The platinum market was able to make a modest recovery during early Thursday trading, as some traders feel that platinum needs to see significantly positive price action from global equities just to hold onto today's early strength. Other traders feel that platinum may be a physical commodity that is apparently moving to price-in the rising prospects of a return to a global recession. The Japanese Tankan survey came in weaker than expected for large Japanese manufacturing firms, which may point to lower industrial platinum demand from Japanese automakers during the next few months.