The platinum market's strength this morning is in sharp contrast to the rest of the metals complex, as platinum prices continued to rise sharply and in the process October platinum contract managed to reach the highest level since May 8th. News that the labor conflict in South Africa over pay is spreading from Lonmin to Anglo America Platinum clearly provided the market with fresh support, especially since outside market action today was widely seen to be negative for platinum prices. New wage demands overnight in the wake of severe violence and deaths recently points to a serious situation and with such a large percentage of the world's platinum supply at risk, the market may be attempting to ration demand and insure future supply flow with higher prices.