The platinum and copper markets appear to be tracking with other physical commodity markets this morning, despite what some traders feel is renewed flight to quality strength in gold and silver prices. Platinum could take more direction from upcoming US data than other segments of the precious metals complex. Platinum might have seen some fundamental support from favorable Japanese auto sales figures overnight, and the US platinum trade today might garner some support from any improvement in US domestic auto sales figures later today. Even if US auto sales are positive, that support might be lost in the market's focus towards Euro zone debt problems and platinum might end of trading in sync with the US equity markets. A private survey of German manufacturing during September was 50.3, higher than market expectations and may indicate stronger industrial platinum demand from German automakers for the rest of 2011.