US platinum up 21 pct, palladium up 96.5 pct in '10


NEW YORK, Dec 31 (Reuters) - U.S. platinum prices finished on Friday with healthy gains of 1.65 percent, or $28.90 per ounce, and U.S. palladium futures added $17.10 an ounce, to close 2.18 percent higher, as both advanced with other precious metals on the final day of 2010. Benchmark U.S. April platinum futures settled 2010 at $1,778.20 an ounce, about 21 percent over 2009's settlement when the active contract ended at $1,471 on the NYMEX. Benchmark U.S. March palladium futures finished ...

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