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Major Japanese Electronics Firm Approaches First Majestic to Lock in Silver Supply

As regular readers know, we have long warned that the End Game for the banksters manipulation of the bond markets & interest rates via gold and silver manipulation will occur when industrial users of physical silver, namely the colossal electronics industry- sniff the first signs of a wholesale shortage of physical silver, and begin panic hoarding of silver to ensure continued production of their tech gadgets. 

As First Majestic CEO Keith Neumeyer reveals in this stunning Bloomberg interview, that End Game industrial supply panic may have just begun…  

Neumeyer reveals a major Japanese electronics firm has approached First Majestic to lock in physical silver, citing supply concerns: 

A major Japanese electronics maker approached First Majestic Silver Corp. for the first time last month seeking to lock in future stock, a sign of supply concerns that could boost the metal’s price ninefold, according to the best-performing producer of the metal.

“For an electronics manufacturer to come directly to us — that tells me something is changing in the market,” said Keith Neumeyer, chief executive officer of First Majestic, the top stock in Canada and among its global peers this year. “I think we’ll see three-digit silver,” he said, predicting the metal could surge to $140 an ounce by as early as 2019.

 A reminder as to how critical the industrial side of the silver equation is:

‘Strategic Metal’

While long coveted for use in jewelry, coins and utensils, silver is increasingly in demand for its industrial applications. Last year, about half of global silver consumption came from such use, including mobile phones, flat-panel TVs, solar panels and alloys and solders, according to data compiled by GFMS for the Washington-based Silver Institute.

Silver is not a precious metal, it’s a strategic metal,” Neumeyer said in an interview in Vancouver, where the company is based. “Silver is the most electrically conductive material on the planet other than gold, and gold is too expensive to use in circuit boards, solar panels, electric cars. As we electrify the planet, we require more and more silver. There’s no substitute for it.

 

Gold is up nearly 21% from its December 2015 lows. Moreover, silver has added an impressive 28% to its price during the same timeframe. Most notably, the HUI gold and silver mining index is up over 100% during this period…

Source: Gold And Silver: Bull Markets Are Just Beginning | Gold-Eagle News

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Here’s an excellent guide for those looking for up-to-date gold and silver coin (US and foreign) face or melt (pure metal spot price) values: Coinflation.com
Out in the Open

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Clipping from Richard Russell’s “Dow Theory Letters”

March 24, 2011 — “There is only one certainty regarding paper money — the longer you hold it, the less it will buy in terms of real goods or real money — gold.” Richard Russell.
Yesterday was a banner day for the precious metals. Gold closed at an all-time high in terms of dollars. Silver moved into the 37 dollar zone for the first time since the precious metal bull market of the 1970s (today it’s above 38 dollars an ounce!).
But there’s a big difference between the current precious metals bull market and the bull market of the 1970s. The 1970 bull market drew tremendous interest (I was there). Everybody I knew (even the gold haters) were watching that bull market with keen interest, particularly during the wild “blow off” days of the late 1970s, when silver was rocketing higher — rising every day by “limit up.”
In comparison, today’s huge precious metal bull market is greeted with yawns, that is, if it is greeted at all. I’ve been calling the current gold/silver market the “great stealth bull market.” Ask the average man or woman on the street what’s happening to precious metals, and they’ll give you a blank stare and maybe a “Duh.” Ask them if they own any gold or silver, and they’ll give you a sheepish “Nah.”
Gold (April) closed on March 2 at 1437.40, a record high. On March 9 silver closed at 36.04, highest since 1981. Yesterday both marks were bettered. Where’s the excitement, where’s the interest, where are the articles in the newspapers?
Time to study the chart below. As I’ve been saying, gold in its advance has periodically tested its 150-day moving average over the past few years (150-day MA is shown as the blue line on the chart). Note that on the most recent “correction,” gold didn’t even test its 150-day MA. When I saw this, I realized how powerful the forces under gold were. 

Gold is now “out in the open” with no overhead resistance and no overhead supply. So far the bull market advance since 1999 has been steady, quiet, and orderly. Except for its spectacular slow and relentless climb, there’s been no excitement in the gold bull market.
I don’t think this is going to continue. Somewhere ahead the precious metals bull market is going to turn wild and speculative. Only one phenomenon will serve to create this excitement. That phenomenon is HIGHER PRICES. The public can resist anything in markets except steadily rising prices.
As for steady higher prices and excitement, I suspect that silver is about there. As for gold, maybe not yet. But somewhere ahead gold is going to catch fire. That will be the time when the great American public will decide that they have to have some gold, maybe just a coin or two, or maybe just a few shares of GLD — but that time is coming. 

Question — As a new subscriber what should I do?
Answer — Buy a position in GLD or SGOL or SLV. Assume a conservative position, one that you can sit with.
Question — “What about older subscribers? What should we do?”
Answer — Never mind timing this bull market. It can’t be done, even by Goldman. You can add to your gold position. If possible, buy some one-ounce gold coins. One advantage of coins is that you’re probably not going to trade them in and out. Sit tight with your coins, Put them in a place that’s difficult to get at; in that way it will be a nuisance to sell them, even if you’re tempted to.
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Richard Russell
GoldMoney founder James Turk interviews Hugo Salinas Price, president of the Mexican Civic Association for Silver, about silver’s potential to return as money and about sound money generally in a 22-minute video

Back in April 2007, I wrote about the three stages that appear in every bull market, and more to the point, that gold was approaching the end of stage one.  Gold back then was still trading around $690, and therefore well below its then record high of $850 reached in January 1980.  My view was that “gold looks ready to make a new all-time high. When that happens, stage two begins. There will not yet be widespread excitement about gold in the next stage, because that won’t occur until stage three. But when gold makes a new record high, and particularly after it breaks into a 4-digit price, people will begin paying attention.
I wrote a follow-up article in November 2009 entitled Welcome to Stage Two of Gold’s Bull Market, just two months after gold broke above $1,000.  Focusing on the change in prevailing sentiment, I noted how differently gold was being treated.  “During the first stage of a bull market, the media and most investors alike focus on past issues, rather than future potential.  Over the past decade one consequently heard all the reasons not to own the gold…But there is a notable difference in this stage compared to stage one.  Look how many people are writing and talking about gold.  Gold has moved from apathy and neglect – stage one characteristics – to growing attention.  But importantly, instead of embracing gold and analyzing it to determine relative value, today’s attention is one of widespread disbelief and skepticism that gold can climb higher.  These are exactly the responses one should expect to emanate from stage two.”  I concluded by noting that at some unpredictable point in the future, gold will enter stage three “when gold no longer is relatively good value.”
I did not make any mention of silver in the above two articles.  It too has three stages, but silver is still mired in stage one, which began in February 1991 after silver had collapsed to $3.50.  It was an astounding 93% decline from its January 1980 peak of $50.  But as we can see on the following chart, $3.50 was silver’s low, and its price has been rising ever since.
This chart shows a massive accumulation pattern, marked by the green lines.  This pattern is a story of strong hands and weak hands, specifically, of silver moving to the former from the latter. 
From its $50 high in January 1980 to its $3.50 low in February 1991, the weak hands were shaken out.  At that point, the accumulation by strong hands – who were buying because the recognized that silver was an exceptional bargain – became the dominant force.  Their buying power was stronger than the selling pressure of the weak hands, and the price of silver responded by starting to climb.  It was classic stage one action, but here’s the important point. 
Silver is still in stage one.  It won’t advance into stage two until $50 is exceeded, just like gold did not enter stage two until its previous high of $850 was hurdled.
I expect that silver will exceed $50 this year, which is a point of view I first mentioned in my outlook for 2010.
Admittedly, I was a little early with my forecast about when gold would enter stage two.  So perhaps I will again be early by forecasting that silver will enter stage two of its bull market this year.  Regardless of the accuracy of my timing, one thing is clear.  Because it is still in stage one, silver remains good value.

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