The above comments are edited excerpts from an article* by Ivan Y. as posted on Seeking Alpha.com under the title Silver Appears To Be Topping.
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Ivan goes on to say in further edited excerpts:
…June has historically been the worst month of the year for silver, declining in price in fourteen of the last twenty years in June…[but] this year has moved against that historical tendency…up over 11% for the month, which is the best performance it has had in at least the last 24 years. I say ‘at least’ because the data I have only goes back…[that] far.
Silver’s positive performance…[in June was] due to…
- The ECB’s announcement of negative interest rates on June 5th.
- The U.S. government’s announcement of a 2.13% CPI inflation rate for May 2014. Inflation has not been this high since October 2012. On top of this, after the Fed meeting on June 17-18, the market started to believe that Janet Yellen and the Fed are behind the curve on inflation.
- Throughout June, ISIS militants in Iraq made advances and captured most or all of Mosul, Fallujah, and Tikrit.
- Hedge funds and managed futures funds built up record short positions on COMEX silver futures. The record position occurred on June 3rd and shorts have been covering the last three weeks.
Silver has rallied by over $2 from its bottom in early June, but where is it headed now?
…I believe the signals show that silver is either at, or very close to, a short-term top [because]:
- if you look at a 3-year chart for SLV or spot silver [see below], it’s very clear that every time the RSI goes above 70 – indicating a very overbought condition,, a pull-back in price follows….[and the current] RSI for SLV is at 78 and
- many of the short positions from the June 3rd record high have already been covered. On June 3rd, there was a total of 49,012 contracts (equivalent to 245 million ounces) held short by the so-called Large Speculators (i.e. hedge funds and managed futures funds). On June 24th, those short positions…[had] been cut in half to 24,830 contracts.
A Little Good News
For silver bulls, there is at least one reason to believe that prices have further upside, however, and that is that July is historically a good month for silver.
As you can see [from the above table], silver has gone up in nine of the past ten years…Please note that if I expanded the above table to show the last twenty years, the picture for July would not look as pretty…
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If you are a long-term silver bull and already have your positions and plan to hold for several years, then nothing I wrote about in this article really matters. Any price movement in the next week or month is just noise and won’t have any impact on the price in the long-term.
However, if silver does indeed experience a sell-off due to overbought conditions, then another opportunity to accumulate may present itself.
Editor’s Note: The author’s views and conclusions in the above article are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original post. Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor.
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