January platinum rose to the highest price level since September 27th, with many traders feeling the market has found support from a weaker Dollar, higher equities and improving optimism toward the Euro zone debt crisis. The platinum market might also be finding strength from news of a possible labor dispute at a Northam mining facility, but platinum and other metals markets have shown little reaction recently to physical supply side issues. Germany and France are expected to announce plans this week to raise the size of the Euro zone rescue fund up to 2 trillion Euros, which may encourage stronger investment platinum demand from the Euro zone during the near future.