The price of silver remains in a narrow trading range, with last week’s retreat almost perfectly mirroring the gains of the previous week. Silver prices today (Tuesday) are mostly flat, up just 0.73% in early morning trading.
That’s exactly the kind of frustrating action we see in bull markets that causes such angst in retail investors. It’s easy to lose patience and look to other sectors for the possibility of higher returns.
Yet that’s often the very turning point at which an asset suffering from negative sentiment tends to shine.
I continue to track several indicators that suggest a much stronger silver market ahead. What’s more, it’s worth noting how some of the least-expected institutions have become silver cheerleaders you simply can’t ignore.
Before I get into my full silver price prediction, here’s how silver prices are trending now…
Here’s How Silver Prices Are Trending This Week
Despite another challenging week for silver bulls, the precious metal staged a strong comeback on Monday, April 9, regaining most of its losses from the prior week.
Silver opened on Tuesday, April 4, at $16.51 and faced a headwind of dollar surges coupled with stock gains. The grey metal recouped a little to end on Friday at $16.35, down almost 1% in four days.
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But Monday’s action had silver open at $16.36, then climb nearly non-stop until midday, reaching a high of $16.54. With stocks only mildly higher, most of that action was due to a retreat in the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY).
The DXY dropped from near 90.25 at 6:00 a.m. to 90 just after 8:00 a.m. From there, it continued to weaken, likely on lingering concerns that China was unwilling to back down on its trade tariffs rebuttal. By late afternoon, the DXY was hovering around 89.85.
By the time it neared the New York close, silver was changing hands at $16.48, clocking a respectable 0.73% gain for the day.
Here are the DXY and S&P 500 in charts for the past five trading days.
Now that we know what was moving the silver price this week, here are the biggest catalysts for the precious metals moving forward in Q2…
These Catalysts Will Push Silver Prices Higher in Q2
So why do I remain so bullish on silver? Let’s start with how it’s priced; in U.S. dollars.
It’s no secret the dollar’s been struggling for most of the past five quarters.
Since mid-January, the DXY has been trading in a limited range between 88.5 and 90.5. After four attempts, the dollar has so far remained unable to break out through upper resistance.
In my view, we could continue in this holding pattern for some time. In fact, the dollar could eventually rally, but I’d still expect any strength to be limited in both time and intensity. For now, the RSI and MACD are doing little to provide directional clues.
The path of least resistance could well remain lower, and that of course should be good for silver.
If you look at the price of silver itself, we see the large narrowing wedge continue to narrow.
As this wedge progresses in time, silver becomes more likely to break out, because the lines get closer.
We see a bias, albeit small, in the RSI and MACD to trend upward, helping to confirm silver’s direction upward.
One of my favorite indicators remains the silver-stocks-to-silver ratio…
This update chart from last week shows that after their recent gains against silver, silver stocks have retreated on a relative basis. While certainly not a positive development, I’m willing to give this ratio some more time to play out, especially given the volatility of silver stocks.
As for the unlikely cheerleaders, here’s what you need to know.
JP Morgan, the largest U.S. bank by assets, currently holds a whopping 140 million ounces of silver in COMEX warehouses. That’s more than half of the CME Group’s supply.
And for what it’s worth, Bloomberg Intelligence has recently suggested Bitcoin is likely to “mean revert” towards its January 2017 level near $900. Mike McGlone, a senior analyst at BI, thinks Bitcoin is still massively overpriced given the coin’s original intention as a currency and that silver has had an inverse relationship with the cryptocurrency. McGlone believes silver’s price is highly “compressed” and should test $18 soon, before heading higher to reach its 2016 high of $20.50.
In my view, silver is likely to first test $17.50 in the next month or so, then $18 before summer, with the 2016 peak of $20.50 in the second half of 2018.
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