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Forbes  10 hrs ago  Comment 
Here's some science you need to know about the cancer drugs that contain platinum.
Yahoo  Apr 10  Comment 
William Burck, a lawyer for Platinum founder Mark Nordlicht, said at a hearing last month, and again in a letter filed in court on Friday, that an FBI agent may have leaked to the press about the investigation before it became public. U.S....
Benzinga  Apr 7  Comment 
Platinum, usually among the most precious of metals, isn’t even worth its weight in gold these days. Some analysts suggest it’s a good time to buy. “If continued negative supply dynamics persist, the platinum price forecast for the next...
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TechCrunch  Apr 4  Comment 
 Kanye West’s last album has just made streaming history. The Life of Pablo, released a little over a year ago, just went Platinum with over 1.5 billion song streams in the U.S. While popular albums frequently go platinum, this is a big deal...
Forbes  Apr 4  Comment 
Jordan Brand deliver a full complement of "new" designs in the month of April.
Clusterstock  Mar 30  Comment 
American Express is bulking up the benefits on its premier travel rewards credit card to compete with lucrative offerings from JPMorgan Chase and Citi, its two biggest competitors. Beginning March 30, American Express Platinum members will...
Clusterstock  Mar 30  Comment 
This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Payments Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. American Express has upped the signup bonus for its premium Platinum card from 40,000 to 60,000 points, in what is...




 
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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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