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Investors rush – away from uranium stocks

The disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant following the March earthquake and tsunami has essentially killed investor enthusiasm for uranium stocks……The other uranium stocks are all miners, but if there is no support for new nuclear development, then the value of these stocks will drop as well. Aside from early comments supporting nuclear power, the US has been non-committal, whereas Germany and Italy have both indicated that no new nuclear plants will be built and, in Germany, existing plants will be closed over the next decade or so.

USEC Shares Collapse on Loan Worries (USEC, URRE, UEC, URG, URZ, URA), August 5, 2011, 247Wst.com Paul Ausick, The sole US provider of low-enriched uranium fuel for nuclear power plants is in serious trouble. USEC Inc. (NYSE: USU) shares have fallen more than -12% this morning and posted another new 52-week low on concern that the company’s loan guarantee from the federal government will not be approved in time to prevent USEC from running into liquidity problems.

Every US company involved in the nuclear fuel business is getting beaten up this morning. Uranium Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: URRE) is down nearly -12% and Uranium Energy Corp. (AMEX: UEC) is down -4%. Ur-Energy Inc. (AMEX: URG) is off nearly -11% and Uranerz Energy Corp. (AMEX: URZ) is off nearly -5%. The disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant following the March earthquake and tsunami has essentially killed investor enthusiasm for uranium stocks……

The federal government and the Obama administration re-iterated support for nuclear power shortly after the Japanese disaster, but both remain cautious about making any high visibility moves too soon. Especially moves that indicate on-going support for nuclear power development.

That’s why all the uranium stocks are getting a beating today. Investors have no reason to believe that federal support will be forthcoming for the nuclear industry in the US, and, like so many non-hydrocarbon-based energy projects, lack of federal government support equals the kiss of death.

The other uranium stocks are all miners, but if there is no support for new nuclear development, then the value of these stocks will drop as well. Aside from early comments supporting nuclear power, the US has been non-committal, whereas Germany and Italy have both indicated that no new nuclear plants will be built and, in Germany, existing plants will be closed over the next decade or so.
http://247wallst.com/2011/08/05/usec-shares-collapse-on-loan-worries-usec-urre-uec-urg-urz-ura/

 

August 6, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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