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Bulk Transporter  May 20  Comment 
Miller Transporters Inc, Jackson MS, was presented the Platinum Award by Great West Casualty Company as part of the 2014 National Safety Awards Program. This marks the second consecutive year that Miller has been awarded the National Safety Awards...
Financial Times  May 14  Comment 
Smaller miners have cut spending to stay solvent — but may be unprepared when demand recovers
Benzinga  May 12  Comment 
Atlatsa Resources Corporation ("Atlatsa") (TSX, NYSE MKT and JSE: ATL) confirms that operations at the Bokoni Platinum Mine ("Bokoni") have been interrupted by the recent unrest that erupted in the Bokoni area. The unrest began yesterday,...
Reuters  May 11  Comment 
South Africa's Baroka Platinum will offer up to 1.8 billion rand ($150 million) for Atlatsa Resources' stake in the joint venture Bokoni mine, a source with direct...
Mondo Visione  May 11  Comment 
Today, Zambezi Platinum (JSE: ZPLP) listed as a preference share on the Main Board of the JSE. The listing of Zambezi Platinum’s preference shares follows the conclusion of a Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) transaction by Northam...
Financial Times  May 11  Comment 
Mining group consults with workforce and unions over job cuts as unit production costs rise
newratings.com  May 11  Comment 
LONDON (dpa-AFX) - Lonmin Plc (LNMIF.PK, LMI.L), the world's third largest Platinum producer, reported that a total of 2.8 million tonnes was mined in the quarter, 2.2 million tonnes higher than the prior year period which was impacted by...
Financial Times  May 7  Comment 
Attempt to reduce costs will be a big test of sector’s industrial relations in South Africa
Cloud Computing  Apr 28  Comment 
SYS-CON Events announced today that CenturyLink, Inc., a leader in the network services market, has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in...




 
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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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