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Raw Materials & Resources 05.28.15

Palladium Power

Palladium is widely used to manufacture catalytic converters, and its price is expected to increase due to improving auto sales, according to the Wall Street Journal. Analysts project a combination of solid auto sales in China and the U.S., and stricter environmental standards will help demand for palladium potentially outpace supply-level increases.

Great American Companies 05.26.15

Repairing Railways

Motorists and pedestrians might soon notice construction at a railroad crossing near them. According to Railway Age, Union Pacific recently announced plans for $4.2 billion in capital expenditures during 2015 to cover a variety of infrastructure projects across the company’s 32,000 miles of track.

Raw Materials & Resources 05.21.15

A Looming Zinc Deficit?

A supply shortage of zinc, which is used in many alloys and stainless steel, could be on the horizon for consumers and producers as two mines face impending closure, according to the Financial Times.

Innovation & Transformation 05.19.15

Modern Medicine and mRNA

A biotech company is developing treatments using mRNA that could potentially change how some diseases are treated, according to CNBC. Moderna Therapeutics, which recently was ranked No. 1 on CNBC’s list of the top 50 disruptor companies, is focused on providing mRNA molecules that act as instructors for human cells.