Pros Prep for a Silver Pullback That Might not Materialize

The iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEArca: SLV ) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares ETF (NYSEArca: SIVR ) are each up about 13% over the past 90 days. Silver's rapid rally and quick, large gains for the aforementioned exchange traded funds (ETFs) are among the catalysts prompting professional speculators to bet against the white metal.

While a near-term pullback could be in order, the depth of such remains in question. With the dollar faltering and precious metals commodities surging, a silver retreat could prove to be shallow and unsatisfying for those betting on that event.

Silver and other precious metals enjoyed safe-haven demand as the equities market plunged into a correction. The metal also maintained its momentum as the Federal Reserve lowered its interest rate outlook to only two hikes this year from a previously expected four rate hikes. Additionally, with the dovish Fed stance, the U.S. dollar weakened, which made USD-denominated silver cheaper for foreign buyers and a better store of value for U.S. investors.

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Looking ahead, the ongoing negative interest rate environment, with European and Japanese central banks cutting benchmark rates deeper into the red to promote growth, could push investors toward precious metals as a more stable store of wealth.

"Specifically, as of Tuesday, April 26, commercial hedgers held a net short position of 91,302 silver futures contracts. Since the CFTC began reporting the Commitment Of Traders' data in 1986, that is their largest net short position on record. Of course, on the other side of that position, we find the non-commercial speculators holding a record net long position of 78,773 contracts," according to See It Market.

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Risk-tolerant traders looking to mimic the pros' bearish silver bets can consider the ProShares UltraShort Silver ETF (NYSEArca: ZSL ) and the VelocityShares 3x Inverse Silver ETN (NYSEArca: DSLV ) , which have been punished by silver's resurgence this year.

Strident silver bulls can look to theProShares Ultra Silver ETF (NYSEArca: AGQ ) and the VelocityShares 3x Long Silver ETN (NYSEArca: USLV )f or outsized profits should silver continue soaring. AGQ is double-leveraged while USLV is triple-leveraged.

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"The positives that silver bulls have going for them are A) the trend is on their side, B) the metal has continued to be firm in the face of the bearish silver futures COT positioning, and C) a market that does not do what it's "supposed to" is likely telling us that its current trend is strong enough to overwhelm these ancillary factors for the moment. However, with the COT positioning at its most extreme ever , the potential headwind for silver upon a turn lower could be considerable should the speculators race to unwind their record long position," adds See It Market.

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