THE HEADLINE: SILVER CHEAPEST TO GOLD IN 25 YEARS
MATASII SII ANALYSIS: HL Hecla Mining Company IDEA - March 5th 2017: HL has been in a sideways consolidation (Daily) since August 2016 after a significant run-up that saw the stock at least triple ($2-$6 +) in 2016. Current sideways movement can be bounded with technicals, offering some guidance for when the consolidation has ended. Solid orange lines offer breaks of significant technicals for consideration; orange dashed arrows offer some potential technical moves. There us also opportunity to take advantage of moves inside the current pattern: potentially coming up on support, a bounce may provide opportunities. Be careful of the technicals seen inside the pattern, they could provide support / resistance at any time.
Supporting Initial Chart:
- Silver is the cheapest to gold since 1993 - Spot silver has tumbled 17 percent this year to close at an almost three-year low,
- Decelerating global (most notably Chinese) economic growth has been curbing industrial demand for silver,
- Meanwhile gold has benefited somewhat from financial market volatility-inspired safe-haven appeal - amid tightening tightening financial conditions.
THE BREAKING NEWS STORY:
With decelerating global (most notably Chinese) economic growth curbing industrial demand for silver just as gold benefits from financial market volatility-inspired safe-haven appeal - amid tightening tightening financial conditions - Silver is the cheapest to gold since 1993 as slowing economic growth clouds the outlook for metals with industrial uses.
Spot silver has tumbled 17 percent this year to close at an almost three-year low on Monday, while gold’s lost less than 8 percent after turmoil in world equity markets boosted prices in October.
However, another commodity is rapidly losing value against silver in recent weeks...
Oil reached what appears to be some limit around 5 oz of silver per barrel in early October and has plummeted in value relative to silver since. Makes one wonder if there is some underlying petrodollar-peg that keeps oil trading between 2.5 and 5 ounces of silver per barrel?
And amid today's carnage, WTI gave up all its relative gains to gold for the year...
There has certainly been an odd 'peg' to Gold this year in yuan terms...until China briefly lost control in October...
But since President Trump was elected in Nov 2016, gold has been far more stable in Yuan terms than in dollars...
Indeed, as Goldman Sachs recently noted, post-November 2016 Swiss gold exports to China have become much more sensitive to both the dollar gold price and the CNY exchange rate.
The change in gold purchasing pattern coincided with the election of President Trump, who promised to get tough on China during his election campaign. Given that our economists don’t expect the US China trade tensions to go away anytime soon we would expect the CNY sensitivity of Chinese gold purchases to remain elevated.
As Goldman concluded, our Fear and Wealth framework suggests solid fundamentals for gold. A low and falling US unemployment rate combined with slowing growth and rising inflation should boost “fear” related DM gold demand. A rebound in EM dollar GDP increases their gold demand through the “wealth” channel. On top of this, rising geopolitical tensions create upside risk to central bank gold demand.