Platinum prices have outperformed the rest of the precious metals markets this morning, with a fresh new high for the move and the highest price since July of 2008. News that Anglo platinum is moving to provide local mining communities with some minor stock ownership could dampen political uncertainty toward South African production. The German Trade Surplus during December was 14.0 billion Euros, higher than forecasts and may be an indication of stronger platinum demand from the German auto industry over the near future.