Like gold, the silver market seemed to come alive off renewed inflation concerns in the wake of comments from the Fed's Lacker. Some players saw the Fed dialogue this morning from Lacker as a call to potentially end QE2 early and others saw the warnings as a sign that inflation might be given some life ahead as the leadership of the Fed stands by the need for more assistance for the US economy, despite recent signs of recovery. One might even suggest that a jump in a private retail sales readings for the first week of February, added to the inflationary tone in the marketplace. In fact, the markets actually saw two somewhat strong private weekly chain store sales reports this morning and that probably fed into the growth and inflation mentality.
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