Uranium stocks are companies who mine for uranium, which is used in nuclear power plants.
Uranium stocks are shares in companies that explore for, mine and refine the metal uranium. With any mine, there is a long lead time from exploration and discovery to production. That’s especially so with uranium stocks.
Uranium requires an extra level of regulatory and environmental permitting because of its radioactivity. Increased uranium supply will come on the market as new mines go into production. As well, there’s no guarantee that planned nuclear facilities will ever be built.
Nuclear plants cost $2 billion or more each, and continued low oil and natural gas prices would cut the pressure utilities are under to build new reactors. That will have a corresponding effect on the prices of the uranium stock. In any event, it will likely take a number of years before new nuclear plants go into operation.
Our view is that uranium prices could move up only slowly as significant new primary mine production pushes up supply. In short, we feel that you need to be very cautious when investing in uranium stocks.
Even so, you can profit from buying selected uranium producers that will show rising production-and hence steady cash flow-even if uranium prices hold steady or rise only slowly. When investing in any uranium stock, we recommend making sure that investment fits into TSI Network’s recommended three-part Successful Investor philosophy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; Consumer; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
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