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Ahead of the ECB meeting this week apparently the propagandists are trying to talk down gold, because "potentially" the ECB might cut interest rates. Duhh, lessee -- ECB cuts rates so people will borrow more & inflation will rise, & THAT will make the euro rise against gold? In today's lunatic markets -- yes, lunatic -- I guess depreciating your currency is grounds for it to rise against gold. Works for the dollar, right? Well, very briefly. Merely until reality catches up. Hide & watch.

Personally, I love all the negative publicity for silver & gold. It signals (1) the bottoming of sentiment which lays the foundation for a price reversal, and (2) the mouth-foaming desperation of the central bankers who are using their most efficient weapon, jawboning (it was Samson's favorite, too, & he was using the same jawbone) to do with propaganda what they cannot accomplish with manipulation. Or, maybe that should be viewed as just another part of the manipulation. Prince Potemkin would be proud of these, his spiritual descendants.

Stocks behaved very oddly today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average which so long & steadfastly resisted making a new high, surged 128.66 to a new high at 15,746.88, up 0.82%. S&P500 added 7.52 (0.43%) but did NOT close at a new high. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite, Nasdaq 100, Russell 2000 & Wilshire 5000 all --- dropped.

Somebody needs to teach this choir to sing in tune. Bad juju when they're off key.

Dow in Silver & Dow in Gold both rose a little today, but nothing to amount to much. Dow in gold rose 0.8% (Is it really a number when it's that small?) to 11.95 oz (G$247.03). Dow in silver rose 0.21% to 724.13 oz. I still believe that both these topped at the June 27 gold & silver lows, & that those tops will hold. Trend has turned down.

Since Friday the US dollar index has made a series of lower lows & lower highs -- right, that DOES define a "downtrend." This is fairly flat or sideways, but if it breaks 80.40 might pick up steam. Longer term the dollar appears to have bottomed at 79.06 back in October, but closed today below its 50 dma (80.63), never a particularly encouraging sign for an uptrend.

Maybe the dollar is showing strength merely because I a world of wholly rotten currencies and economies, it's the prettiest hog in the wallow. That's one whale of a recommendation, ain't it?

Euro has caught at (what was) its upper channel line & 62 DMA. This wouldn't impress your eight year old. It may trade up to fill in the gap it left behind when it fell off that cliff, but that won't hardly take it to $1.3600. Today it rose 0.33% to $1.3516.

Now y'all think about it. What does a central banker want more than anything else? Stability, good old predictable stability. He doesn't want any brash, uncontained moves, so he floods the markets with propaganda before he announces anything, just to keep 'em off balance. Hogwash. Pure Tennessee hogwash, 'cept this brand is coming off European hogs.

Yen today closed 101.36, down 0.16%, trading in a tighter & tighter range, all of it kind of pointless.

Gold jumped up $9.70 today & closed at $1,317.70. Silver added 13.2 cents to end at 2174.6c. Yeah, I know, I know -- no more'n back & forth trading . . .

Or maybe not. If you take a straightedge & draw a line from the 15 October $1,251 low to the low yesterday about $1,302, as I did with the red line on the chart here you'll find a little uptrend from October till now. That's our line in the sand, and it has squeezed gold up past the 20 DMA ($1,316.91).. Long as gold stays above that, say, tomorrow above $1,318 or so, it's in a rising trend. Sort of tautological, but there 'tis.

Likewise pull out your ruler and draw another red line on the silver chart from the 2050c low 15 October to Tuesday's low, you find another uptrend. Go look at

Other indicators are talking out of both sides of their mouths. Wouldn't it be funny if all those folks out there (including some of y'all) so sure that silver & gold are destined to drop to $800 & $10 were all wrong? Wouldn't it be a gigantic horse laugh if this was merely a small reaction and start of another rally? Yeah, buddy! Y'all'd just be laughing yourselves sick, watching gold & silver from the end where the rocket fire comes out.

If y'all have ears, listen.

Susan & I spent yesterday at Vanderbilt Hospital in ICU with our friend Freda Freemon and her husband. In spite of everything the doctors could do, she passed away from septic shock just 48 hours after her illness began. Thanks & praise to God for her life, & I know she will rest in peace by the grace of God & the work of Christ.

I thank all y'all who kindly prayed for her, and beg you further to pray that God would comfort her husband, Daniel, and her 6 year old daughter, Kenlee, with all the peace of Christ.

"The Lord gave, & the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord."

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6-Nov-13 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,317.70 9.70 0.74%
Silver, $/oz 21.75 0.13 0.61%
Gold/Silver Ratio 60.595 0.079 0.13%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0165 -0.0000 -0.13%
Platinum 1,465.60 17.90 1.24%
Palladium 763.80 14.05 1.87%
S&P 500 1,770.49 7.52 0.43%
Dow 15,746.88 128.66 0.82%
Dow in GOLD $s 247.03 0.20 0.08%
Dow in GOLD oz 11.95 0.01 0.08%
Dow in SILVER oz 724.13 1.53 0.21%
US Dollar Index 80.51 -0.19 -0.23%
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