According to industry sources "Barclays Global Investors is applying to list 13 million shares backed by 129 million ounces of silver in an arrangement similar to that for the streetTRACKS Gold Trust shares. Under this structure, silver will be held in the Bank's vaults and each share will represent 10 ounces of Silver." There is no question that this has been having a huge influence on the supply/demand balance for silver (taking as much as 21% of the annual production off the market). All informed investors are aware of these facts.
Silver prices have been outpacing gold since the middle of 2005 when Barclays originally applied to the SEC for a listing. (The Gold/Silver ratio has declined from 65 to 52).
With the imminent arrival of the ETF the upside market momentum is stretching the technical indicators to levels not seen in years. The monthly chart is generating upside exhaustion signals. In past examples, the condition can run for a week or so. The only occurrences have been:
The weekly chart is generating a signal as of this week. In the past thirty-five years there have only been eight sets of signals. The best buys occurred on a correction to the 89-week exponential moving average.
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