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myDevices, the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company that "simplifies the connected world", today announced it will exhibit its awarding-winning Cayenne IoT solution builder with Orange, one of the world's leading ...
The Hindu Business Line  Jun 9  Comment 
Kalyanam Diaries, an event to help families plan wedding, was organised on Thursday by Platinum Evara and powered by The Hindu. The event saw enthusiastic participation by mother-daughter duos from...
Cloud Computing  Jun 8  Comment 
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA...
Motley Fool  Jun 6  Comment 
Several automakers are planning on a hydrogen-car revolution, but the global scarcity of platinum could prove difficult to overcome.
Mondo Visione  Jun 5  Comment 
The Tokyo Commodity Exchange announced today that May 2017 daily average volume was 93,265 contracts, up 11.2% from April. Volume increased for TOCOM’s most active contracts, such as Dubai Crude Oil, which was up 27.2% to 22,086 contracts. Gold...
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Automotive World  May 22  Comment 
Matthews Bus Alliance Inc., a Thomas Built Buses dealership in Orlando, Fla., is Thomas Built’s newest Platinum Support certified dealer. “Matthews Bus Alliance is committed to customer service and satisfaction. In fact, they have built their...




 
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Platinum is an exceedingly rare, silvery-white precious metal used in jewelry making, electronics components and various industrial applications. About half of all global platinum consumption is for the manufacture of automobile catalytic converters. [1]

Platinum is exceedingly rare (about 30 times rarer than gold) and found in only a few deposits worldwide. The largest known primary reserves are in South Africa's Bushweld complex, followed by deposits near Norilsk, Russia and the Sudbury Basin, Canada.

The chart at left shows continuos front-month futures prices for Platinum traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Prices, Tickers, and Delivery Dates

Platinum futures contracts are traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange under ticker symbol PL and are delivered every year in January, April, July, October, November, and December. (For more information on commodity tickers, check out the commodity ticker construction page.)

What Impacts the Price of Platinum?

Because so much of the platinum's demand stems from car manufacturers, downturns in the auto industry can significantly affect the metal's price. During the market meltdown in 2008, for example, platinum prices fell 65% from their peak, driven downward in part by faltering car sales worldwide.

In addition, in 2008 platinum experienced a surplus that is expected to continue well into 2009, and perhaps even 2010. This oversupply has also negatively impacted platinum prices.

However, in early 2009, platinum started to regain its strength. As investors returned to the metal, seeking a safe haven, holdings of ETF Securities's Physical Platinum ETF (LSE: PHPT.L) rose 87% over the first quarter of the year.[2]

In April 2009, ETF Securities announced it would launch a bullion-backed platinum ETF in the U.S.[3] (a similar ETF already exists for European investors), which led some to speculate that hoarding bullion for the ETF could cause shortages and drive up prices.[4] Similar concerns were raised about the launch of ETFS's first platinum ETF back in 2007, but the fund's impact on the market was hard to discern at the time, due to roving blackouts in South Africa that had disrupted supply.[5]

References

  1. Bloomberg - Platinum, Palladium Fall as Slumping Auto Sales Erode Demand.
  2. Reuters - ETF Securities' platinum holdings jump in Q1.
  3. Index Universe - ETFS Files for Palladium and Platinum ETFs.
  4. WSJ - Platinum's Outlook Isn't Gold-Plated.
  5. HAI - Platinum Supplies Hoarded By ETF.
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