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My friend Herrick Kimball on The Deliberate Agrarian Blog published today a wondrous word picture of his mother-in-law entitled "Eulogy for Evelyn." It reminded me of my own wonderful mother-in-law who passed away in 2010. You can read Herrick's blog at

Nobody was much interested in markets today, probably still hung over from the weekend.

Stocks dropped after last Thursday's new highs. Dow lost 44.05 (0.26%) to 17,024.21. S&P500 edged back 7.79 (0.39%) to 1,977.65. Chance is large y'all will see a significant stock peak this month.

More interesting to me than the raw stock performance is stocks' performance against metals. Dow in silver has continued to rise, another 0.51% today to 810.14 oz (S$1,047.45 silver dollars) and has bounced off its 200 DMA and punctured its steep downtrend line. Nothing yet suggests anything more than an ordinary correction here.

Dow in gold was flat today at 12.93 oz (G$267.29 gold dollars). It has reached important resistance made stiffer by the confluence of the 20 DMA (13.00 oz/G$268.73) and 50 DMA (19.97 oz/G$268.11).

Currencies flat lined today except for the yen. US dollar index lost one measly basis point to end at 80.26, euro lost 0.02% to $1.3605. Yen rose 0.32% to 98.19, but did no more than creep above its intertwined 20 & 50 DMAs. Remains within that long even-sided triangle.

Gold today gave back $3.90 (0.3%) to close Comex at $1,316.50. Silver sliced off 12.3 cents (0.58%) to 2096.6c.

It appears silver & gold will correct this week. It might be mild, but might turn really scary -- bull markets have a habit of doing that, to "shake off as many riders as possible." Y'all, of course, are clever enough to recognize any correction as an opportunity to back up your truck & load up.

Mild correction takes silver to 2040c (200 DMA) and gold to $1,295, even 1,288 (200 DMA). Oddly enough, a 50% correction of the larger move, from June first's $1,240.20 to July first's $1,334.90 would also take gold to $1,287.55, right on the 200 DMA at $1,287.68. A tougher correction might take gold to $1,275, silver to 2000c or even 1950c.

Watch out! Closes above 2133.5c or $1,335 choke off any correction & add another upleg to the metals' rise.

On 7 July 1456 a retrial acquitted Joan of Arc of heresy. Unfortunately she had been dead 25 years at the time.

Argentum et aurum comparanda sunt —
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— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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7-Jul-14 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,316.50 -3.90 -0.30%
Silver, $/oz 20.97 -0.12 -0.58%
Gold/Silver Ratio 62.792 0.181 0.29%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0159 -0.0000 -0.29%
Platinum 1,494.90 -11.90 -0.79%
Palladium 869.24 6.95 0.81%
S&P 500 1,977.65 -7.79 -0.39%
Dow 17,024.21 -44.05 -0.26%
Dow in GOLD $s 267.32 0.10 0.04%
Dow in GOLD oz 12.93 0.00 0.04%
Dow in SILVER oz 811.99 2.65 0.33%
US Dollar Index 80.26 -0.01 -0.01%
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