The platinum market has consolidated just under yesterday's highs as news that work stoppages for some major African platinum mining operations have continued to impact output levels is providing a measure of support to prices this week. However, some traders feel that most of the metals markets may be taking their direction from the ebb and flow of demand expectations. Other traders feel it likely that platinum may be finding additional support from its relatively cheap status to gold prices, especially given the recent strength in gold prices. As in the rest of the metals complex, platinum may need to see positive US economic progression from the GDP report this morning to extend this current rally.