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NPR  Feb 1  Comment 
As fans' listening habits become more and more focused on streaming, the RIAA is trying to catch up.
Forbes  Feb 1  Comment 
The RIAA updates its methodology for certifying gold and platinum albums to include streaming audio and video.
Wall Street Journal  Feb 1  Comment 
South African miners are producing large amounts of the precious metal, adding pressure to prices that are near a seven-year low.
Forbes  Jan 29  Comment 
Country newcomer Sam Hunt has surely had one of the fastest rises of anyone in the genre. Just two years ago, he was someone who was just dipping his toes into music, having previously focused on football while in college. After picking up a...
The Hindu Business Line  Jan 27  Comment 
Bayar’s Coffee, a leading coffee manufacturing company from Bengaluru, has bagged the ‘Best Roasters Platinum Award-2016’ instituted by the Coffee Board of India and the India Coffee Trust.   ...
Forbes  Jan 25  Comment 
Labelmates with Drake and The Weeknd, the rising Dallas, TX hip-hop artist is already holding his own around those hitmakers.
Wall Street Journal  Jan 25  Comment 
Anglo American Platinum said it would book $851 million of charges for 2015 and warned earnings would miss expectations.
Automotive World  Jan 22  Comment 
Ford Explorer to appear in return of acclaimed sci-fi drama “The X-Files” on Sunday Ford Explorer Platinum will carry FBI Agent Dana Scully throughout the highly anticipated six-episode series Explorer appearance continues longtime...




 
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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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