If there’s one word that captures the price of silver performance last week, it’s volatility.
Silver prices began the previous trading week on a softer note, then jumped as the U.S. dollar plunged. Shortly afterward, prices rapidly declined as the dollar regained strength.
But that dollar strength turned out to be temporary. U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s testimony wreaked havoc on both the dollar and the silver price during Wednesday’s session. However, after the market digested these inputs, the price of silver managed to close the week up 1.1% from the Monday, Feb. 13, open of $17.91.
Yellen’s talk of three possible 2017 interest rate hikes – combined with rising inflation data – pushed silver above $18 for the first time since Nov. 10.
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So what does that imply for silver prices going forward? I still think the metal has plenty more upside potential in 2017. In fact, my new silver price prediction shows the metal gaining at least 21.5% later this year.
First, let’s review the price of silver this past week…
Why the Price of Silver Jumped 1.1% Last Week
On Monday, Feb. 13, the silver price opened at $17.91. It quickly caved to selling pressure as the dollar climbed above 101. Silver settled at $17.80 for a loss of 0.6% on the day.
Silver prices saw sharp swings on Tuesday thanks to more movement in the dollar. They peaked near $18.02 in early morning trading in response to a softening dollar. But the greenback reversed and got stronger, dragging the price of silver down to $17.79 before noon. It eventually gained 0.7% to close at $17.92.
Here’s how silver trended during the Tuesday, Feb. 14, session…
Yellen’s testimony to the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday influenced the dollar and silver. Her teasing three 2017 rate hikes sent the dollar surging, which weighed down the price of silver.
But as you can see below, the dollar spike on Wednesday was only temporary…
The silver price weakened in the morning down to $17.79. But buyers got the upper hand once the U.S. Dollar Index peaked near 101.75. From there, silver prices gained 0.2% on the day to close out at $17.95.
On Thursday, Feb. 16, silver prices jumped higher once the market digested Yellen’s comments. Traders started to price in a weaker dollar as the effects of the rate hike statements briefly wore off. The price of silver logged a 0.6% gain and settled at $18.06.
Renewed strength in the dollar on Friday weighed silver prices down for most of the session. The metal opened lower $17.99 but pushed higher later in the day to close at $18.10. With that, silver posted a weekly gain of 1.1%.
There’s no doubting the importance of silver closing above the psychologically significant $18 level last week. That’s because the $18 mark is extremely close to silver’s 200-day moving average – an important indicator of where prices are headed this year.
Here’s our 2017 silver price forecast…
Our 2017 Price of Silver Forecast Shows Gains of 21.5%
If you check out the chart below, you’ll see how silver’s close above $18 is very close to its 200-day moving average of $17.94…
Silver’s 200-day moving average is the last 200 closing prices added together and divided by 200. When the silver price breaks above the average, it’s a signal that prices could trend higher over the long term.
Confirming this strength are two other silver price indicators – the relative strength index (RSI) and moving average convergence divergence (MACD). These represent overall strength in the silver market.
However, I’d like to caution investors at this juncture because silver could still experience resistance at its current price level. Just look at the price of silver’s performance since late December, which shows a blistering 13.7% gain.
On a technical basis, that’s unlikely to continue without a break. And right now, a temporary pullback in silver prices would make sense.
Fundamentally though, supply and demand dynamics will boost silver prices in 2017. Research firm Capital Economics says silver mine production declined about 2% in 2016. Its 2017 outlook expects an even larger decrease in output.
With that in mind, I think the silver price should still rise 5% from Friday’s close to $19 this quarter. After that, it could climb 21.5% toward $22 later in 2017.
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