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Palladium futures extended their downward momentum down 5.22% for the day below $2,000 per troy ounce,the lowest since July 2020. The global computer chip shortage has hit car manufacturing catalytic converters demand.

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Palladium futures decline accelerates with chip shortage over the year.

Down -5.22% for the day -16.61% for the week -24.08% for the month and -19.17% for the year

 Palladium Daily 9 14 2021

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The latest plunge was fueled by Japanese automakers Honda Motor, Nissan Motor and Toyota Motor sales in China falling sharply in August as a chip shortage hit vehicle production in the world's biggest car market. Palladium is used in vehicle pollution-reducing catalytic converters. Automakers from US group General Motors to India's Mahindra and Japan's Toyota have slashed output and sales forecasts.

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The World Platinum Investment Council reported expectations of higher costs of palladium to spur a gradual switch by auto makers to use more platinum in gasoline-powered engines. The palladium is used in vehicle pollution-reducing catalytic converters, Prospects that electric vehicles will gradually replace those using gasoline also weights on prices.

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