Like gold and silver, platinum made an initial rally after President Obama's speech, but prices have fallen back toward the prior session's lows during early Friday US morning trading. The platinum market has shown little reaction towards news of political difficulties for Impala Platinum in Zimbabwe, even though that situation might end up limiting platinum production in the future. In addition, platinum failed to find support from news of a 13.5% increase in Chinese Industrial production overnight. French Industrial Production during July was up 1.5%, above forecasts and may project stronger industrial platinum demand from French automakers during the rest of this year.