EDITOR NOTE: If you checked the value of your silver coins and bars this morning, you probably noticed the surge in your silver holdings--a massive short squeeze that pushed positive volatility to 11-year highs (the price of silver itself gapping up 11% as well). The move might have been well-coordinated and targeted, but judging by the flow of Reddit communications, it was clearly amorphous and the outcome of swarm activity. For instance, many stock traders didn’t want to raid the metals market. But cryptocurrency and metals traders saw silver as a market ripe for a targeted move against hedge funds, banks, and other financial institutions suppressing the grey metal. It’s evident that we’re witnessing both a reckoning and a monetary revolt en masse--a movement catalyzed by investors who are fed up with the artificial suppression initiated by the Wall Street elite.
Futures contracts for silver surged higher early Monday morning as the Reddit-fueled boom in highly shorted stocks appears to be spilling over into the metals market.
Spot silver prices jumped 10.4% to $29.70 an ounce shortly before 8:30 a.m. ET.. If this holds, it would be the biggest one-day pop in silver on NYMEX since a 13% spike in March 2009. The metal briefly hit $30.03 to register its highest level since Feb. 2013 before paring some of its gains.
The sharp move higher reflected the biggest move for silver futures since at least 2013 and extended gains for silver and silver-related equities late last week.
The iShares Silver Trust, an ETF that retail investors can easily buy that seeks to track the price of silver, jumped more than 9% in premarket trading. It popped 6% last week.
The spike in demand for silver appears to be related to retail traders in the Reddit forum WallStreetBets, which has helped drive trading activity in heavily shorted stocks like GameStop and AMC Entertainment in recent weeks.
The forum had multiple active threads dedicated to silver on Sunday night, and the phrase ”#silversqueeze” was also trending on Twitter.
The silver discussion on Reddit was not all in favor of buying the metal and related equities, with some users arguing that the “silver squeeze” was an attempt to distract from the trading in GameStop and others. Other posts were in favor of bidding up silver, and one user referenced the Hunt brothers’ attempt to corner the silver market in 1980.
The move in silver was touted by investors who are bullish on cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, which see the new digital assets in part as replacements for traditional metals.
Cameron Winklevoss, co-founder of cryptocurrency firm Gemini, said on twitter that, “The ramifications of a #silversqueeze cannot be underestimated. If it’s exposed that there are more paper claims on silver than actual silver, not only would payoff be enormous, but gold would be next. #Bitcoin fixes this.”
The ramifications of a #silversqueeze cannot be underestimated. If it’s exposed that there are more paper claims on silver than actual silver, not only would payoff be enormous, but gold would be next. #Bitcoin fixes this.
— Cameron Winklevoss (@cameron) January 31, 2021
The dramatic spikes in GameStop and other heavily shorted stocks were due in part to a short squeeze, which is a phenomenon where investors who have bet against a stock are forced to buy shares to cover their positions as the name moves higher.
Melvin Capital, one of the hedge funds that originally had short positions in GameStop, lost 53% in January.
There were more than 4 million shares of the ETFMG Prime Junior Silver Miners ETF traded on Thursday and Friday, compared with a three-month average volume of 1.56 million, according to Stephen Gardner, the firm’s director of sales.
Gardner said the metal was already rising recently due to continued fiscal stimulus and that Reddit traders were targeting it because banks are typically net short on silver.
Originally posted on CNBC