Editor’s note: “Nuclear Power Stocks Are Surging Despite a Hawkish Fed” was previously published in September 2023. It has since been updated to include the most relevant information available.
Thanks to continued hawkishness from the Federal Reserve, stocks have been on a downward spiral. But there’s always a bull market somewhere. And today’s bull market can be found in the unlikeliest of places: nuclear power stocks.
While the S&P 500 has dropped 6% since late July – and the Nasdaq Composite has dropped 7% – nuclear energy stocks have soared. Uranium miner Energy Fuels (UUUU) has seen its stock jump 45% since late July. Fellow uranium producer Cameco (CCJ) is up 23% – and we own it in our Core Portfolio. (If you’re a subscriber, click here to go to your Innovation Investor subscriber site.) And the Global X Uranium ETF (URA) is up more than 26%.
We’re seeing a full-on bull market in nuclear energy stocks right now.
And believe it or not, it may have to do with artificial intelligence.
AI & The Nuclear Power Bull Market
Nuclear energy has always had a ton of potential. But it has always been risky, costly, and inefficient.
Artificial intelligence could solve nuclear energy’s shortcomings – and actually lay the groundwork for a world of limitless energy. Just imagine a world where so much energy is produced that everyone, everywhere, can power their homes, apartments, and offices at all hours of the day, for just pennies.
These days, it’s tough to picture a world like that. Last winter, for example, the average U.S. heating bill exceeded $1,000.
But thanks to recent AI-powered advancements in nuclear chemistry, we’re getting closer to that world than you might expect.
In fact, that’s why both Microsoft (MSFT) – the world’s second-most valuable company – and ChatGPT’s own creator, Sam Altman, are both betting big on nuclear energy right now.
They see AI unlocking nuclear energy’s full potential…
And a wave of enormous profits along the way.
Indeed, just weeks ago, Microsoft announced a huge deal to start buying a ton of nuclear energy as soon as 2028.
We think that’s why nuclear power stocks have been on fire.
And it’s also why this could be just the start of huge returns ahead for this sector.
Harnessing Atomic Power
Nuclear power has a bad reputation – and I get it. It has been used to create bombs that have decimated cities and destroyed lives. And when the world tried to capture that power in nuclear power plants, it often ended in catastrophe. And not once, not twice, but time and time again.
Nuclear power deserves its bad rep.
However, not all nuclear power is created equal.
Specifically, there are two types: nuclear fusion and nuclear fission.
To date, everything achieved with nuclear power has revolved around nuclear fission. That involves splitting apart atoms to capture and use the energy produced from the division.
And it’s a very risky and dangerous science for two big reasons.
First, splitting atoms creates chain reactions that must be controlled very carefully. Otherwise, they could cause meltdowns and explosions. Second, fission produces radioactive waste, which needs to be stored correctly to avoid contaminating the surrounding environment.
Nuclear fission is dangerous stuff.
But nuclear fusion is not.
While nuclear fission revolves around splitting atoms, nuclear fusion is all about combining them.
Specifically, nuclear fusion is a process in which atomic nuclei combine to form a heavier nucleus, releasing a large amount of energy in the process. This energy is released in the form of light and heat.
Importantly, nuclear fusion does not depend on any chain reactions and does not produce any radioactive waste. It is entirely stable without any negative byproducts.
It’s the clean, safe version of nuclear power creation.
Fusion Is Better
Moreover, nuclear fusion is simply the better version of nuclear fission. That’s because fusion produces infinitely more energy than fission.
Consider this: The sun is powered by nuclear fusion. At the sun’s core, temperatures reach up to 27 million degrees Fahrenheit – hot enough to allow nuclear fusion to take place. Under these extreme conditions, hydrogen atoms are forced together, forming helium and releasing a tremendous amount of energy. This energy is so powerful that it travels to the sun’s surface, where it then travels another 93 million miles to warm up and light the Earth.
Nuclear fusion is powerful stuff.
Inputting just a few pounds of hydrogen into a nuclear fusion reaction will produce as much energy as burning thousands of pounds of coal or oil. Theoretically, a small cup of hydrogen fuel could power a house for hundreds of years. Extending that thinking, a few nuclear fusion reactors could power the entire world for hundreds upon hundreds of years.
Nuclear fusion is the key to creating limitless energy.
If so, then why are there dozens of nuclear fission reactors in the world, yet zero nuclear fusion reactors?
Because while nuclear fission is a risky science, nuclear fusion is a tough science. Indeed, it’s so tough that no one has figured out how to make a viable nuclear fusion reactor…
…Until December 2022.
A Critical Breakthrough for Nuclear Power
In short, the challenge of nuclear fusion boils down to something called “net energy gain.”
Net energy gain is the difference between the energy consumed by an energy production process and the energy produced by it. It is energy output minus energy input.
Obviously, net energy gain must be positive in order for that energy source to be viable. A negative net energy gain means the energy source consumes more energy than it produces.
And historically, nuclear fusion has suffered from a negative net energy gain.
That’s because the conditions under which nuclear fusion is possible are extremely energy intensive.
Think of it this way: The only places in the universe where nuclear fusion happens naturally are in stars’ cores. These cores have incredibly unique conditions. Namely, they are unimaginably hot. For example, the sun’s core runs at around 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. Those extremely hot temperatures are what sparks nuclear fusion.
Therefore, in order for scientists to replicate nuclear fusion on Earth, they need to create a reactor that gets and stays unfathomably hot. Getting something that hot requires a lot of energy. And so does keeping it that hot.
The Nuclear Future
Given those requirements, the math hasn’t worked out to make nuclear fusion viable. Until recently, every nuclear fusion experiment has resulted in a negative net energy gain.
But late last year, physicists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California announced that they had created the world’s first nuclear fusion project with a positive net energy gain.
And earlier this summer, those scientists repeated that experiment… with even better results!
That’s a huge deal. The one obstacle that has kept nuclear fusion from becoming a viable reality has just been removed. The Livermore project has set in motion a multi-decade trend of nuclear fusion technology reshaping the world’s energy system. We now have clear visibility to the world being powered by nothing more than a few nuclear fusion reactors by 2040.
Forget oil and gas. Forget windmills and giant solar farms. In the future, all we may need to power the world is a few nuclear fusion reactors.
Needless to say, the operators of those reactors could be the world’s most valuable companies. Their stocks could be the market’s biggest winners.
And the time to invest in the Nuclear Fusion Revolution is now.
Staying on the Cutting Edge
I like to stay on the cutting edge of world-changing technological developments. That’s where all the big money is made on Wall Street – taking big and bold stakes on early stage companies pioneering breakthrough technologies.
As someone hyper-focused on the cutting edge of tech, I’m foaming-at-the-mouth bullish on nuclear fusion technology.
Nuclear power is the mysterious “limitless energy” source that will solve the world’s energy needs forever. Technical challenges have held it back for decades. But for the first time ever, we are overcoming those challenges.
The result? A nuclear power boom over the next decade, wherein nuclear fusion reactors reshape the world’s energy landscape.
I’m not the only one taking notice.
Just a few weeks ago, Microsoft inked what is believed to be the first-ever commercial nuclear fusion deal. The titan will purchase nuclear fusion electricity from startup Helion Energy by 2028.
The agreement specifically states that Helion will produce electricity through fusion by 2028. And the startup will target power generation for Microsoft of at least 50 megawatts after a year or pay financial penalties.
This is a huge deal! Clearly, Microsoft – one of the world’s smartest companies – believes that nuclear fusion is just years away from being a viable reality. In fact, company president Brad Smith said, “We wouldn’t enter into this agreement if we were not optimistic that engineering advances are gaining momentum.”
Oh, and Helion Energy – the startup that Microsoft is buying nuclear fusion energy from – is backed by Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI – creator of ChatGPT.
Folks, the smart money has spoken. The limitless energy revolution has arrived. And the time to claim your stake in this wealth-generation phenomenon is now.
The Final Word
Luckily, we have the perfect stock in mind to help you profit from this ‘Limitless Energy’ Revolution.
It’s a tiny, brand-new firm that’s developing next-generation computers. And we believe its tech will provide the foundation for scientists to figure out how to more effectively generate nuclear power.
Indeed, we expect that these computers will be the foundation for the Limitless Energy Revolution.
And the stock of the firm making these computers is currently trading for less than $15.
But time is of the essence here – because this tiny stock is already up more than 300% in 2023 alone!
Investors are starting to hear about this breakthrough, and they’re buying the stock up in a hurry.
If you want in on this ‘limitless energy’ stock before it explodes to the moon, click here, and I’ll reveal its name, ticker symbol, and key business details.
On the date of publication, Luke Lango did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.