Silver Prices Near $27, Surge 8.9% in Week and 58.8% in 2010

November 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Weekly Silver UpdateU.S. silver prices surged 8.9 percent this week and settled at a fresh 30-year high for a second straight Friday.

The metal kicked into high gear Thursday, one day after the Federal Reserve announced new quantitative easing measures in an attempt to kick-start the American economy. Investors are betting that those measures will weaken the U.S. dollar and eventually spark inflation, making commodities like silver more attractive.

By Friday, silver prices not only finished at their highest level of the week, but at one point came 8.5 cents away from $27 an ounce.

Silver futures prices for December delivery rallied 70.5 cents, or 2.7 percent, to settle at $26.748 an ounce on the Comex in New York. Prices dipped twice in their closing this week, but were insignificant when compared to the other daily gains.

New York Silver Prices Daily Gains/Losses

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
-$0.012 $0.284 -$0.400 $1.607 $0.705


Silver rose $2.184 for the week, which followed last week’s increase of $1.446. Silver prices are up $9.90, or 58.8 percent in 2010.

"Silver is experiencing the kind of demand that marks historic bull markets. Gains of the extent that it is displaying are evidence of distressed shorts being mercilessly attacked by strong handed bulls," wrote Chris Mullen of "Keep in mind that these shorts are not weak-handed, having had their way with this market for many years but it is clear from the extent of the gains being produced that large, well-funded and determined buyers have come into the silver pit with a steely determination to engage their enemies. A large contingent of the silver bears are hemorrhaging seriously and are beginning to abandon the field."

The precious metal again outperformed gold, slashing the silver-to-gold ratio to 52.25. It took 55.27 ounces of silver to buy one ounce of gold last Friday.

London silver prices rallied as well. The silver Fix was at its highest point Friday, set at $26.14 an ounce for a weekly gain of $2.18, or 9.1 percent. Levels dipped slightly Tuesday, but marked increases throughout the rest of the week. Prices are now 53.9 percent higher this year based on the fixing of $16.99 an ounce on December 31, 2009.

A late rally lifted United States Mint Silver Eagle bullion coin sales to 3.51 million last month, resulting in their best ever October — a significant feat given the .999 fine silver coin series debuted back in 1986. The weekly gain of 805,000 easily topped last week’s performance. But more importantly, it cemented 2010 as the new Silver Eagle annual record holder. With nearly two months remaining in the year, sales have already reached 28,855,500 and have passed last year’s annual record record of 28,766,500.

The following table shows the latest U.S. Mint bullion silver coin figures:

2010 American Eagle Silver Coin Sales
  Prior Weekly Gain Current Weekly Gain November 2010 2010 Total
Bullion 1 oz 250,000 805,000 255,000 28,855,500


Bullion weekly price charts for New York and London follow:

New York Futures Precious Metal Prices

10/29/2010 1357.60 24.564 1707.10 645.10
11/5/2010 1397.70 26.748 1768.90 685.40


New York Futures Weekly Changes

Up Down % Change Gain/Loss
Silver X   8.9% $2.184
Gold X   3.0% $40.10
Platinum X   3.6% $61.80
Palladium X   6.2% $40.30


London Fix Precious Metal Prices

Gold Silver Platinum Palladium
10/29/2010 1336.75 1346.75 23.960 1683.00 1700.00 629.00 640.00
11/5/2010 1384.25 1395.00 26.140 1760.00 1764.00 678.00 687.00


London Weekly Bullion Changes

Up Down % Change Gain/Loss
Silver X   9.1% $2.18
Gold X   3.6% $48.25
Platinum X   3.8% $64.00
Palladium X   7.3% $47.00


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