Last week, I asked if the price of silver's decline since the Fed rate hike had been enough. I believe it has, and it's a turning point for silver…
At the time, I suspected we were very close. After all, the metal had lost as much as 7.5% in just two and a half weeks. It seemed like the bottom should be near.
In the silver futures market, that bottom came on July 2. In the spot market, it came a few hours later, overnight into July 3. By then, it appears, anyone wanting out had sold.
The rally in the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) peaked a few days earlier at 95.4. But by last Thursday (July 5), when the Fed's June minutes were released, the greenback was already retreating.
The minutes revealed some Fed officials were concerned that raising rates too aggressively could cause the yield curve to invert.
Many FOMC members were also worried trade wars could stall economic growth. With that in mind, the odds of two more rate hikes in 2018 were further in doubt. Fewer hikes mean a less attractive dollar relative to other currencies, and so the dollar began selling off.
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So now, with the potential combination of a weakening dollar, a sentiment shift towards positive in silver, and seasonal tailwind, we could see the gray metal rally from here.
Silver Prices Finally Turned Around
Silver prices reached a bottom around 1 a.m. on Tuesday (July 3).
The DXY was still up near 94.9, but then rapidly sold down to trade near 94.6 most of that day. That weakness helped silver bottom and rally, opening at $15.93 then finally closing back at $16.
From there, silver would peak on Wednesday (July 4) at $16.13 around 3 a.m. before backing off to close at $16.06 on that shortened trading day. On Thursday before the open, silver backed down to $15.92 in anticipation of the Fed minutes but then rallied back even as the dollar gained.
The DXY hasn't managed to best its highs of 94.5 of that day, while silver ended trading sideways around the $16 level. Take a look…
Here's a look at the DXY for the past five trading days.
Then by early Monday (July 9), with the DXY initially selling off further to 93.75, silver prices managed to rally to $16.20 before dialing back to $16.10 as the DXY bounced back to 94 by 11 a.m.
But the dollar index would gain still more strength, peaking near 94.20, then settling closer to 94.10. The price of silver backed off and hovered near $16.08, where it finally closed.
But now that the price of silver has turned around, here's where I predict silver prices heading next…
My Latest Silver Price Forecast
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