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Silver prices have risen for a sixth straight day, taking some cues from gold but more so as the outlook for global demand improves as Europe and the U.S. continue their economic recoveries and industrial demand for the metal improves.
Silver futures rose to the highest since May, as equities slumped and the dollar declined, increasing demand for the precious metal as an alternative investment.
Silver futures for September delivery advanced 5.3 percent to settle at $22.935 an ounce at 1:49 p.m. on the Comex in New York, the biggest jump since July 22.
Around 40 per cent of silver consumption comes from products such as circuit boards and solar panels. As a result, silver prices can track economic-growth expectations. Physical demand has been very strong.
Stronger export data from China last week also saw more investors and hedge funds increase their silver "long" positions.
Sales of American Eagle silver coins by the U.S. Mint were 31 million ounces so far this year, compared with 33.7 million ounces sold in all of 2012, data on the website showed.
The U.S. Mint had suspended sales of silver coins for more than a week because of a lack of inventory in January.