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.

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…

New PotashCorp CEO shows confidence in ‘price over volume’ strategy

PotashCorp On July 1, Jochen Tilk formally replaced outgoing Bill Doyle as the CEO of PotashCorp. Doyle headed the Saskatchewan based PotashCorp for 15 years, adopting a rather bombastic style, which made potash a household word in North America. Doyle was also a proponent of the ‘price over volume’ market strategy that helped raise potash prices to unprecedented heights in 2008-2009, which have remained on the high side despite a notable drop from their USD 900/ton peak.  This decision may soon prove its validity because there have been several indications that a re-establishment of the Russian/Belarusian potash pricing cartel BPC (Uralkali…

Uncertainty at Molycorp and strong developments at Tasman, Northern Minerals and Alkane Resources

Weslosky-Lifton July 17, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks with Jack Lifton, Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research (TMR), LLC talk about the state of the rare earths sector, starting with Molycorp (NYSE: MCP). Molycorp has been using up cash at an alarming rate and it may well have to restructure and re-finance to survive. Nevertheless, Molycorp still has sufficient cash to be able to pursue new suitors, according to Jack, and this makes them a target for the ‘turnaround artist’. Jack says that he expects much activity at Molycorp but not the kind needed “to produce…

Great Lakes Graphite enters the graphite party late, but will be a major contender in the race to production in NA

Gorman-Paul-GLK July 16, 2014 - Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel speaks to Paul Gorman, CEO and Director for Great Lakes Graphite (‘Great Lakes’, TSXV: GLK) about what he says is the next great graphite company to prepare for production in North America. Paul’s confidence comes from the fact that “we've spent the last seven years understanding the market, understanding what customers want and most importantly having a great deposit that will be able to supply an immense amount of flake graphite to North American customers as well as the area right around the Great Lakes. And that's why we've…

Flinders Resources Woxna graphite mine to reach production stage this month

Woxna Flinders Resources Limited ("Flinders", TSXV: FDR) has issued an update about the progress made at the Woxna graphite mine in Sweden. The refurbishment work is now in its final stages and Flinders expects the start of operations and production to begin before the end of July. According to a July 14 press release, last June Flinders achieved a number of milestones, which go from having all necessary equipment on site and installed to having the wet commissioning of the processing plant underway while such aspects as the tailings dam civil works, process controls and the site lab facility are just…

Ties between the USA and China at the lowest point of the past 40 years

Rope-that-binds Relations between China and the United States arrived in the worst point since 1972, when President Richard Nixon flew to China to meet Mao Tse-tung launching what would be known as ‘ping pong diplomacy’ (remember ‘Forrest Gump’?) and a gradual improvement of relations between the two countries. Now, more than forty years later, diplomacy between the two superpowers is deteriorating because of disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea, involving Japan and other countries of South-east Asia. East Asia is now less stable than any other period since the end of the Cold War. The Sea of…

Stans Energy to leverage growing Russian influence in Kyrgyzstan through Board appointment

Stans Energy Corp. (‘Stans’, TSX-V: HRE | OTCQX: HREEF) announced that it has appointed Vadim Veshchezerov to its Board of Directors. Mr. Veshchezerov has many years if experience in both the microelectronics and banking sectors but for the past 13 years he has held a number of senior positions at RUSNANO, a Russian state sponsored investment fund, involved in developing the nanotech and high technology industries within the Russian Federation. Normally, a Board appointment represents an important decision for a company; however, Stan’s selection of Mr. Veshchezerov is significant as it is an indicator of the Company’s overall strategy in…