Uranium, the commodity used to fuel nuclear power plants, has surged to the highest level since 2015 due in part to a single fund aggressively cornering the physical market.
Investment firm Sprott Inc. earlier this year launched its Physical Uranium Trust and recently commented on Twitter about how much physical uranium it had been buying, aiding to the commodity’s recent bull run. Sprott has amassed over 24 million pounds of uranium, sometimes buying more than 500,000 pounds in a single day, according to its website and social media account.
For comparison, total spot volume for 2020 was 92.2 million pounds, according to uranium investor Yellow Cake Plc.
The buying is in addition to already bullish fundamentals. Uranium prices must rise further to spur the restart of production to meet uncovered utility demand after 2023, according to analysts at Raymond James Financial Inc. Earlier this year, NAC Kazatomprom JSC, the world’s top miner of uranium, said it would keep its output at reduced levels through 2023, removing supply from the market.
Uranium has languished for a decade because Kazatomprom flooded the market with supply in an effort to capture market share. That policy created the odd situation where major producers like Cameco could buy spot production cheaper than mine it themselves; to supply long-term contractual obligations. A new bull market was not going to be possible until that supply surfeit was worked off.Click HERE to subscribe to Fuller Treacy Money Back to top