The last time Cameco saw year-over-year net income growth was 2015, when the spot price of uranium oxide hovered above $35 a pound for most of the year. Since then, the commodity’s price has mostly stayed below $30 a pound, though it seems to be recovering quickly. As of Monday, the spot price was $29.60 a pound, up 7.3% in one week, according to data from nuclear fuel market research firm UxC. Uranium is mostly sold on contracts with utilities rather than via the spot market. Jonathan Hinze, president of UxC, notes that among nonsubsidized mines, the all-in cost of production can range anywhere from $10 a pound up to $38 a pound.
The supply-demand picture appears unchanged from last year, but this masks the underlying dynamics of an opaque and long-cycle industry . In 2021 global uranium demand is expected to shrink slightly to 178 million pounds from 2020’s […]
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