The platinum market has been consolidating recently but prices are starting out Thursday's session within close proximity to this week's highs. Some traders feel that platinum is tracking with gold instead of silver and copper, which could indicate that the market may be less dependant on positive US economic data than many traders have expected. Platinum might be finding support from news that labor conflict has continued at Impala, with that company reportedly firing up to 13,000 workers who participated in what was ruled to be an illegal strike action.