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.

OPEC and Saudi Arabia show the world who’s the boss

oil Oil production will not be cut, as there was no formal revision of the 30 barrels a day  limit that was set in December 2011. OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, managed to surprise everyone, going further than anybody had truly expected in its adoption of a rather unlikely free-market inspired approach. Indeed, the Organization made a rather explicit decision to shift away from cartel pricing and policies, entrusting the restoration of equilibrium in the oil market to supply and demand forces, affecting only minor price adjustments. The market responded accordingly and the already fast dropping oil prices, already…

IC Potash gets a 10 million dollar boost toward production

imagesLYB6NK0L IC Potash Corp. (“ICP’, TSX: ICP | OTCQX: ICPTF) announced that Cartesian Capital Group, LLC ("Cartesian") has acquired 500,000 Class A preferred shares, at a price of USD$ 20/share or  USD$ 10,000,000 in ICP's wholly owned subsidiary, Intercontinental Potash Corp. ("ICPUSA"), which owns ICP’s Ochoa Sulphate of Potash (SOP) in Lea County, New Mexico. Cartesian’s c investment gives it a right to a potential  33% participation in future equity financings of ICPUSA and it is by all means ‘strategic’.  Cartesian is a private equity and venture capital company that prefers and to invest through acquisition, targeting high growth companies, emerging…

Alkane ready to seek government approval amid growing rare earth market optimism

images3U9K379T Alkane Resources (‘Alkane’, ASX: ALK | OTCQX: ANLKY) has continued development at its AUD$ 1 billion Dubbo Zirconia rare earths project in New South Wales as the Company heads toward the government approval and mine construction phase. Engineering got underway last April when Alkane signed a contract with Hatch Pty Ltd to provide front end and design (FEED) to deliver infrastructure, water and acid plant processing among other aspects on the basis of the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) issued in April 2013. The FEED process has given Alkane as accurate an idea as possible about the core costs and ease…

Alabama Graphite and Zenyatta Ventures move north on metallurgical results

2014-11-25-Graphite Graphite Market Review — The Graphite & Graphene market continued along a now predictable bearish path alongside the resource sector overall, even though the share price average for the week ending on November 21 improved somewhat given that the sector dropped by barely a point (-1.13%). Alabama Graphite Corp. (‘AGC’, TSXV: ALP | OTCQX: ABGPF) continued its successful run from the previous week rising an additional 5.56% in Toronto and 7.06% at the OTCQX. Alabama Graphite presented additional results from metallurgical testing of three new composite samples from the upper 50 feet of the pit walls at its past-producing Bama mine project.…

Unique cost structure and ‘low environmental footprint’ provides a real rising star for unconventional oil recovery

images6G1YBW0W American Sands Energy Corp. (‘AMSE’, OTCBB: AMSE), an oil sands exploration and development company, based in Utah. recently presented a new Project Feasibility Study, featuring updated capital and operating costs as well as a new Mine Plan. The revised studies suggest that AMSE’s costs are below those of other tar sand or unconventional oil projects. Indeed, AMSE would need about USD$ 75 million to lead it to production with ‘per barrel’ production costs expected in the range of USD$ 15,000/barrel in CAPEX up front. This is half the price of the average Canadian oil sand extraction costs, which range from…

Why the Keystone pipeline will be built.

imagesMKGGOGJ3 Last March the US State Department released a report on the proposed Keystone XL (‘Keystone’) pipeline between Alberta, Canada and Texas in the United States, finding no significant environmental effect without significant increases – if any – of greenhouse gas emissions. The pipeline project should be used to carry oil from western Canada to US refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. The southern portion, between Nebraska and the Gulf of Mexico has already been built. The Keystone XL pipeline would connect the southern portion of Canada. However, the project has been stalled due to environmentalist concerns, which have resonated with…

Sinkhole swallows Uralkali’s profits and boosts potash rivals

sinkhole Russian fertilizer giant Uralkali (LI: URKA), just a year after shaking the potash market by terminating its strategic pricing alliance (BPC) with the Belarusian potash concern Belaruskali announced that it has been struggling with a temporary closure of a major mine, Solikamsk-2, located near Perm. Should the problem turn out to be a long term or even permanent failure there is the risk that the Russian potash producer will incur significant losses. Of course, this could benefit the competition and cause a significant price hike in the price of the popular mineral fertilizer. The mine affected by the shutdown is…

Free trade deal opens possibilities for greater Chinese investment in Australian rare earths sector

imagesX3E5DFZ6 China and Australia, after years of negotiations, have reached a free trade agreement (FTA) after the G20 meeting in Brisbane on the occasion of the visit to Australia by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The FTA further strengthens already deep economic relations between the two countries. The agreement allows for pricing changes that will benefit farmers, growers and other service companies in Australia while allowing Beijing greater investment access in Australian companies and its workers easier access to the labor market. Australian agricultural products such as rice, milk and dairy products, wool, cotton, and 40 services including health, social security and…

Energizer, Deveron and Great Lakes Graphite move north in spite of a sluggish market

2014-11-14-Graphite-Market Graphite Market Review — The Graphite & Graphene market remained sluggish for the graphite sector in general and, on average, the share price of InvestorIntel graphite members dropped 3.84% in the week ending on November 14. However, some companies bucked the trend and posted strong gains rebounded and the biggest gainer was Energizer Resources (‘Energizer’, TSXV: EGZ | OTCQX: ENZR), whose stock went up +13.33% in Toronto trading. Energizer’s exploration and development joint venture partner, Malagasy Minerals (ASX: MGY) announced that it had begun drilling several graphite zones, formally launching its Maniry Graphite Project in Madagascar, where Energizer discovered a…

InvestorIntel decrypts the market trend of some key commodities: agbusiness, uranium and gold

Agbusiness: It is not only the growing world population’s hunger that is driving the prices of wheat, corn, soybeans and other agricultural products and the OECD expects for years with rising agricultural prices. The main role affecting prices is played by soy, sugar, corn and wheat. Modern food production would not be sustainable without the use of mineral derived fertilizers from potash to phosphate, given the quantities that are needed. Potash helps the soil retain water, while making crops more flavorful and resistant to disease.  It is estimated that more than a third of the world’s current food production would…