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World’s Largest Primary Silver Miner Production Plunges

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Silver production at the world’s largest producer fell significantly in the first quarter of the year. Fresnillo PLC reported a decrease in silver production in Q1 2019 versus the same period last year, due to lower ore grades and reduced volumes of processed ore at its Fresnillo Mine. Furthermore, while silver production fell the most at its Fresnillo Mine, the company also experienced declines at its Saucito and San Julian Mines. Total silver production at Fresnillo PLC dropped by 15% in the first quarter compared to the same quarter in 2018.

SWOT Analysis: Is Silver Poised For A Rebound?

The best performing metal this week was silver, down just 1.34 percent. Both gold and silver stabilized by Wednesday, after real yields surged about 9 basis points the first few days of the week, and then largely traded sideways the rest of the week. Despite the dollar the interest rates continued higher, but at a slower pace.

Incomplete silver COT analysis, revisited

In a blog post a week ago I discussed why silver’s Commitments of Traders (COT) situation was nowhere near as bullish as it had been portrayed in numerous articles over the preceding two months. This prompted some criticism that involves a misunderstanding of how I use the COT data. Before I address the criticism, a brief recap is in order.

Ira Epstein's Silver Report

On a close under 15.90, you might consider a purchase of a 14.00 Put. On a close over 16.25, consider a 19.00 Call. Once you enter, consider writing a further out of the money Put if you bought a Put or writing a further out of the money Call if you bought a Call. By doing so, you will cut down the amount of risk and cost of the original Put or Call while allowing participation via the breakout.

May 18: Gold and Silver Fall Roughly 2% on the Week

Gold fell $4.90 to $1286.10 at about 9AM ET before it bounced back to $1292.90 in the next couple of hours of trade and then pared back to about unchanged by midday, but it then edged back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.05%. Silver dipped down to $16.361 before it rallied back to $16.466, but it then edged back lower in the final minutes of trade and ended with a loss of 0.06%.

May 17: Gold and Silver Chop Near Unchanged

Gold saw slight gains in Asia before it dropped back to $1285.40 in London and then rebounded in New York, but it ended with a gain of just 0.05%. Silver chopped between $16.325 and $16.489 and ended with a gain of 0.43%.

May 16: Gold and Silver End Mixed

Gold gained $4.30 to $1296.80 in Asia before it dropped back to $1286.50 in London and then bounced back higher in New York, but it still ended with a loss of 0.16%. Silver edged up to $16.342 before it fell back to $16.187, but it then climbed to new session highs into the close and ended with a gain of 0.55%.

May 15: Gold and Silver Fall Roughly 1.5%

Gold fell $24.80 to $1288.70 by midafternoon in New York before it bounced back higher into the close, but it still ended with a loss of 1.6%. Silver slipped to as low as $16.204 and ended with a loss of 1.45%.

Silver’s Long Consolidation Looks Like a Launching Pad

The primary trend for gold and silver over the past year and a half has been the absence of any clear direction in prices. Metals markets have been stuck in consolidation mode. Yet for silver, in particular, that consolidation has formed a clear and potentially powerful pattern.

The Silver Coil Is Tightening

Is silver going to be making a big move sometime soon? The evidence is building that the answer to that question might be yes. Join Mike Maloney for this latest update on the silver market.

May 14: Gold and Silver Fall as Dollar Reverses Higher

Gold gained $3.40 to $1322.30 in Asia before it chopped back to $1318.10 in early New York trade and then bounced back higher at times, but it then fell back off again into the close and ended with a loss of 0.41%. Silver slipped to as low as $16.499 and ended with a loss of 0.9%.

Incomplete silver COT analysis

During March and April a number of articles appeared at precious-metals-focused web sites describing the silver market’s Commitments of Traders (COT) situation as extremely bullish. However, this unequivocally bullish interpretation overlooked aspects of the COT data that were bearish for silver. Taking all aspects of the data into consideration, my interpretation at the time (as presented in TSI commentaries) was that silver’s COT situation was neutral and that the setup for a large rally was not yet in place.

May 11: Gold and Silver End Slightly Higher on the Week

Gold gained $5.30 to $1325.90 at about 8AM EST before it drifted back lower in New York, but it ended with a loss of just 0.13%. Silver rose to as high as $16.828 and ended with a loss of 0.3%.

Market Report: Gold Still Underwritten At $1300

Gold and silver refuse to sink below their established lower consolidation levels, despite dollar strength. As can be seen in our headline chart, silver has enjoyed a decent bounce since 1 May, and gold has held firm at $1300, up 5% from the December low. Since last Friday, gold is up $8 in early European trade this morning (Friday) at $1323, having spiked down to as low as $1304 on Wednesday. Over the same time-scale, silver is up 23 cents on balance at $16.75.

May 10: Gold and Silver Gain Roughly 1%

Gold climbed $10.90 to $1322.70 by midmorning In New York before it pared back heading into midday, but it then rallied back higher in afternoon trade and ended with a gain of 0.67%. Silver rose to as high as $16.75 and ended with a gain of 1.39%.

May 9: Gold and Silver End Mixed

Gold fell $9.60 to $1304.80 in Asia before it climbed up to $1317.30 in late morning New York trade and then drifted back lower into the close, but it ended with a loss of just 0.2%. Silver dropped down to $16.354 before it rallied back to $16.616 and then also fell back off again, but it still ended with a gain of 0.01%.

May 8: Gold and Silver Close Slightly Higher

Gold saw slight gains in Asia before it fell back to $1306.10 by a little after 10AM EST, but it then rallied back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.01%. Silver rose to as high as $16.519 and ended with a gain of 0.06%.

Purchasing Power – In Silver

Exponential increases in debt, spending, and social programs have a limited lifetime in our finite world. If something cannot continue, it will stop. An ugly reset is inevitable. Silver prices rise as the dollar is devalued. When priced in silver ounces, most commodity prices are stable. When priced in silver, debt and paper assets have risen since 1913 when bankers paid congress to approve the Federal Reserve. Silver has been money and a common currency for thousands of years. Treasury notes and digital dollars have been important for a few decades. The distinction is important.

May 7: Gold and Silver Hold Near Unchanged

Gold gained $4.80 to $1318.80 in Asia before it fell back to $1310.30 by a little after 8AM EST, but it then bounced back higher in New York and ended with a gain of 0.02%. Silver chopped between $16.568 and $16.404 and ended with a loss of 0.18%.

May 4: Gold and Silver End Slightly Lower on the Week

Gold dipped $2.90 to $1308.50 in Asia before it jumped up to $1315.20 after this morning’s jobs report and then quickly dropped back to $1308.20, but it then rallied back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.2%. Silver chopped between $16.342 and $16.504 and ended with a gain of 0.49%.

Market Report: FOMC Minutes Mark The Low

This week, gold and silver traded lower ahead of the FOMC minutes released on Wednesday. As widely expected, there was no change in the target for the Fed Funds Rate, which will probably be raised a quarter point in June. Yesterday, precious metals began to recover their poise, improving from the lows of earlier in the week.

May 3: Gold and Silver Gain Before Jobs Day

Gold gained $13.50 to $1318.00 in London before it pared back in New York, but it still ended with a gain of 0.53%. Silver rose to as high as $16.583 and ended with a gain of 0.31%.

May 2: Gold Ends Slightly Lower While Silver Rises Over 1%

Gold gained $6.50 to $1311.60 in Asia before it dropped back to $1304.10 in midmorning New York trade and then jumped up to $1313.20 after the release of today’s fed statement, but it then sold back off into the close and ended with a loss of 0.05%. Silver rose to as high as $16.511 and ended with a gain of 1.24%.

May 1: Gold and Silver Fall Before Fed Day

Gold dropped $12.80 to $1301.90 in late morning New York trade before it bounced back higher into the close, but it still ended with a loss of 0.73%. Silver slipped to as low as $16.052 and ended with a loss of 0.86%.

April 30: Gold and Silver Fall Roughly 1%

Gold fell $13.40 to $1310.20 at about 10AM EST, but it then rallied back higher into the close and ended with a loss of just 0.67%. Silver slipped to as low as $16.198 and ended with a loss of 1.27%.

April 27: Gold and Silver Fall Almost 1% and 4% on the Week

Gold fell $1.90 to $1315.60 in Asia, but it then rallied back higher in London and New York and ended near its late session high of $1325.50 with a gain of 0.46%. Silver rose to as high as $16.564 and ended unchanged on the day.

Santacruz Silver Reports Malfunction in Tailings Dam Dewatering Pipe

Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. ("Santacruz" or the "Company") (SCZ.V) reports that during the weekend at its Rosario Mine in San Luis Potosi, Mexico , a pipeline connecting the Rosario Mine tailings impoundment to a secondary settling pond ruptured and as a consequence water and some tailings material were discharged outside of the tailings treatment system. The Company has notified all appropriate regulatory and governmental authorities.

Silver Market Morning

New York closed at $1,218.90 up $13.40 as the euro continued to fall. Gold retreated to $1,214.10 with the euro at $1.1866 ahead of London’s opening. The Fix saw the gold price set at $1,213.75 up $2.75 and in the euro, at €1,023.83 up €6.525 while the euro was another half of a cent weaker than yesterday at $1.1855. Ahead of New York’s opening gold was trading in London at $1,213.40 and in the euro at €1,024.61.

Fortuna Reports 2014 Record Production of 8.7 Million Silver Equivalent Ounces and Issues Guidance for 2015

Fortuna Silver Mines, Inc. (FSM)(FVI.TO)(FVI)(F4S.F) is pleased to announce 2014 production figures from its two underground operating silver mines located in Latin America, the San Jose Mine in Mexico and the Caylloma Mine in Peru. The company produced 6.6 million ounces of silver and 35.3 thousand ounces of gold or 8.7 million Ag Eq* ounces.

Silver Market Morning

New York closed at $1,258.50 up $30.50 as the euro continued tumbling. In Asia and early London the gold price lifted to $1,260.20 with the euro 1.3 cents down at $1.1625. The Fix saw the gold price set at $1,258.25 up $23.00 and in the euro, at €1,082.366 up €26.96 while the euro was ¾ of a cent weaker at $1.1625. Ahead of New York’s opening gold was trading in London at $1,258.00 and in the euro at €1,084.48.

Silver Market Morning

Gold Today –New York closed at $1,275 up $16.50 as the euro continued to slide. In Asia and early London the gold price held that level with the euro 0.75 cents down at $1.1562. The Fix saw the gold price set at $1,275.50 up $17.25 and in the euro, at €1,099.853 up €17.49, while the euro was 1/4 of a cent weaker at $1.1597. Ahead of New York’s opening gold was trading in London at $1,277.00 and in the euro at €1,101.15.

Fortuna Intercepts 1,282 g/t Ag and 8.1 g/t Au Over 4.6 Meters in Trinidad North Step-Out Drilling at San Jose Mine, Mexico

The new drill results confirm that the Bonanza and Trinidad veins and the structurally and spatially related Trinidad North Stockwork Zone all remain open to the north and to depth along the strike and plunge of the ore shoots.

Silver Stocks Will Rule In 2015

Bank economists and bearish gold gurus continue to err, on their gold price predictions. The huge declines they promised in 2014 on the taper never materialized. They promised that 2015 would bring much lower prices. Instead, gold has already rallied strongly, as I told the gold community it would, because of the bullish news that consistently emanates from Asia.

Exponential Explosions in Debt, the S&P, Crude Oil, Silver and Consumer Prices

In 1913 the US national debt was less than $3 Billion, gold was real money, and a cup of coffee cost a nickel. By 2015 the US national debt had increased to over $18,000,000,000,000 ($18 Trillion), the gold standard was called a “barbarous relic,” most currencies had devolved into fiat paper and digital symbols backed by insolvent governments, and a Grande soy cinnamon latte, double pump, triple shot, extra hot, with sprinkles cost about five bucks.

February 13: Gold and Silver End Mixed on the Week

Gold climbed $9.18 to $1231.18 in Asia before it fell back to $1223.30 in London, but it then climbed to a new session high of $1234.85 in New York and ended with a gain of 0.53%. Silver rose to as high as $17.44 and ended with a gain of 2.55%.

SilverCrest Appoints Vice President, Corporate Communications

Mr. Rapsch has more than nine years of investor relations and corporate communications experience. The past three and a half years have been within the mining industry at SilverCrest, where he has been responsible for implementation, management and execution of all marketing and investor relations related programs, including but not limited to outreach programs to retail and institutional investors across North America and Europe.

SilverCrest Announces New Discovery at Ermitaño El Durazno Target

SilverCrest Mines Inc. (the “Company” or “SilverCrest”) is pleased to announce initial results of exploration drilling at the El Durazno Target within the 100% held Ermitaño I concession in Sonora, Mexico. Nine (9) shallow drill holes, totalling an estimated 2,656 metres have been completed. The objective was to initially drill test surface mineralization for potential open pit targets. El Durazno is the first of several targets identified by surface work to be drilled in the Ermitaño I & II and Cumobabi concessions. Please refer to news releases dated January 14, 2014 and November 18, 2014 on the Company’s website at www.silvercrestmines.com for more information.

Market Report: Mid-week sell-off

In last Friday's Market Update I commented that it is easy for bullion banks with deep pockets to move markets and change sentiment.

February 20: Gold and Silver Fall Over 2% and 6% on the Week

Gold dipped down to $1201.64 in late Asian trade before it bounced back to $1214.54 in London, but it then fell to a new 7 week low of $1198.52 in New York and ended with a loss of 0.53%. Silver slipped to as low as $16.191 and ended with a loss of 0.98%.

February 25: Gold and Silver Gain With Oil

Gold climbed $11.68 to $1211.88 in Asia before it fell back to $1201.17 in early afternoon New York trade, but it then bounced back higher into the close and ended with a gain of 0.37%. Silver rose to as high as $16.733 and ended with a gain of 1.79%.

SilverCrest President to Take Leave of Absence

SilverCrest Mines Inc. ("SilverCrest" or the "Company") announced today that N. Eric Fier, President and Chief Operating Officer, has taken a partial leave of absence to deal with certain matters of personal health. Dunham L. Craig, Director, has been appointed Interim President and will assume the President's responsibilities on a temporary basis until further stages of a succession plan developed by the Board of Directors can be implemented.

Fortuna to Release 2014 Yearend Financial Results on March 12, 2015; Conference Call at 12 p.m. Eastern on March 13, 2015

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (FVI.TO)(FSM) announces that it will release its financial statements and MD&A for 2014 after the market closes on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

SilverCrest to Release 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Financial Results on an Amended Date, March 25, 2015

The Company’s audited 2014 fourth quarter and year-end financial results are now scheduled to be released after market closes on Wednesday March 25, 2015. SilverCrest will be holding a conference call to discuss these results on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST).

March 5: Gold and Silver End Near Unchanged Before Jobs Day

Gold dipped $1.43 to $1197.97 in London before it rallied back to $1209.48 at about 10:40AM EST and then drifted back lower in the next few hours of trade, but it then bounced back higher in early afternoon trade and ended with a loss of just 0.12%. Silver rose to as high as $16.362 and ended with a gain of 0.19%.

Fortuna Updates Reserves and Resources: Silver Contained in Reserves Increases 14% Year-Over-Year

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Mar 10, 2015) - Fortuna Silver Mines, Inc. (FSM) (FVI.TO) is pleased to report updated Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource estimates as of December 31, 2014 for the Caylloma Mine located in Arequipa, Peru and for the San Jose Mine located in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Fortuna Reports Consolidated Financial Results for 2014

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (FSM)(FVI.TO) today reported revenue of $174.0 million, net income of $15.6 million and cash generated from operations before changes in working capital of $59.8 million in 2014.

Fourth Quarter and Year End 2014 Financial Results to be Released on March 23, 2015

Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM: TSX.V, ASM: NYSE - MKT; "Avino" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that its fourth quarter and year end 2014 financial results will be released before market on Monday, March 23, 2015.

Is the tide turning for Precious Metals?

Has the tide begun to turn for the precious metals, notably silver and gold? In our view the turn began last year and if pressed to pinpoint one event, it would be following the failure of the Swiss referendum when the SNB de-pegged the franc from the euro. The Swiss National Bank was frustrated with the continued depreciation of the Euro. This had as much to do with sentiment as it did with the SNB clearing seeing the Euro might be going the way of the Rentenmark.

What’s Wrong With Silver?

Silver prices are largely set on the COMEX futures – paper silver. A company can post the margin and sell short thousands of contracts with no actual metal available thereby creating artificial supply. The reverse occurs when some company buys thousands of contracts. It is a paper game, but unfortunately it has tremendous influence on the price of real silver.

Is the tide turning for Precious Metals? Part II

In our new book The Silver Manifesto, David Morgan and I not only discuss the debt bomb waiting to explode in most every western world economy but also the fact that the Fed will NEVER willingly hike interest rates by any material degree because (i) the monetary policy in place isn’t conducive to economic growth, instead promoting vast misallocations of capital and (ii) because the U.S. economy is a debt based economy which needs constant debt financing, the Fed would never hike interest rates as the cost of servicing the interest on newly acquired debt would spiral out of control, thereby causing deficit spending to go through the roof. Substantially higher deficit spending would necessarily require even more debt accumulation and the cycle would repeat itself.

Santacruz Silver Rosario Mine Resumes Operations

Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. ("Santacruz" or the "Company") (SCZ.V) is pleased to announce that the Company has received approval from PROFEPA and SEMARNAT (Mexico´s environmental regulatory authorities) to resume operations at its Rosario Mine, located near Charcas, San Luis Potosi.

Gold Triangle Reality Check

Gold And Silver Seasonal Trends

Mexico's Silver Mines Shine

Chart to keep an eye on - Silver

April 25: Gold and Silver End Mixed

Gold waffled near unchanged in Asia and London and edged up to $1644.30 at about 9:15AM EST before it dropped to as low as $1625.25 immediately after today’s fed statement, but it then climbed to as high as $1646.20 in afternoon trade and ended with a gain of 0.16%. Silver slipped to as low as $29.98 before it also recovered, but it still ended with a loss of 0.29%.

COMEX Silver Inventory Update

Silver Market Morning

New York closed at $1,638.70. Asia then took the price down to $1,627 early in London’s morning. The euro remarkably has held above €1: $1.30 at €1: $1.3032 leaving gold in the euro at €1,248.47 down €10 on yesterday. The Fixing in London today was set at $1,627.00 and in the euro at €1,250.769. Ahead of New York’s opening it continued to slip to stood at $1,625.00 and in the euro, which also continued to slip, €1,249.66 while the euro was at €1: $1.3003.

South American Silver Corp. Announces Final Closing of $16 Million Financing with Asian based High Technology Groups

South American Silver Corp.(TSX: SAC, US OTC: SOHAF) is pleased to announce that it has closed the final tranche of $9.6 million, of its $16 million private placement Offering (the "Offering") of 10 million Units of the Company announced 16 April 2012. The offering was priced at $1.60 per Unit, which represented a 6% premium to the 5 day volume weighted average trading price of the Company's common shares at the time the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") accepted notice of the transaction.

COMEX Silver Inventory Update

Silver Market Morning

New York closed at $1,606.80. Asia and London then took the price down to $1,585 early in London’s morning. The euro fell below €1: $1.30 to €1: $1.2971 leaving gold in the euro at €1,221.96 down €27 on yesterday. The Fixing in London today was set at $1,585.50 down $42 and in the euro at €1,221.37 down 2€8. Ahead of New York’s opening it continued to slip to stood at $1,585.81 and in the euro, which also continued to slip, €1,222.68 while the euro was at €1: $1.2970.

Silver Market Morning

New York closed at $1,591.00. Asia lifted the price up to $1,594 early in London’s morning. The euro stood at €1: $1.2965 leaving gold in the euro at €1,229.46. The Fixing in London today was set at $1,590.00 up $8 and in the euro at €1,228.368 up €7. Ahead of New York’s opening it started to slip again and stood at $1,587.65 and in the euro, which also continued to slip, €1,227.41 while the euro was at €1: $1.2935.

The Power of Relative Value & the Silver Market! WOW!

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Silver Wheaton Reports a Strong Start to 2012 with Record Quarterly Revenues of US$200 Million

"Solid operating performance from across our portfolio of mines led to a strong start in 2012," said Randy Smallwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Wheaton. "We achieved record quarterly revenues, and are on target to attaining our annual production guidance of 27 million silver equivalent ounces. With continued positive progress at our world-class cornerstone assets, including the Peñasquito and Pascua-Lama mines, Silver Wheaton retains one of the strongest growth profiles in the sector."