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Y'all will recall that the European sovereign debt crisis began with interest rates edging up on debt of Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Italy. Just a little at first, then a stampede. That was the lowest rated debt out there.

Chewing on that I see that municipal bonds, not exactly junk bonds, but at the lower end of the credit- worthiness scale, fell the fourth day in a row. Apparently rising rates and Detroit's biggest-in-history municipal bankruptcy ($18 billion) has investors nervous.

Y'all, when the bond bubble bursts, it will make the real estate bubble look like bubble gum.

Non-confirmation abounded in today's stock market. The Dow hit a new high, but the S&P500 didn't, yea, & the Nasdaq, Nasdaq-100, and Russell 2000 all fell, too. Folks, rapid-fire strings of new highs is NOT the recipe for longevity in a market. Rather, it warns of a red hot market topping.

Dow rose 22.19 (0.14%) to 15,567.74 but the S&P500 backed off 3.14 (0.19%) to 1,692.39. As I said yesterday, stocks look awfully double-toppy.

Dow in gold rose 0.24% to 11.66 oz (G$241.04) while Dow in silver added 10.54 oz (1.39%) to close 768.93 oz. This doesn't mend yesterday's breakdown, or reverse the firmly gravity-ward momentum.

US dollar fell plumb to 82 today. Low at 81.926 even broke 82. Trading right now at 82.053, down 16.3 basis points on the day. Euro jumped 0.3% to $1.3225, still trending up. Yen can't quite make up its mind to rise again. Closed 100.55c/Y100, up 0.166.

Here's how loony the world is. In Japan the electorate gave control of the upper house back to Abe's party. That's right -- to the party of the man who has promised to gut their currency. "Hit me again, Shinzo -- it feels so good!"

After yesterday's big leaps silver & gold backed off for a breather today -- well, at the cosmetic Comex close, but not in the aftermarket. It was surprisingly peppy after Comex closed.

Gold lost $1.30 to end at $1,335.10 and silver gave back 25.2 cents to 2024.6c.

But after the Comex closed, silver shot up as high at 2051 and gold up to $1,348. They've since settled back a little, but this tugging at higher prices in the aftermarket feels like a very strong market. Gold remains above its 50 DMA ($1,333.40) and 20 DMA, and can only be expected to rise for a while. Same holds true for silver. Whether they can make good this breakouts to found a lasting rally, or whether they fail higher, gold has the potential to run to $1,550 from here, silver to 2300c -- fast, once gold beats $1,350.

Whether the ultimate price low for silver & gold has been posted yet or not, the gold and silver markets are turning. Panic & defeat are behind us, rebuilding taking place. Be patient, keep buying.

On 23 July 1894 Japanese agents assassinated the Korean Empress Myeongseong. In 1910 Korea, already occupied by the Japanese military, was annexed to the Japanese empire. Korea was not freed of brutal Japanese domination until the end of World War II, then was subjected to the devastation of the Korean War (1950-53) in which more than a million people died. I don't know how true to historical fact it is, but you can get a taste of Korean patriotism in the movie War of the Arrows, although that deals with much earlier Chinese domination.

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23-Jul-13 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,335.10 -1.30 -0.10%
Silver, $/oz 20.25 -0.25 -1.23%
Gold/Silver Ratio 65.944 0.747 1.15%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0152 -0.0002 -1.13%
Platinum 1,442.10 -4.90 -0.34%
Palladium 738.55 -11.00 -1.47%
S&P 500 1,692.39 -3.14 -0.19%
Dow 15,567.74 22.19 0.14%
Dow in GOLD $s 241.04 0.58 0.24%
Dow in GOLD oz 11.66 0.03 0.24%
Dow in SILVER oz 768.93 10.54 1.39%
US Dollar Index 82.05 -0.16 -0.20%
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1 oz .999 round 1.00 20.51 21.31 21.31
Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 21.66 23.21 23.21
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