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It's amazing how much power printing money out of thin air gives you. For a while, you can even suspend the law of cause & effect.

Extent of that power was seen today when the mighty stock market wilted at the hint in the Federal Open Market Committee's notes of its last meeting that it might, someday, somehow "taper." This taper handle turns out to be the best tool for manipulating public opinion since terrorism was invented.

Clearly, by its money printing the Fed has placed a floor under stock prices. Everybody knows it, that's why they wilt at the magic word "taper." 'Twill be hard to resist the pull of this magic.

Excepting the Nasdaq twins, stock indices fell across the board. Dow lurched down 68.2 (0.41%) to 16,462.74 while the S&P500 stumbled 0.39 (0.2%) to 1,837.49.

Just the chart, ma'am, & a syllogism. Definition: a downtrend is a series of lower lows and lower highs. Since 31 December 2013 Dow & S&P500 have posted lower lows and lower highs. Ergo, the Dow & S&P500 are in a downtrend, transitory and migratory as it may be. Whether this downtrend will be of the evanescent or long-lasting variety time has not yet revealed to us.

But stock's slide was not enough to lower the Dow in Gold & Dow in Silver, since metals dropped more than stocks. DiG ended at 13.44 oz, up a wee 0.07%. DiS jumped 1.25% to 843.81 oz.

US dollar index pulled away from its congestion today, rising 17 basis points (0,21%) to 81.18. 'Tis now reaching for the 200 DMA at 81.65. Crossing that will add gas to its tank.

Euro broke clean through the lower boundary of its rising bearish wedge & lost 0.30% to $1.3578. Needs one more lower close to cement the breakdown. Next support does not appear until $1.3295. Ow.

Yen changed its mind again today and fell back 0.24% to 95.38 cents/Y100. Japanese Nice Government Men don't want it to climb above that 20 DMA.

Ten year US Treasury Note yield ticked up today, 1.91% to 2.993%. Probably on "taper" news. Momentum remains upward, although at a glacial pace.

Silver & gold find themselves fighting over familiar ground. Gold dropped $4.10 (0.3%) to $1,225.30 while silver lost 24.7 cents (0.13%) to 1951.8c.

Today changes nothing & adds no new insight. Gold remains above its 20 DMA and in the uptrend begun on 31 December. Gold has drawn a falling bullish wedge and broke out of that, & the breakout remains above the wedge's upper boundary line. Touched off it today.

Silver shows a similar wedge, and a like performance. Not counting the 1872c thin market low on 31 December, silver is in an uptrend with a lower boundary rising through its December lows. However, it teeters on the edge. Really can't close below 1940c and gold must hold on above $1,220.

It's all one big wheezy deal, and how it turns out is anybody's guess. Balance of proof they have bottomed remains on shoulders of silver & gold, & can only be borne by rising to higher prices.

On 8 January 1815 Tennessee & Kentucky volunteers under General Andrew Jackson defeated a British invasion army at Chalmette near New Orleans, thus saving y'all's yankee bacon. Unknown to the combatants a peace treaty had already been signed on 24 December 1814, but if Jackson had not stopped the British they, not knowing any more than he that the war had ended, would have worked their way up to St. Louis where they would have forced everyone to put down their coffee & start drinking tea, or whatever they had in mind. What would they have done with Louisiana anyway? 200 years later Louisianans still haven't been tamed!

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— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
8-Jan-14 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,225.30 -4.10 -0.33%
Silver, $/oz 19.52 -0.25 -1.25%
Gold/Silver Ratio 62.778 0.577 0.93%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0159 -0.0001 -0.92%
Platinum 1,412.20 -0.50 -0.04%
Palladium 737.40 -3.40 -0.46%
S&P 500 1,837.49 -0.39 -0.02%
Dow 16,462.74 -68.20 -0.41%
Dow in GOLD $s 277.74 -0.22 -0.08%
Dow in GOLD oz 13.44 -0.01 -0.08%
Dow in SILVER oz 843.46 7.09 0.85%
US Dollar Index 81.18 0.17 0.21%
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