Silver price slips from 8-year high as investors book profits

Silver prices fell more than 2% on Tuesday as investors booked profits following a rally of as much as 11.2% to a near eight-year peak in the previous session.

FUNDAMENTALS

Spot silver was down 1.7% to $28.48 an ounce by 0039 GMT, having hit $30.03 on Monday, its highest since February 2013.

Silver prices rocketed as retail investors, egged on by messages on Reddit, pile into the market in an attempt to push up prices.

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is “closely monitoring” recent activity in silver markets, the agency’s acting chairman said on Monday, as last week’s volatility in securities markets spilled into trading of the precious metal.

CME Group Inc on Monday raised Comex 5000 Silver Futures margins by 17.9% to $16,500 per contract from $14,000 for February.

The retail investment frenzy in silver has left dealers from the United States to Singapore scrambling for bars and coins to meet demand.

Spot gold eased 0.2% to $1,856.86 per ounce. U.S. gold futures shed 0.3% to $1,858.60.

Top Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives filed a joint $1.9 trillion budget measure on Monday, in a step toward bypassing Republicans on COVID-19 relief before President Joe Biden met with Republican senators.

India slashed import duties on gold and silver on Monday in a surprise move that industry officials say could boost retail demand and curtail smuggling.

China’s gold consumption fell by almost a fifth in 2020, the China Gold Association said on Monday.

Platinum declined 1.4% at $1,111.80 and palladium shed 0.3% to $2,239.03.

DATA/EVENTS AHEAD (GMT)

0700 UK Nationwide house price Jan
0745 France CPI (EU Norm) Prelim YY Jan
1000 EU GDP Flash Prelim QQ, YY Q4
1200 Brazil Industrial Ouput MM, YY Dec

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