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ASX uranium stocks go gangbusters as the world turns to nuclear energy

Australia’s three biggest uranium shares have hit 10-year highs in 2023

By Bronwyn Allen
Tue, Oct 31, 2023 10:49amGrey Clock 3 min

Uranium is set to play a major role in the world’s green energy transition, with many nations proactively developing their nuclear energy capacity to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels for power generation in the future.

Whilst most nations are pursuing renewables and green energy storage systems as their definitive long-term solution for climate change, it is likely not possible to develop enough wind and solar technology and infrastructure quickly enough to replace fossil fuels in time to meet 2050 net-zero emissions targets.

On top of this, volatile oil and gas prices amid supply uncertainty have enhanced the interest in nuclear power. The pandemic and Russia-Ukraine conflict created significant oil supply disruptions, OPEC has recently placed limits on production, and the Israel-Gaza war may make the situation even worse. AMP Chief Economist Shane Oliver says the global oil price could rise to US$150 per barrel – up from the low $80 range today – if Israel and Iran commence a military engagement.

Against this backdrop, nations are rushing to embrace nuclear technology to act, at least, as an initial first step on the road to a green energy future. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), there are approximately 440 reactors in operation across 32 countries today, with 56 new ones under construction. Monash Investors estimates there are another 100 reactors in the advanced planning stages across 17 countries. China alone is expected to build 32 new reactors by the end of the 2020s.

Surging demand for uranium has been met with low existing inventories. This has created a perfect storm for the global uranium price, which is now at a 12-year high of US$73 per pound. The rising uranium price has made it economical for many mining companies to restart dormant mines and develop new ones in the face of new and likely ongoing long-term demand. “We see prices rising year-on-year for the next 10-20 years or till the world finds another source for large scale uninterruptible base load power with a low carbon footprint,” SP Angel mining analyst John Meyer told Reuters recently.

All of this has led to skyrocketing share prices for ASX uranium stocks this year.

In Australia, nuclear energy is banned. The Federal Opposition has been arguing to include nuclear energy in the mix for Australia’s own green energy transition. The Albanese Government disagrees, advocating for continuing renewables development instead. Federal Energy Minister Chris Bowen says developing local nuclear energy production is too expensive. He says recent modelling shows it would cost $387 billion to replace Australia’s coal-fired power plants with small modular reactors.

 

Australia’s 3 largest ASX uranium stocks

 

The three biggest pure-play uranium shares on the ASX have outperformed the broader market exponentially in 2023. While the S&P/ASX 200 Index has lost 2.5% of its value, Australia’s biggest listed pure-play uranium miners have exploded with share price growth of 40% to 115% between them.

 

Paladin Energy

Paladin Energy is the biggest pure-play uranium stock listed on the ASX, with a market capitalisation of $2.81 billion. The Paladin Energy share price closed on Monday at 95 cents, up 43% in 2023 so far. The stock reached a decade-high price of $1.15 in September.  According to a survey of analysts on CommSec, five out of seven analysts covering Paladin Energy shares rate them a strong buy.

 

Boss Energy

Boss Energy has a market capitalisation of $1.59 billion. The Boss Energy share price closed on Monday at $4.37, up 115% in 2023. It hit an all-time record price of $4.98 in September. Three out of six analysts covering Boss Energy shares rate them a hold.

 

Deep Yellow

Deep Yellow has a market capitalisation of $963 million. The Deep Yellow share price closed yesterday at $1.27, up 85% in 2023. The stock cracked a 10-year high of $1.41 per share in October.  Three out of three analysts covering Deep Yellow shares rate them a strong buy.



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A cash prize from Kanebridge Quarterly magazine, offered for the first time this year, drew a record number of entries for the design competition

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A versatile stool with a sense of fun took out the top prize at the Australia’s Next Top Designers awards at Design Show Australia last week.

The ‘Cheeky’ stool designed by Maryam Moghadam was the unanimous winner among the judging panel, which included Kanebridge Quarterly magazine Editor in Chief, Robyn Willis, Workshopped Creative Director Olaf Sialkowski, Design Show event organiser, Andrew Vaughan and Creative Director at Flexmirror Australia, Matt Angus.

Designed as an occasional stool or side table, the Cheeky stool comes in a range of skin tones. The judges applauded its commercial applications, its flexibility to work in a range of environments, and its sense of play.

In accepting the $10,000 prize, designer Maryam Moghadam quipped she was pleased to see ‘other people find bums as funny as I do’. A finalist at last year’s awards, Moghadam will put the prize money towards bringing her product to market.

Winner Maryam Moghadam said the $10,000 prize money would be put towards developing her product further for market.

Australia’s Next Top Designers is in its fourth year, but this is the first year a cash prize has been offered. Kanebridge Quarterly magazine has put up the prize money to support the next generation of emerging industrial design talent in Australia.

Editor in Chief Robyn Willis said the cash prize offered the winner the opportunity to put the money towards whatever aspect of their business it would most benefit.

“That might be prototyping their product further, spending on marketing, or simply paying for travel or even childcare expenses to allow the designer to focus on their work and take it to the next stage,” she said. “We’re thrilled to be supporting this design program and nurturing emerging design in a very practical way.”

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The Mass lamp by Dirk Du Toit is crafted from FSC-certified oak or walnut.

Two finalists were also awarded ‘highly commended’ by the judges — Mass lamp by Dirk Du Toit and the Coralescence lights from Suzy Syme and Andrew Costa at Tide Pool Designs. The judges agreed both products were beautifully resolved from a design perspective, as well as having strong commercial applications in residential and hospitality design. 

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