Uranium Stocks Well Positioned

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Of all the commodities to ride the volatile global roller coaster in 2007, uranium had the wildest ride. Overall, it gained 28% for the year. But that seemingly simple statistic masks a much-more-complex story.

Of all the commodities to ride the volatile global roller coaster in 2007, uranium had the wildest ride. Overall, it gained 28% for the year. But that seemingly simple statistic masks a much-more-complex story. At one point in June, uranium had gained 84% on the year. But then a mass sell-off - including up to 200 tons auctioned off out of the inventory of the U.S. Department of Energy - drove prices from $138 a pound down to $75 a pound in just three months. Even though the U.S. auction was said to flood an already glutted market for uranium, the price roared back to $93 a pound, a price move fueled by a continued demand. Investors can take that incident as a sign of things to come. At a time when global energy demands are soaring - outstripping the long-term supply of such crucial commodities as crude oil - the long-term outlook for uranium is exceedingly bright. Nuclear power is slowly making a comeback as an electricity source of choice in the U.S. market, and will be a key to the ongoing emergence of such economies as China and India. Market fundamentals point to demand-driven price increases for uranium. And history shows that when uranium prices move higher, uranium stocks almost always tag along for the ride.

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