While China posted higher palladium imports during April, Chinese platinum imports declined on a month to month basis. Hints of Chinese easing was thought to have provided some physical commodity markets like platinum with minor support, especially since that news was bolstered by hints of easing from the Fed Regional President Lockhart. Platinum may have found additional pressure from industry forecasts late last week of a global platinum surplus condition, which was partly the result of diminishing prospects for investment demand in the wake of a softer global economy.