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Why uranium prices aren’t soaring

The Financial Post has a story about why uranium prices have failed to reach the highs of 2007, despite experts saying the outlook for the nuclear metal is brighter than other commodities.

Big hedge funds and other sophisticated financial players were responsible for the spot price of uranium increasing by 800% between 2004 and 2007, but the financial meltdown last year has forced many of them sell their contracts.

Many utilities bought up large after the forced sales and are well stocked at the moment.

As a result, without those funds buying urnanium, the price has remained low.

Meanwhile, the article also says the increase in cooper and nickle prices is due to stockpiling and speculative investment from China, where relaxed lending standards from its banks are seeing investors take advantage to get a slice of the action:

When spot uranium prices soared to nearly US$140 a pound in 2007, critics blamed hedge funds and other financial speculators for pushing prices to absurd levels unmatched by any other commodity.

Whatever happened to those days?

Commodity prices have been on a tear since March, largely due to buying by speculators playing an economic recovery. Yet uranium – the former ground zero for speculation – is not joining in, even though many industry experts say that the outlook for the nuclear metal is better than most other commodities. READ HERE.

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Bernstein: CFTC’s plans won’t stop wild speculation

Richard Bernstein, the former Chief Investment Strategist and Head of the Investment Strategy Group at Merrill Lynch and CEO of Richard Bernstein Capital Management, believes plans by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to regulate speculation on the exchange won’t work because it will merely push speculators to the non-regulated over-the-counter markets.

Bernstein also argues that it was hedge funds, not “textbook” speculators, and excessive lending from banks helped fuel the speculative bubble in the oil market in 2007/08.

I loudly applaud the CFTC’s efforts to tighten commodity trading regulations, but I think that Washington still doesn’t fully understand the root cause of today’s speculative commodity and financial markets. 

It’s not about position limits.  It’s about credit flowing to financial speculation instead of toward productive use. READ HERE

Commodify Me! would also like to point out that there is an article in Time Magazine that is closely related to this: Why There Should Be More Oil Speculation, Not Less.