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Apr 26, 2010

RTTNews: Australian Produces Prices Rebound In Q1. April 26th, 2010

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Australian Producer Prices Rebound In Q1

4/26/2010 11:12 PM ET
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(RTTNews) -  Australia's producer prices at the final stage of production rebounded in the March quarter and beat expectations, data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed on Tuesday. However, prices were still lower when compared to a year ago.

The producer price index gained 1% between January and March, rebounding from the 0.4% decrease in the preceding quarter. Economists were looking for a 0.6% increase. This marks the fastest pace of growth in the producer price index since the December quarter of 2008.

The price of domestically produced items climbed 1% at the final stage of production in the March quarter, faster than the 0.3% gain in the December quarter. This was mainly due to price rises in building construction, and electricity, gas & water supply, up 0.6% and 3.3% respectively.

At the same time, the price of imported items grew 1.4%, partly reversing the 5.2% fall in the prior quarter. This was mainly due to price rises in industrial machinery & equipment manufacturing, and petroleum refining, up 3.4% and 7.3%, respectively.

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Mining Interactive : Tasman adds Otanmaki REE project in Finland and drilling continuous at Norra Karr in Sweden. April 26th, 2010




April 26, 2010
TASMAN METALS LTD.
TSX - TSM; Frankfurt – T61 (WKN A0Y GN1); Pinksheets - TASXF

‘The Tasman Metals Rare Earth Story’

TASMAN ADDS ANOTHER HIGH MERIT AND RARE EARTH ELEMENT (REE) PROPERTY TO ITS PORTFOLIO, THIS TIME BY STAKING THE OTANMAKI REE PROJECT IN FINLAND

Drilling at Norra Karr in Sweden progressing well with hole 23 of the 26 hole program now in progress    
  
  • Tasman has staked the Otanmaki REE project in central Finland, giving a 100% interest 3 claim reservations which total 2626 hectares in size.
  • Area is a historic mining district 450 km north of the capital Helsinki;
  • Project secures two historic REE, niobium (Nb), zirconium (Zr) projects named Katajakangas and Kontioaho.  A total of 59 diamond drill holes for a total of 8,862 metres have been drilled within the claimed area.
Mark Saxon, Tasman Metals President & CEO:
“This new 100% owned acquisition in Finland adds another high merit advanced property to Tasman's Scandinavian portfolio of Norra Karr (drilling of 26 holes continuing),  Bastnas and Korsnas, and reinforces Tasman’s position as a leader in the REE field in Europe.
Tasman’s Otanmaki REE project is a strong addition for the Company, providing the combination of an extensive ground position and an historic resource in an area with well developed road and rail infrastructure.  Our Finnish team is compiling historic information, along with data from the historic Korsnas REE-Pb mine.
In Sweden, drilling at the Norra Karr REE-Zr is progressing well with hole 23 of a 26 hole program now in progress.  We anticipate the next batch of drilling results will be checked and available for reporting within several weeks.” 

Dear Friends:
Tasman keeps on expanding its portfolio REE projects in Scandinavia, this time with the staking of the well located Otanmaki REE project in a historic mining district in central Finland.  This large land position includes a historic resource at Katajakangas (not NI43-101 compliant) and drilled mineralization at Kontioaho.  The project is notable not only for its location but for the significant amount of previous REE work completed on the prospects, giving Tasman a great step up as they progress exploration in this area. 
Again, Stay Tuned - - for the next Chapter in the Tasman Metals Rare Earth Story!!!
Regards,

Acronyms used:
REE      rare earth elements, lanthanum to lutetium by atomic weight plus yttrium
LREE     light rare earth elements, lanthanum to samarium by atomic weight
HREE    heavy rare earth elements, europium to lutetium plus yttrium
TREO    rare earth elements, calculated as oxides, including lanthanum to lutetium plus yttrium
HREO    heavy rare earth elements, as per HREE above, calculated as oxides
LREO    light rare earth elements, as per LREE above, calculated as oxides
Strategic Metals, including Rare Earth Elements and their common usage:



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RTTNews: Evening Market Wrap. April 26th, 2010

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NFA: For Immediate Release. NFA permanently bars Houston firm Commodity Futures & Options Service, Inc.; sanctions its principal. April 26th, 2010



For Immediate Release
For More Information Contact:
Larry Dyekman (312) 781-1372 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (312) 781-1372      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, ldyekman@nfa.futures.org
Karen Wuertz (312) 781-1335 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (312) 781-1335      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, kwuertz@nfa.futures.org

NFA permanently bars Houston firm Commodity Futures & Options Service, Inc.; sanctions its principal
April 26, Chicago - National Futures Association (NFA) has permanently barred from NFA membership Commodity Futures & Options Service, Inc. (CF&O). CF&O is an Introducing Broker located in Houston, Texas. Bryan L. Wright, an associated person and principal of CF&O was also barred from NFA membership for a period of five years. Wright must pay a fine of $10,000 if he reapplies for NFA membership after the five-year bar. The Decision, issued by an NFA Hearing Panel, is based on an NFA Complaint filed in September 2009 and a settlement offer submitted by CF&O and Wright.
The Panel found that CF&O failed to maintain the required minimum adjusted net capital, failed to file telegraphic notice that it was under its net capital requirement, failed to keep accurate financial records and records that properly identified the sources of CF&O's capital, and failed to list certain entities and individuals as principals of CF&O. The Panel also found that CF&O and Wright failed to adequately supervise CF&O's operations.
The complete text of the Complaint, respondents' Answer and Decision can be found on NFA's website (www.nfa.futures.org).
NFA is the premier independent provider of innovative and efficient regulatory programs that safeguard the integrity of the futures markets.

Forbes: Ken Fisher Newsletter. April 26th. 2010


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CFTC:Public Meeting to Consider Significant Price Discovery Contract Determinations , April 26th, 2010

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UPCOMING EVENTS
04/27/2010
Public Meeting to Consider Significant Price Discovery Contract Determinations
Commodity Futures Trading Commission – Washington , DC
This event is open to the public.
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Omni Shoreham Hotel – Washington , DC
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Public Meeting to Examine Futures and Options Trading in the Metals Markets
Commodity Futures Trading Commission – Washington , DC
03/24/2010
U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Annual Capital Markets Summit
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Conference sponsored by the Chatham House
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10) In N.H., voters' anger moves a centrist to right

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MarketWatch: Personal Finance Daily: Jumbo Mortgages make a come back. April 26th, 2010

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APRIL 26, 2010

Monday's Personal Finance stories

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Don't miss these top stories:

When the financial crisis hit, the government had to essentially take over Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE) -- the two giant mortgage agencies whose job it is to keep money flowing into the housing market, especially in just such times of crisis. So Fannie and Freddie were able to keep doing their job.

But the private mortgage market didn't fare so well. That largely is made up of jumbo mortgages, the home loans that exceed the Fannie and Freddie limits. Jumbo rates jumped well above rates on conforming loans, assuming you could get them at all as underwriting tightened up considerably. Securitization of jumbo loans, necessary to replenish lenders' supply of funds, dried up.

Finally, though, the jumbo market may be returning to some semblance of its former self. Rates have fallen so they are now more in line with historical premiums to the conforming rate. There also are some financial institutions who appear once again ready to take on jumbo securities. That's good news for the confidence of the entire mortgage market.

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Real Clear Politics: April 26th , 2010

Real Clear Politics Monday

Obama, Dems to Make Big Midterm Push - Philip Rucker, Washington Post
Obama's Triumph Leaves Voters Cold - Clive Crook, Financial Times
Goldman Money for Obama Wins at Monopoly - Kevin Hassett, Bloomberg
Investors Have Seen This Movie Before - James Surowiecki, The New Yorker
Hold the VAT - Taxpayers May Prefer Cuts - Michael Barone, Examiner
Berating the Raters - Paul Krugman, New York Times
2012: Year of the GOP Dark Horse? - David Paul Kuhn, RealClearPolitics
Palin Inc. - Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine
Thin-Skinned Liberals Smear Critics - Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Arizona Gears Up for Long Immigration Fight - Nathan Thornburgh, Time
New Immigration Law Won't Survive Legal Challenge - James Doty, Salon
A Health Care CEO Assesses ObamaCare's Impact - Brian Calle, OC Register
The Right Court Fight - E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
Kagan Acquits Herself in Any Court - Charles Fried, Boston Herald
Bring the Pope to Justice - Christopher Hitchens, Newsweek
The Palestine Peace Distraction - Richard Haass, Wall Street Journal
Not Even in South Park? - Ross Douthat, New York Times
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