New zinc-based technology in LCD and solar cells may significantly decrease cost and ease demand of indium

Analyst Commentary, Miller Chu: Researchers from the University of Oxford have devised a method to lower the manufacturing costs of thin—film solar cells and LCD displays.

China's restriction on rare-earth materials and timing of Molycorp's acquisition of Neo Materials

Analyst Commentary, Miller Chu: Following Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) and Neo Material (TSE: NEM) potential M&A announcement earlier this week, the U.S., the EU and Japan are teaming up to fight against China’s restriction on rare-earth exporting. The three nations are fighting to have China remove its restriction on rare earth exports.

Molycorp acquires Neo Material Technologies for $1.3 billion in the rare-earth sub-sector

News Summary: Molycorp's $1.3 billion acquisition of Neo Material Technologies could revolutionize the rare-earth trade, analysts said. Combining the firms would create a one-stop shop for rare-earth elements, with control from the mine to the factory floor.