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Silver: Profit Taking Ahead of NFP Seems Likely

Silver: Profit Taking Ahead of NFP Seems Likely

Alejandro Zambrano, Market Analyst

Silver prices have now reached our $14.90 target (mentioned here earlier this week).

With the NFP report on tap, I see it as fairly likely that short-term traders will book profits ahead of the report release as even a small beat to the 190k projected outcome (Bloomberg survey), may trigger a decline to $14.50. Such a decline would not end the downward trend and as such traders may opt to enter long on a pullback to the regions of $14.50. This scenario will hold provided the NFP outcome does not grossly beat its estimate. If it does, bullish traders will probably make a dive for the exit. The trend turns bearish on a break to $14.18.

On the other hand, if the NFP forecast was to fail to meet expectations, a break to the current high of 14.95 is likely, and in this scenario silver prices may reach $15.30 over the next week. However, with risk/reward ratio not favourable for new long positions after this week’s strong gains, caution is warranted.

As always, we take a look at gold prices, and they suggest silver should be trading at $15.47 as long as gold remains at or above $1158.

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--- Written by Alejandro Zambrano, Market Analyst for DailyFX.com

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