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Aww, shucks! Tomorrow's the end of the world, according to some interpreters of the Mayan Calendar. Say, I have an idea for all y'all who're convinced the world will end tomorrow: y'all send me your money. Probably better wire it, as there's not much time left. While you're at it, mail me your credit cards, too, & any jewelry you're not planning to take with you.

Another rough day for silver & gold. Odd day: at one point EVERYthing was down: stocks, metals, US dollar, oil. Pop up in the gold/silver ratio gives us a clue where this might end.

Dollar index fell 8.9 basis points to 79.245, nothing new there. Euro took advantage of that, hit $1.3300 as yesterday, but too spindly-armed to hold on there. Closed $1.3244, up 0.26%. Yen fell another tiny bit, to 118.49c/Y100. Got to be near the end of that fall.

Stocks suffered a bad beating this morning, but found "sponsorship" in the latter part of the day, & managed to close above 13,300 at 13,311.72, up 59.75. S&P500 rose 0.55% (7.88) to 1,443.69. Weak & wormy, but will climb more, I believe.

Gold lost $21.60 to close Comex at $1,644.90. Silver lost a bruising 4.6% today, 143.3 cents, to smash support at 3100 AND 3000c by closing at 2961.2c.

For both silver & gold today's move complete a 61.8% correction of the rise that began last June. Both have oversold RSIs, both have MACDs that are scraping their last bottom, both are below the long term moving averages I watch (150 & 200 for gold, 300 & 200 for silver).

In short, they are oversold and ready to get oversold-er. Perverse, but when morale is broken in a market, it has to have its back completely broken before it reverses.

Gold/silver ratio also points to more deterioration in silver. Today it gapped up to 55.548. and appears headed to close an old gap between 57 & 57.5. Silver & gold are in the waterfall phase, so this spasm could end in a few days. Will certainly pause for Christmas in any event.

Since bother metals cut through their uptrend line form the June 2012 low, underneath them now is only the Downtrend line from the 2011 highs, 2900 - 2850c for silver, $1635 - 1620 for gold.

Sounds like I've got it all scoped out, but if I did I wouldn't have gotten it so wrong till now. More than that, markets never do exactly what you expect them to. They move to support, & instead of stopping, pierce through before they reverse, or never quite reach support. It's as if they know what you are thinking, and dodge on purpose. Thus the proverb that "bull markets always to shake off as many riders as they can." Question is, can YOU hold on? Can you stand the heat?

Thus every day markets give you a highly concentrated dose of humility.

What we surely know is that silver & gold remain in a primary uptrend, and that every day brings us closer to the end of this correction. Just stand back & watch it a few days. There's time, it's not running away, and if it starts to climb, well, give it more time still. We need more certainty here like a dying man needs a drink of water.

Be patient. Still, I have to buy at least a little silver here somewhere. Whenever that gap in the gold silver ratio is filled, that'd be about the day. See that chart at

On 20 December 1861 the South Carolina secession convention voted 169-0 to secede.

On 20 December 1924, there was freed early from his prison sentence for insurrection Adolf Hitler. Somebody on the parole board made a BIG mistake there.

Argentum et aurum comparanda sunt —
Silver and gold must be bought.

— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
20-Dec-12 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,644.90 -21.60 -1.30%
Silver, $/oz 29.61 -1.43 -4.61%
Gold/Silver Ratio 55.548 1.863 3.47%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0180 -0.0006 -3.35%
Platinum 1,546.20 -46.70 -2.93%
Palladium 679.25 -18.10 -2.60%
S&P 500 1,443.69 7.80 0.54%
Dow 13,311.72 59.75 0.45%
Dow in GOLD $s 167.29 7.50 4.69%
Dow in GOLD oz 8.09 0.36 4.69%
Dow in SILVER oz 449.54 22.63 5.30%
US Dollar Index 79.25 -0.09 -0.11%
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