Silver Trades at 11-month Highs
"High-flying silver futures continued to trade at 11-month highs in Wednesday action due to industrial demand, while gold slipped after earlier tapping the closely watched $1,250 per ounce level.
Global economic recovery hopes are helping silver to gain ground on gold, a largely financial market-driven instrument used as a hedge and for other purposes. The gold/silver ratio has dropped to below 74, its lowest level since early November. Silver futures are up about 23% this year, outperforming gold’s 18% rise.
In early Wednesday trading, silver for May SIK6, +0.72% delivery advanced 4 cents, or 0.3%, to $17.02 an ounce on Comex. Silver earlier tickled $17.26 and is trading at its highest since late May, according to FactSet."