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Tuesday, 25 February a.d. 2014 Browse the commentary archive

I'm sorry I missed sending y'all a commentary yesterday, but I had to finish my monthly Moneychanger newsletter for paid subscribers. It's available for download at www.the-moneychanger.

Yesterday raised many questions for stocks. Nasdaq & Nasdaq 100 rose to new high closes, S&P500 made a new intraday high. Can the Dow follow? It's lagging far behind.

Stocks opened lower today then about 11:00 tried to beat yesterday's prices without any success. Indices all dropped today, stalled at the last highs. That's not to say they can't go higher.

Dow today lost 27.48 (after adding 102.83 yesterday) to close at 16,179.66. S&P500 lost 2.49 (after gaining 11.46 Monday) to 1,845.12. Both have formed fatal broadening tops, but still make new highs before those megaphones exact their vengeance.

Dow in Gold & Dow in Silver are both way oversold, but are not showing any mind to turn up and correct. DiG dropped 0.52% today to end the day at 12.05 oz (G$249.10 gold dollars), still above the 200 DMA at 11.95 (G$247.03). DiS rose 0.23% (1.69 oz) to 736.68 oz, below its 742.26 oz 200 DMA and in full return-to-earth mode.

US Dollar index is not quite sorry as gully dirt, but it's closing in on it. Lost 6 basis points today (0.07%) to 80.19, simply moving sideways right above support at 80. Been locked in the same trading range since September. Now THAT'S ambition.

I just can't get excited about any of these nasty, scrofulous, scabby, fleabitten fiat currencies. The euro is clogged like the drain in a beauty parlor, can't go up and can't go down. Would have to top $1.3800 to unstop that drain, or drop below $1.3700. That nasty yen ain't no prize, either, dancing sideways over its 20 DMA. Ended today up 02.6% at 97.83.

Gold added $4.70 to the $14.40 it gained yesterday & closed Comex at $1,343, nearly at the high. Silver, however backed off 8.8 cents to 2196.3c.

After that brief pause last Thursday, gold resumed rising again today. Gold is nearing the October high at $1,362, but at the rate it's moving probably won't slow down for that. If it does slice clean through there without having to make two tries, gold will attract way more buyers. Gold is overbought, but can get more overbought, & the overboughtness can continue for weeks.

Silver ought to break out of its flag tomorrow and continue higher by at least another 100 cents. Next soul searching comes at 2300c, & if silver can break through that, well, it will knock on 2500c.

Every day adds more evidence that the long correction has ended. Y'all better be thinking about buying.

The world's biggest Bitcoin distributor, Mt. Gox, has gone off line, sunk beneath the waves of the future. Turns out Bitcoin has a quirk that allowed some dishonest souls to take Mt. Gox for nearly $400 million. Well, or take Mt. Gox' customers, as the case may be. It was not reported today that any owners of gold or silver who had taken physical delivery had been shut down or lost their metal to a computer program back door. (Whoo, hush! I am sailing awfully close to sarcasm.)

It's getting so there's so many tomfools in the world that I can hardly stand listening to the radio any more. Who lets these people off their leashes? I hear this morning the yankee government, which already meddles in everything, is forcing school cafeterias not to advertise soft drinks that might make kids fat. Wow. That's Michelle Obama's contribution to the national welfare. Trouble is, doesn't anybody worrying about piddling stuff like that notice that public education will make kids fat-heads? Look at what it done to me: I ain't nuthing but a nacheral born durn fool from Tennessee now, and before I went to public school I wuz a genius. And I went to school back when they still taught kids how to read and wore the tar out of you if you chewed gum, let along came to school with a shotgun and killed people. This world's too crazy for me to stay here.

On 25 February 1791 President George Washington signed a bill chartering the first Bank of the United States. Y'all look at that. The ink wasn't dry on the constitution good before those banks sneaked in there & tried to take a stranglehold on the whole country. Everybody was worrying about standing armies and the right to bear arms while the banks were sneaking in the back door stealing the whole economy. The more things change, the more they stay the same.


I usually don't stock this many quarter ounce American Eagles so I need to square up my inventory right quick. I am pricing these to move, barely over wholesale.

This price is based on spot gold at $1,343 & spot silver at $21.963.


Six each one-fourth ounce gold American Eagle coins at $364.50 each for a total of $2,187.00 plus $35 shipping for a grand total of $2,222.00. That's a premium of 8.6% over melt value.

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
25-Feb-14 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,343.00 4.70 0.35%
Silver, $/oz 21.96 -0.09 -0.40%
Gold/Silver Ratio 61.148 0.457 0.75%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0164 -0.0001 -0.75%
Platinum 1,441.70 -12.00 -0.83%
Palladium 736.10 0.90 0.12%
S&P 500 1,845.12 -2.49 -0.13%
Dow 16,179.66 -27.48 -0.17%
Dow in GOLD $s 249.04 -1.30 -0.52%
Dow in GOLD oz 12.05 -0.06 -0.52%
Dow in SILVER oz 736.68 1.69 0.23%
US Dollar Index 80.19 -0.06 -0.07%
IMPORTANT NOTE: The following are wholesale, not retail, prices. To figure our retail selling price, multiply the "ask" price by 1.035. To figure our retail buying price, multiple the "bid" price by 0.97. Lower commissions apply to larger orders, higher commissions to very small orders.
SPOT GOLD: 1,340.20      
GOLD Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
American Eagle 1.00 1,379.07 1,387.11 1,387.11
1/2 AE 0.50 682.99 705.95 1,411.90
1/4 AE 0.25 341.50 359.68 1,438.70
1/10 AE 0.10 140.62 146.75 1,467.52
Aust. 100 corona 0.98 1,307.10 1,316.10 1,342.68
British sovereign 0.24 317.85 322.60 1,370.43
French 20 franc 0.19 252.09 255.07 1,366.18
Krugerrand 1.00 1,356.28 1,366.28 1,366.28
Maple Leaf 1.00 1,355.20 1,370.20 1,370.20
1/2 Maple Leaf 0.50 770.62 703.61 1,407.21
1/4 Maple Leaf 0.25 341.75 358.50 1,434.01
1/10 Maple Leaf 0.10 142.06 146.08 1,460.82
Mexican 50 peso 1.21 1,607.67 1,618.67 1,342.51
.9999 bar 1.00 1,344.89 1,359.20 1,359.20
SPOT SILVER: 21.85      
SILVER Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
VG+ Morgan $B4 1905 0.77 25.50 27.50 35.95
VG+ Peace dollar 0.77 22.50 24.50 32.03
90% silver coin bags 0.72 16,048.18 16,298.18 22.79
US 40% silver 1/2s 0.30 6,252.53 6,402.53 21.70
100 oz .999 bar 100.00 2,189.50 2,239.50 22.40
10 oz .999 bar 10.00 218.95 223.95 22.40
1 oz .999 round 1.00 21.95 22.45 22.45
Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 23.35 24.55 24.55
SPOT PLATINUM: 1,441.70      
Plat. Platypus 1.00 1,456.70 1,473.70 1,473.70
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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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