July platinum initially posted overnight gains but could not hold onto early strength and has fallen into negative territory this morning. A surprise Chinese trade surplus number may have helped to underpin early strength, while a flare-up of Euro zone debt problems may have triggered a sizable pullback from the overnight highs. Some traders feel that the platinum market could slide below last week's lows for the move unless the macro economic outlook improves quickly and if upcoming dialogue from Federal Reserve officials today hints at some fresh near term assistance for the US economy.