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What an impossible job, forecasting the winner in a race for high school homecoming king & queen! After all, it's not like the offices require any sort of skills or qualifications, it's just a question of whom the mob likes the most.

Trying to forecast currency exchange rates is a lot like that. None of them have any qualifications that will do anything but make the hair stand on end all over your scalp. None is particularly "better" than the other, so the exchange rate of numerous worthless items among each other is -- infinity? Zero? Whoever the mob likes most that day. And in the end, it makes about as much difference as who's elected homecoming king or queen.

That said, the US dollar index jumped back into its shell today, losing 33.4 basis points (0.43%) at 81.949. This is the umpteenth failure to break out of the egg-shell formation upward. Today was a stinger. Last Friday the dollar index has stopped at 81.90, then rose in a rounding top and slid right on down that dome today to break 81.90 and hit 81.70. It's a cloud no bigger than a man's hand, but a cloud, still. A dollar index below 81.80 looks gravity-bound, a dollar below 81.00 will break the 200 day moving average, which will attract short sellers like a cut on your leg attracts piranhas when you are swimming in the Amazon.

Today the Euro won the popularity contest, adding 0.58$ to $1.3154. Why? Apparently because ECB head gangste,r Mario Draghi, wants to depreciate the euro and ruin the European economy faster than the other central bank mobsters. Euro needs to close above $1.3243 to break out upside. I have little need of an opinion here, because I wouldn't buy the euro with your money.

With management perfection that resembles Six Sigma manufacturing, the yen went nowhere again today, closing unchanged at 101.03 cents/Y100. Those NNGM are accurate.

Amidst general jubilation stocks made -- yawn! -- new highs again today. Dow rose 0.32% (48.92) & closed at 15,105.12. The Schlaraffenland 500 -- whoa, make that the S&P500 -- gained 6.73 (0.41%) to 1,632.69.

Dow in gold gave back 0.14 oz (1.2%) to end at 10.25 oz (G$211.85 gold dollars). That also corralled it below the 20 DMA again (10.24) and unless gainsaid, reasserts the downtrend.

Dow in silver closed minutely higher, 0.32% at 631.30 oz. This barely lands on the upside of the downtrend, about a rounding error away. Trend remains firmly down.

Gold bounded up $24.90 today and closed $1,473.90. Silver rose 12.1 cents to end at 2389.2.

About 7:00 a.m. gold looked ready to sleep the day away beneath $1,455, but from 7:30 to 8:30 rose to $1,468, then boosted again after 2:00. Silver experienced a basically sidewise day between 2371.8 and 2402.7c. Range for both silver & gold was raised today, but not widened much.

Gold posted the first half of a key reversal (higher high and higher close) but must follow that tomorrow with another higher close. Today's rally-ette brought gold up to close at the uptrend line it fell through yesterday, but not above that uptrend line. This is lively, this is respectable, this encourageth, but this ain't a close above that line.

Silver & gold are like two drunks with really great voices singing just a little off key. They're out of synch. Silver yesterday did no more that fall to (not through) its downtrend line, and today closed just below its 20 dma (2095c). It remains in an uptrend, slow but up. It acts as if it wants to push gold higher.

Leery I have been & leery I remain, although I expect a strong rally later this year. Yet evidence still is wanting to prove that we have seen the low. I want to see a reaction test silver & gold's strength.

Still time to swap gold for silver, by the way.

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
8-May-13 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,473.90 24.90 1.72%
Silver, $/oz 23.89 0.12 0.51%
Gold/Silver Ratio 61.690 0.733 1.20%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0162 -0.0002 -1.19%
Platinum 1,505.40 -26.50 -1.73%
Palladium 697.15 -16.50 -2.31%
S&P 500 1,632.69 6.73 0.41%
Dow 15,105.12 48.92 0.32%
Dow in GOLD $s 211.85 -2.94 -1.37%
Dow in GOLD oz 10.25 -0.14 -1.37%
Dow in SILVER oz 632.23 -1.16 -0.18%
US Dollar Index 81.95 -0.34 -0.41%
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The DOW IN GOLD DOLLARS measures the Dow Jones Industrial Average in gold dollars (0.048375 troy oz. by law). The DiG$ depicts the Primary (20 year) Trend of stocks against gold. When the DiG$ is dropping, gold is gaining value against stocks in a trend that should last 15-20 years. The DiG$'s chart is identical to the Dow in ounces of gold, but gives us one unvarying measure all the way back to 1896. Because it shows the primary trend ("tide") of gold against stocks, for investors it is the single most important financial chart in the world today. Since its August 1999 high at G$925.42 (44.8 ounces), the DiG$ has trended down, targeting a G$80-G$20 (4-1 oz. of gold will buy the whole Dow).

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