Silver Market Update
Source: Clive Maund (1/31/11)
"Further significant declines in the silver price are highly unlikely."
On our 8-month chart we can see that following failure of support at the $28 level, silver worked its way lower but certainly did not collapse and then, after making a new low in the early trade on Friday, it suddenly surged to close at the high for the week, leaving behind a pair of candlesticks on Thursday and Friday that are together known as a "bullish engulfing pattern" and which normally signify an upside reversal. During the week it became clear that there are a lot of buy orders clustered around the $25 level, which is kind of sad really, as Friday's action suggests that it won't drop back to that level and that therefore these would be buyers will be left on the station watching as the train pulls out without them. The breach of the $28 level just over a week ago is thought to have been the handiwork of the cartel seeking to shake people out the better to cover their shorts—they didn't fool us though as we had this gambit flagged in last week's update. Before leaving this chart a final point to note is that silver is now quite heavily oversold as made clear by the MACD indicator at the bottom of the chart.
Another important development last week was a further significant reduction in the commercial short and large spec long positions that we can see on our COT chart below, so that they are now well below the levels prevailing last July that preceded the massive fall rally in silver. What does this mean? First of all, it makes further significant declines in the silver price highly unlikely and secondly it makes another thumping great rally very possible and it is likely to get underway very soon.
The conclusion to all this is that anyone with a sizeable silver short position is probably going to find him/herself in a very unenviable predicament before much longer.
Look out for a shopping list of silver stocks to be posted on the site later today or early tomorrow before market open.
Silver Market Update