My recent position on silver was that it had become massively oversold.
That was a week ago, when the price of silver dropped from $14.65 to $13.97.
We've since learned that money managers almost doubled their net short silver futures position in the previous week. That strongly suggests that speculative shorting of silver from its latest high near $14.80 helped push the metal below $14.
But silver prices quickly recouped about half that loss in just a few days, suggesting that bargain hunters have stepped in, helping provide a price floor.
It gets better too.
The gold to silver ratio, one of the most important indicators we follow, just hit a multi-decade high. And when this has happened in the past, silver usually plays rapid catch-up to gold.
The extreme pessimism in silver is likely to help sow the seeds for a big silver price rally that could take many by surprise…
Why the Price of Silver Has Breakout Potential
The past week has seen the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) give back over 130 basis points, dropping from 97.5 to 96.2.
In that time, the price of silver ran up by over 3%. Stocks remained volatile, giving back most of their gains, while bonds benefited from buying as investors sought shelter. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note dropped from 3.16% to 3.06%.
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Here's a look at the dollar index's slide over the last week…
Meanwhile, silver prices dropped down to as low as $13.87 in early morning trading on Wednesday (Nov. 14). By 8 a.m., it had recovered to $13.97, soon retook the $14 level, and eventually closed at $14.65.
It was a round trip that likely shook out more weak hands, leaving still fewer silver holders with conviction.
Then on both Thursday (Nov. 15) and Friday (Nov. 16) silver gained steadily as the dollar weakened further. By Monday (Nov. 19), silver stayed in a narrow range from $14.35 to $14.40 despite the dollar and another stock sell-off.
I think this price action along with the gold to silver ratio I mentioned earlier bodes well for silver prices going forward.
But there's even more reason to be bullish on silver…
Why This Is Just the Start of a Silver Price Rally
About the Author
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.