As 2011 comes to a close, it's a great time to look back at what happened to the stocks that interest you. By making sure you know the important things that a company accomplished -- as well as the setbacks it experienced -- you can make a better decision about whether it's a smart investment for your portfolio.
Today, let's take a look at USEC
Stats on USEC
|Year-to-Date Stock Return||(81.1%)|
|Market Cap||$139 million|
|Total Revenue||$1.88 billion|
|Net Loss, Trailing 12 Months||($35.7 million)|
|1-Year Revenue Growth||2.1%|
|Cash / Debt||$118 million / $615 million|
Source: S&P Capital IQ.
Why did USEC crash this year?
USEC sells uranium to nuclear power plants both in the U.S. and around the world. Until this year, that seemed to be a huge growth industry, as carbon-emission controls gave countries big incentives to encourage nuclear power over fossil-fuel based generation. Some even termed it the "nuclear renaissance."
But all that came to an abrupt stop after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan back in March. Germany announced it would end its nuclear power program, and nations around the world paused to once again consider the devastation that reactor failures could cause. When NRG Energy
Of course, it's not just uranium producers like USEC and Cameco
Right now, investors seem to think that's a possibility. If anything other than the worst-case scenario happens, though, USEC could soar from its beaten-down levels.
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