Silver and Mining Stocks; Resistance Has Been Reached

silver demandPrzemyslaw Radomski, CFA: In our previous commentary we discussed the implications that the most recent moves in the USD Index and the general stock market are likely to have on the precious metals market. Today, we will briefly discuss two parts of the PM market: silver and mining stocks (precisely: SLV and GDX ETFs). We summarized the previous essay in the following way:

(…) the impact that the USD Index and the general stock markets are likely to have on the precious metals market is weak and bullish on a short-term basis, but more meaningful and bearish in the medium term.

Since that essay was posted, we have seen a small move higher, which was in perfect tune with the above. Now, however, it seems that it is the medium-term decline that we should focus on as the resistance levels have already been reached in case of silver and mining stocks. That’s the case with gold as well.

Let’s take a look at the SLV ETF chart (charts courtesy of http://stockcharts.com.)

Short-term SLV ETF price chart - iShares Silver Trust

Looking at the above chart we see that the SLV ETF moved above the 50-day moving average and reached the medium-term declining resistance line (based on daily closing prices – February and August highs) in the previous week.

Although silver closed the week slightly above its 50-day moving average, which is a bullish sign, we didn’t see a breakout above the medium-term declining resistance line in the following days. On top of that, we saw a move lower after silver reached it.

From this point of view, it seems that further increases will likely be limited, especially when we take into account the fact that silver’s cyclical turning point is just around the corner. Therefore, it’s quite possible that we will see its impact on silver in the coming days. This can lead to a pause or even stop further increases.

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