Feb 16 (Reuters) - Platinum prices rallied for a third straight session on Tuesday, hitting a near six-and-a-half-year peak on hopes that a swift global economic rebound would boost demand for the auto-catalyst metal.
* Platinum XPT= rose 1% to $1,315.32 by 0102 GMT, after hitting its highest since September 2014 at $1,320.50.
* The metal is used by automakers for catalytic converter manufacturing to clean car exhaust fumes.
* Platinum may see a third consecutive annual deficit in 2021 amid supply concerns from South Africa, the world's largest platinum producer. South African miner Sibanye-Stillwater SSWJ.J on Monday reported a 40% increase in 4E Platinum Group Metals (PGM) mineral reserves at its SA PGM operations. Palladium XPD= , also used in the auto sector, climbed 0.3% to $2,394.57, having hit a one-month peak of $2,415.68 in the previous session.
* The dollar .DXY eased against rivals, making gold more affordable. USD/
* Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields rose to their highest levels since March. US/
* Global shares held firm on Tuesday, looking to extend their bull run to a 12th consecutive session as optimism about the global economic recovery and expectations of low interest rates drive investments into riskier assets. MKTS/GLOB
* Market participants now await minutes of the Federal Reserve's end-January monetary policy meeting on Wednesday.
* The euro zone is likely to decide between March and May when and how governments would start tapering support to their economies as vaccinations allow the lifting of pandemic lockdowns and economic activity picks up, officials said on Monday. The World Health Organization on Monday listed AstraZeneca AZN.L and Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, widening access to the relatively inexpensive shot in the developing world.
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