The platinum market has started out on a weaker footing today, with some traders feeling that residual economic slowing fears continue to offset any near term hopes of additional central bank easing. Platinum might have been weakened by a negative analyst forecast for certain platinum shares overnight, and platinum might also have been pressured by market ideas that the Euro zone situation is still likely to remain a limiting factor for global growth during the near term. Some traders have suggested that rising concerns with Italian sovereign debt were impacting the market, and in turn increasing the pressure on platinum and physical commodity markets during the overnight session.