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Bank of England governor Mark Carney (not "carnie," as "one who works in a carnival," but -- well, never mind. That may be accurate after all) who moved from the Bank of Canada to the Bank of England, took his cues from Ben the Beneficent today & announced that the BoE would keep rates at 0.5% until unemployment drops to 7%. Markets didn't believe him as interest rates on UK government bonds rose. Central bankers are the Rodney Dangerfields of the financial world -- they just can't get no respect. After promising so much, printing so much, & delivering so little in economic improvement, the world may be starting to recognize that central bankers are merely wet cardboard cut-outs -- poke your finger at 'em and it pokes right through.

US dollar index stepped into a manhole today. Lost 32.8 basis points (0.42%) and ended well below 81.50 support at 81.292. This probably inaugurates another nosedive for the dollar, down to long term support at 80.75 or so. I remind y'all that Bernanke the Bumbling has set up another bubble, this time in US bonds, by his Zero Interest Rate Policy. Interest rates broke out upside in June, signaling definitively that markets are rejecting the Bumbler's claim to omnipotence in interest rates. As rates move higher & bonds move lower (rates & bonds move opposite each other), plentiful opportunity for panic out of bonds & the dollar aboundeth.

Today, though, US interest rates fell, and the dollar with them.

Y'all ought to know I do not welcome or gloat in any of this. It grieves my soul that greed & corruption -- I do not say "stupidity" because that stretches credulity -- could so devastate this land. Sooner or later, it will all hit the wall.

While the poor US dollar index was scraping bottom & knocking the bottom out of the barrel, the euro & yen were rising. Euro rose 0.27% to $1.3341. Yen impressed more with a gap up, gaining 1.39% to 103.75. Jumping from the dollar to the yen is like winos pitching away their cans of Sterno & going straight for the wood alcohol.

For the last three days stocks have followed the same pattern: drop on open with a flattish recovery through the day ending with a lower close. Look! There, on the anchor rope! The rats are leaving the ship!

Dow Jones Industrial average closed the day at 15,470.67, down 48.07 (0.31%). No laggard, the S&P500 lost 6.46 (0.38%) to 1,690.91.

Look thou at the chart, yea, gaze thereon. Both have broken down through, yea, pierced & penetrated, the bottom boundary of the rising trend channel. Yep, that means they are now headed down instead of up. I still expect a wilder-yet blowoff top, but for the nonce stocks are in correction gear.

One of the most frustrating, wearing formations is the broadening top, especially in stocks. They take a long while to unfold. What we have in the Dow in Gold & Dow in Silver is not precisely a broadening top, but is unfolding with the same mind-changing frustration. I'd rather shop shop for shoes with my wife. Today, however, they rewarded patience with lower closes, showing they are gaining against stocks. Dow in Gold ended at 12.029 oz (G$248.66 gold dollars), down 0.53%. Dow in Silver lost 0.22% or 1.77 oz to close at 793.45 oz. Still rolling over to the downside.

Gold & silver gainsaid each other today. Silver fell 1.7 cents to 1949.8 while gold rose $2.90 to $1,286.10.

Gold's low today at $1,274.35 came a little higher than yesterday's, but this was not a day of great revelations. Gold traded in a narrow $13.45 range, from $1,274.35 to $1,287.80, and closed near the top of that range. That leaves us with a POSSIBLE rounding bottom from yesterday and today. If so, tomorrow gold will trade all day above today's low, and most likely higher. Any break below that low should take gold lower. It bothers me that gold remains below its 20 day moving average ($1,305.16). However, gold is now stretched the farthest from its 200 and 300 day moving averages that it has seen since 2008. Add to that similar bullishness from commitments of traders. Those things argue against another sharp gold plunge.

Silver traded as low as 1929.2 today, offering a double bottom with last Friday's law at 1918c. More, silver traded into a V-bottom today, and ended the day about where it ended yesterday. Silver has to confirm any V-bottom by trading higher tomorrow.

Here's a small thing, but watch it. Technically both silver & gold made the first half of a key reversal today, trading into new low ground for the move but ending the day higher. (Only the silver end-of-day chart shows that, but there 'tis.) Follow through with higher closes tomorrow would confirm a reversal.

Silver & gold markets are suffering from a massive lack of interest. Dealers & wholesalers around the country report snore-some days. Beware of seemingly dead markets. They can be spring-loaded for big jumps up or down, simply because they are thinly attended.

On 7 August 1782 George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart for soldiers wounded in combat.

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
7-Aug-13 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,286.10 2.90 0.23%
Silver, $/oz 19.50 -0.02 -0.09%
Gold/Silver Ratio 65.961 0.206 0.31%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0152 -0.0000 -0.31%
Platinum 1,437.40 10.50 0.74%
Palladium 722.25 0.35 0.05%
S&P 500 1,690.91 -6.46 -0.38%
Dow 15,470.67 -48.07 -0.31%
Dow in GOLD $s 248.66 -1.34 -0.53%
Dow in GOLD oz 12.03 -0.06 -0.53%
Dow in SILVER oz 793.45 -1.77 -0.22%
US Dollar Index 81.29 -0.33 -0.40%
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