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Thanks to the Fed, silver prices rallied last week and breached the $20 mark once again.
When the FOMC decided not raise rates, it accomplished a few things temporarily. Stocks rallied. Bonds rallied. Oil rallied. Silver prices rallied. And the dollar tanked, right on cue.
The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials, and the Nasdaq were all up dramatically on Wednesday (post-Fed) and Thursday. But on Friday, the hangover began to set in, with the major indices selling off.
The price of silver followed nearly exactly the same pattern, benefitting from dollar weakness, but then falling when the dollar regained strength Friday. Silver prices today (Monday) are down 0.5% in morning trading to $19.68.
It was an exciting week, but precious metals and the markets may now be looking farther ahead to the next possible rate hike before the year is out.
Here's a look back at how silver prices moved last week, plus where I see the price of silver per ounce heading from here…
Why Silver Prices Were So Volatile Last Week
Silver prices started out strong on Monday. Silver opened at $19.10, likely anticipating the Fed would not raise rates. Silver prices traded mostly sideways during the day and closed $19.12.
Tuesday was another slow day. Silver prices began trading at $19.13 and exhibited little volatility, closing at $19.20.
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But the volatility came very early the next day. The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) surged overnight and into the early morning, peaking near 96.40. But it quickly sold off and got pushed further down when official news came of the Fed's delayed rate hike. The price of silver rose to $19.40 before the open, hit $19.47 by 8:00 a.m., then $19.61 by 10:00 a.m. When the official statement from the Fed was released, silver prices popped higher to $19.72. Silver kept climbing into the close, reaching $19.81.
For its part, the DXY dropped that whole day, bottoming on Thursday around 95.07. That's a huge swing downward that lit a fire under silver prices. Silver rose in early morning trading and opened at $19.80. It then twice touched the psychological ceiling of $20, but it couldn't maintain that level. Silver closed Thursday at $19.84.
On Friday, silver backed off a little further, thanks mainly to dollar strength. Silver opened at $19.87 before falling to $19.65 by late afternoon.
Here's the DXY action of the past trading week.
So where are silver prices headed next? Here's what I see moving silver prices for the rest of the year…
Where Silver Prices Are Headed Now
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Peter Krauth is the Resource Specialist for Money Map Press and has contributed some of the most popular and highly regarded investing articles on Money Morning. Peter is headquartered in resource-rich Canada, but he travels around the world to dig up the very best profit opportunity, whether it's in gold, silver, oil, coal, or even potash.