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Silver Futures Activity Holding Back Prices, but a Rally Is Not Far Off

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Activity in the silver futures market have caused prices to sputter out in August, and the most recent data shows that speculators are cashing in on the white metal's downfall.

And while these positions mount, silver is sure to languish.

But this bearish speculation will have to end at some point, and a rally is sure to follow.

Why Silver Is Going Down, and When to Expect a Price Reversal

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Silver prices are having a tough session, and traders who saw August as a month to rebound from a bearish July are wondering why silver is going down.

With many investments down close to 5% on the month, and the white metal trading below its level at the start of the year, it's easy to get discouraged.

Here's why prices are falling, and why we're still bullish...

Silver Prices This Week Trade Sideways on Speculator Shorts

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Silver prices this week have been slow and steady, continuing an uneventful August during which the white metal has traded in a narrow range.

However, while silver is likely to recoup from its recently slow trading in July, it most likely won't see a prolonged rally anytime soon because the big drivers simply aren't there.

Here's why for silver, things are going to get worse before they get better...

Here's What the New Silver Price Fix Means for Prices

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The much-maligned London silver price fix is out after 117 years, and the new London Bullion Market Association silver price is in.

And market observers are hoping that this new procedure for setting the silver price global benchmark will bring some much needed transparency to the process.

Silver pricing could definitely stand to gain from more transparency, following a century-old mechanism that involved three banks negotiating prices in secret.

Here’s how the new procedure will operate…

Want to Know Where August Silver Prices Are Headed? Watch the Speculators

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Silver prices have been sensitive to activities in the futures markets, with prices moving almost perfectly opposite to the amount of short contracts speculators hold.

This week, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission released data that shows that silver contracts are mounting coming off weekly lows.

Here’s what that will do to August silver prices, and when to expect bigger advances.

Silver Price Forecast: Metal to Gain Ground in August on These Factors

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Silver's 3% drop in July was to be expected, given it was coming off an unsustainable and unprecedented June rally.

But now that the traders have taken their profits and the white metal is moving into a month that has in recent history produced impressive gains for silver, we could be on the cusp of a bull run to $24.

Here’s our new silver price forecast...

Silver Prices Down in July After June Rally

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Silver prices are likely to end down today, rounding out a month where the white metal has tallied 3% in losses.

This is after silver rode a June rally to three-month highs and sustained six weeks of gains. See what caused June's bull run to fizzle out, and why silver began to slide this month.

Silver Price to Keep Rising on Safe-Haven Demand

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The silver price was modestly higher Friday amid mounting geopolitical tensions that have stoked bullish options activity.

In early afternoon trading, spot silver was last up $0.03, or 0.15%, at 19.78 an ounce. The metal traded as low as $19.57 and as high as $19.92 in another volatile session.

The white metal went on a rollercoaster ride Thursday, but here's why silver's in the bulls' corner moving forward...

Silver Prices Move Higher Amid Stock Market Sell-Off, Dovish Fed

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Silver prices spiked some 2%, or $0.51, to $20.49 an ounce intraday Thursday before closing the session up $0.37 to $20.14 an ounce.
The gains came as the U.S. stock markets sold off sharply. Stocks sank even after the Labor Department reported U.S. weekly jobless claims dropped to a seven-year low, a sign of ongoing recovery in the labor market and the economy.

But what we care about is the big picture.

Here's what's ahead for silver...

Investing in Silver: Singapore Supplier Opens Vault on Soaring Demand

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Amid frenzied demand to buy and store silver, a Singapore retail supplier of coins and bars opened a new 600-metric-ton vault on Monday.

The sizable Silver Bullion Pte. Ltd. storage facility can hold some $390 million worth of silver (at Friday's prices of $20.33 per ounce). Known as The Safe House, the new facility is located west of Changi International Airport. At present, it keeps some 37 tons of silver, mostly for its retail clients, behind a secure 2.5-ton stainless door.

Here's what that means for investing in silver...

Silver Prices Today Show Long-Term Profit Potential

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Buoyed in early trading by a flight to safety amid simmering turmoil between Ukraine and Russia, silver prices today are showing signs of life.

In morning trading Friday, the price of silver rose $0.62, or 2.44%, at $21.89 an ounce. While the white metal slipped $0.148 Thursday to finish the session at $21.25 an ounce, the dip came on mild profit taking. Silver had a stellar showing Wednesday, ending up 2.66%, or $0.55, at $21.33.

Here's why this is an important catalyst for higher silver prices over the week...

Silver Prices Today: Expect Continuing Rally in Coming Months


Even though silver prices today (Friday) are down a relatively flat 0.59%, they're up more than 10% so far in February, and the rally won't end here.

This is where silver prices are heading in early 2014 - and how they're getting there...

Silver Prices Today Have Ben Bernanke to Thank

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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.

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Silver Prices Today Riding Higher on these Four Trends

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Silver prices today touched the highest level since May. With all the market “crash talk” going on, here are four reasons to bet on silver now. Read more...

Why Silver and Gold Prices Are Falling


Metals started the week in the red, leading investors to ask why silver and gold prices are falling today. Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani joined FOX Business' "Varney & Co." to answer that question.

He told host Stuart Varney about the big trading move that pushed metals down today. He also explained why he would keep buying gold.

Shah also recommended a stock that pays a 10% dividend yield and says the stock will be "safe" as long as the housing market remains stable.

Hear Shah's recommendation and his thoughts on why silver and gold prices are falling in the following video.

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