Uranium stocks got hammered last year in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
But now, roughly one year later, uranium mining stocks have finally begun to bounce back... just like we told you they would.
After getting pummeled in 2011, shares of Cameco Corp. (NYSE: CCJ) - the world's second-largest uranium miner - are up 32% year-to-date.
Meanwhile, Uranium Resources Inc. (Nasdaq: URRE) and Uranium Energy Corp. (AMEX: UEC) are each up about 30% since the start of the year. And the Global X Uranium ETF (NYSE: URA) is up 25%.
But that's just the beginning.
These stocks are all still about 50% below where they traded prior to Japan's disaster.
And rising demand for nuclear energy and a dearth of uranium supplies will soon conspire to push these companies back to their pre-Fukushima levels.
You see, uranium miners cannot expand their operations - or even tread water - with uranium prices at $50.00-$60.00 per pound like they are currently.
They'd much rather have uranium prices of $70.00-$80.00 per pound. So right now there's not enough uranium being produced to keep up with growing demand.
About 170 million pounds of uranium was consumed last year, but only 140 million pounds was produced. And when you look at the way nuclear power projects are coming back online, it's obvious that the discrepancy will only get worse.
Global use of nuclear energy could increase by as much as 100% in the next two decades, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Uranium Energy Corp. (AMEX: UEC)
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