Nuclear Energy Renaissance Ignites Uranium Boom

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Uranium prices are closing in on $100 a pound -- a 10-fold increase in five years -- and prices could climb sharply higher yet as more governments embrace atomic energy despite dwindling supplies of yellow cake to power the reactors.

Uranium prices are closing in on $100 a pound -- a 10-fold increase in five years -- and prices could climb sharply higher yet as more governments embrace atomic energy despite dwindling supplies of yellow cake to power the reactors.

The spot price for uranium jumped $4 to $95 a pound (lb), according to weekly report from UxC, a leading publisher of uranium prices, a big leap from $60 in December and from around $9.50 in late 2002.

Years of under-investment in uranium mining caused by moribund prices and the anti-nuclear lobby has left the world short of the material used to fuel nuclear reactors.

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