Integrated Cyber Solutions ( CSE:IC S) (‘ Integrated Cyber’ or ‘The Company’), a leading Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP), is pleased to announce a strategic expansion of its sales team with the addition of Joe Von Elm, a seasoned sales representative who will spearhead efforts to grow cybersecurity sales in manufacturing, energy, and academia

Alan Guibord, CEO of Integrated Cyber, expressed enthusiasm about this addition, stating, ‘We are excited to welcome Joe to the Integrated Cyber team. His profound understanding of cybersecurity requirements in these industries and his proven track record in sales will be instrumental in broadening our market presence and driving revenue growth.’

Von Elm brings over a decade of expertise in cybersecurity sales, with a primary focus on serving the manufacturing, energy, and education sectors. His career achievements include expanding sales pipelines, closing key deals, and nurturing client relationships.

Sales Funnel Lead Generation

Integrated Cyber is executing on the commitments outlined in its recent company prospectus by implementing leading-edge marketing and sales tools to drive awareness and demand for their services. These tech stack solutions empower the Company to streamline processes, leverage AI intelligence, optimize outreach, and deliver more personalized customer experiences, ultimately driving better client and business results.

‘We are deploying the latest MarTech tools to enhance efficiency and productivity in prospecting and revenue generation,’ stated Integrated Cyber CMO Kevin Thomas. ‘With these tools, we can efficiently identify and assist customers actively seeking specific cybersecurity services and help them through their buying journey.’

Von Elm shared his excitement, saying, ‘I am thrilled to join Integrated Cyber and contribute to the Company’s sales objectives. My passion for assisting enterprises in these sectors with safeguarding their operations from cyber threats aligns perfectly with Integrated Cyber’s mission. I believe my experience will be pivotal in establishing Integrated Cyber as the preferred cybersecurity partner for businesses in these verticals.’

In an era where cyber-attacks are increasingly impacting manufacturing, energy, and academic industries, Integrated Cyber plays a crucial role. Their solutions help companies identify vulnerable systems, provide cybersecurity training, update outdated applications, and stay abreast of the latest trends to mitigate risks.

Guibord highlighted Integrated Cyber’s commitment to growth and profitability, stating, ‘Our investment in sales and marketing underscores our dedication. We are confident that this expansion will drive new revenue and solidify Integrated Cyber’s position as a leader in the cybersecurity industry.’

About Integrated Cyber Solutions

Integrated Cyber Solutions (CSE: ICS ) is a managed security service provider (MSSP) that humanizes cybersecurity managed services to the Small-to-Medium Business (SMB) and Small-to-Medium Enterprise (SME) sectors. The Company integrates capabilities from third-party cybersecurity providers, allowing companies to continuously adapt their services to evolving technologies and providers – ensuring customers have access to the latest cybersecurity solutions. Apart from providing essential cybersecurity services, Integrated Cyber’s managed services and IC360 technology platform consolidate vast amounts of information to generate actionable intelligence from the numerous software point solutions within their customer’s environments. The results enable simple, understandable, and actionable insights to help customers comprehend and better secure their organization. Integrated Cyber greatly emphasizes the human aspect of cybersecurity management, simplifying complex concepts, and highlighting the crucial role that employee behavior plays in a company’s cyber defenses.


Kevin Thomas, CMO

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Top copper miner First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM,OTC Pink:FQVLF) has hit a major setback in Panama.

On Tuesday (November 28), the country’s Supreme Court of Justice ruled that the company’s mining contract for the Cobre Panama copper mine is unconstitutional, casting uncertainty on the operation’s future.

‘We have decided to unanimously declare unconstitutional the entire law 406 of October 20, 2023,’ Supreme Court President Maria Eugenia Lopez said in a brief statement announcing the decision.

Law 406 refreshed First Quantum’s mining contract for Cobre Panama, giving the company a 20 year mining right with the option to extend for a further 20 years. In exchange, Panama was to receive US$375 million in annual revenue.

However, the news was poorly received by locals who have concerns about the mine’s environmental impact and believe the deal is ‘overly generous’ to First Quantum. Protestors have taken strong steps against the company in recent weeks, including organizing a blockade that has forced a production halt at Cobre Panama. Their actions have also attracted attention on a global scale — actor Leonardo DiCaprio took to Instagram with a supportive post on November 24.

First Quantum said in a press release that it is reviewing Tuesday’s ruling from the government, and ‘continues to reserve all its local and international legal rights in regards to developments in Panama.’

Looking at what may happen next, Dalton Barretto, managing director of equity research, metals and mining at Canaccord Genuity (TSX:CF,OTC Pink:CCORF), explained to CBC that it’s the process by which First Quantum’s contract was signed that’s been called into question, not the contract itself. ‘It means that the process followed by the government to take the renegotiated contract and enshrine it into law did not follow constitutional process,’ he said.

With elections approaching in Panama in the spring, Barretto thinks it’s likely that First Quantum will have to negotiate with the new government at that time. However, he thinks Cobre Panama will ultimately be able to move forward — the mine accounts for 5 percent of Panama’s GDP, and a complete shutdown would be negative for the country’s economy.

First Quantum Minerals’ year-to-date share price performance.

Chart via Google Finance.

For now, investors are spooked by the situation, with First Quantum’s share price falling off a cliff over the past month. It closed Tuesday at C$12.64, and is now down 55.07 percent since the start of the year.

Although Panama is not a top copper-producing country, First Quantum is one of the biggest copper miners in the world, putting out 776,000 metric tons of the red metal last year. Its flagship asset is the Kansanshi copper-gold mine in Zambia, but Cobre Panama is the company’s newest operation, having started commercial production in 2019.

Cobre Panama’s recent problems date back to 2018, when Panama ruled that the law under which First Quantum was operating the mine was unconstitutional. That ruling was upheld in 2021, and the company then had to negotiate a new agreement with the government, the result of which was the deal announced on October 20.

Copper’s year-to-date price performance.

Chart via the London Metal Exchange.

Cobre Panama accounts for about 1 percent of global copper production, and although protests are currently stopping it from operating, Panama’s government hasn’t restricted its output.

As for the larger picture, while copper prices have trended downward this year after a January spike, the consensus among experts is that the red metal’s future looks bright — low grades, a lack of fresh discoveries and the long periods of time necessary to bring new mines into production are all combining to create a tight supply environment.

‘While I can’t predict (copper) demand, even if it’s flat, the supply’s not there. That’s what I know,’ said Joe Mazumdar, editor of Exploration Insights, in a conversation earlier this year. ‘That’s what you can put your hat on, because you know that from discovery to basically production the average time is 15 to 18 years.’

Securities Disclosure: I, Charlotte McLeod, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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Billionaire Charlie Munger, who was the investing sage who made a fortune on his own before he became Warren Buffett’s right-hand man at Berkshire Hathaway, died Tuesday at 99.

In addition to being Berkshire vice chairman, Munger was a real estate attorney, chairman and publisher of the Daily Journal Corp., a member of the Costco board, a philanthropist and an architect.

In early 2023, his fortune was estimated at $2.3 billion — a jaw-dropping amount for many people but vastly smaller than Buffett’s unfathomable fortune, which is estimated at more than $100 billion.

During Berkshire’s 2021 annual shareholder meeting, the then-97-year-old Munger apparently inadvertently revealed a well-guarded secret: that Vice Chairman Greg Abel “will keep the culture” after the Buffett era.

Munger, who wore thick glasses, had lost his left eye after complications from cataract surgery in 1980.

Munger was chairman and CEO of Wesco Financial from 1984 to 2011, when Buffett’s Berkshire purchased the remaining shares of the Pasadena, California-based insurance and investment company it did not own.

Buffett credited Munger with broadening his investment strategy from favoring troubled companies at low prices in hopes of getting a profit to focusing on higher-quality but underpriced companies.

An early example of the shift was illustrated in 1972 by Munger’s ability to persuade Buffett to sign off on Berkshire’s purchase of See’s Candies for $25 million even though the California candy maker had annual pretax earnings of only about $4 million. It has since produced more than $2 billion in sales for Berkshire.

“He weaned me away from the idea of buying very so-so companies at very cheap prices, knowing that there was some small profit in it, and looking for some really wonderful businesses that we could buy in fair prices,” Buffett told CNBC in May 2016.

Or as Munger put it at the 1998 Berkshire shareholder meeting: “It’s not that much fun to buy a business where you really hope this sucker liquidates before it goes broke.”

Munger was often the straight man to Buffett’s jovial commentaries. “I have nothing to add,” he would say after one of Buffett’s loquacious responses to questions at Berkshire annual meetings in Omaha, Nebraska. But like his friend and colleague, Munger was a font of wisdom in investing, and in life. And like one of his heroes, Benjamin Franklin, Munger’s insight didn’t lack humor.

“I have a friend who says the first rule of fishing is to fish where the fish are. The second rule of fishing is to never forget the first rule. We’ve gotten good at fishing where the fish are,” the then-93-year-old Munger told the thousands of people at Berkshire’s 2017 meeting.

He believed in what he called the “lollapalooza effect,” in which a confluence of factors merged to drive investment psychology.

Charles Thomas Munger was born in Omaha on Jan. 1, 1924. His father, Alfred, was a lawyer, and his mother, Florence “Toody,” was from an affluent family. Like Warren, Munger worked at Buffett’s grandfather’s grocery store as a youth, but the two future joined-at-the-hip partners didn’t meet until years later.

At 17, Munger left Omaha for the University of Michigan. Two years later, in 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, according to Janet Lowe’s 2003 biography “Damn Right!”

The military sent him to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena to study meteorology. In California, he fell in love with his sister’s roommate at Scripps College, Nancy Huggins, and married her in 1945. Although he never completed his undergraduate degree, Munger graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1948, and the couple moved back to California, where he practiced real estate law. He founded the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson in 1962 and focused on managing investments at the hedge fund Wheeler, Munger & Co., which he also founded that year.

“I’m proud of being an Omaha boy,” Munger said in a 2017 interview with Dean Scott Derue of the Michigan Ross Business School. “I sometimes use the old saying, ‘They got the boy out of Omaha but they never got Omaha out of the boy.’ All those old-fashioned values — family comes first; be in a position so that you can help others when troubles come; prudent, sensible; moral duty to be reasonable [is] more important than anything else — more important than being rich, more important than being important — an absolute moral duty.”

In California, he partnered with Franklin Otis Booth, a member of the founding family of the Los Angeles Times, in real estate. One of their early developments turned out to be a lucrative condo project on Booth’s grandfather’s property in Pasadena. (Booth, who died in 2008, had been introduced to Buffett by Munger in 1963 and became one of Berkshire’s largest investors.)

“I had five real estate projects,” Munger told Derue. “I did both side by side for a few years, and in a very few years, I had $3 million — $4 million.”

Munger closed the hedge fund in 1975. Three years later, he became vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway.

In 1959, at age 35, Munger returned to Omaha to close his late father’s legal practice. That’s when he was introduced to the then-29-year-old Buffett by one of Buffett’s investor clients. The two hit it off and stayed in contact despite living half a continent away from each other.

“We think so much alike that it’s spooky,” Buffett recalled in an interview with the Omaha World-Herald in 1977. “He’s as smart and as high-grade a guy as I’ve ever run into.”

“We never had an argument in the entire time we’ve known each other, which is almost 60 years now,” Buffett told CNBC’s Becky Quick in 2018. “Charlie has given me the ultimate gift that a person can give to somebody else. He’s made me a better person than I would have otherwise been. … He’s given me a lot of good advice over time. … I’ve lived a better life because of Charlie.”

The melding of the minds focused on value investing, in which stocks are picked because their price appears to be undervalued based on the company’s long-term fundamentals.

“All intelligent investing is value investing — acquiring more than you are paying for,” Munger once said. “You must value the business in order to value the stock.”

But during the coronavirus outbreak in early 2020, when Berkshire suffered a massive $50 billion loss in the first quarter, Munger and Buffett were more conservative than there were during the Great Recession, when they invested in U.S. airlines and financials like Bank of America and Goldman Sachs hit hard by that downturn.

“Well, I would say basically we’re like the captain of a ship when the worst typhoon that’s ever happened comes,” Munger told The Wall Street Journal in April 2020. “We just want to get through the typhoon, and we’d rather come out of it with a whole lot of liquidity. We’re not playing, ‘Oh goody, goody, everything’s going to hell, let’s plunge 100% of the reserves’ [into buying businesses].” 

Munger donated hundreds of millions of dollars to educational institutions, including the University of Michigan, Stanford University and Harvard Law School, often with the stipulation that the school accept his building designs, even though he was not formally trained as an architect.

At Los Angeles’ Harvard-Westlake prep school, where Munger had been a board member for decades, he ensured that the girls bathrooms were larger than the boys room during the construction of the science center in the 1990s.

“Any time you go to a football game or a function there’s a huge line outside the women’s bathroom. Who doesn’t know that they pee in a different way than the men?” Munger told The Wall Street Journal in 2019. “What kind of idiot would make the men’s bathroom and the women’s bathroom the same size? The answer is, a normal architect!”

Munger and his wife had three children, daughters Wendy and Molly, and son Teddy, who died of leukemia at age 9. The Mungers divorced in 1953.

Two years later, he married Nancy Barry, whom he met on a blind date at a chicken dinner restaurant. The couple had four children, Charles Jr., Emilie, Barry and Philip. He also was the stepfather to her two other sons, William Harold Borthwick and David Borthwick. The Mungers, who were married 54 years until her death in 2010, contributed $43.5 million to Stanford University to help build the Munger Graduate Residence, which houses 600 law and graduate students.

Asked by CNBC’s Quick in a February 2019 “Squawk Box” interview about the secret to a long and happy life, Munger said the answer “is easy, because it’s so simple.”

“You don’t have a lot of envy, you don’t have a lot of resentment, you don’t overspend your income, you stay cheerful in spite of your troubles. You deal with reliable people and you do what you’re supposed to do. And all these simple rules work so well to make your life better. And they’re so trite,” he said.

“And staying cheerful … because it’s a wise thing to do. Is that so hard? And can you be cheerful when you’re absolutely mired in deep hatred and resentment? Of course you can’t. So why would you take it on?”

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On Monday, after the close, some warning signs from our risk gauges popped up. These are especially interesting given the number of bulls and the amount of money coming into the market.

Technically, we still have the resistance that has not cleared in small caps, retail, or transportation. And this is all happening with a declining dollar, bullish gold, plus renewed buying in agricultural commodities.

Could these warnings reverse? Yes, but this is the most risk-off we have seen as far as the gauges since April.

Risk Gauges: WARNINGS

  • SPY (S&P 500) now on par with TLT (long bonds); you don’t want TLT to outperform. Risk off.
  • HYG (junk bonds) underperforming TLT. Risk off. 
  • SPY is now underperforming GLD (gold). Risk off.
  • WOOD underperforming GLD. Risk off.

Risk off means just that, so pay attention — these gauges are incredible.

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ETF Summary

  • S&P 500 (SPY): 450 support, 465 resistance.
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): 181 resistance, 174 support.
  • Dow (DIA): 360 resistance, 346 support.
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): 388 now pivotal support.
  • Regional Banks (KRE): 45 big resistance.
  • Semiconductors (SMH): 160-161 pivotal support.
  • Transportation (IYT): 235 support.
  • Biotechnology (IBB): 120 pivotal.
  • Retail (XRT): 65 resistance and 60 pivotal support.

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The cryptocurrency space has had its share of challenges, but Coinbase (COIN) looks like it may be setting itself apart from the pack, especially after its last earnings report on November 2. COIN’s stock price is up over 200% this year and it made it to the top position in the StockCharts Technical Rank (SCTR) score.

CHART 1: STOCKCHARTS TECHNICAL RANKING (SCTR). COIN made it to #1 position in the Top 10, Large Cap category.Chart source: For educational purposes.

In the weekly chart of COIN below, you can see that the stock has broken above its August 2022 and July 2023 highs. The stock is trading above its 50-day simple moving average (SMA). If COIN continues moving higher, there’s not too much in terms of resistance. Remember, however, that the stock started trading in April 2021, so it’s not going to have too many significant support and resistance levels, especially in a weekly chart. But it’s still a good stock to add to your ChartLists, especially if Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies set up for a bullish rally.

CHART 2: WEEKLY CHART OF COINBASE STOCK PRICE. The stock has broken above its more recent highs. It remains to be seen if the breakout has some follow-through.Chart source: For educational purposes.

Let’s switch to the daily chart to see more granularity in COIN (see chart below).

CHART 3: DAILY CHART OF COIN STOCK PRICE. The stock’s trend is correlated with the trend in cryptocurrencies. A SCTR score of 99.9 and RSI of 85 could mean the stock is overbought. Look for a pullback followed by a reversal to the upside.Chart source: For educational purposes.

With a SCTR score of 99.9 and a relative strength index (RSI) of 85, there’s a chance the stock is overbought. A pullback followed by a pivot reversal with strong upside momentum would be a good reason to add the stock to your portfolio. Since it’s a risky play, given the volatility in cryptocurrency, place a tight stop if you enter a long position.

The price of COIN stock moves in sync with the crypto market. If crypto sees strong performance by Coinbase’s next earnings date on February 20, COIN’s stock price could move higher. But keep your ears open for news on the regulatory front. Any regulatory threats could send crypto prices lower, fast.

What’s the Significance of the SCTR Score?

In a nutshell, SCTR is a numerical score that ranges from 1 to 100. The higher the value, the higher the stock’s rank. To get a high SCTR rank, a stock or ETF should score high with all the indicators used to calculate the SCTR score and in the short, medium, and long-term time frames.

The SCTR score identifies the leaders and laggards within specific industry groups. Since the calculations are done for you, all you have to do is add the indicator panel on SharpCharts or StockChartsACP.

How To Add the SCTR Line to Your Charts

  • In the SharpCharts Workbench, from the Indicators dropdown menu, click SCTR Line.
  • In StockChartsACP, click on SCTR Line from the Standard Indicators list.

Disclaimer: This blog is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as financial advice. The ideas and strategies should never be used without first assessing your own personal and financial situation, or without consulting a financial professional.

Gold is above US$2,000 per ounce once again, and Omar Ayales of Gold Charts R Us thinks higher prices are coming. He’s tracking a seven to eight year cycle in gold, and said the next peak is set to occur in 2026 or 2027.

‘What this cycle is telling us is not only that gold reaches a bottom every seven years, (but also) that after it reaches a bottom it goes into an 11 year uptrend to reach a high. So every bottom precedes an 11 year move,’ he explained.

In his view, it’s a matter of when — not if — the yellow metal breaks its all-time high.

‘Will gold break out on this up move — maybe not. Maybe it reaches US$2,075, maybe it pulls back to around the US$1,900 level before it makes another up move. That is very possible,’ Ayales said.

He added, ‘I am overall very bullish for gold, and (believe) it will break to new highs. It’s a question of will it happen over the next month or two, or will it happen in six to nine months. But I think it will happen.’

Ayales sees short-term support for gold at US$1,925, while a more intermediate support level is around US$1,800. In the unlikely event of a crash, US$1,675 to US$1,700 would be ‘mega support’ for the precious metal.

Looking at the larger economic picture, he’s expecting a higher-rate environment for the next 30 to 40 years.

‘The chart that I look at is the yield on the 30 year US Treasury bond. Basically the yield on a US Treasury bond for me tracks very well long-term inflation expectations,’ Ayales explained. ‘The long-term Treasury market moves in secular shifts of 30 to 40 years … (and) the last mega market in Treasuries actually was the past 40 years.’

With that in mind, he encouraged investors to consider adding gold and gold stocks to their portfolio.

‘I think that one of the things that investors have to see moving forward is if we are going to be in a 30, 40 year bear market in Treasuries, you don’t want to have such a big (allocation) to Treasuries. You want to be able to have that 40 percent of safety in your portfolio with other things, such as gold, such as gold miners,’ he said.

Watch the interview above for more of Ayales’ thoughts on what’s ahead for gold.

Securities Disclosure: I, Charlotte McLeod, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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Graphene is often heralded as the “wonder material” of the 21st century, and investing in graphene companies offers investors exposure to a growing number of graphene applications across a diverse set of industries.

In terms of size, Grand View Research is forecasting that the global graphene market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 46.6 percent between 2023 and 2030 to reach US$3.75 billion. The firm says that revenue for electronics industry applications will be a major contributor to the growth in demand for graphene.

Industries such as energy storage and composites are expected to make up most of the graphene market. Graphene coatings are used in batteries, conductors and generators to improve energy efficiency and performance. Lightweight graphene composites are becoming the focus of the aircraft and automobile industries.

According to Markets and Markets, the graphene market is mainly being driven by demand from the Asia-Pacific region, due in large part to its high economic growth rate, manufacturing industries, low labor costs and growing graphene-based application patents. Rising demand for printed electronics in this region is another factor.

Here’s a look at six publicly traded graphene companies making moves in the market today, based on research gleaned from intelligence firms Fortune Business Insights and Brainy Insights. These graphene stocks are listed in alphabetical order, and all data was accurate as of November 20, 2023.

1. CVD Equipment (NASDAQ:CVV)

Company Profile

Market cap: US$33.9 million

CVD Equipment produces chemical vapor deposition, gas control and other types of equipment and process solutions for developing and creating materials and coatings for a range of industrial applications. These uses include aerospace engine components, medical implants, semiconductors, battery nanomaterials and solar cells.

CVD processing can be used to produce graphene and nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes and silicon nanowires. In July, the company received a second production system order from US-based battery startup OneD Battery Sciences. The order, worth about US$1.8 million, is for a PowderCoat1104 system and components.

2. Directa Plus (LSE:DCTA)

Company Profile

Market cap: GBP 25.12 million

Leading graphene nanoplatelet producer Directa Plus makes products designed for commercial applications, such as textiles and composites. The firm has developed a patented graphene material that is both portable and scalable. Directa Plus casts a wide net, even using its graphene for golf balls with the aim of improving users’ control and swings using elasticity.

In September, Italy-based Directa Plus announced it will be exploring the potential of its graphene technologies in the US defense sector through a new partnership with the SPECTRUM Group.

3. First Graphene (ASX:FGR,OTCQB:FGPHF)

Company Profile

Market cap: AU$37.43 million

First Graphene is an advanced materials company that is looking to position itself in the lowest-cost quartile of global graphene suppliers. The company says it has developed an environmentally sound method of converting ultra-high-grade graphite into the lowest-cost, highest-quality graphene in bulk quantities.

The firm is working with three Australian universities on developing graphene products and associated intellectual properties, including PureGRAPH, its graphene powder. First Graphene is vertically integrated, and applications for its products extend to fire retardancy, energy storage and concrete, among others. In fact, the company released positive results concerning Phase 1 of its graphene-enhanced cement trials in October.

“Completion of phase one trials is a significant milestone towards the adoption of graphene-enhanced cement as a tool to help drive emissions down in the construction industry,’ First Graphene Managing Director and CEO Michael Bell said.

4. G6 Materials (TSXV:GGG,OTCQB:GPHBF)

Company Profile

Market cap: C$2.61 million

G6 Materials provides low-cost graphene solutions for a variety of commercial, research and military applications. The company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Graphene Laboratories, offers more than 100 graphene and graphene-related products to over 14,000 customers worldwide through its ecommerce website. Some of the firm’s most notable clients are NASA, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Samsung Electronics (KRX:005930) and IBM (NYSE:IBM).

In mid-2023, G6 Materials announced launched a new thermally conductive G6-EPOXY product line. ‘Epoxy resins play a vital role in thermal management due to their exceptional thermal conductivity and insulation properties,’ the company said in a press release. ‘These versatile materials efficiently dissipate heat, making them essential in electronic devices, power modules, lithium battery heat management, and LED lighting applications.’

5. Haydale Graphene Industries (LSE:HAYD,OTC Pink:HDGHF)

Company Profile

Market cap: GBP 7.34 million

Haydale Graphene Industries is the holding company for both Haydale and Haydale Composite Solutions.

The former has developed a patented proprietary and scalable plasma process that’s aimed at functionalizing graphene and other nanomaterials. Using the technology, Haydale is able to supply tailored solutions to both raw materials suppliers and product manufacturers. The latter is focused on the design, development and commercialization of advanced polymer composite materials. Haydale Composite Solutions takes care of the entire development cycle, from applied research to setting up manufacturing plants.


Company Profile

Market cap: C$339.53 million

Established in 2011, NanoXplore is able to produce high volumes of graphene at affordable prices due to its unique and environmentally friendly production process.

The company’s GrapheneBlack graphene powder can be used in plastic products to greatly increase their reusability and recyclability. In March, the company received patent approval for its SiliconGraphene battery anode material solution under the trademark SiG. ‘GrapheneBlack acts as a coating agent around Silicon alleviating swelling and dislodgment of particles, making the cell safer and more reliable,’ a press release states.

More recently, in September NanoXplore was awarded ‘three programs from two existing customers, one large commercial vehicle OEM and one industrial equipment manufacturer, to supply exterior parts of vehicles.’ The parts are being used for both electric and internal combustion engine vehicles.

7. Talga Group (ASX:TLG)

Company Profile

Market cap: AU$396.83

Talga Group is a vertically integrated battery anode and materials company, mining its own graphite and producing anodes. It has operations in Sweden, Japan, Australia, Germany and the UK. The company also produces graphene additives for use by materials manufacturers in applications such as concrete, coatings, plastics and energy storage.

Talga has the Talphite and Talphene lines of graphene products, which include conductive additives for battery cathode and anode products, solid-state anodes and graphite recycling.

Private graphene companies

The graphene stocks listed above are by no means the only graphene-focused companies. Investors interested in graphene would also do well to learn more about the private companies focused on graphene technology, including 2D Carbon Tech, ACS Material, Advanced Graphene Products, Graphene Platform, Graphenea, Grafoid and XG Sciences.

FAQs for graphene

What is graphene?

Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice. First produced in 2004, when professors at England’s University of Manchester used Scotch tape to peel flakes of graphene off of graphite, the material is 200 times stronger than steel and thinner than a single sheet of paper. Graphene has many possible applications in various fields, such as batteries, sensors, solar panels, electronics, medical equipment and sports gear.

What are some good properties of graphene?

Graphene’s outstanding properties include high thermal and electrical conductivity, high elasticity and flexibility, high hardness and resistance, transparency and the ability to generate electricity via exposure to sunlight.

What is the difference between graphene and graphite?

Graphene and graphite are both allotropes of carbon, meaning they are structurally different forms of the same element. A key difference between them is that graphene is a single layer of graphite.

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It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for me to take a look at the seasonal behavior for the S&P 500 and its sectors on this episode of StockCharts TV’s Sector Spotlight. Is there is any alignment between historical and actual rotations? That proves to be difficult to assess, but, by switching between daily and weekly rotations on Relative Rotation Graphs, we can see that some sectors are popping up with potentially interesting rotations.

This video was originally broadcast on November 27, 2023. Click anywhere on the Sector Spotlight logo above to view on our dedicated Sector Spotlight page, or click this link to watch on YouTube.

Past episodes of Sector Spotlight can be found here.

#StaySafe, -Julius

Honda is recalling 303,700 2023 and 2024 Accords and HR-Vs because of a defect that could stop some front seat belts in the vehicles from tightening properly in a crash.

The automaker is recalling Accords built between Oct. 4, 2022, and Oct. 14, 2023, as well as HR-Vs made between April 26, 2022, and Oct. 14, 2023, it said in a filing last week with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. All of the vehicles being recalled are gas-powered, rather than hybrids.

Honda said the front seat belt pretensioners in a fraction of those vehicles were assembled without a rivet that secures the quick connector and wire plate. It said the installation of that rivet was skipped during assembly but did not explain why or how.

Without that rivet, the seat belt will not tighten to properly restrain occupants and get their bodies into a safe position in the event of a crash, making harm more likely.

The company estimated that 1% of the vehicles being recalled are defective. It said it has had seven warranty claims related to the problem and no reports of injuries or deaths.

Honda said in a statement that the owners of all affected vehicles will be contacted by mail and told to take their vehicles to authorized Honda dealers, who will replace the defective part. Customers who have already had those repairs done at their own expense may be eligible for refunds.

The company said in its filing that it received its first complaint about the problem May 23. On Sept. 20, it received the affected parts and began to investigate, and on Nov. 16 it identified a defect that necessitated the recall.

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The late crush of holiday travelers is picking up steam, with about 2.7 million people expected to board flights on Wednesday and millions more planning to drive to Thanksgiving celebrations.

Airline officials say they are confident that they can avoid the kind of massive disruptions that have marred past holiday seasons, such as the meltdown at Southwest Airlines over last Christmas.

Airlines have added tens of thousands of employees in the last couple years, and Southwest says it has bought more winter equipment to keep planes moving even during sub-freezing temperatures.

Security lines at airports could be long because of the crowds. Delta Air Lines is telling passengers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their flight if they are traveling within the United States, three hours early if they’re flying overseas — and maybe earlier on Sunday and Monday.

The holiday will also test the Federal Aviation Administration, which faces shortages of air traffic controllers at key facilities that caused reductions in flights to the New York City area this summer and fall.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said during a news conference Monday that the government has prepared for holiday travel by hiring more air traffic controllers, opening new air routes along the East Coast and providing grants to airports for snowplows and deicing equipment.

Nearly three-fourths of flight delays are caused by weather, according to the FAA. The agency’s figures indicate that the rate of canceled flights is down this year from last year, when airlines didn’t have enough staff to handle the strong recovery in travel after the pandemic.

The Transportation Security Administration predicts that it will screen 2.7 million passengers Wednesday and a record 2.9 million on Sunday, the biggest day for return trips. That would narrowly beat TSA’s all-time mark set on June 30.

“We are ready for the holidays. We’re confident we have enough agents,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

He urged travelers to give themself extra time to get through busy airports and be considerate of TSA agents, gate agents and flight crews and others who are giving up their holidays.

“I just ask passengers to thank people for what they’re doing. They’re making sure the system is safe and secure. That’s a tall order,” he said.

AAA predicts that 55.4 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home between Wednesday and Sunday, the third-highest forecast ever by the auto club. AAA says most of them — 49.1 million — will drive.

Drivers will get a break from last year on gasoline prices. AAA says the nationwide average for gas was down to $3.29 a gallon on Tuesday, compared with $3.66 a year ago.

Air travelers will enjoy lower prices too. Airfares in October were down 13% from last year, according to government figures, and fares around Thanksgiving have been about 14% lower than a year ago, according to the travel site Hopper.

Even so, the high cost of rent, food, health care and other expenses were weighing on people’s travel plans.

Jason McQueary, a 25-year-old social worker and graduate student said rent and other essentials eat up most of his paycheck and he was grateful for his credit card points, which brought down the cost of his roundtrip flight from Denver to Chicago from $450 to $150.

“I was just like, ‘man, I’m glad I only come home once a year,’” said McQueary, who was waiting to get picked up Tuesday after arriving to Chicago O’Hare International Airport to spend Thanksgiving with family in his hometown of Byron, Illinois.

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