The platinum market started off the week with fairly strong gains, with prices now approaching the February highs of $1,674. In addition to generally positive macro economic conditions, due in large part to the news of a Greek debt bailout deal being concluded, platinum prices may have also reflected signs of production lost to ongoing mine strikes in South Africa. A key platinum mining executive overnight suggested that the world platinum market would be in a supply deficit situation during 2012, which might lend additional support to platinum prices this morning.