Silver Is Underperforming Gold

Source: Clive Maund for Streetwise Reports 10/22/2017

Technical analyst Clive Maund charts silver and discusses its relationship with gold.

Like gold, silver now appears to be completing an intermediate
Head-and-Shoulders top within a much larger and very bullish
Head-and-Shoulders bottom pattern. Both these Head-and-Shoulders tops
are related to the Head-and-Shoulders bottom completing in the dollar
index, that we look at in the parallel Gold Market update.

On silver’s latest 6-month chart we can see how the gap breakout out of
the small Falling Wedge downtrend over a week ago did not lead to follow
through, and instead the price has moved to complete the Right Shoulder
of the now clearly discernable Head-and-Shoulders top that has been
forming since the beginning of August. It should now descend to the
“neckline” of the pattern before proceeding to break down below it and
drop into the broad band of support shown as the dollar index ascends to
its target in the 97 area, where silver should bottom out and turn up
again as the dollar reverses to the downside having hit its target.

Although silver’s recent COT charts cannot be described as bullish, they
have looked better than those for gold, but this past week, unlike
gold’s, they took a turn for the worse. There is plenty of room for
improvement here, which will be occasioned by silver breaking lower and
dropping to the $16 area on a dollar rally.

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Like gold, silver is marking out a giant Head-and-Shoulders bottom
pattern, but in silver’s case it is downsloping as we can see on its
8-year chart below, which reflects the fact that silver tends to
underperform gold at the end of sector bear markets and during the early
stages of sector bull markets. Prolonged underperformance by silver is
therefore a sign of a bottom. This chart really does show how unloved
silver is right now, but although the price has drifted slightly lower
over the past several years, volume indicators have improved, especially
this year, a positive sign. A break above the neckline of the pattern,
the black line, will be a positive development, and more so a break
above the band of resistance approaching the 2016 highs. Once it gets
above this it will have to contend with a quite strong zone of
resistance roughly between $26 and $28. Over the short to medium-term,
however, as discussed above, silver is likely to first react back to the
$16 area on a dollar rally.

Clive Maund has been president of, a successful resource sector website, since its inception in 2003. He has 30 years’ experience in technical analysis and has worked for banks, commodity brokers and stockbrokers in the City of London. He holds a Diploma in Technical Analysis from the UK Society of Technical Analysts.

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