Platinum, palladium soar along with auto sales, new South Africa strike

Platinum prices breach $1,500/oz. and palladium futures also jump as better than expected U.S. car sales data and a new strike in South Africa lured buyers into both markets.

Upbeat reports from GM, Ford, et. al. bucked expectations for a slowdown in car sales, boosting investor appetite for platinum and palladium, which are both widely used in car exhaust filters.

Meanwhile, a new strike by metal workers and engineers in South Africa have renewed concerns about supply after the country is still recovering from a five-month strike by platinum workers.

Platinum producers: AAUKF, AAUKY, IMPUY, LNMIF.


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  • David at Imperial Beach
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    Ford was not so upbeat. Sales are off 5.8%. It should have said GM and Chrysler. GM was up 1% despite all the recalls, and Chrysler was up 9.2%.


    South Africa just got one strike settled, and now this. And it could spread to even more workers.
    1 Jul 2014, 11:46 AM Reply Like
  • T-time
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    I have been saying this for some time. Actually miners and unions in S Africa will stay unorganized for some time and will struggle to find a mutual agreement. Fact is, at current market fundamentals there is no way to please all parties and have a sustainable system. Prices will first have to go up - and their actions are causing exactly that.
    Long SWC - one of the few miners that might come out ahead of all of this!
    1 Jul 2014, 11:56 AM Reply Like
  • Joe2922
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    ATL - Atlatsa - should be soaring soon, it must be a relative unknown, they settled with Union last December but are not getting credit for that, nor for their turnaround story with debt restructured at a huge savings to the co., and a new partner which isn't trading its shares. I own a tad of ATL but will add once it gets discovered, only a matter of time!
    1 Jul 2014, 12:52 PM Reply Like
  • spike1
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    ATL also has a large number of shares owned by the employees which cannot be sold. Which is a good point with regards to the float.
    1 Jul 2014, 01:46 PM Reply Like
  • Joe2922
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    ATL is a small unknown company. I think it needs to be "discovered"! pun meant, yes of course. I think it can generate positive cash flow late this year, that should help a great deal.
    1 Jul 2014, 02:14 PM Reply Like
  • Venus Pool
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    Does the fact that money printing in the west have any positive impact on this precious metal? Nawwwww paper and ink with the notion of creating more debt to fix a debt problem will not help the upward price movement.
    1 Jul 2014, 02:00 PM Reply Like
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