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Today markets roused a little excitement. Whether that changes anything or not is another story.

Lo, stocks had their best day this year, but then, that's not saying much. Dow fluttered up 188.3 (1.22%) to 15,628.53, & back above its 200 DMA (15,483.08). Since other people watch charts, too, it's reasonable to expect them to buy at the 200 DMA. The S&P500 rose 21.79 (1.24%) to 1,773.43, Behold! Enough to touch its downtrend line.

It appears stocks are lining up for an upward correction. 'Twill be fascinating to see how far they can climb.

Stocks' strength relative to gold & silver today floated the Dow in Gold and Dow in Silver. Dow in Gold rose 1.16% to 12.42 oz (G$256.74 gold dollars). Dow in Silver barely edged up, 0.89% to 783.78 oz.

Mario Draghi, Criminal-in-Charge at the European Central Bank, surprised markets today by announcing there is no deflation in Europe and leaving the interest rate alone. Market was expecting a rate cut or at least a shot of Quantitative Easing, so the opposite probably set off some short covering. Whatever they thought, the euro jumped up 0.44% to $1.3592, without, however, closing above its 20 DMA (1.3604) or 50 DMA (1.3644) or breaking through its top descending channel line. In other words, it bounced from the bottom of the trading channel to the top. That doesn't really change anything. Unless it can close above $1.3650 tomorrow, today will go down in history as, as, well, as nothing.

US Dollar Index, Enemy to its Friends, Traitor to Investors, dropped 15 basis points (0.19%) to 80.97, below the psychologically sensitive 81 line. That is slap up against its 20 DMA (80.96) & leaves the dollar suspended in the selfsame range it has wallowed in since September.

Yen tumbled 0.6% to 97.94, putting the end to its uptrend at least while a short correction endures.

Gold rose a chiselling 30 cents to $1,257.60 & silver didn't shine much brighter, sneaking up 12.3 cents to 1990.8c.

There's a "feel of the thing" even to markets, and a long train of rises that slow down to thirty cents feels like the apogee of a thrown baseball's trajectory. Feels like it's slowing before it falls. Of course, you could ascribe that to gold's resistance at $1,267.50 (today's high) or resistance at that downtrend line, which gold closed nearly plumb on top of today. Don't write this rally off yet. Squint sideways at it, maybe, but don't write it off yet.

The elephant sat on silver today, too, but it's still moving up. Standing above its 50 (1976c) and 20 (1981c) day moving averages, it has a shot at breaking through 2050c.

All things added up, stocks and the euro sucked interest away from metals today. Still, nothing has changed. Main thing now is the silver holds own above 1897c and gold above $1,210. It may take another try still for gold to breach $1,267.50, but that's not the end of the world.

On 6 February 2013 Ronald Reagan was born. Did any of y'all every ponder the significance of an ACTOR being the PRESIDENT? Does that make anybody but me a little nervous? Makes me even more nervous when I remember that federal spending jumped more than ever during Mr. Conservative Republican's term. I reckon whoever gets the office, we get the shaft. SPECIAL OFFER: MORGAN SILVER DOLLARS

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
6-Feb-14 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,257.60 0.30 0.02%
Silver, $/oz 19.91 0.12 0.62%
Gold/Silver Ratio 63.171 -0.378 -0.59%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0158 0.0001 0.60%
Platinum 1,374.40 -4.40 -0.32%
Palladium 709.45 3.25 0.46%
S&P 500 1,773.43 21.79 1.24%
Dow 15,628.53 188.30 1.22%
Dow in GOLD $s 256.89 3.03 1.20%
Dow in GOLD oz 12.43 0.15 1.20%
Dow in SILVER oz 785.04 4.64 0.59%
US Dollar Index 80.97 -0.11 -0.14%
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SPOT GOLD: 1,257.60      
GOLD Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
American Eagle 1.00 1,290.30 1,299.10 1,299.10
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1/10 AE 0.10 131.94 137.71 1,377.07
Aust. 100 corona 0.98 1,226.54 1,235.54 1,260.49
British sovereign 0.24 297.82 309.82 1,316.12
French 20 franc 0.19 236.55 239.59 1,283.31
Krugerrand 1.00 1,273.95 1,283.95 1,283.95
Maple Leaf 1.00 1,272.60 1,287.60 1,287.60
1/2 Maple Leaf 0.50 723.12 660.24 1,320.48
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Mexican 50 peso 1.21 1,507.07 1,518.07 1,259.07
.9999 bar 1.00 1,262.00 1,276.60 1,276.60
SPOT SILVER: 19.92      
SILVER Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
VG+ Morgan $B4 1905 0.77 23.00 25.00 32.68
VG+ Peace dollar 0.77 20.00 22.00 28.76
90% silver coin bags 0.72 14,850.55 15,100.55 21.12
US 40% silver 1/2s 0.30 5,684.65 5,834.65 19.78
100 oz .999 bar 100.00 2,492.00 2,037.00 20.37
10 oz .999 bar 10.00 199.20 205.20 20.52
1 oz .999 round 1.00 19.92 20.47 20.47
Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 21.17 22.62 22.62
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To avoid confusion, please remember that the comments above have a very short time horizon. Always invest with the primary trend. Gold's primary trend is up, targeting at least $3,130.00; silver's primary trend is up, targeting 16:1 gold/silver ratio or $195.66; stock's primary trend is down, targeting Dow under 2,900 and worth only one ounce of gold or 16 ounces of silver. US$ and US$-denominated assets, primary trend down; real estate bubble has burst, primary trend down.

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The US DOLLAR INDEX is the average exchange rate for the US dollar against the Euro, Yen, Pound sterling, Canadian Dollar, Swiss Franc, and Swedish Krona, weighted for each country's trade with the US. It gives a general measure of the US dollar's performance against all other currencies.

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).

The DOW IN SILVER OUNCES shows how many ounces of silver are needed to buy the entire Dow. The DiSoz is trending down with a target of under 36 ounces.

The GOLD/SILVER RATIO is the gold price divided by the silver price, and shows how many ounces of silver it takes to buy one ounce of gold. The Ratio shows us the Primary (20 year) Trend of gold's value against silver. When the Ratio's trend is dropping, silver is gaining value against gold. This trend targets a gold/silver ratio of 16 ounces of silver to one of gold within the next 5-10 years. That implies that silver will massively, vastly outperform gold before this bull market ends. When both metals are rallying, the ratio often (but not always) drops, confirming the rally.

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