Down 35.4% apiece this year, the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) and the ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSEArca: SIVR) could use any and all available help.

SLV, the largest silver ETF by assets, closed at $18.96 Wednesday, just 7% above its 52-week low. Recently, Glen Ring, editor of View on Futures and a longtime technical chart watcher, and Andrew Thrasher, a chartered market technician and investment analyst at Financial Enhancement Group, believe silver’s July low around $18 could be retested, reports Charlotte McLeod for Silver Investing News.

There is concern that if silver futures dwell in the low $18 for too long, new lows will be right around the corner. [Silver ETFs Look Vulnerable]

There are alternative short-term views of the white metal. In fact, Hwang Il Doo, a senior metals trader at Korea Exchange Bank Futures sees upside to $22, about 16% from current levels, Jau Hur reports for Bloomberg.

However, there are conditions to that prediction. “If futures breach the 10-day average of $20.065 and the 18-day average of $20.569, this will create a golden-cross formation that is considered a bullish indicator,” Bloomberg reported, citing Doo.

It has been over two weeks since SLV closed above $20 and Nov. 11 was the last time the ETF closed around $20.60. [Silver’s Slide: Worse Before it Gets Better]

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