Silver has had a rough go of it. After essentially quadrupling in a parabolic blowoff from 2008-2011, the metal proceeded to lose roughly 90% of those gains in the subsequent 5 years. Using the iShares Silver ETF (ticker, SLV) as a measuring stick, the round trip went basically from 9 to 48, then back to 13. A promising first half of 2016 had the SLV back up pushing 20 by July – and getting precious metal-heads lathered up again. However, the rug has been pulled back out from underneath them as it has been back to the woodshed again for silver prices over the past year.
There have been a few head-fakes along the way, including a mild bounce into April of this year. However, as we noted in a post at the time, silver speculators had become way too exuberant, especially for such a meager bounce, to expect much more upside at that point. Indeed, the SLV immediately proceeded to drop 14 days in a row, leading towards the depths at which we find prices today.
With SLV now pushing back below 15, metal-heads have become discouraged again, speculating as to what miracle catalyst can come along and save the plummeting metal once again. Well, as it happens, there may possibly be a chance that a key technical level nearby can serve as such a catalyst.
The level to which we are referring also pertains to the SLV. Specifically, it is the lifetime Up trendline in the SLV (on a log scale), beginning at the lows in 2008 and connecting the lows in 2015-2016. Presently, the trendline is intersecting roughly the 14.40 level.
The SLV spiked down to 14.44 Monday before rebounding strongly. Follow through yesterday has the SLV up just shy of 15. Could this possibly be the bottoming catalyst silver bulls have been looking for?
One problem we have with the idea of this trendline being a catalyst is that, well, it’s not necessarily a trendline. It merely connects 2 points – we prefer at least 3 touches before a line truly qualifies as a trendline. That’s not to say this line is meaningless, or that it won’t hold.
We have displayed countless similar trendlines over the years either in our Chart Of The Day feature or in our #TrendlineWednesday feature on Twitter that have worked out beautifully. These 2-touch trendlines have especially been effective when they are of a long-term nature like this one. So we certainly wouldn’t discount the possibility that this line is indeed a silver lining for the metal and may produce, at least a short-term bounce.
Of course, there are obviously other factors to consider besides this simple trendline, or even the price series in general. For example, what is the status of the record speculation on silver futures that served as the basis for our bearish piece in April?
In a premium post at The Lyons Share, we update the trader positioning situation in silver futures to see if it is still serving as a head wind to prices – and by how much. We also look at other factors to determine if this trendline has company in suggesting a bullish stance toward silver – or if it is on its own.
The iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSE:SLV) rose $0.02 (+0.13%) in premarket trading Thursday. Year-to-date, SLV has declined -0.40%, versus a 9.16% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.
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