First Trust ISE Global Platinum Index ETF (PLTM) - NASDAQ
  • Jan. 15, 2015, 12:35 PM
    • Gold, silver, platinum and palladium are spiking today on Switzerland's surprise move to abandon its currency floor, and shares of the miners are following suit: GDX +6.1%.
    • "Gold is much stronger as the 'safety' of the Swiss Franc vanishes,” commented Dave Lutz of JonesTrading.
    • Peter Boockvar believes that in "a world of currency battles with printing presses that are extraordinarily large... gold will be the last man standing... the gold bear market is over and will go substantially higher from here."
    • Against a backdrop of concerns about global growth, deflation and renewed volatility, gold has been climbing since November as other growth-sensitive commodities such as oil and copper have sold off.
    • Among precious metals miners: BTG +9.5%, GG +8.9%, KGC +8.7%, NEM +8.3%, AUY +8.1%, EGO +7.4%, AGI +7%, ABX +6.2%, NG +5.9%, AUQ +5.6%, FNV +5.5%, RGLD +5.4%, IAG +4.8%, GFI +4.2%, HL +4.2%, SLW +3.1%.
    | Jan. 15, 2015, 12:35 PM | 36 Comments
  • Jul. 8, 2013, 11:59 AM

    Platinum prices surge as thousands of Amplats mineworkers in South Africa launch a wildcat strike overnight. The country accounts for ~75% of the global platinum supply and has been dogged by labor disputes in the past year. Taking advantage may be Stillwater Mining (SWC +3%), which operates a platinum recycling plant that should help it meet platinum demand without having to produce more.

    | Jul. 8, 2013, 11:59 AM
  • Nov. 1, 2011, 9:47 AM
    Usually a safe haven on days like this, even gold isn't escaping the general panic as the rising dollar sends futures -2.1% to $1688.90/oz. However, silver is taking a much greater hit, sinking 6.1% to $32.244. The metal is "very much as an industrial metal right now," says one trader. Copper -4.4% to $3.473 and Platinum -2.7% to 1563.50.
    | Nov. 1, 2011, 9:47 AM | 2 Comments
PLTM Description
The First Trust ISE Global Platinum Index Fund is an exchange-traded fund. The investment objective of the Fund is to seek investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield, before the Fund's fees and expenses, of an equity index call the ISE Global Platinum TM Index.
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