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  • Silver ETF, SLV, May Be Close To Another Leg Up 0 comments
    Jan 13, 2013 11:31 AM | about stocks: SLV

    Back in June 2012 iShares Silver Trust (NYSEARCA:SLV) ETF found long-term support at $25.34, completing a 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the internal uptrend, and stopping at the important 200 weekly exponential moving average (ema). That was a 47.6% correction off the $48.35 high reached in April 2011. A rally followed with the ETF rising above its long-term downtrend line. Resistance was subsequently found at $34.08 in October 2012, leading to a correction down to the recent low at $28.61.

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    SLV may now be close to continuing the uptrend begun off that June 2012 low. The downside correction off the $34.08 high completed a 61.8% Fibonacci retracement ($28.68) of the prior rally, and formed a bullish AB=CD pattern. For the past four weeks SLV has been testing support in the $28.61 price area and support has held. In addition, support of the long-term downtrend line has also been tested.

    Further weakening, down to the 78.6% retracement at $27.21, is likely if SLV sees a daily close below $28.61. Otherwise, signs of strengthening should lead to a second leg up in the uptrend off the weekly 200ema. After reaching an oversold level upward momentum is improving as seen in the daily RSI.

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    There are several target zones that can be watched. The first is from approximately $36.12 up to $37.46, and includes a number of Fibonacci levels, as well as the important peak from February 2012 at $36.44. The price structure of the long-term downtrend would be broken on a daily close above that peak giving further strength to a bullish long-term outlook. At $37.35 the second leg up would match the move in the first leg.

    The second target zone to watch is from $39.85 to $39.75. If reached SLV would have completed a 61.8% retracement ($39.56) of the full downtrend. Above there is another resistance zone around $42.73 to $43.43, consisting of the 161.8% projection of the first leg up and the 78.6% retracement level, respectively.

    Disclosure: I am long SLV.

    Stocks: SLV
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