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Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced that it has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification for its new Corporate Headquarters building in Portland OR. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International...
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LONDON (dpa-AFX) - Anglo American plc (AAUKY.PK, AAL.L) announced Wednesday that Anglo American Platinum Limited's fiscal 2016 headline earnings were $126 million, compared to loss of $10 million last year. Anglo American will report...
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 14  Comment 
Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), one of the major fisheries research organisations, is all set to celebrate its platinum jubilee to mark the 70 years of research activities in the...
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 9  Comment 
Both, the Platinum Edition and the Diesel Platinum Edition are available to order now
Reuters  Feb 3  Comment 
Sibanye Gold Ltd said it might tap shareholders for up to $1.3 billion to partly fund a $2.2 billion takeover of Stillwater Mining Co , the only U.S. miner of platinum and palladium.




 
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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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