Silver, like gold, has had a difficult year. After sliding 36.3% in 2013, the precious metal ended January down 4%. But at the same time, there have been signs that a turnaround is in the offing. Yesterday silver edged up 1%, and
Let's face it, 2013 was rough on silver.
The precious metal started out the year at $31, and ended at $19.50, continuing an overall slump dating back roughly to mid-2011.
That, however, obscures a massive run, like gold, that silver embarked on in 2001 when it was near $4, eventually topping out around $49 in April 2011. At its peak it generated a return of 1,091%.
Precious Metals News: Silver prices today could slip if the December jobs report comes in higher than expected.
Silver prices traded in tight range Thursday ending the day a touch higher, up $0.076, or 0.31%, at $19.61 an ounce. But the price of silver fell Wednesday after strong ADP data. The ADP report showed 238,000 jobs were added in December, above the 200,000 expected. The U.S. dollar index edged higher following the ADP report, and metals were clipped.
We all have our reasons for following Apple. I track it because this tech behemoth is a massive global consumer of metals - base, rare earth, and precious.
And right now, Apple is giving us some surprising indications that the demand for silver is much higher than its current price would have us believe.
Despite the year's nearly 30% fall in silver prices, not everyone is sour on investing in silver. The U.S. Mint reported Tuesday that American Silver Eagle bullion coin sales have already set an annual record.
Authorized purchasers of the popular coins ordered their full weekly allocation of 500,000 coins, according to the Mint. That took total sales year-to-date to a record 40.175 million ounces, surpassing the previous annual record of 39,868,500 million ounces hit in 2011.
In this time of economic uncertainty, investing in silver and other precious metals instruments is a must.
By devoting even a small portion of a portfolio to precious metals, investors gain valuable protection against inflation, stock market drops, and any other repercussions from Washington's debt-ceiling drama.
While silver demand among U.S. traders at the moment is muted, silver demand in India - the world's biggest buyer of the white metal - is insatiable.
It will be one of the biggest factors supporting higher silver prices in 2014.
And it all stems from a move the government made to limit gold buying...
It's been a volatile year for those investing in gold and silver.
Gold is down some 20% year to date, and silver has lost more than 30%. The yellow metal tumbled more than 30% in the three quarters to June as fears mounted of an early end to the U.S. Federal Reserve's bond-buying program.
It was a rather quiet week in the silver market. Silver prices dropped about 50 cents an ounce to trade in the $22 an ounce range.
The only real news - major news, that is - in the marketplace was the decision by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to announce that its probe into silver price manipulation by the large Wall Street banks is closed without any action taken. This is after a five-year probe into the workings of the silver market.
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Thanks to that "party animal" Ben Bernanke, silver prices today are enjoying a nice bounce.
That's because the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman, along with the other members at the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting yesterday, decided to keep the quantitative easing (QE3) flowing steady with $85 billion of bond buying per month.
After the Fed announcement, silver prices rallied by 5.5% to more than $23 an ounce. That's the precious metal's biggest one-day gain since June 28.
Our silver price news today looks ahead at another volatile week for the white metal as global precious metal sentiment remains guarded.
In early-morning trading Monday, spot silver was trading down 1.5% at $21.88.
Silver traders are closely watching the Wednesday outcome of the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) two-day meeting to see if the U.S. Federal Reserve finally follows through on plans to start weaning the U.S. economy off five years of quantitative easing (QE).
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Back in June when silver hit a 34-month low, nay-sayers thought the metal would be dead as an investment for many months - if not years. They couldn't have been more wrong. Since then silver is up 34%, and there are three huge reasons why this surge still has a long way to go...
Topping silver price news today is how the flight-to-safety trade is back on, as evidenced by recent moves in commodities.
Despite some profit taking Friday, silver prices rose roughly 5% this week and 1% last week. That helped the white metal log a sterling 21.3% gain for August and nearly 30% over the last nine weeks.