Today’s AM fix was USD 1,353.75, EUR 1,051.95 and GBP 890.86 per ounce.
Friday’s AM fix was USD 1,376.75, EUR 1,069.15 and GBP 903.62 per ounce.
Gold fell $22.20 on Friday to $1,364.90/oz and silver closed at $23.632.
Silver fell victim to heavy, concentrated selling overnight in thin, illiquid Asian trading. Silver was slammed by 10% and fell from $22.36/oz to $20.30/oz in just four minutes – from 23:05 GMT to 23:09 GMT.
Silver has recovered 7% of the price plummet and is now down 2.7% today at $21.60 an ounce.
Silver’s weakness may have contributed to gold falling 1% to $1,354/oz.
It is likely that the very aggressive selling in illiquid Asian markets overnight was by a large hedge fund or bank or a combination of hedge funds and banks with deep pockets. Reuters quoted an analyst at a Japanese bank who said that silver’s price falls were due to one “unidentified investor”.
Heavy concentrated selling likely led to stop loss orders being triggered at technical supports – particularly at the $22/oz level.
There is some confusion regarding pricing as different pricing feeds are showing different lows in spot silver. CNBC reports that at one point silver hit a low of $20.30, down 8.8% from the start of trade on Monday while Bloomberg report that silver for immediate delivery fell as much as 8.6% to $20.3395 an ounce.
The losses come after silver had fallen sharply last week. Silver futures for July delivery retreated 1.4% to $22.352 an ounce on the Comex Friday, extending the week’s decline to 5.5%, the biggest in a month.
Hedge-fund managers and other large speculators decreased their net-long position in New York silver futures last week, according to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) data.
Speculative long positions, or bets prices will rise, outnumbered short positions by 10,794 contracts on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, the Washington-based commission said in its Commitments of Traders report. Net-long positions fell by 2,857 contracts, or 21 percent, from a week earlier.
The gold-silver ratio is at its highest level since September 2010 with an ounce of gold currently buying 63 ounces of silver. That is twice as much as in April 2011, when silver was trading considerably higher.
This is silver’s lowest price since September 2010 which will lead to continuing and possibly increased demand for physical silver.
While speculators such as hedge funds have reduced long positions and increased their short positions, store of wealth physical demand remains robust internationally.
Premiums for coins and bars remain elevated and there continue to be delays in securing physical silver coins and bars in volume. These lower prices could exacerbate these supply issues as higher prices will be needed to increase supply.
Contrarian silver buyers are rubbing their hands with glee and will continue to accumulate physical silver coins and bars in expectations of silver surpassing the nominal record high of $50/oz in the coming months.
Further weakness may be seen today and this week but the long term outlook remains positive due to robust industrial, investment and most importantly store of value demand.
Nothing has changed regarding the very bullish fundamentals in the silver bullion market and we continue to expect silver to surpass its inflation adjusted high of $130/oz in the coming years.
Silver Plunges to Lowest Since 2010 as Gold Drops for Eighth Day – Bloomberg
Gold Bear Bets Reach Record – Bloomberg
South Africa’s NUM seeks 15-60% wage rises from gold producers – Reuters
Singapore’s Changi Airport Seeks Growth With Gold – Bloomberg
What’s Next For The Silver Price? – MoneyWeek