The metals outperformed gold and silver this year on speculation improving economies will boost demand for materials used in car pollution control devices. Lower supply from South Africa because of mine strikes and cutbacks and falling sales from Russian government palladium inventories helped keep the commodities in a shortage since 2012. The deficits will probably continue next year, Johnson Matthey said.
“We expect little or no serious recovery in South African supplies,” Alison Cowley, a market analyst at Johnson Matthey, said in an interview in London. For platinum, “we’re seeing good demand from most industrial applications. In palladium it’s really an autocatalyst story.”
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