"It's Been Nuts": Silver Surges Most Since Lehman Bankruptcy; Hits 7-Year High Over $30

It's been a long time coming, but for precious metal fans the day of joy has finally arrived: following a coordinated campaign to buy both silver ETFs in the paper realm and precious metals in the physical, which over the weekend which left virtually US precious metals retailer with little to no physical inventory, silver has finally exploded higher following in the footsteps of other "most-shorted" names, and it was the last trading just around $30/ounce, soaring by 11.5% - its biggest one-day jump since Sept 16, 2008 - the day Lehman filed for bankruptcy. And, if silver closes here, it would be the highest price since early 2013.

The euphoria in the metal spilled over to various silver minter, with U.S.-listed peers soaring in the pre-market trading:

  • First Majestic +33%,
  • McEwen Mining +25%,
  • Hecla Mining +23%,
  • Coeur Mining +21%,
  • Pan American Silver +16%,
  • Wheaton Precious +12%

European silver miners also soared on Monday led by Fresnillo, which rose as much as 17%, most since March; other exposed miners rise: Polymetal +6%, Hochschild Mining +17%. Elsewhere, China Silver Group Ltd. rose as much as 63% in Hong Kong, while Australia’s Silver Mines Ltd. gained as much as 49%.

Trying to pour cold water on the second-biggest one-day move in silver this century - because let's face it, getting silver to move up by 10% is far more difficult than getting a low float, super squeezed stock like GME to soar by 1600% - Ipek Ozkardeskaya, Senior Analyst at Swissquote Bank said that "so far, it is not exactly the GameStop anomaly, but it is a hint that the retail traders who just discovered the strength of their unity are out there, looking for new targets – and apparently bigger ones."

As we reported extensively over the weekend, silver’s advance can be traced to r/WallStreetBets forum, where one post last week declared the metal “THE BIGGEST SHORT IN THE WORLD” and encouraged traders to pile into the iShares trust as a way to stick it to big banks.

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