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.

Russia returns to the global REE scene with new processing technology

imagesSF3RDWIR Scientists at Russia’s Ural Federal University have developed a method to extract rare earths from uranium mines. The new technology will be tested over the next three years as researchers believe that it could reduce the demand for rare earth imports in Russia by a third. The new process can be applied to most uranium mining operations and could, by extension, be applied worldwide. The newly developed method involves the injection of sulfuric acid into the soil, which dissolves uranium and rare earth metals. The revolutionary thing about this process is that the sorbent can allow for the selective extraction…

McDonald’s losses reflect the end of the ‘golden age’ of fast food

images8SE7I1I7 McDonald's has made fast food popular around the world and becoming synonymous with the burger, fries and soft drink combo. Its business model has been copied everywhere, leading the onslaught of franchise businesses that extend from burgers to tacos and coffee. However, for the past ten months the famous restaurant chain has suffered a malaise that seems inexorable. The Golden Arches are a little less precious today as McDonald's suffered a 30% drop in profits to USD$ 1.07 billion year to year. This is no accidental drop; it reflects a significant societal trend and the loss is so large as…

Levon acquires 10% of one of Nevada’s most promising precious metals assets

nevada Last week, the precious metals explorer Levon Resources (‘Levon’, TSX: LVN | OTCQX: LVNVF) announced that the company has entered into an agreement with the emerging gold producer Pershing Gold Corporation to purchase a total of USD$ 9.85 million worth of its shares (35,178,572 ordinary shares). This corresponds to 9.9% of the total. In a separate release, Levon has announced that the company will conduct a private placement of $ 5.4 million to finance this investment, which will include the participation of a number of U.S. investors. Levon  is a Canadian gold, silver, zinc and lead and precious metals exploration company that is…

Confidence of Lynas’s financiers to signal a more profitable change for the rare earths sector?

Lynas Corp (ASX: LYC) is developing one of the most prolific rare earth resources in the world at its Mount Weld property in Western Australia reported a 24%, year to year, sales increase in September for the First Quarter, as its Malaysian plant has finally reached full capacity. Moreover, the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) granted Lynas a Full Operating State License (FOSL) to operate its Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Kuantan after the Temporary Operating License (TOL) issued in 2012 expired Tuesday. This is a very important victory for the Company, which has had to battle well organized…

Chocolate lovers should stock up as Ebola threat sparks speculation in cocoa futures

cocoa Ebola and chocolate don’t have much in common; however, the price of the latter has become inextricably linked to the spread of the former. Chocoholics don’t have to visit West Africa to be affected by the Ebola virus; chocolate is at risk because the price of cocoa is skyrocketing. Fear of the Ebola virus spreading to the Ivory Coast, the world's largest producer of cocoa, and to its neighbor Ghana, one of the fastest growing cocoa producers. Neither country have yet recorded any cases. Ivory Coast has long shut its borders with neighboring Liberia and Guinea, which supply many of…

Elcora Resources changes its name and focus on the Graphene revolution

Graphene-Corp October 15, 2014 -- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher for InvestorIntel interviews Dr. Ian Flint, VP of processing and Refining at Elcora Resources (TSXV: ERA), a world renowned expert on graphene, about the kind of graphite that is best suited to produce graphene. The main advantage of Elcora’s Sri Lankan graphite is that it comes out of the ground already possessing purity levels of about 93%, presenting an orderly crystal like structure. This makes it easier to process, achieving very high purity levels. Indeed, Elcora’s goal was always to get into the graphene business and it searched for the right…

Stans Energy can use the new geopolitical order in its quest for justice

shanghai sco Stans Energy Corp. (TSXV: HRE | OTCQX: HREEF) announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has issued an order prohibiting the Kyrgyz Republic and Kyrgyzaltyn JSC  “from selling, disposing, exchanging, assigning, transferring, pledging or encumbering 47,000,000 shares  in the capital of Centerra Gold Inc. (which is operating the Kumtor Gold Mine near Bishkek). Stans obtained the order as part of its efforts to enforce an international arbitration award issued by the Arbitration Court at the Moscow Chamber of Commerce & Industry against Kyrgyz Republic for US$118,206,058.04. The Kyrgyz Republic has not paid the award nor are there any assurances…

Potash is the new safe haven sector to hedge against market volatility

potash Panic descended on the markets last week. The selloff on Wall Street and other major exchanges was not especially dramatic, but it was sustained as investors reacted – with just a little panic – to signs of a global economic slowdown, possible policy changes at the Fed (i.e. higher interest rates) and a high US Dollar. The lower growth expectations and lackluster US employment statistics suggest that the Fed will not be especially eager to raise interest rates just yet. Nevertheless, the markets will be marked by more turbulence this fall and mining companies and commodity prices will be among…

The Ebola health crisis is shaking up the iron ore sector

iron Since last July, there have been rumors of a merger between the Australian mining group Rio Tinto and the Swiss metal trading giant Glencore, which has long wanted to secure a major position in the iron ore market. Glencore’s iron ore quest might well be linked to its attempts to increase business with China. Rio Tinto has rejected Glencore’s advances; however, the ‘market’ seems fascinated by the prospects of a Glencore-Rio Tinto union while the Ebola crisis in West Africa has weakened Rio Tinto’s iron ore position. Glencore’s iron ore business is marginal compared to that of Rio Tinto but…

Mackowski on the race to rare earth production

Weslosky-Mackowski October 10, 2014 --- Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel, speaks to Steve Mackowski, Senior Consultant of PDCA Management Services Pty Ltd about his expertise in rare earths oxides (REO) extraction processes and the keys to success in the rare earths industry. Steve has written a series of columns on these topics for InvestorIntel, which have enjoyed immense success with readers. Steve has worked many years in the rare earths sector and he admits to having noted a great deal of confusion in the market if not, even, a great deal of ignorance and he has welcomed the chance…