Silver Could Rally 15% By Month End

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Includes: AGQ, DBS, DSLV, DULL, PSLV, SHNY, SIVR, SLV, SLVO, USLV, USV, ZSL
by: COT Signals

Summary

Processors are becoming willing buyers at $17 per ounce.

Speculators have been exiting the market in recent weeks.

Speculators usually miss the market's turns.

February is a strong month for silver futures.

Our second trade for February is in the March silver futures contract. We’ll be buying March silver futures late this week or early next week. We’ll place a protective stop loss order 2% below the entry price. This is $.34 per ounce if silver is trading at $17 per ounce. Thirty-four cents in the futures market equals a $1,700 move per contract in your trading account. Silver futures margin is currently $4,400. Our Monte Carlo analysis suggests an average trade (wins – losses) of $3,600.

*Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

The standard performance reports and graphs are posted below but first, consider the dynamics of the silver futures market over the last several years. The market has fallen by more than two-thirds since the 2011 high. This program did very well during silver’s rise. The most impressive thing to me is, how well it has performed through a 6+ year bear market.

This program is designed to capture a repeatedly bullish period during February. The math behind the training and learning forecasts the date, risk and holding period based on the market’s previous performance and the Commitment of Traders data. The program’s out of sample performance shows six of nine winning trades and a net profit of more than $9k since silver’s peak in 2011.

Choosing our opportunities has been the key to profitability on the long side of silver since the 2011 high.

Now, let’s look at the Commitment of Traders report and how we set up these trades. We are looking for commercial purchases heading into the forecasted period of strength. We’ve outlined the last three years on the weekly silver futures chart, below. You’ll see that the commercial silver processors purchase their raw materials ahead of the seasonal weakness. More importantly, you’ll see that their purchases are now coming with greater urgency. Their net position shows that they’re becoming increasingly long as the market prepares to push above $17.50 per ounce. The final key to the current trigger is the fact that the speculative traders have their smallest long position since June of 2014. The speculators are typically wrong at the market’s most important turns. Considering the abnormally bullish position the speculators usually carry, it appears likely that they’ll miss the next leg of the rally, only to be sucked in near the top where we hope to exit.

Strong commercial purchases typically precede February strength in the silver futures market.

Moving to the standard performance reports, remember that these are the result of out of sample testing protocols. These are not historical returns, and all hypothetical results can differ significantly from what’s expected. The following results suggest that if this is a winning trade, the market will rise towards $18 per ounce within the next couple of weeks.

Out of sample performance report for our seasonal silver futures strategy. *Past performance is no guarantee of future profitability.

Out of sample performance report for our seasonal silver futures strategy.
*Past performance is no guarantee of future profitability.

As always, we’ll close with our Monte Carlo testing. This is the equivalent of running 1,000 walk forward out of sample routines and summarizing the results. Remember that “Average Return” represents the average for a single trade in an annual strategy. Again, while rigorous, this is still hypothetical testing. As always, only true risk capital should be used.

All calculations based on $100,000 for easy calculation. *Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

All calculations based on $100,000 for easy calculation.
*Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, but may initiate a long position in MARCH SILVER FUTURES over the next 72 hours.