activities are expected to be financed through the next three years. An added kicker for the Australians could be their involvement in battery raw materials. As for BASF, the recent profit warning hardly affected them. Analysts express positivity, but the possibility of a dividend cut remains on the table.

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Commented by André Will-Laudien on August 1st, 2023 | 08:20 CEST

Which now? Battery power or hydrogen? BYD, Altech Advanced Materials, BASF, Nikola Motors

  • Hydrogen
  • GreenTech
  • Electromobility
  • Batteries
  • fuelcell

The question of what future mobility will look like has yet to be entirely resolved. Currently, the governments in office are propagating the electric drive. However, after the fire on the "Fremantle Highway" in the North Sea, the question of the safety of the Li-ion batteries currently in use has arisen again. And who will pay for the EUR 500 million damage to the wrecked freighter? This does not even take into account the possible ecological inferno for the North Sea. EV batteries are expensive and require enormous resources to produce, yet there is no legal obligation to dispose of used batteries properly. Very short-term thinking, but Berlin is currently shining on issues of a curious nature. Where are the opportunities for us investors?

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Commented by Stefan Feulner on July 31st, 2023 | 09:50 CEST

BASF, Cantourage Group, Palantir - Now the analysts speak out

  • Cannabis
  • Software
  • chemicals

Currently, it is high noon for the release of first-half 2023 earnings. Despite all the uncertainties regarding geopolitical and fiscal policy, the majority of companies surprised positively. As a result, the Dow Jones, DAX, Nasdaq and others were able to climb to new highs for the year. Analysts also see further upside potential for many companies, which could accelerate the rally in the coming weeks.

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Commented by Fabian Lorenz on July 26th, 2023 | 07:10 CEST

Raw materials war - is China getting serious? BASF, Mercedes-Benz, Almonty Industries

  • Mining
  • Tungsten
  • Electromobility
  • rawmaterials

Energy transition, smartphones, semiconductors, armaments and more are driving our hunger for critical raw materials. But woe betide if China gets serious and severely restricts the export of critical raw materials. There is already a foretaste: the minerals gallium and germanium can no longer be exported without Beijing's approval. China is by far the leading producer of critical raw materials and rare earths. The EU gets 71% of its gallium and 45% of its germanium from China. So it urgently needs alternative suppliers. In the case of tungsten, Almonty Industries could provide supply. The Company is on the verge of starting operations at a huge mine in South Korea. From 2024, sales and profits are expected to climb sharply. Mercedes could also benefit from this. The Stuttgart-based company has just announced plans to invest billions more in electromobility. BASF, on the other hand, is going straight to China.

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Commented by Nico Popp on July 17th, 2023 | 07:55 CEST

The hour of the problem solvers: BASF, BYD, dynaCERT

  • Hydrogen
  • greenhydrogen
  • Electromobility
  • chemicals

The transformation of industry is not proceeding smoothly. The best example is the recent profit warning from the chemical group BASF. Earlier, Lanxess and the Swiss company Clariant also revised their forecasts. The reason: The economic recovery in the second half of the year is likely to be slower than previously assumed. When the global economy falters, chemical companies are among the first to feel the effects - they produce many important basic materials and are linked to many other industries. Although BASF already sees demand for basic chemicals at a low level that is not expected to decline further, there are no signs of any recovery momentum either.

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