Silver Falls on Demand Fears
Silver continues to show sharp swings. After gaining 4.3% last week, silver has slumped this week, surrendering most of these gains. The metal has benefited from its status as a safe-haven asset, but it is also used as an industrial metal. This means that the economic chaos caused by the coronavirus has fueled concerns that weaker growth will reduce the demand for silver. For example, one industrial use of silver is in photovoltaic (PV), which is a key component in the manufacture of solar panels. China boasts the largest PV silver market in the world, and the coronavirus resulted in many PV factories having to close. The virus has also spread to South Korea, another industrial hub for silver.
Meanwhile, gold prices continue to move higher, as the safe-haven asset has attracted investors who are becoming increasingly alarmed as the coronavirus has now spread to Europe and the first confirmed case has been reported in the United States. Earlier in the week, gold touched $1689, its highest level since January 2013. It appears that the metal is poised to break above the lofty $1700 level.
Silver Technical Analysis
Silver continues to lose ground this week. The key line of 18.00 has switched to a resistance role, but it is a weak line. Above, we have resistance at 18.60, followed by 19.20.
On the downside, the 50-day EMA is situated at 17.81 and is touching the candlesticks. The next support line is at 17.50. The 200-EMA is at 17.10, followed immediately by the round number of 17.00.