While platinum was able to trade higher this morning, some traders feel that the market needs something definitively upbeat from today's US data just to underpin prices. Other traders feel that the inability to rally platinum prices in the wake of several positive US economic numbers would seem to suggest that a slide back below $1,400 may occur during the next few trading sessions. A sharp drop in German Industrial Orders last month may be an early indication of weaker industrial platinum demand from German automakers.