Silver for December delivery rose 0.8% to $21.365 an ounce amid speculation that
the Federal Reserve will hold off on scaling back monetary stimulus. Prior to the
fiscal showdown in Washington, markets were expecting the Fed to begin
tapering the pace of its asset purchases in late October or early December,
though many have pushed back estimates for a start date to early 2014, possibly
after current Fed Chair Ben Bernanke steps down on Jan. 31.