Bulls think it's time for silver to shine

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Silver has been basing out, and investors think it's going higher.

optionMONSTER's tracking systems detected a strong bullish tone in the iShares Silver exchange-traded fund. Put selling is the strongest theme as trades accept income now in return for betting that the recent lows will hold.

The September 27 puts mostly fetched $0.61 to $0.63. The September 26s traded for $0.31 and the September 25.50s brought in $0.21 to $0.22. More than 5,000 contracts traded at all three strikes.

Those investors are now on the hook to buy shares in the fund if it falls below the respective strike prices on expiration five weeks from now. The strategy often reflects a belief that a stock or ETF has established a bottom. Unlike buying shares outright, some traders prefer selling puts because it doesn't require any initial cash outlay. (See our Education Section.)

SLV rose 2.02 percent to $27.78 in early afternoon trading. It peaked around $36 in late February, fell as low as $26 in June and has been working its way higher since then. The fund has been consolidating above its 50-day moving average in the last two weeks, which could make some chart watchers expect a rally.

While put selling dominated the trade early in the session, activity is now shifting toward call buying, led by the January 2014 45s, the September 30s and the September 29s. Pete also cited bullish activity in SLV last week.

Overall option volume in the fund is almost triple the daily average so far today.

DISCLOSURE : I OWN AGQ, WHICH IS DOUBLE-LONG SLV



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