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UEX Corporation: Up 31.90% in one day!

UEX Logo 19oct07

UEX Corporation jumped up $2.07 to close at $8.56 as 7.33 million shares changed hands. This increase in activity was due to a news release that reported the Second-Best Hole Ever at the Anne Deposit Intersecting Two Zones of High-grade Basement-hosted Mineralization: SHE-122-1 Intersects 4.73% U3O8 Over 33.7 metres, including 23.21% U3O8 Over 3.6 metres.

Stephen Sorensen President and CEO of UEX went on to say that:

"With the recent success at the Kianna Deposit, Anne has taken a back seat to Kianna, however, that is about to change. Anne's SHE-122-1 ranks in the top five holes at Shea Creek. The escalation of drilling and development programs by subsidiary AREVA at Shea is evidence of their confidence in the potential of Shea Creek becoming a future mining camp in the western Athabasca Basin of northern Saskatchewan."

To read the article in full please click this LINK, which will take you to their web site so you have the information first hand.

Taking a quick look at the chart we can see that yesterday’s closing price is above this stocks previous highs so we are now in uncharted waters and the stock could continue to zoom. The technical indicators are at the top of their range, which would suggest that it is time for a breather, however this discovery and the potential that it offers could negate the technical analysis for some time.

UEX Chart 19oct07

UEX Corporation trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol of UEX and has a market capitalisation of $1.57 billion.

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Have a good one.

Aurora Energy Resources Inc. Face Monumental Task

Aurora logo 18oct07

Aurora Energy Resources Incorporated is currently preparing a mine environmental assessment to be completed by the end of the year to put before Labrador's Inuit assembly. However a motion, which is scheduled to go to a second reading in the Nunatsiavut assembly in November, directs the self-government not to consent to a mine or mill on Inuit-owned lands, according to CBC News.

William Barbour, the minister of land and resources with the Nunatsiavut had the following to say:

“A committee will in the meantime study the benefits and drawbacks of uranium mining. He said Inuit leaders are feeling a bit overwhelmed by Aurora Energy's proposal.
"Maybe there is a safe method out there today, but these exploration companies who wish to go mining have to convince us that it can be done,"

John Roberts vice-president of Aurora said the company hopes to convince Inuit leaders that a mine can be developed safely and was pleased that the Nunatsiavut was initiating a process to debate the issue of uranium mining.

It is the old chestnut of jobs versus the environment again so we will monitor the situation and report back as and when significant developments occur.

Aurora Energy Resources Incorporated trades on the TSE under the symbol AXU and closed yesterday at $15.84.

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The Ranger Mine makes a Come Back

In a production report issued by Energy Resources of Australia Ltd (ERA) covering the quarter ending in September the company said production at its Ranger mine in The Northern Territory was returning to normal after heavy rains had flooded the mine earlier this year.

This is very good news for Ranger as contaminated floodwater is not the easiest of problems to deal with. Furthermore the company went on to say:

“In the latest quarter, drummed production of 1,363 tonnes of uranium oxide was 24 percent more than the same quarter a year earlier due to the processing of high grade ore made available through the implementation of various water disposal measures at the mine site”.

If there are any Ranger Mine fans out there that can enlighten us further on the progress at Ranger please feel free to add your comments.

Ranger Mine 17oct07

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Uranium ticks up!

Uranium Chart 15oct07
The first sign of light at the end of the tunnel appeared yesterday when the spot price for uranium managed to move higher by $3.00 according to TradeTech.

This is what they had to say:

“The uranium spot market showed the first signs of strengthening this week, after 16 weeks of falling or flat prices, with TradeTech’s Uranium Spot Price Indicator increasing $3.00 to $78.00 per pound U3O8. Buyers have begun re-entering the market and four transactions are reported. In recent months, a number of sellers have been motivated by cash needs, lowering offer prices or accepting bids below the current market price in order to secure sales. These sellers have now successfully placed the majority of this material and appear to have satisfied their near-term requirements. With this supply removed from the market, sellers, sensing that the market has reached an inflection point, are cautiously moving their offer prices up”.

This of course is good news and brings a few smiles back to a number of shell-shocked investors. If you have held through the recent carnage we suspect that your uranium stocks have now shown some signs of improvement so hang on to them. These stocks have been making a slow but steady recovery so do try and acquire some patients and hold on tight.

The spot price is the price that makes the headlines and sends us off in various directions implementing actions as though we have seen the light. Please remember it is not as important as the long-term price for uranium. Far more business is conducted via private arrangement than is conducted through the occasional auction. The long price of uranium remains at $95/lb, so think of it as akin to a 200dma and use it accordingly. We apologise for repeating ourselves but the number of new readers increases every week thus generating questions, which we thought that we had already covered.

In the near term we see this recovery continuing so if you have a few favourite uranium stocks that you have calculated to be relatively cheap then pick them up now and be prepared to sit on them for a year or so.

This message comes with its own health warning. This week our concentration could be somewhat diminished as England have reached the final of the World Rugby Cup against all expectations. The rugby played by the England team has been criticised as not being the most exciting to watch; however the objective of getting to the final has been achieved. There is a lesson here for all of us regarding objectives. Our objective is to make money. Being topical by rushing into the latest ‘hot’ stock with uranium stitched into the company name is not for us.

England Rugby Team 15oct07

Please feel free to add your comments especially if you think that we are wrong as this adds balance to the debate.

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Australian Uranium Policy: A Queenslanders view!

Map of Queensland 15oct07

Before any investment is entered into we should assess the political environment in terms of its acceptability to what is proposed. As Australia is home to the largest reserves of uranium then the Australian political scene is of immense interest to us.

One of our readers has sent us his view, which makes interesting reading below:

Anyone with an interest in Australian uranium properties is probably also curious about local attitudes toward exploration and exporting. The current liberal government has a forward thinking approach to nuclear energy already signing agreements with China, Japan, India and most recently Russia, however Australia is at an important cross road in federal politics. With an election announced on November 24th and the opposition labor party currently streets ahead in polls, it may be an important time to look closely at their uranium position.

As you probably know, for 25 years labor has maintained its “three mines” policy restricting uranium mining to existing projects. In April this year labor, led by Kevin Rudd voted 205 to 190 to abandon the old policy. This seems positive but there’s a catch. Currently the decision to mine uranium is left up to individual states and although most states oblige and profit, there are important exceptions.

Alan Carpenter, the labor Premier of Western Australia is steadfast in blocking uranium mining. His position is becoming increasingly uncomfortable as the federal government explores options to alter his perception. It is likely that a change in federal power and a labor prime minister may prove more persuasive. Queensland’s premier Beattie was also against anything uranium but has recently softened his stance. During his state party conference in July 2007, premier Beattie changed his rhetoric from blocking uranium mining to assuring local members that uranium enrichment is not on the agenda, a significant back flip.

The plot thickened when Premier Beattie announced his imminent retirement after nine years in power. He named Annah Bligh as his successor and begs the obvious question, “Who is Annah Bligh?”

Anna Bligh 15oct07

Annah comes from a strong labor left background. She has been groomed for the leadership role over the last two years with key portfolios in finance and business related areas. Her views on uranium have reflected her outgoing premier to date. On the 18th of May 2006 she addressed the Queensland Media Club seeking clean energy alternatives for her party stating, “Companies that want to explore for and mine uranium must work with scientists to lobby politicians and the public. Convincing them that the safety concerns that existed two decades ago, that we are somehow now in a position to resolve them.” By August 2006 her words had softened when Annah told the Courier Mail in Brisbane she was “Keeping an open mind towards uranium and labour’s no new mines policy” (22/08/2006). By March 2007 the government had received a report indicating that uranium mining would not adversely impact Queensland’s huge coal industry. The three mines policy was dropped in late April with both Beattie and Annah Bligh’s blessing.

Since April this year, the now Premier Bligh has sent mixed messages. She firstly reiterated her opposition to establishing a nuclear power industry in Queensland stating she would strictly limit its involvement to extracting uranium for export overseas. This sounds positive but in contrast on September 14th 2007 Annah Bligh gave an “unequivocal” commitment to the ban on uranium mining through a spokesperson, (source It will be interesting to finally get a statement straight from the horse’s mouth.

When it comes down to it, Australia has a federal government that is aggressively pro uranium. They are currently pursuing uranium supply agreements internationally. States such as South Australia are supportive. The federal government controls mining approvals in the Northern Territory and the Tasmanian government has just made uranium mining legal. This leaves Queensland and Western Australia in lone opposition. Federal power is likely to change late 2007 and will be headed Kevin Rudd, a strong uranium advocate. He will probably have more influence on all eight state leaders who are from within his own party.

It seems that most leaders including Australia’s now understand that when it comes to nuclear energy it is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’. The people are slower to catch on and I sometimes wonder if the end game has already been decided for us. While the politicians talk tough on uranium mining in Queensland and Western Australia, state governments continue approving exploration licenses. This makes no sense unless future plans include a political change of heart. It may be strategic for some states to feign opposition to uranium and wait for an evil higher power in ‘the federal government’ to forcefully intervene. Watch this space!!!!

Paul Trevethan (Queenslander!)

If you would like to send us a ‘Johnny on the spot’ review of an area near you regarding any aspect of uranium mining we will do our best to publish it. By pooling our knowledge we will all be better informed and hopefully make better investment decisions going forward.

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Incentives for a Boom in the construction of nuclear reactors!

BBC Logo 11oct07

There is an interesting article by Laura Smith-Park of BBC News, Washington, regarding the possible boom in the construction of nuclear reactors today.

The flood of applications now being generated for the construction of new nuclear power plants is gaining momentum and generating interest in this sector. This article lists a few of the factors behind the renewed enthusiasm as follows:

“The introduction of a new fast-track combined construction and operation permit, making new reactors easier and cheaper to build

A tax credit, introduced in the 2005 Energy Policy Act, of 1.8 cents per kilowatt hour for the first 6,000 megawatts generated by nuclear plants

Risk insurance adding up to $2bn for the first six plants to be built, protecting companies against the cost of delays in construction

Multi-billion-dollar loan guarantees

A likelihood that the cost of emitting CO2 will rise as the battle against climate change intensifies”

The risk insurance for delays in construction is one that caught our eye. We have mentioned in previous articles that delays in construction put millions of dollars at risk and could break a construction company not acquainted with claims resolution techniques, hence the proliferation of consultancies professing to have such skills. In a competitive bidding environment it is difficult for the contractor to make a provision for such delays, as their price will be rejected as too expensive. The more knowledge that you have about a project the more expensive your bid becomes and so on some occasions the ‘uninformed’ are awarded the contract. We think that such ideas serve as good incentives and will hopefully advance the process of getting this nuclear programme up and running.

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Laramide Resources: Up 8.32% yesterday!

LAM Logo 10oct07
The recovery continues for uranium stocks and yesterday it was Laramide Resources that took its place in the sun with a sparkling performance.

Laramide gained $0.63 to close at $8.20 on volume of 407,000 on the Toronto Stock Exchange where it trades under the symbol of LAM. This uranium stock was severely sold off in August during the scramble for cash and traded below $5.00 so it is pleasing to see investors coming back into this thinly traded market sector where the spot price of uranium at times can be a matter of opinion. However investors are now focused on the longer term uranium price rather than the spot price which is much more stable and less subject to the sometimes erratic behaviour of the spot price. The news flow continues to be good with the purchase of 5.6 million shares of Khan Resources and the recent acquisition of the Thunder Lake property.

A quick look at the chart and we can see Laramide has made good progress since the August sell-off and we hope to see it trade in double figures in the near term.

LAM Chart 10oct07

This uranium stock remains part of our core position and we expect it to double from here within the next twelve months or so.

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Aurora Energy Resources Inc: Update

Aurora logo 05oct07
Aurora Energy Resources Incorporated have recently announced their findings in five new drill holes at Jacques Lake Deposit in Coastal Labrador.

The company reported that the results: ‘have all intersected uranium mineralization, expanding the size of the Jacques Lake Deposit along strike by 50 metres and more than 150 metres down-plunge.’

They listed the highlights as follows:

0.13% U3O8 over 36.5 metres in drill hole JL07-066
0.16% U3O8 over 12.00 metres, including 0.27% U3O8 over 4.00 metres at in drill hole JL07-070.
0.11% U3O8 over 12.00 metres and 0.12% U3O8, over 3.31 metres in drill hole JL07-065.

From the drilling programme carried out last year, the Jacques Lake deposit contains 5.4 million pounds U3O8 indicated and 5.0 million pounds U3O8 inferred. The 2007 drill programme continues until the end of the year, which will then be followed by a winter working programme of extensive in-fill and delineation drilling. But for now the focus will be concentrated on expanding the deposit at depth and along strike. This is an aggressive action plan by Aurora with 75,000 metres of drilling this year, costing in the order of C$21 million.

To read the article in full which is on their web site please click this LINK.

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Olympic Dam: More uranium!

The Sydney Morning Herald 04oct07

In an article carried by The Sydney Morning Herald BHP Billiton has announced plans to expand Olympic Dam's copper production to 500,000 tonnes a year at their Olympic Dam mine. However rumour has it that an increase in copper production to 1 million tonnes a year is possible with a by-product of about 30,000 tonnes a year of uranium production.

This raises the question of cost effectiveness for other budding uranium miners bearing in mind that the Olympic Dam project is producing uranium as a by-product of copper mining. The article goes on to say that an output of 30,000 tonnes per annum would represent more than 40 per cent of global demand. In terms of time frame this expansion is not expected to come on line until 2010.

The article also points out that other uranium miners such as “Paladin Resources predicts cash costs of $US23 a pound over the life of its Langer Heinrich mine in Namibia, and some of the other Australian uranium hopefuls could have even higher cash costs.”

This is something we need to bear in mind when doing a SWOT analysis and should be well and truly placed under the Threats section.

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Have a good one

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Uranium Stocks on the move

Uranium chart Tradetech 03oct07

Uranium stocks are on the move despite the spot price of uranium falling to $75/lb according to TradeTech. However we need to look a little deeper to get the true picture.

This price of $75/lb is based on the average price accepted by one seller in late September when TradeTech wrote the following:

‘In late September, one trader entered the market offering 100 tU as UF6 or U3O8 equivalent. The seller has accepted multiple bids and will sell about 300 tU as UF6 or equivalent U3O8 in total. The winning price in each transaction is at or very near today’s Exchange Value of $75.00 per pound U3O8.’

So when investors look at the chart they see the $75/lb.

Prior to this sale going through the results of the DOE auction were released as follows:

The winning bidders include three US utilities and one hedge fund with the average price for all bids received reported as $213.48/kgU as UF6. (213 divided by 2.2 = $97/lb approx)

Now if we check the futures price for 2008 we have a price of $84/lb. The point is that we have three pieces of data but we naturally focus on the latest figure, which in this case just happens to be the lowest figure for uranium.

However we are not invested in uranium but we are invested in uranium stocks, a different animal altogether. So take a look at the following chart, which was carried by Resource World Magazine. This is a chart of the progress of uranium stocks which is entitled ‘Resource World Uranium Stock Index’

Uranium Index 03oct07

As we can see form this chart the value of uranium stocks has been moving up since mid August. This index, if we are reading it correctly stood at around 900 in mid August and now stands at 1250. If you wish to see the uranium stocks that make up this index then click this LINK.

Granted yesterday we took a hit as many of the most popular uranium stocks were sold off. However we are not put off as the fundamentals still bode well for the future. The nuclear revolution has not stopped, we don’t see headlines on a daily basis of nuclear power plants being cancelled do we?

A recent article carried on had the following to say:

Since January 2007, the global plans for new nuclear power plants have risen 37 per cent, up by 82 to 304, with China leading the charge. The Asian tiger plans to build 114 new nuclear reactors, up from projections of 63 last January, a whopping jump of 81 per cent.

The United States is now planning 32, compared to the 23 it proposed in January; a 39-per cent rise. Just last week, NRG Energy Inc, the second-largest power producer in Texas, filed the first application to build a nuclear reactor in the United States since 1979's Three Mile Island meltdown in Pennsylvania. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission expects to receive the 32 proposed applications through 2009.

If we were to extrapolate Chinas requirements using the above rate of increase the numbers would be mind-boggling. Just imagine for a moment the present figure of 114 reactors increasing by 81% in the next twelve months and then by another 81% the following twelve months! That’s right China would require 373 new nuclear reactors. Well that old intangible ‘gut feel’ tells me that 1.3 billion people will require a lot more than that.

To conclude we intend to remain fully invested in uranium stocks and ride out the current market turbulence.

Have a good one.

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