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Is It Time to Buy Silver?

Commodities / Gold and Silver 2011 May 09, 2011 - 06:16 AM GMT

By: Jared_Levy

Commodities

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUnless you have been hiding under a rock, you probably know that silver has had a major correction over the past week. The precious metal plummeted about 30% from a high of almost $50 an ounce to less than $35 yesterday. This six-day drop is one of the largest since 1983.

Silver has given back just about all of its gains for the past month and some traders are thinking it might be time to get long. But before you run and buy silver, there are a couple things to consider.


Forces That Move Silver
The U.S. Dollar

There are many theories on why this sell-off is happening. Obviously, any real strength or even support in the U.S. dollar will generally be bearish for precious metals like gold and silver. This is mostly because the U.S. holds the largest stockpiles of these metals and they are traded in U.S. dollars globally. Even though gold is more of a recognized currency, they both have sensitivity to changes in the U.S. dollar's value.

The falling U.S. dollar has recently leveled out. That means we've seen a small correction in dollar-denominated commodities and metals overall. Earlier this week, the European and London central banks held their rates steady. The ECB also hinted that they may not raise their rates next month either. This is good news for the U.S. dollar.

The U.S. dollar traded higher late in the day yesterday and sent other dollar-sensitive commodities like oil and even stocks much lower on the day. Oil had its largest percentage drop in three years. If you don't believe that the dollar is in control here, think again...

For now, it seems that the U.S. dollar will continue to be relatively weak. The rally seems more like a short-term bump rather than a long-term trend. Current Federal Reserve policy puts general downward pressure on the U.S. dollar.

Gold/Silver Ratio
Then there is the historical ratio between gold and silver. A good "average" ratio of gold to silver is about 55, according to many experts. That means 1 oz. of gold should buy 55 oz. of silver. The gold premium is because there is much more silver on this Earth than gold. Even though silver has industrial uses beyond gold, there is a global desire, respect and currency reserve with gold that silver just does not have.

If that ratio gets extremely high, like 100, that means that silver is cheap relative to gold and may be a good value. If the number is low, silver may be getting overly expensive.

On April 28, the gold-silver ratio was about 30, relatively low. Now the ratio is back up around 43, still low, but not extreme. I'd like to see that ratio above 48 if I were thinking of buying.

Using current gold prices of $1,494, that means a drop in silver prices to $31.12 an ounce. Remember, though, that ratios are a two-way street. That means gold prices can climb, too, putting the ratio closer to its "good average."

Technicals
Technical formations also play an important role in finding buy and sell points. Looking at iShares Silver Trust (SLV:NYSE), you can see the sharp sell-off on the right side of the chart. In my opinion, it seems that we are nearing a short-term bottom. The lower Bollinger band (gray area) was just broken yesterday, as prices dipped below the lowest level of the band. This is generally an indicator of an oversold condition just before a bounce.

I also would look to the 50% Fibonacci retracement line (dotted) of about $33 for support. (For more info on Fibonacci retracement lines, read this Smart Investing Daily article.) The danger here is the fact that we have broken below the 50-day moving average, which is not good for the bulls. To solidify a strong trend, I would like to see the price of SLV get above that 50-day moving average, at about $38.

You can't simply view the charts in a vacuum. There are other things "manipulating" the market.

Margin Requirements
The manipulation here is the recent 500% jump in margin requirements for silver futures. When you buy a futures contract on silver (one futures contract is for 5,000 ounces of silver), you are required to put up a deposit called "margin." That initial cost has risen tremendously as of late. They have also raised the amount of margin you have to pay once you are already in the trade and it starts to go against you.

If traders cannot meet the new margin requirements, they are forced to sell their contracts. This new rule will deter new buyers.

It's like someone raising your rent from $1,000 to $5,000 in a month. Higher margin requirements can also make a sell-off worse, as contracts are sold to cover losing positions. These requirements affect everyone from individual traders to hedge funds. This is one of the main reasons why silver is making 10% moves daily.

Now in all fairness, the dollar cost of margin will rise as the price of silver rises, but the CME (COMEX) has increased the margin requirements abnormally in the past week and will raise them again Monday.

May traders are selling ahead of this hike.

ETFs
ETFs like the SLV hold actual silver and futures contracts. At present there are about 600 million ounces of silver held by ETFs. When traders begin to sell shares of an ETF like SLV, the ETF may sell silver futures to keep everything in balance. About 6 million ounces of silver have exited ETFs in the past week.

ETFs can also add to the domino effect, both long and short. But remember that stocks usually take the escalator up and the elevator down!

Once the hype settles down and the CME completes its margin increase on Monday, we should see silver prices stabilize. From my perspective, I see $33 as a level I may cautiously begin to buy. If silver breaks below that level, I think support will be around $29 until the Fed decides it's time to cool inflation.

I am sure that Ben B. was feeling quite happy with the corrections in gold, oil and silver this week. Perhaps Americans will feel some reprieve as well...

Editor's Note: Silver ETFs may be taking a big hit with these margin increases, but they're not the only way to play silver right now. Michael Robinson, editor of 180 Trader, has been riding the silver bull, and this most recent drop might give his subscribers another great opportunity. For more information on silver and the companies Michael's been recommending, check out 180 Trader.

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Source : http://www.taipanpublishinggroup.com/tpg/smart-investing-daily/smart-investing-050611.html

By Jared Levy
http://www.taipanpublishinggroup.com/

Jared Levy is Co-Editor of Smart Investing Daily, a free e-letter dedicated to guiding investors through the world of finance in order to make smart investing decisions. His passion is teaching the public how to successfully trade and invest while keeping risk low.

Jared has spent the past 15 years of his career in the finance and options industry, working as a retail money manager, a floor specialist for Fortune 1000 companies, and most recently a senior derivatives strategist. He was one of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange's youngest-ever members to become a market maker on three major U.S. exchanges.

He has been featured in several industry publications and won an Emmy for his daily video "Trader Cast." Jared serves as a CNBC Fast Money contributor and has appeared on Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNN Radio, Wall Street Journal radio and is regularly quoted by Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Finance, among other publications.

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