April platinum has posted early gains this morning but was unable to reach new highs for this current rally. While the platinum market might find some residual support from news of a 100,000 ounce loss of production due to a recent strike, some traders feel that issue might begin to fade into the background and the focus of the platinum market might shift back to the ebb and flow of upcoming demand. Other traders feel that platinum will probably take most of its price direction today from the action in equities and from the impact of US economic data later in the session.