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Palladium jumps 11% as London market blocks sale from Russian refineries

Economy Apr 08, 2022 02:43PM ET
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By Seher and Dareen

(Reuters) - Palladium rose 11% on Friday on renewed supply concerns after trading in the metal from Russian refineries was suspended in London over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

Palladium, used by automakers in catalytic converters to curb emissions, rose 7.8% to hit its highest since March 25 following the announcement by the London Platinum and Palladium Market, a trade association that accredits refineries. (Full Story)

"Around 40% of primary palladium supply stems from Russia, for the remainder of the year around 1.8 million ounces of primary production may be at risk ... the suspension could exacerbate the undersupply," said Standard Chartered (OTC:SCBFF) analyst Suki Cooper.

Palladium XPD= rose to $2,408.50 as of 1:54 p.m. ET (1754 GMT), en route to its first weekly gain in five. The metal surged to an all-time high of $3,440.76 on March 7 on concerns over supply from top producer Russia.

"Ultimately, the market is worried that we're going to have an even more scarce market than before," said Bart Melek, head of commodity strategies at TD Securities.

Spot gold XAU= rose 0.5% to $1,941.94 per ounce and was up 0.9% for the week, while U.S. gold futures GCv1 rose 0.4% to $1,945.6. (Full Story)

Gold's rise came despite solid gains in the U.S. dollar, a rival safe-haven asset. A stronger dollar generally erodes gold's appeal for overseas buyers. USD/ US/ (Full Story)

The uncertainty over what the Federal Reserve is going to do after raising rates is driving flows into gold, said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA.

Fears of a recession, growth concerns along with inflationary pressures are also causing people to hedge through gold, Moya added.

While gold is considered a refuge asset during global conflicts and rising inflation, higher U.S. interest rates increase the opportunity cost of holding the non-yielding bullion.

Silver XAG= rose 0.9% to $24.78 per ounce, up 0.6% for the week, while platinum XPT= gained 1.4% to $975.91 but was down for a fifth consecutive week.

Palladium jumps 11% as London market blocks sale from Russian refineries
 

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Tyrone Jackson
Tyrone Jackson Apr 08, 2022 2:48PM ET
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Reuter’s is a joke. Not even funny anymore. Almost everything is this article is not even true. Haha Fire these guys
Norbert Firlej
Norbert Firlej Apr 08, 2022 2:48PM ET
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tell us the truth
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Vi Ma Apr 08, 2022 11:01AM ET
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War is over ... no reason for gold to stay above 1500$
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War is over but sanctions are not over
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, still no o official announcement.
 
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