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.

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…

Alabama Graphite and the geological anomalies that promise success

Alabama-Graphite Alabama Graphite Corp. (‘AGC’, TSXV: ALP | OTCQX: ABGPF), which is developing the Coosa and Bama graphite projects in Alabama, has been very active during this fall in advancing the programs. Alabama Graphite has 42,000 acres of property in central Alabama, located along a historic graphite belt. Alabama Graphite will be exploring five new targets over the next few months based on identified ‘anomalies’ that hold significant promise for large flake graphite.  At Coosa, AGC, has been evaluating new exploration targets identified during flight and ground survey activity. So far, the Company has engaged in trenching some 10,000 out of…

A landmark climate accord that leaves ‘green tech’ and rare earths as the biggest gainers

images6RB08RY2 Yesterday - after cutting tariffs on technology products – Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama have signed a landmark agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement obliges the USA to achieve new carbon emission targets while China will commit to reduce the rate at which these are increasing by 2030. Evidently, the two countries, the world’s largest economies, accounting for some 40% of the global greenhouse gas emissions have been quietly negotiating to reach a common approach, which could serve as the impetus to reach a new global climate agreement by 2015. It was China’s objections…

Ucore’s MRT for rare earths REE-awakens investment market interest

imagesX81RVFK1 Ucore (‘Ucore’, TSXV: UCU | OTCQX: UURAF) boasts one the largest NI 43-101 compliant heavy rare earths (HREE including dysprosium, terbium, and yttrium) projects – the Bokan Dotson-Ridge Project (‘Bokan’) in North America. Ucore is one of the few rare earths mining juniors that continues to run its course toward production and Company executives such as President Jim Mckenzie have undertaken what might be described as a road show to discuss the merits of its resource and technology. Ucore's deposit is rich in heavy rare earths (HREE), which means that it will have the kind of critical products that attract…

Carlisle Goldfield’s Lynn Lake joint venture with AuRico Gold — a strong vote of confidence

Carlisle Goldfields Limited (‘Carlisle’, TSX: CGJ | OTCQX: CGJCF), which has full ownership of the Lynn Lake Gold Camp (Lynn Lake), a highly prospective 20,000 acre past-producing gold property that includes  five near surface deposits backed by full infrastructure, has announced the establishment of a joint venture partnership with AuRico Gold Inc. (‘Aurico’, TSX: AUQ | NYSE: AUQ). Aurico Gold is a Canadian gold mining company with projects in Canada and Mexico (its core operations include the Young-Davidson gold mine in northern Ontario, and the El Chanate mine in Sonora State, Mexico). Aurico will acquire a 25% interest in Lynn…

Northern Graphite and Graphite One lead the graphite sector in the first week of November

2014-11-7Graphite-Week Graphite Market Review — Northern Graphite Corporation (TSXV: NGC | OTCQX: NGPHF) was one of the few market movers for the week ending on November 7, 2014, gaining 11.84%  in Toronto and 9.45% at the OTCQX. The gains contrast with the combined average performance for Graphite companies (members of InvestorIntel) of -2.19%. Graphite One (TSXV: GPH | OTCQX: GPHOF) rose 4.35% in Toronto and 16% at the OTC; Great Lakes Graphite (TSXV: GLK) gained rose 7.69%, Focus Graphite rose 5.88% in Toronto and 5.26% at the OTC while Deveron Resources gained 8.82%. Overall, the fundamentals of graphite demand have not…

The Berlin Wall anniversary — a reminder of the ‘wall’ that still exists

berlin wall The fall of the Berlin Wall on the night of November 9, 1989 marked the beginning of the end of the East German regime and communism in Europe. The Wall gates were opened and, for all intents and purposes, East Germany "ceased to exist." Perhaps, only a few at the time realized what was about to happen; surely, one of the most surprised individuals was Günter Schabowski, an official of the Democratic Republic of Germany (GDR), who, mistakenly, during a historic press conference, announced the lifting of the restrictive rules for foreign travel of citizens of the DDR. This misunderstanding opened the way for…