While platinum prices have shown some weakness this morning, the April contract held above the prior session's lows during the overnight portion of Wednesday's session. Platinum might have been found some support from news that Impala Platinum's production levels continue to be negatively impacted by a strike that was declared illegal by a court. Platinum might have also found additional support from a news story overnight that indicated stronger US holiday sales but with the rest of the metals complex, the market may be taking a lot of direction from big picture macro-economic sentiment which could leave the direction of platinum closed tied to global equity markets.