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Wall Street Journal  5 hrs ago  Comment 
Goldman Sachs, HSBC Holdings, Standard Bank Group and BASF have been accused of manipulating platinum and palladium prices in a lawsuit filed in New York by a jeweler.
BBC News  Nov 26  Comment 
Goldman Sachs and HSBC are amongst four platinum and palladium dealers to be sued in New York for allegedly fixing the price of the metals.
Resource Investor  Nov 25  Comment 
Until the USD Index reaches at least the 89 level, the precious metals market will be likely to move lower based on the dollar’s future strength.
Bloomberg  Nov 25  Comment 
South Africa’s economy grew 1.4 percent in the third quarter after platinum mines restarted production following a five-month strike.
Forbes  Nov 24  Comment 
(Kitco News) - Platinum and palladium will both post annual supply deficits of more than 1 million ounces in 2014 largely due to a five-month strike in South Africa, but also improving auto-catalyst demand, Johnson Matthey reported Monday.
Reuters  Nov 24  Comment 
(Corrects to "Platinum" from "Platimum" in second paragraph)
Benzinga  Nov 24  Comment 
RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: RNR) (“RenaissanceRe” or the “Company”) and Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: PTP) (“Platinum”) announced today that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under...
The Australian  Nov 20  Comment 
THE Australian heads of a platinum mine have been indicted in the US, accused of conspiring to dump waste in an Alaskan river.




 
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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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