Alessandro Bruno

About Alessandro Bruno

Alessandro Bruno holds a BA, MA. He has worked for the United Nations in Libya and specialized in Middle Eastern, African, and South American affairs. Alessandro has worked as an industry analyst, lived and worked abroad extensively and is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and French with a working knowledge of Portuguese, Arabic and German.

Mason Graphite expands resource and stock moves +25% in July

Mason Graphite Inc. ("Mason", TSX.V: LLG | OTCQX: MGPHF) has the potential to deliver very high purity graphite – up to 99.9% graphitic carbon content - in response to new industrial applications, using traditional processes, which require relatively modest investment. On July 29, Mason expanded its resource, announcing the discovery of high-grade intersections graphite in the northeastern extension of Lake Gueret beyond the original target zone. The drilling identified a mineralized interval of 98 m at 29.8% Graphitic Carbon (Gc) as part of its 2013-2014 exploration campaign, comprising 97 holes totaling over 15,000 meters aiming to extend the project area…

Lynas restructuring leads an all-Australian rare earths market tide

week ree jul 28 The share performance of the only two producers of rare earths outside of China Lynas Corp. (ASX: LYC) and Molycorp (NYSE MKT: MCP) in the past two would have suggested that the REE market has picked up some favourable winds. Both companies, despite a number of concerns surrounding their focus on light rare earths (LREE), saw gains. Molycorp was heading down a steep slope, reaching its yearly low of USD$ 1.61/share, when it suddenly started to rise on July 22, making ever higher gains to reach USD$ 2.15/share on July 24, gaining 14.44%. Lynas, for its part was trading at…

It’s raining copper in the DRC’s Katanga Province

El-Nino-Copper El Nino Ventures Inc. (‘ELN’, TSXV: ELN) has a copper exploration project in the Democratic Republic of Congo and two zinc-lead-silver (copper) exploration and development projects in the Bathurst Mining Camp, New Brunswick. The Copperbelt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hosts several world class deposits and its exploration potential is considered one of the best in the world. Mining companies such as Phelps Dodge and First Quantum Minerals have established operations there and ore is world class. Several small companies are also actively considering copper and other minerals in the DRC. The Katanga province of the DRC hosts…

Flake Graphite, bubble or not, the risk is greater for those betting against

6a0120a6002285970c016769409b3f970b-320wi Australian graphite stocks have experienced a veritable boost in the past few weeks as many more companies have joined the graphite industry in expectation of much higher demand for Lithium-ion batteries (which, despite their name, use more graphite than lithium). Including China, the graphite sector now includes eight countries and there are promising resources being developed in Canada, the USA, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Sweden among others. Naturally, there are concerns – and justified ones – that nobody knows where the volume of graphite demand will be heading in the future. Indeed, the graphite market is not all that big…

Shares of Largo Resources hit record high in expectation of the start of production

Night shot - kiln & leaching branded Canada’s Largo Resources (‘Largo’, TSXV: LGO) is about to launch production at the largest vanadium mine in Brazil and the first vanadium mine of the Americas. It is located in Maracas, Bahia state. With an estimated investment of over USD$ 550 million, the mining company will have an initial capacity to produce 9,600 tons of vanadium oxide annually at a cost of about USD$ 5.50 to USD$ 6.00 per kilogram. This means that the Maracas Vanadium will be the lowest cost and highest vanadium content mine in the world. The state of Bahia, in turn, will become the largest supplier of…

The global consequences of China’s higher than expected debt

China has recorded 250% debt according to Standard Chartered estimates. This figure, which essentially means that debt is 2.5 times greater than the size of its economy, suggests that China has also found it difficult to reconcile growth with ‘bubbles’. The 250% debt figure is not distressing in itself; what has raised economists’ concerns is the speed with which China’s debt level has risen: the ratio of debt to GDP in the second largest economy in the world was 251% in June 2014, while it stood at 147% at the end of 2008.  Such an increase in the ratio between…

Failure of ‘Hard Assets’ mining conferences suggests new business model needed

Email_Invite copy The ‘Hard Assets’ conference development company, more recently known as the Metals & Minerals Investment Conferences, announced that as of July 16, 2014 they have suspended their schedule of events indefinitely. Some blame poor shows in the past few years, which then saw mining companies become less interested in participating. Hard Assets was most recently managed by the Summit Professional Networks. The ‘void’ will be filled by Euromoney Institutional Investor, a London listed financial publishing and event organizer, which has acquired the famous Cape Town Mining Indaba, an event held annually in February that rivals, in scope and size, Canada’s…

Global economic consequences of the Malaysian MH17 crash still to come

The crash of Malaysian Airlines MH 17 in Ukraine, beyond the all too human tragedy, has also raised market risks worldwide especially as far as the energy and banking sectors are concerned. Stocks dropped some 2-3% in worldwide trading on the day of the crash, July 17, only to recover – somewhat cynically – on the next day; however, as might have been expected, the Russian markets reacted differently. The Ruble dropped 5% and stocks some 2%. Meanwhile, the conditions for improvement do not exist. The crash of MH 17, regardless of who is ultimately found responsible, has only served…

Graphite investors very confident in Triton Minerals ultimate success

Triton Minerals (ASX: TON) published exceptional results from the Nicanda Hill prospect at its Balama North graphite project in Mozambique last May. Triton’s property sits adjacent to Syrah Resources’ Balama graphite deposit, which is said to be the world’s largest. One of the highlights is a 220 meters long continuous mineralization, which promise even larger exploration targets than at first thought. Triton’s potential, therefore, is far greater than expected and 2014 could be a very exciting year. Investors, including institutional ones, have taken notice such that Triton has managed to obtain a ‘single tranche’ 17 million placement of fully paid…

TRER’s Anthony Marchese talks Molycorp, Jack Lifton and on Round Top’s Heavy Rare Earth Project

Marchese-Anthony-TRER July 18, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Investor Intel speaks to Anthony Marchese, Chairman of Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (‘TRER’, OTCQX: TRER) about the state of Molycorp as well as TRER’s world class deposit (including beryllium and a 70% heavy rare earth concentration)  with outstanding infrastructure in Texas at the Round Top rare earth minerals project. Anthony suggests that as Molycorp’s share price continues its steady decline, in the last several days there have been many rumors that “there are entities that are acquiring Molycorp’s bonds in the expectation that the Company will experience a significant…