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R.I.P, Howard Phillips. At age 72 he passed peacefully away on 20 April. In his long life working in and around politics, he was the anomaly: he always put principles before politics or personal advancement. Nixon named him head of the Office of Economic Opportunity, then welched on his promise to shut it down, so Howard resigned. In 1974 he left the Republican party because it had failed to uphold conservative principles.

All of these things mark Howard Phillips as an exceptional man, but he stands out in my heart for another reason. When the IRS was trying to bury me because I had started a gold & silver bank, and the whole world was running away from me as fast as their chicken legs could carry them, Howard Phillips never did. He was a man of magnificent integrity.


Another tedious day.

Stocks turned and rallied largely. Dow rose 1.05% (152.29) to 14,719.46 while the S&P500 rose 1.04% (16.28) to 1,578.78. Both closed above their 20 day moving averages. Unless the Dow can close above the last high (14,887.51) this will remain a reaction in a downtrend from that high.

Dow in gold broke its five day downtrend by rising today to 10.42 oz (G$215.40 gold dollars). This doesn't alter the downtrend, only zigs against its zag -- normal reaction. Dow in Silver rose, too, to 641.93 ounces (+2.3%). It's more equivocal than gold, but still appears to have topped.

US dollar Index rose to 83.005, up 35.2 basis points or 0.45%. Dollar got a boost overnight in European trading, jumping from 82.50 to 82.95 in half an hour while all the hyenas in New York were still sleeping. In US trading it oscillated from 82.85 to 83.05. A strong close above 83 takes the dollar into a new upleg.

Euro ate something that didn't agree with it & looks sick. Closing at $1.3000 (down 0.49%) today, it's below its 50 DMA ($1.3058) and barely above its 20 DMA ($1.2985). Nor is the 200 DMA far off, at $1.2903. A fall through $1.3000, which looks certain for tomorrow, with scatter all the euros fans & attract the short sellers.

Yen remains flat, down today 0.18% at 100.57 cents/Y100.

Today gold lost $12.40 (0.9%) to $1,408.60 but silver stumbled 50.7 cents (2.2%) to 2281.3c.

Gold today ran out of shorts covering, hit $1,427, and busted its nose on the wall. Well, it wasn't that bad since gold found footing about $1,406.70 and didn't offer to break lower. This is that first reaction after five rising days, as I mentioned yesterday. Gold is trying to turn up, at least the MACD is, but lets see how it deals with more hostility in a correction. Can it hold above $1,400?

Silver is flirting with last week's 2255.6c low. Today it hit 2265.9c, dropped 50.7c, and volume rose. Not a promising mixture. Could get slammed hard tomorrow. Of course, how it withstands that will tell us a lot about how long this pain will last.

If y'all like me don't like to bathe your body in chemicals (aluminum chlorhydrate & propylene glycol), here's a solution for deodorant: zinc oxide. Right, just plain zinc oxide in petrolatum, about $1.50 a tube. Rub it under your arms and unless you are working way down in a coal mine, it will keep you smelling sweet for days and days. When it stops, do it again. Best to rub it in at night, then wash it off next morning.

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
23-Apr-13 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,408.60 -12.40 -0.87%
Silver, $/oz 22.81 -0.51 -2.17%
Gold/Silver Ratio 61.745 0.811 1.33%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0162 -0.0002 -1.31%
Platinum 1,416.80 -19.00 -1.32%
Palladium 672.15 -8.60 -1.26%
S&P 500 1,578.78 16.28 1.04%
Dow 14,719.46 152.29 1.05%
Dow in GOLD $s 216.01 7.50 3.60%
Dow in GOLD oz 10.45 0.36 3.60%
Dow in SILVER oz 645.22 20.56 3.29%
US Dollar Index 83.01 0.35 0.43%
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