Prices generally run in tandem with those of other precious metals -- gold, palladium and silver -- though platinum tends to be more volatile because of its scarcity. Huge demand from China is likely to keep the price of what is already the most expensive metal high. Traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange, platinum for June fell about 1 percent, to $1,845.50, an ounce March 3. In the last year, however, it has jumped from less than $1,600 an ounce.
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