The Lynas (ASX:LYC) share price is surging to a new 52-week high today. We take a look at what’s been happening with the rare earths producer.
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Lynas Rare Earths Ltd (ASX: LYC) shares have surged higher today to set yet another new 52-week high. At the time of writing, the Lynas share price has climbed 6.04% to a five-year high of $6.67.
It feels like only a couple of weeks that Lynas shares set a new 52-week high. Probably because it was only weeks ago, as a colleague covered here. Since recovering from its March lows, the Lynas share price has gone from strength to strength.
So, what is driving this sustained rally?
Geopolitical tensions remain high
The United States and China continue to squabble over trade and rare earths are no exception. As a result, the US has been making a concerted effort to reduce its reliance on China’s supply. Lynas has been well-positioned in this regard, being the only major rare earth supplier outside of China.
Supply is critical due to the large number of use cases for rare earths. These range from electric vehicles to weaponry systems.
As such, in January this year, Lynas was awarded a contract with $30 million of funding from the US Department of Defence to build a rare earths processing facility in Texas.
The Lynas share price could also be getting a boost from the recent developments in Myanmar. As The Australian Financial Review reported, Myanmar has been in a state of chaos after a coup erupted on 1 February. Although it is expected that China’s rare earths immediate supply will remain uninterrupted, historically it has been heavily dependent on rare earth ores from Myanmar.
Increasing demand boosts Lynas share price
As electric vehicles continue to become more popular, along with more renewable energy sources, the demand for rare earths continues to climb.
Based on a Refinitiv Datastream extract posted by Reuters, Neodymium Oxide and Yttrium Oxide have both experienced recent surges in demand and price.
When increasing demand is combined with a suppressed supply, the outcome is increasing prices. The question is whether there will be more suppliers popping up to meet demand.
Lynas share price snapshot
Over the past year, the Lynas share price has skyrocketed by 290%. Year to date, Lynas shares are also up by nearly 60%.
Based on the current share price, the company has a market capitalisation of around $5.67 billion.
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Motley Fool contributor Mitchell Lawler owns shares of Lynas Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.