SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

January 11, 2011 11:25 ET

Rare Earth Investors Brace for Volatility

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Molycorp & General Moly

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 11, 2011) - In recent months, Wall Street has begun to take notice of the Rare Earth Metals. Rare earth metals are the lifeblood of modern computers, batteries and alternative energies. For example, there are nearly ten pounds of the rare earth element lanthanum in every Toyota Prius engine. In addition, rare earth elements are vital to military technology. The Bedford Report examines the Rare Earth Elements Industry and provides research reports on Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP) and General Moly, Inc. (NYSE Amex: GMO). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

North American Rare Earth Miners have been getting a boost in recent weeks following a series of announcements from the Chinese government. In late December, China -- who currently produces about 97 percent of the global supply of rare earth minerals -- said it would cut its export quotas by 35 percent year-on-year for the first half of 2011. American rare earth miner, Molycorp's CEO Mark Smith, said that "Any reductions China makes in its 2011 exports versus 2010 levels will only exacerbate the global supply shortfall of rare earths we can expect in 2011."

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu argues that "Other countries with rare earth resources should also develop and exploit their resources and jointly shoulder the responsibility for rare earth supply."

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In late 2010, the US Government made efforts to bring more of domestic awareness to rare earths as the US House of Representatives passed the Rare Earths and Critical Materials Revitalization Act of 2010, which supports the discovery and development of rare earth sites inside of the United States.

While the US is making efforts, it is very late to the party. In fact, most mines outside of China are still some time away from production. Additionally, there are no separation facilities for the all-important "heavy" rare earths outside of China. For this reason, many naysayers question how long the boom in North American Rare Earth companies can continue.

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