Silver Futures at the Crossroads

Is this a good place to sell silver or is this just a bounce/short covering?

After a long period of declining prices we finally saw a significant bounce on silver futures over these past couple of weeks. The question I ask myself is: Is this a good place to sell, is this just a bounce/short covering and the trend lower will resume?


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Is this rally a beginning of a breakout to the upside and trend reversal?

Only time will provide the correct answer but until then I think the following two strategies are worth looking at:

1.  Sell futures right around the $17 level and place a stop on the short along with another stop to go long if market breaks above $17.30 (see chart below).
2.  Sell call option premium on rallies and sell put option premium on sell offs as we take the assumption that the market will be trading between $16 and $18 for the next few weeks. Selling premium is a dangerous strategy with unlimited risk.

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As I don’t see any major changes in the fundamental picture for silver, I like to use the chart and technical studies in an attempt to come up with a good risk-reward trade.

Silver Daily continuation chart (Heikin-Ashi) – current front month for silver futures is May.

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About  Ilan Levy-Mayer

Ilan Levy-Mayer has been a commodities broker for over 16 years, and holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Ilan is currently the vice president and a senior futures broker overseeing online future trading platforms and commodity futures trading systems at Cannon Trading Company.

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