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Is Silver Poised For Long-Overdue Technical Breakout? FMX Connect Chimes In

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FMX | Connect Technical Report: Silver Poised for Large Move

At FMX|Connect we offer little variety in the
technical analysis arena. We leave that expertise to Peter Beutel of
Cameron Hanover fame, one of the preeminent energy analysts of our
generation and someone with whom we are proud to partner.

are however two indicators that we feel quite comfortable with. These
indicators are largely based on probabilities and volatility, areas we
are much more at home assessing.

The first one we’ve called our Trend-Vol Indicator.
It measures the risk-reward in being short volatility through its
cycles. Secondly, it often gives a low noise directional indicator which
our readers may know we’ve used with some success during this Gold bull
market. Its methodology is largely home-grown and proprietary: but
suffice to say, it is a concoction of Bollinger bands, historical and
implied volatility correlations, with a dash of skew thrown in.

second indicator we claim less ownership of, but have done some
refinement to. It is something called the 6 Week Reversal signal, and if
memory serves, was popular with Connors and Raschke for a while.

is entering an area right now that puts it on our radar for both
indicators. This is extremely rare, considering the Trend-Vol system is
used for breakouts, and the 6WR is for reversals. Before we get into it,
some basic technical stuff we see in Silver.

Non-Confirmation Low vs. Moving Average Iron Cross

First look at the low of July 1st. While it does not pierce the low of June 27th, it is close enough in our opinion to compare Stochastics and RSI for those days. The lows in both Stochs and RSI on July 1st do not come anywhere close to the lows established on June 27th. To us this is a non-confirmation of the selloff.

Next look at the moving averages right above the market. The 50 day and 100 day come in at 36.73 and 37.08 respectively. Fierce resistance one should think, especially with the 50-100 crossing lower.

So while the non confirmation is less than bearish, the moving averages above are quite daunting to bulls. Right now we are not predicting direction.



Enter Volatility and the Trend-Vol Indicator

We’ve seen enough from the chart above to just watch and wait. What interests us is the tightness of the Bollinger-bands. Volatility has very little noise in its cycles of movement, and we feel that when these bands widen in opposite directions, it will not be a false indicator of increasing volatility. A directional player would look to go with the direction of the midline (20day MA) when the bands widen in opposite directions. All we can divine at this very moment is that implied volatility is a poor risk reward to be short right here. We’d rather buy strength in Vol than weakness, but shorting it may be a recipe for disaster. And the kind of disaster that Silver serves up is one where there is no exit if you are wrong in options.  Silver is often referred to as the roach motel of options if you’re position is wrong.  Traders check in, but they don’t check out. Here is a previous example of the Trend-Vol system at work.
Trend- Vol example: Previously In Gold

Previously Posted on February 24th

Over the past 4 weeks we have said repeatedly that Gold has an excellent chance of a $75.00 to $150.00 rally from the area of 1410.  We picked $1550 as our home run scenario. It is time for an update.


Simply stated, if this week closes above 1416, there is a high likelihood of a 75 to 175 move higher in gold over the next 2 months. Although if the indicator hits, we'd expect the move to happen in a more compressed time. The signal does not usually waste time letting you know if it is right or wrong.

The Breakout


The Payoff


So you can see how it works. The question is, will it happen in Silver any time soon? These triggers happen at most 3x a year in a commodity. On to our other “technical” indicator.

The 6 Week Reversal Indicator


The 6WR is pretty cut and dry the way we use it.

1. A market makes a 6 week low where the close is higher than the open.

2. You should buy the next week when it breaks above the previous weeks high (35.14)

3. Your stop loss is near the previous week’s close of 33.69.

It gives a nice risk-reward usually. That trade happened last week, and the favorable risk-reward is no longer there.  When it is right, it is right quickly as shown last week. When it is really right, it gets legs and moves for another 2 to 6 weeks in the same direction. That is what now interests us. So although the 6WR risk-reward aspect isn’t optimal anymore, we are now looking at it as a possible indicator that the Bollinger Band break-out will be higher.


As of right now, our own activity is to sit and wait for the market to show its hand. But when you look at Gold threatening to test that 1550 area for the millionth time, and Silver sitting right under its 50 and 100 day moving averages, we think fireworks will happen soon. Massive rejection or major breakthrough, we’re not sure. But both are on our radar, and we will advise our readers when we believe a trade has been triggered. Good Luck.



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Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:23 | 1443317 espirit
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Massive fail of global economies, what's not to like about PM's unless you don't have them?

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:25 | 1443328 augie
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I dont know about you, but i'm walking on sunshine right now.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:32 | 1443355 66Sexy
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KIFS: Keep it fukcin' stupid: there's nothin' to think about here.


Silver? Never seen a more bullish case.

Stops are for wimps.

Out on the fine branches is where the sweet fruit is; not clingin' to the stump - waiting for higher prices.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 11:27 | 1443961 Ahmeexnal
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How will the feudal lords manage the starving sheeple?
History is full of examples.
When TSHTF and the sheeple are left holding the bag of worthless fiat, those holding PMs will be demonized.
Pogroms will be carried out worldwide. The MSM will actually incite the sheeple to denounce, rob, and brutalize anyone known to hold PMs.

Arable land? Sorry, people who are raising their own food are now being thrown to jail:

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 11:49 | 1444088 Kali
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This is outrageous, have read of other instances like this one.  Government is the enemy of the people.  Outlawing vegetables?  Fucking planners, I know a few, they are the most horrendous of fascists, usually dumb, stupid, fat, overpaid government employees who trample over people's personal property rights on a whim.  I would encourage all of you to go to this link and sign the petition.  As much as we rail against the Feds, I contend it is your local governments you need to watch.  Just as totalitarian as anything I've seen anywhere and hit you right at home.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 12:23 | 1444226 outamyeffinway
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A little extreme don't you think?

Why don't you give us some of these examples of people being demonized holding PM's? Where they were denounced, robbed and brutalized?

I call bullshit. You're fearmongering. FO.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 12:31 | 1444245 Raymond Reason
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I don't know about PMs.  But during the Holodomor in Ukraine, anyone saving food was prosecuted. 

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 12:35 | 1444260 augie
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Some more "fear-mongering." The whole youtube channel is rife with it. 

Tue, 07/12/2011 - 21:40 | 1450175 MGHJFHD
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Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:25 | 1443326 NoRestForTheWicked
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I'm long SI, guys, so make sure you load up as well.  And tell all your friends.  Let's get this party started and run it up to $ 0.1k.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:27 | 1443342 MFL8240
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Hope they reject both metals and allow for futher accunulation at lower levels.  Of course this would make sense as we are watching the world implode.  None of these charts amount to a hill of beans in real terms, longer than a few weeks.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:27 | 1443343 66Sexy
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Perfect storm for silver.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:28 | 1443347 Re-Discovery
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Massive Rejection?  Where is that catalyst?

I love technical analysis.  It' so . . . 2005.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 21:43 | 1446235 fmxconnect
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Lets trade today's settlement straddle expiring in 20 days.  Interested you sell it to us, adn we'll pay you if it doesn't move a prescribed amount during that time, in either direction. interested einstein. Its not technical analysis, its volatility.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 21:44 | 1446237 fmxconnect
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Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:29 | 1443351 coppertop
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silver is not gold

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:36 | 1443373 Sudden Debt
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And my foot isn't your ass, but when they meet they form the perfect combination.


Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:03 | 1443458 francis_sawyer
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..."in order to form a more perfect union" (no doubt)

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:42 | 1443393 tmosley
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You're right, it isn't.  Unlike gold, which is money, silver is both money AND a highly undersupplied over demanded industrial commodity.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:11 | 1443492 coppertop
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You dam right im right

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:58 | 1443746 Thisson
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Nothing against silver, but no, silver is not money.  Gold is money and nothing else. 

I also take issue with the thesis that silver is a "highly undersupplied over demanded industrial commodity."  We're on the brink of universal default and debt repudiation, and there is a real risk that industrial production could collapse, in which case industrial demand for silver could collapse.  In short, both the bulls ("industrial demand/shortages will cause price increases") and the bears ("silver is money") cannot both be correct.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 14:21 | 1444736 Temporalist
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When industrial demand dies because of economic reasons the monetary reasons will supersede all.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 11:10 | 1443852 Max Fischer
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To say silver is money, one has to completely ignore the way silver was treated during the 2008/09 crisis.  Perhaps you and your circle of goons think so, but the rest of the world treated silver like any other commodity when the SHTF in 08/09. 

- Max Fischer, Civis Mundi


Mon, 07/11/2011 - 11:43 | 1444063 thesapein
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It does seem silly to say silver is money when there are much better ways to describe its properties whilst money is one of those slippery terms like love. But I also think it's silly to deny others the chance to sub the love of money with the love of silver. Your objection doesn't apply to other currencies when they go in opposite directions of one another so why should it apply to silver or money?

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 14:23 | 1444738 Temporalist
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You clearly don't realize that paper silver is tied in with paper global fiat ponzi. 

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 11:38 | 1444037 thesapein
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Silver is not often as good as gold in many industrial applications but is used more often because it is cheaper; like tons cheaper, yo. But don't be embarrassed because even gold bugs forget this.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:11 | 1443491 Re-Discovery
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it's better (at least as a trade.)

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:30 | 1443352 Sudden Debt
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Let's hope not. Oktober is a hughe buying month so if we hold the price low untill then, stocks will be depleted even more and shortages will really propel the price up!

We don't want it to pop to early so it will take longuer for the remaining stocks to be sold off.


Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:34 | 1443365 critical_mass_soon
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yeah! silver bitchez!!!!

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:46 | 1443411 cpnscarlet
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I thought of SAEs this AM, but I'm just about 2K Oz. I bought some SIVR.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 09:48 | 1443416 Yen Cross
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 XAG is bouncing off the roof... I personally would be watching the 100hour sma (35.97) and a support level around 35.74. I have an old ascending trendline just below around 35.29.

These are s/t remarks Good luck...

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:00 | 1443447 Yen Cross
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 the first junk! Yea ya tool..

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:02 | 1443452 chartcruzer
Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:08 | 1443470 francis_sawyer
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The fact that there are only 17 comments thus far suggests that the next break may be UP (even if it proves to be a false break)...

I' be worrie about a breakdown if there were 200+ 'bull comments' on this forum...


Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:08 | 1443473 All is chosen
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All that analysis to conclude that silver might go up ......... or down. Wow!

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:59 | 1443759 Thisson
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As with all technical analysis/entrail reading: [it will do this, unless it doesn't!]

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 21:40 | 1446228 fmxconnect
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Actually it also concludes you should buy a straddle and let your gamma run, moron


Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:14 | 1443499 janus
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I hope this picture posting works:

Dammit! how do you post a pic on here?  It's nothing vulgar, in fact it's beautiful.  I paid a lot of money for this turn-of-the-century (the last one before) antique, and I'll be damned if I can't show it off.



Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:17 | 1443511 francis_sawyer
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You have to become a permabull (like leo or robo) to gain foto status...

Either that, or you have to cash in some airline miles...


Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:27 | 1443572 janus
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that's a bunch of rot.

it's everyone's loss, really.  How would I go about emailing it to Tyler?  Nevermind, i think I'll figure out how to go about emailing it to Tyler.

I don't think anyone here has ever seen anything so beautiful; it makes Helen of Troy look like a nappy ass ho.

Thanks for saving me some futile effort.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:31 | 1443597 I Am The Unknow...
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Hey Janus, I would like to see it.  Could you post it over on Turd's blog today after he updates it with today's commentary?  Thanks.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:59 | 1443757 janus
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who is this Turd, and what's this I hear about him having a blog? 

Certainly, but I'll need a bit of direction.  I'm new to everything; I know nothing; but I'm willing to learn.

But this is going to seem spectacularly stupid:

I cannot figure out how to email Mr. Durden.  I mean, if i had an address...easy-peasy.  If I don't figure it out soon, I'm sending the pics to Max Keiser.  He'll know what to do with them.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:59 | 1443769 Thisson
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Just upload the photo to imageshack or photobucket and post a link. 

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 11:36 | 1444030 janus
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again, most helpless. will investigate

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 11:40 | 1444045 janus
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nope. I'll do something else; I don't like joining things...I'm allergic to it, and these photobucket sites all insist that I wed myself to their cause.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 12:23 | 1444224 mick_richfield
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there's a place called bayimg that requires no membership, and lets you specify a code that will cause the image to get taken down.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 15:52 | 1445107 I Am The Unknow...
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Turd Ferguson:

Haven't you heard, about the Turd?

Don't you know that the Turd is the word?

The Turd!  People talkin' bout the Turd!

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:15 | 1443501 francis_sawyer
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In that case, it's SURE to go sideways... :-)

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:16 | 1443508 I Am The Unknow...
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Thank you for the article.  I am keeping my eyes on JPM share price, whch is presently at $39.76 whereas silver is at $36.60.  Many silver analysts far smarter than myself have postulated that if the silver price exceeds JPM share price, then due to the nature of JPM's massive short positions in silver, such an event would indeed "crash JPM."  So, if the silver price crosses JPM share price I will be both buying physical silver hand over fist while shorting JPM.   I also am concerned that the closer the silver price gets to JPM share price, the more likely we are to have some "unforeseen event" that will push down silver (artificially, as always, of course). 

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:51 | 1443708 HungrySeagull
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Fook that paper share price. Get out before friday close.

Buy and HOLD PM's


Mon, 07/11/2011 - 11:03 | 1443793 Thisson
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No paper price changes are going to crash JPM.  The only thing that will crash them is if mark-to-unicorn accounting ends, and I'm not holding my breath on that one (the market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent, and all that jazz).

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:30 | 1443590 gaoptimize
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Why does NYSE:SIL correlate to the DOW more than the price of silver (like NYSE:PSLV)?

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:47 | 1443685 gatorontheloose
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Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:48 | 1443693 mr66
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Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:59 | 1443766 agent default
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Yikes!!! OMG WTF!?! -2.76%??? OUCH !!!11!!1!

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 11:14 | 1443876 Yen Cross
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  Hmmm where is XAG trading right now?

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 11:23 | 1443937 eri
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Hundreds of words, tens of graphs and indicators, only to end the analysis with:

"Massive rejection or major breakthrough, we’re not sure."


What a crap.



Mon, 07/11/2011 - 11:28 | 1443983 Yen Cross
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  I call it common sense.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 21:37 | 1446218 fmxconnect
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Clown, maybe this will help. We are long gold from 1150 having taken delivery. Are long call spreads currently and will buy Silver above the 100 day moving average. We area bout to take delivery of another piece of Gold for overseas storage. That is what you wanted to hear right. but we will sell the piss out of it in 48 hours if it does not settle above 1557 in gold. Make your own decisions idiot, or learn risk reward and probabilistic trading. 

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 11:55 | 1444118 Double down
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One does not "dash" skew, something like that is sprinkled,... for a more normal distribution. 

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 21:28 | 1446195 fmxconnect
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that would be LOG-normal sir! 

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 11:57 | 1444130 Confucious 222
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And for a little more steam in the "paper vs. physical divergance" model, consider that today Sprott physical  (PSLV) is up 6 cents at the same time CRIMEX paper is down 86 cents.

But of course, there are always mental midgets who will say "but silver is industrial" as if somehow that meant it needs to tank with the Dow.

Divergant, decoupling, CRIMEX imploding, interesting times for the silver bear and ZSL crowd.   

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 12:39 | 1444275 Re-Discovery
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No better indicator that the gig is up.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 13:39 | 1444536 RockyRacoon
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Is (20,2) the best setting you can come up with for the Bollinger Bands?  That's customary to be sure, but shouldn't some alternatives be looked at for BB action?

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 21:27 | 1446191 fmxconnect
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yes they are. while different ratios work better for different markets, adn different market environments work better with different measurements. These cover all markets with equanimity. we choose to take note of different "Normative" behavior for each market, and keep  the yardstick by which we measure  the same length.

Tue, 07/12/2011 - 01:29 | 1446832 RockyRacoon
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So, screw the intuitive touch and the fact that all things that move do so for different reasons.  I get the ceteris paribus approach, but a little tweaking makes life worthwhile.

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 13:45 | 1444569 vast-dom
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Silver is taking a beating.


While these graphs and technicals seem helpful they are in and of themselves quite useless -- the most value they offer is if enough people actually use them to make large market moves then they are correctly predictive. 

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