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Enough top-performing CAPS investors have turned bullish on uranium enrichment company USEC (NYSE: USU ) recently to upgrade it from the four-star rank it has held over most of the past six months to the top rank of five stars. Understanding what's behind the higher favor is key, so it's nice to have nearly 1,000 investors giving their opinion on USEC in CAPS.
With shares plummeting 67% in the past year, seeing a community of investors get more bullish on USEC should rouse the curiosity of any investor. The fall of USEC had a lot to do with the rising costs of its gaseous diffusion process for enriching uranium, and subsequent delays in moving to a more efficient centrifuge-based enrichment technology. But shares have bounced back recently, as the outlook for domestic nuclear power improves and Fluor (NYSE: FLR ) , McDermott International (NYSE: MDR ) , and other contracted companies move ahead with development of USEC's new process plants, including a $3.5 billion centrifugation plant being built in Ohio.
With America once again going nuclear, investors see opportunity in energy companies such as NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG ) and Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK ) , as well as those in the supply chain like uranium miner Cameco (NYSE: CCJ ) and enricher USEC. Many investors see USEC simply caught up in near-term pessimism surrounding its process transition, and believe that the global move toward alternative energy will be a boon for nuclear players. With 95% of the 982 CAPS players rating USEC seeing it outperform the market going forward, many on Main Street think this stock just might be one that Wall Street is missing.
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