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Where Have All the Silver Bulls Gone?


A week or so ago, silver was all the rage. The talk ranged from an inflation indicator, to the industrial usage to the outperformance to gold as key.

Then, last Friday, silver (and gold) tanked. Silver breached the 50-DMA but closed above it. Monday, it also declined, but not only held the 50-DMA but closed within an inside day to Friday's large candle.

The inside day is a common pattern where the range of a candle fits completely inside the range of the previous day. Furthermore, the pattern creates a digestion or consolidation area, creating clear points using the prior day's high or low to break out or down from.

Is this the cheap buy opportunity in silver for those who missed it in late November?

On the weekly chart, SLV is sitting on a weekly exponential moving average. On the monthly chart, it rallied right up to the Bollinger Band at 25.68 before retreating. Yet it is the daily chart that tells us exactly what to do.

The closing level on Friday was 23.51. Monday's high was 23.49. Friday's low was 22.74. That tells us that a move back over 23.51 gives bulls a low risk buy under 22.74. Meanwhile, the bears can sell under 22.74, anticipating the next support level to be touched at 21.05 area.

If we had to choose, we are still leaning towards to upside and will be watching carefully.

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  • S&P 500 (SPY): Inside day
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): Inside day. 209.77 high to clear. Support 200
  • Dow (DIA): Support 306.35
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): Watch the 10-DMA to hold at 312.95
  • KRE (Regional Banks): 58.47 2020 highs
  • SMH (Semiconductors): 221.79 support
  • IYT (Transportation): 221 must hold
  • IBB (Biotechnology): Inside day. 153 support
  • XRT (Retail): New all-time high close

Mish Schneider


Director of Trading Research and Education

Forrest Crist-Ruiz


Assistant Director of Trading Research and Education

Mish Schneider
About the author: serves as Director of Trading Education at MarketGauge.com. For nearly 20 years, MarketGauge.com has provided financial information and education to thousands of individuals, as well as to large financial institutions and publications such as Barron’s, Fidelity, ILX Systems, Thomson Reuters and Bank of America. In 2017, MarketWatch, owned by Dow Jones, named Mish one of the top 50 financial people to follow on Twitter. In 2018, Mish was the winner of the Top Stock Pick of the year for RealVision. Learn More
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