South African platinum stocks extend 2019 surge into new year

Not an electric vehicle.

After soaring 200% in 2019, an index of Johannesburg-traded platinum stocks has maintained its blistering pace at the start of the new year, buoyed by record prices for the palladium the miners dig up alongside their main product.

The FTSE/JSE Africa Platinum Mining Index jumped 4.9% Wednesday, taking its advance this year to 6.5%, as palladium touched an all-time high above $2,100 an ounce, driven by strong consumption from carmakers, tight supplies and haven demand for precious metals.

Northam Platinum Ltd. has led its South African peers so far in 2020, rising 8.7%. Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd., the market’s best performing stock in 2019 with a 291% gain, is up 6.5%. Anglo American Platinum Ltd., the world’s largest supplier of platinum and palladium, has gained 5.8%. The country’s overall benchmark index is 0.4% higher.

(By Adelaide Changole)

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