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8 Top Rare Earth-producing Countries

While China may have a stranglehold on the rare earths market, it's not the only country producing the metals. Here's a look at the eight top rare earth-producing countries of 2014, as per statistics from the US Geological Survey.

Don Lay of Medallion Resources Talks Rare Earths Prices

China removed its export tariffs on rare earths, tungsten and molybdenum at the start of May. Shortly afterwards it announced changes to its resource tax regime for rare earths. A number of analysts and market watchers have commented on how those changes might affect rare earths prices — here, Don Lay of Medallion Resources weighs in with his thoughts.

Texas Rare Earth Resources Making Progress with K-Tech Separation Process

Texas Rare Earth announced a key advancement in the development of its REE separation process on Tuesday. Using its continuous ion chromatography methodology, K-Technologies has removed much of the rare earths lanthanum and cerium from a pregnant leach solution containing rare earths from Texas Rare Earth's Round Top deposit.

What’s Going On With NioCorp Developments?

Certainly, NioCorp Developments has been a darling in the mining space as of late. However, ever since the company announced the much-anticipated results of its preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for Elk Creek on April 13, the company's share price hasn't been doing so well. NioCorp's stock dropped about 23 percent on April 13, and has lost about 49 percent, or 75 cents overall, since that date.

Molycorp Takes a Hit Following Q1 Results Release

The company incurred a net loss of $102 million, or $0.42 per share, for Q1. Meanwhile, it's facing delisting from the NYSE and is concerned about repaying convertible notes maturing in June. Overall, if Molycorp is "unable to execute [its] business plan and restructure [its] debt, [it] may not be able to continue."