SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

March 07, 2011 11:25 ET

Rare Earth Stocks Showing Signs of Stability

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Molycorp & China GengSheng Minerals

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 7, 2011) - Rare Earth stocks have been volatile in recent months as even the most minor of changes in China's export quotas have caused noticeable price changes. Last month Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced the nation's new rare earth development plan, taking some uncertainty out of the rare earth market. China presently produces about 95 percent of the global supply of rare earth minerals. The Bedford Report examines the Rare Earth Elements Industry and provides research reports on Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP) and China GengSheng Minerals Corporation (NYSE Amex: CHGS). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Jiabao recently explained that under a five-year plan, China will promote new technology in the industry and accelerate the pace of mergers and acquisitions among rare-earth producers. China will take stricter measures to control mining of rare earths and lift environmental standards, while continuing to cap production and exports with the quota system.

Late in 2010, China announced that it would cut its export quotas by 35 percent year-on-year for the first half of 2011. China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Jiang Yu believes 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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 The United States, Australia and Canada are making efforts to begin producing rare earths. Currently there are no separation facilities for the all-important "heavy" rare earths outside of China.

US-based, Molycorp recently announced plans to double production in its California mine by the end of 2013. Molycorp's Mountain Pass mine produces about 3 percent of the world's rare earths from stockpiled concentrate, but the company plans to eventually turn out a quarter of the total supply.

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