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Today's question is, why did palladium drop 3.9% on a day that silver rose 4.2%? Those contradictions unappreciated can come back to leave you puking in the wastebasket.

Been cogitating, & am beginning to conclude that markets did --after an initial misapprehension -- react properly to raising the debt ceiling & the Greek bailout. What do both events promise, nay, guarantee? Much more inflation. What will inflation do to stocks? Wreck them. What will inflation do to silver & gold? Drive them wild.

I reckon logic sometimes triumphs, even if it takes a few days.

Stocks recovered just enough to pull their tattered rags about their naked, bruised body and hide their shame. Raggedy, raggedy day for stocks, most of it spent underwater, slapped back when they tried to rally, then eeking out a close 29.82 points higher or 1/4 of 1% at 11,896.44.

Way down below 10,700 has a target painted on it. Maybe lower.

S&P 500 today gained 6.29 points or 1/2 of 1% to close at 1,260.34.

If you are one of those procrastinating putter-offers still clutching the delusion of a come-back to your breast, now would be a good time to drop the delusion, stamp on its face with your brogans, sell those stocks, and get out of harm's way.

Stocks -- to the investment question of, "How do you feel today?" they are the answer, "Flu, food poisoning, & chiggers."

US DOLLAR INDEX fell thru 74 a bit -- down 53.3 basis points to 73.98 -- but remains in this protracted bottoming process. Won't resume its downward progress for a while.

Euro rose today to close at 1.4322, up 0.91% and thru its 20 & 50 dmas. I'd buy shares in a lottery ticket before I'd buy euros. Japanese NGM are trying to edge the yen down off its uppity new high.

GOLD reached another new all-time high today, touching intraday $1,675 and closing the doors at Comex up $21.50 to $1,663.40. Gold has reached the top of its trading channel so will probably bounce off that & correct a few days. Yet it will return to batter at the ceiling again. Point & Figure chart gives a $2,060 (Two thousand Sixty U.S. dollars) target.

SILVER is nearing the top of its long term trading channel which it will strike about 4350c. Today it gained 4.2% or 166.6c to end its day on Comex at 4174.7c. Merciful heavens! Probably a little correction will ensue with silver, too, having run up two dollars in two days. New support is now 4100c. New resistance 4200c.

Any breakout thru the top trading channels, long standing trends like these, leads to an explosion. You literally have to double the channel when that happens. A little more likely here is at least a temporary rebound downward off those lines, even if silver & gold intend to penetrate them soon.

A gold close above $1,675 would whisper that some huge crisis is brewing behind the scenes, huge on the scale of fall 2008.

You will make a big mistake waiting to buy silver or gold. Huge. Yes, we may see a sizeable correction, but we have entered the wild stage of a bull market. Y'all can't even imagine how much wilder it will get.

On 3 August 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie Stuart landed in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland to begin his attempt to overthrow the Hanovers & reclaim the English throne for the Stupids -- errr, sorry, make that Stuarts. Thousands of Highlanders flocked to his banner in the "Rising of '45" and drove the English before them, penetrating to Carlisle then Derby. There in confused council his supporters lost their nerve and retreated. Eventually on 16 April of the next year the Jacobite army was destroyed at the Battle of Culloden.

The kind Hanoverian kings killed as many of the Scots as they could, and shipped the balance overseas as slaves. They removed Scottish lords and proscribe traditional Highland dress. Wearing a tartan became a crime.

Between 1720 and 1776 most of the immigration into British North America was Scottish, either Scots, Highland Scots, or their cousins in Northern Ireland, the Scotch Irish. When 1775 came, they proved that 30 years, or 70 years, was not enough to erase the crimes against them from their ancestral memory. Nemo me impune lacessit-- Nobody injures me and gets away with it. There's a reason the thistle is the national flower of Scotland.

Argentum et aurum comparanda sunt —
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— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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3-Aug-11 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,663.40 21.50 1.3
Silver, $/oz 41.75 1.67 4.2
Gold/Silver Ratio 39.840 -1.120 -2.7
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0251 0.0007 2.8
Platinum 1,781.80 -13.70 -0.8
Palladium 795.50 -31.90 -3.9
S&P 500 1,260.34 6.29 0.5
Dow 11,896.44 29.82 0.3
Dow in GOLD $s 147.84 -1.55 -1.0
Dow in GOLD oz 7.15 -0.07 -1.0
Dow in SILVER oz 284.97 -11.10 -3.7
US Dollar Index 73.98 -0.53 -0.7
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US 40% silver 1/2s 0.30 11,836.88 12,061.88 40.89
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1 oz .999 round 1.00 41.83 42.63 42.63
Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 43.48 44.38 44.38
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