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Reuters  Jul 17  Comment 
* Shares fall as much as 1.8 pct (Adds details, analyst comment, share price)
Wall Street Journal  Jul 17  Comment 
Anglo American shares fell after the world's biggest platinum producer revealed the full impact of a five-month strike at its troubled South African mines.
Financial Times  Jul 14  Comment 
Platinum miner warns its headline earnings per share for the six months to the end of June could fall to a worst-case decline of 96%
DailyFinance  Jul 11  Comment 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/11/14 -- Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (TSX:PTM)(NYSE MTK:PLG) ("Platinum Group" or the "Company") reports the Company's financial results for the nine months ended May...
StreetInsider.com  Jul 10  Comment 
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Financial Times  Jul 10  Comment 
The platinum miner hit a fifteen-year low on Thursday, having dropped 16 per cent in the weeks since a five-month labour strike ended
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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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