Monday, March 13, 2006

March 13 (Bloomberg) -- Nuclear energy's revival can best be seen in uranium, which outperformed the metals markets in 2005 and may do so again this year.

Uranium is poised to climb 27 percent to $50 a pound in the next six months because ``there's not a lot of uranium available,'' said Jean-Francois Tardif, who put 8.4 percent of his C$300 million ($259 million) Sprott Opportunities Hedge Fund LP into uranium. The Toronto-based fund jumped 39 percent in 2005, when its peers on average returned 9.3 percent, according to Hedge Fund Research Inc. of Chicago.

Wellington Management Co. of Boston, which oversees $521 billion, in the fourth quarter raised its stake in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Cameco Corp., the largest uranium producer. The fund holds 13.6 percent of Cameco worth C$2 billion, according to Bloomberg data. The Anglican Church in Sydney took uranium off a list of unethical investments last year, and its funds benefited from a 23 percent gain in BHP Billiton, the No. 4 uranium miner.
Uranium last year gained 76 percent, beating all but one of the 19 commodities in the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index. Only sugar jumped more.

Analysis: these are the type of stories I'm seeing more of online day in and day out. Slowly but surely, more and more investors are getting into uranium and this should benefit both established mid-tiers like Paladin and Urasia, plus also high-risk, high-reward junior explorers.



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