White metal silver has witnessed roller coaster ride as decline in greenback and increase in industrial demand to assisted its prices. Overall its prices can take support near 68000 -69000 and can face resistance near 78500-79000 in near to medium term.
Overview and Outlook
White metal silver has witnessed roller coaster ride as it rose swiftly higher in beginning of October from nearly 66000 to above 77800 in last week of November 2023 aided by decline in greenback and increase in industrial demand .But in first week of December prices witnessed sharp pullback towards 72000 thereafter stabilizing near 74000 levels. Meanwhile expectations that the Fed will start cutting rates, along with the expectation of a weaker US dollar should see investment demand return, following strong ETF outflows in near term. Stronger investment demand, combined with a continuation of central bank buying can be bullish for silver prices. Silver Industrial demand is expected to grow 8% to a record 632 million ounces (Moz) in 2023. Key drivers behind this performance include investment in photovoltaics, power grid and 5G networks, growth in consumer electronics, and rising vehicle output. Overall its prices can take support near 68000 -69000 and can face resistance near 78500-79000 in near to medium term.
Factors impacting Silver prices
Movement in Dollar index:
The dollar index has seen sharp fall in past two months as it fell from 106.98 to below 102 thereby assisting silver prices. The anticipation of rate cuts by the Federal Reserve, highlighted by the market’s expectation of easing as soon as March, places downward pressure on the dollar. Additionally, the dovish stance of other major central banks, including the ECB and the Bank of England, further contributes to this sentiment. In medium term dollar index can move in range of 99-105.
Key highlights of recent Fed meeting
The US Federal Reserve opted to maintain its key interest rate for the third consecutive time on December 13, laying the groundwork for anticipated multiple cuts in 2024 and beyond. The Fed’s policymakers also signaled that they expect to make three quarter-point cuts to their benchmark interest rate next year, fewer than the five envisioned by financial markets and some economists. The relatively few numbers of rate cuts forecast for 2024, which may not begin until the second half of the year suggest that the officials think high borrowing rates will still be needed for most of next year to further slow spending and inflation.
Global total silver demand
Globally, total silver demand is forecast to ease by 10% to reach 1.14 billion ounces in 2023. Gains in industrial applications will be offset by losses in all other key segments. Silver jewelry and silverware demand is set to fall by 22% and 47%, respectively, to 182 Moz and 39 Moz this year. For both, losses are led by India, where full-year demand is expected to normalize after a surge in 2022. Excluding India, global jewelry demand is expected to edge slightly higher in 2023, while silverware will fall by a notably smaller 12%.
Surge in industrial demand of silver
The boost in silver largely comes from the industrial demand, especially from China. Though both gold and silver are considered safe-haven assets, silver is more of an industrial metal recently. Almost 60 per cent of global consumption of silver is accounted for industrial usage and the rest is for investment purposes. Silver has been a valuable commodity for centuries, prized for its beauty, durability, and versatility. It has been used in coins, jewellery, and various industrial applications such as electronics, medicine, and photography. However, in recent years, new demand areas for silver have emerged driven by advances in technology and changes in consumer behavior. Silver is currently largely used in the areas of renewable energy such as solar and wind power. As per Silver Institute data, silver demand from the photovoltaic sector climbed 15 percent last year and is likely to surge 28 percent this year. Silver demand from this sector has been three times higher than its 2015 levels.
Demand from Electric vehicles
In past few years there has been increase in usage of electric vehicles that are environment friendly and creates less pollution. The global shift towards electric vehicles is another significant driver of silver consumption. The commodity is used in the production of EV batteries and the production of electrical contacts and switches which are essential components of electric vehicles. Electric cars depend heavily on silver. Each EV contains between 25 and 50 grams of silver, depending on the model, and hybrid cars use 18 to 34 grams of silver. Overall, the automotive sector uses 55 million ounces of silver annually, and by 2025, that amount is anticipated to increase to 90 million ounces. The demand for silver in the automotive industry, and for the creation of renewable energy, will only increase, which will inevitably drive the silver market’s growth.
Weekly Chart of Silver (COMEX)
COMEX Silver prices have seen volatile movement in 2023 as it moved in range of $18-26.5 range. On weekly charts prices are above 10 and 20 day and 50 day moving average. In near to medium term prices can take support near $19.80-20.80 and resistance near $26.5-28.5.
Weekly Chart of Silver (MCX)
Silver prices in MCX have seen volatile movement in the year 2023 as it moved in wide range of 58000-78000 range. On weekly charts prices are above 10 and 20 day and 50 day moving average. Overall its prices can take support near 68000 -69000 and can face resistance near 78500-79000 in near to medium term.
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