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.

Low oil prices and demand for cars to drive palladium prices north

imagesYAOT5EKR 2015 should be an exciting year for palladium prices, which could hit record highs, driven by strong car sales worldwide. Scotiabank, which recently published its analysis of the global automotive market, predicts that car sales will increase by 4% and hit a new record during 2015. This means that palladium demand will also increase because it is a key material for the production of automotive catalysts. Global car sales will be pulled by Asia and North America, thanks to a series of favorable factors including higher employment, low interest rates and higher household purchasing power thanks to much lower oil…

Niocorp publishes encouraging results for the United States’ only primary niobium deposit

ASTMB_394_Niobium_tube NioCorp Developments Ltd. (“Niocorp”, TSXV: NB | OTCQX: NIOBF) announced the final assay results from the third phase of its drilling program at Elk Creek, Nebraska. Elk Creek is rich in barium, rare earth element mineralization and especially high grade concentrations of niobium (formerly known as columbium), a rare metal that is the focus of the project. On January 19, Niocorp published the final results from the third and final phase III of the 2014 drilling program at its Elk Creek project in Nebraska, in preparation for the release of its feasibility study toward the spring of this year. Niocorp…

Mosaic setting bullish tone for potash in 2015

imagesYZNFRHQ1 Mosaic (NYSE: MOS) is expected to announce significantly higher profit (the presentation will be on February 11), for the fourth quarter than expected thanks to thriving sales of phosphate products. Mosaic’s results suggest that the potash majors can experience a bullish start to 2015. Mosaic’s performance confirms a bullish trend in mineral fertilizers already noted at the end of 2014 when Mosaic’s German competitor, K + S AG, also announced having exceeded its Q4 profit expectations forecast for the fourth quarter thanks to strong autumn/fall business. Meanwhile, Mosaic hinted that phosphate sales and profit margins in phosphate and potash are…

Gold rallies thanks to tailwind from Swiss Central Bank

InvestorIntelReport: Last year on November 30th, Switzerland held a referendum that could have, for all practical purposes, restored something akin to the gold standard, potentially allowing for gold prices to soar. The referendum did not pass; however, last week, the Swiss government played another wild card, suddenly deciding to de-peg the value of the Swiss Franc (CHF) from the Euro. The move essentially removed the CHF from the control of the Swiss central Bank, which, in expectation that ‘bulls’ would prevail, reduced interest rates allowing for market forces alone to account for the higher comparative value of the currency. The…

Boko Haram’s violence flags the world on Nigeria’s critical state of affairs

imagesF8E11E2O Boko Haram's violence plays into the hands of Nigerian elites ahead of elections The Islamist group Boko Haram, which has recently become infamous for having used ten year old girls to detonate bombs in the middle of a crowded market in northern Nigeria, killing hundreds, is one of the most dramatic signs of Nigeria’s critical situation. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, with a population density greater than that of France. By sub-Saharan African standards, it is a rich country and its GDP is second only to that of South Africa, but it is also a ‘container’ of ethnic, social…

Deveron confidently acquires 66 claims towards enhancing their zinc and graphite rich Rockstone property

Deveron-Resources Deveron Resources Ltd. (‘Deveron’, TSX-: DVR) has started 2015 by acquiring 66 additional unit claims related to its zinc and graphite rich Rockstone Property, near Thunder Bay, Ontario, presenting very similar geological features to the core Rockstone property. Last November, Deveron filed a NI 43-101 compliant report with SEDAR. The acquisition, especially considering sluggish performance of the commodity sector, suggests that Deveron’s management is confident about the quality of the deposit. Deveron’s majority – 65.8% - shareholder is Greencastle Resources Ltd. (‘Greencastle’). Deveron will pay Greencastle CAD$ 150,000, investing some CAD$ 2.0 million on exploration over the next three years,…

MDN poised to take advantage of higher than expected niobium demand

lunar orbit MDN Inc. (‘MDN’, TSX: MDN) is one of the very few North American companies targeting niobium production. Last August, MDN started exploration at its 100% owned Samaqua property, in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean area of Quebec, due to its physical proximity to the Crevier niobium and tantalum project (72.5% owned by MDN and 27.5% by Niobec Inc., a subsidiary of Iamgold Corp.). Niobium, formerly known as columbium, is not technically a rare metal, as its atomic number falls outside the boundaries of the lanthanides; however, it is rare and most of it (over 80%) is mined in Brazil. Canada also has significant…

Largo Resources ready to ramp up production as vanadium prices to increase in 2015

LargoResources The Canadian group Largo Resources ('Largo', TSXV: LGO | OTCMKTS: LGORF), through its Brazilian subsidiary Maracas Vanadium, started production of vanadium ore, last March, in the Municipality of Maracas in the southwest of Bahia, Brazil; shipments began in early September. It is the first vanadium project in the Americas and its target is to reach 11,700 tons at full capacity. Largo’s CEO, Mark Brennan is confident that Maracas has, simply put, one of the best and highest grade vanadium deposits in the world with grades of 1.3% - twice as high as the majority of known vanadium deposits. Largo has…

Volatility, low interest rates, risk of deflation and Chinese REE defiance of WTO

II InvestorIntelReport: The markets continued to be marked by volatility in the week, ending on January 9 due to several reasons including continuously declining oil prices, heightened fears of international terrorism and lower wages – as has emerged from labor market data released by the US Government. In Europe, fears of deflation and a Greek exit from the Euro added to the market jitters. Greeks will be heading to the polls in less than two weeks and pollsters are unanimous in predicting that Leftist opposition leader Alexis Tsipras will defeat the Centrist Antonis Samaras. Greek citizens seem confident that a victorious…

NexGen launches new drill campaign amid improving prospects for uranium prices

fukushima NexGen Energy (‘NexGen’, TSXV: NXE) has started a new drill campaign (deploying three diamond rigs) campaign at the Arrow zone in its Rook I property - located within the  boundaries of Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin – as part of its winter 2015 program. NexGen intends to better gauge and identify the geometry of the high-grade uranium mineralization setting exploration targets in basement rocks, starting at about 100 meters below surface level. The Rook I property is open for potential expansion in all directions while the Rook I spans along the Athabasca Basin boundary, featuring several, and previously untested, mineralization targets. NexGen…