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Weekly Commentary
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Here's the weekly scorecard:
  21-Dec 21-Dec Change % Change
Silver, cents/oz. 3,014.20 2,992.00 -22.20 -0.7
Gold, dollars/oz. 1,659.10 1,654.90 -4.20 -0.3
Gold/silver ratio 55.043 55.311 0.270 0.5
Silver/gold ratio 0.0182 0.0181 -0.0001 -0.5
Dow in Gold Dollars (DIG$) 164.35 161.61 -2.74 -1.7
Dow in gold ounces 7.95 7.82 -0.13 -1.7
Dow in Silver ounces 437.62 432.42 -5.20 -1.2
Dow Industrials 13,190.84 12,938.11 -252.73 -1.9
S&P500 1,430.15 1,402.43 -27.72 -1.9
US dollar index 79.57 79.66 0.09 0.1
Platinum 1,536.90 1,517.40 -19.50 -1.3
Palladium 681.80 699.60 17.80 2.6

Everything went down this week? Everything? Yes, everything. Stocks were the biggest losers, down 1.9%. Well, okay, Palladium didn't fall. And the dollar was flat as a fritter. Otherwise the bleeding was general.

A look at the US Dollar's chart this week won't send you away enlightened. It merely traded in a range between 79.8 and 79.35, with a leetle spike today to 79.90. Flat. However, the longer term trend remains down, so you can expect small things from the dollar.

Euro remains above its downtrend line, but paralyzed & unable to advance. Not an encouraging sign, but the euro remains in an established uptrend, & a trend in force remains in force until violated. Closed $1.3218, down 0.18%

The Yen, on the other hand, is plumbing the depths of a politically engineered drop over Niagara Falls. Rose today 0.21% to 116.39 cents per 100 yen. The yen at this depth must be making the Nice Government Men all over the world nervous, because it screams "Competitive devaluation!" something no central banker in his right mind wants to see start. After all, where is the honor among thieves?

Stocks plunged deeply into trouble today. Somebody took a meat-ax to the Dow and chopped off 158.2 (1.21%), leaving it bleeding at 12,938.11, WAY below that 13,300 resistance above. Whoops. Did I mention that is also WAY below its 200 DMA at 13,015? Or its 50 DMA at 13,069? Or its 20 DMA at 13,140? No, I don't think I did.

Fix this in your mind: it is possible -- barely -- that a market in a primary down trend like stocks might, in the course of a rally, re-visit its 200 DMA & live to rally longer, it's just not too likely. That 200 DMA, remember, is the watershed of a primary downtrend, which spends most of its life BELOW that 200 DMA. Dow has now cast a continuing rally into the drawer with all "less likely outcomes."

S&P did a little better. Misplaced 5.13 (0.61%) to close at 1,402.43. S&P500 has not fallen below its 200 DMA (1390) but is below its 20 & 50 DMA.

More to the point are the charts of the Dow in Gold & S&P500 in gold. Both formed island reversal tops, both have fallen sharply down from that. Other indicators scream, "Expect lower prices!" Whatever they do in nominal dollar terms, from here stocks will lose lots of value against gold & silver.

Yet gold & silver remain lethargic. Silver lost 26.4 cents today & closed Comex at 2992c. Gold mislaid $7.80 to end at $1,654.90.

Gold's range was tight, $1,662.60 to $1,651.10, but so 'twas the whole week. Stood rangebound by $1,667 and 1,650. Longer term chart makes me expect one final push down, but you'll know I am wrong if gold closes above $1,684.10, the last low. One last push down might carry to $1,620 or even $1,610.

Silver traded tightly today, too, from 3027.9c to 2987c. Week was bounded by 3040c & 2970c. Marking time, that's all.

Down below one last exhaustion selling spike down could carry silver to 2900c. It needs to close above 3100c to reverse.

Keep your eyes on the horizon. Silver & gold remain I a bull market (primary long term trend). If they have not already bottomed, they should in January's first two weeks. This is a time to BUY silver & gold, not panicking into selling them, and not a time to fret. Relax.

Today is Holy Innocents, commemorating the slaughter of the Innocents by Herod.

On 28 December 1832 John C. Calhoun became the first US Vice President to resign, stepping down over differences with President Andrew Jackson. Jackson, although a Tennessean, was wrong and Calhoun right (although a South Carolinian).

Y'all enjoy your weekend.

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
28-Dec-12 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,654.90 -7.80 -0.5
Silver, $/oz 29.92 -0.26 -0.9
Gold/Silver Ratio 55.311 -0.256 -0.5
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0181 -0.0002 -0.9
Platinum 1,517.40 -14.40 -0.9
Palladium 699.60 -8.20 -1.2
S&P 500 1,402.43 -5.13 -0.4
Dow 12,938.11 -158.20 -1.2
Dow in GOLD $s 161.61 -1.19 -0.7
Dow in GOLD oz 7.82 -0.06 -0.7
Dow in SILVER oz 432.42 -1.46 -0.3
US Dollar Index 79.66 -0.02 -0.0
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British sovereign 0.24 389.56 393.56 1,671.89
French 20 franc 0.19 308.97 312.97 1,676.32
Krugerrand 1.00 1,681.38 1,696.38 1,696.38
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