HONG KONG – Uranium is heading for its longest run of monthly gains since November 2014 as global supply tightens after mine closures and as producers and investors boost purchases in the spot market.
Spot uranium is up 2.1% this month, set for a fourth monthly advance, and has climbed more than 30% since hitting a low in April. A decline in supply and boost in demand has helped underpin a price increase, according to Ux Consulting, a provider of research on the nuclear industry. Further gradual gains are seen through the remainder of the year, Ux said.
“Whether we get as high as $30 by year-end remains to be seen, but that would likely be the next psychological barrier,” Ux president Jonathan Hinze said by email. “Market participants are expecting further price increases and some buyers are trying to get ahead of any future increases.”
Kazakhstan, the world’s biggest producer, is cutting output further this year, while Australia’s Paladin Energy and Canada’s Cameco Corp. have halted operations, with Cameco seeking uranium in the spot market to fulfill contract obligations. Yellow Cake, a venture created this year to purchase and hold the fuel, this month said it had increased its stockpile to 8.4-million pounds.