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The Bullish Case for Silver and the Even More Bullish Case for Silver Stocks

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Silver mining stocks continue to show exceptional strength.

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My firm summarized our previous commentary on gold and the US presidential elections by stating that based on Friday's decline, it seems that the bottom in the precious metals sector might have just been reached (see Are the Elections the Key to the Short-Term Stock and Gold Price Swings?). Based on today's rally in gold and silver, it seems that it was really the case.

Before moving on to the silver market and its technical details, let's discuss the idea of verifying whether gold held in New York is as pure as it should be.

Recently, Germany's federal auditor told the Bundesbank to do spot checks to ensure the world's second-largest gold reserves really are safe in vaults in New York, London, and Paris. Germany holds much of its 3,400 tons of pure gold -- worth an estimated 143 billion euros (US$187 billion) -- with partner central banks abroad. There have been conspiracy theories and rumors claiming that Germany's gold bars may have been stolen or replaced.

Initially, the Bundesbank rejected the demand, arguing, "The scope of the checks that [the federal court of auditors] wants does not correspond to the usual practices among central banks. ...There are no doubts about the integrity and the reputation of these foreign depositories."

The Bundesbank has now agreed to fly 50 tons of the deposited gold from New York back to Germany every year where it will be melted down to test the overall purity before being re-cast into standard gold bars.

That sounds like a very reasonable thing to do, until you realize that it could be the best way to access otherwise virtually inaccessible gold bars. During the transport, melting and re-casting processes the overall purity could drop due to "technical reasons." Of course there is no proof that this would be used by the Powers That Be…

Some two-thirds of Germany's gold reserves, worth $190 billion, are being kept in the vaults of the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of France and the Bank of England since post-World War II, when Germany was concerned about a possible land war with the former Soviet Bloc.

One wonders if Germany's move to repatriate its gold reserves might make the financial markets even more nervous about the fate of the euro. Is the Bundesbank telling us what we already know -- that gold and silver are real money?

Let's now move on to today's technical part, which is dedicated entirely to silver and silver mining stocks, as we believe that these markets (especially the latter) provide exceptional investment opportunities. We'll start with the iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SLV) short-term chart (charts courtesy of http://stockcharts.com).



In the short-term SLV ETF chart, we have illustrated a declining trend channel. The declining resistance line was not broken last week, and the target area remains unchanged. There is one significant difference, however.

We have fine-tuned the cyclical turning points to better correspond to recent tops and bottoms. It seems likely that this will improve the accuracy of future market calls and we should begin to see the fruits of our labor in a week or so, as this is where the next cyclical turning point is located.
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