Morning Futures Roundup
Is the Silver Sell-off Complete?
After a nearly $18.00 plunge in just over a week's time, Silver futures appear to have found some firm footing near the $32 per ounce level, which has sparked some renewed buying in this precious/industrial metal. The entire metals complex got a boost from a Goldman Sachs analyst who once again recommended long positions in commodities. In addition, the continued strength in the price of Gold may be pulling Silver prices along for the ride, especially as the Gold/Silver ratio has returned to a more "reasonable" 40 to 1.
The recent strength in the precious metals sector comes despite a rising U.S. Dollar, which has been viewed of late as "bearish " towards commodities in general. One gets the sense that the demand for "safe haven" investments has returned; especially as it seems that the European debt crisis is expanding. It appears that the sharp sell-off combined with much higher exchange margins has taken many speculators out of the Silver market.
This has caused open interest to drop sharply and seems to have restored some health to the overall bull market. Although it appears that prices may have formed a near-term bottom, we may not see a huge move of speculators back into the market until we see daily price trading ranges shrink, as well as margin requirements lowered by the exchanges.
Looking at the daily chart for July Silver, we notice what appears to be a "V-shaped" bottom formation. Prices are now testing the 20-day moving average, and a close above this widely watched indicator could spur some buying by short-term momentum traders. Even the steep sell-off in Silver prices we saw a few weeks ago failed to negate the longer-term bullish trend, as prices failed to come close to testing the 200-day moving average.
The 14-day RSI has moved back to neutral territory, with a current reading of 48.39. Support for July Silver is seen at the May 12th low of 32.300, with resistance found at the May 11th high of 39.470.
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