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Mother Janet Yellum was at it again today to sucker punch stock markets. There they stood like a bunch of hicks with their jaws hanging down, looking at the bearded lady in the sideshow, waiting for their pockets to be picked. Yesterday the bearded lady told 'em some stocks were overvalued, today she said they weren't. (That, by the way, was either a WHOPPING big lie, or a WHOPPING big confession of historical ignorance.)

They fell for it, and while yesterday stocks fell on Mama Yellum's mere hint, today they ran like scalded dogs the other way. Friends, ask yourself this: when has the Fed, or any Fed chief accurately forecast the economy? Bernanke, who didn't see the 2008 financial panic coming? Greenspan, who set up the 2008 Crash by goosing real estate? Go ahead, look, investigate, dig up the background, and you'll find the Fed almost NEVER forecasts accurately.

Here's where reason runneth off the tracks, and logic falleth dead: why would you believe the Fed or Mother Yellum NOW, when they've always been wrong before? Thus triumphs hope over experience, and Mother Yellum manipulates the markets by the gentlest of weapons, her bad breath.

Question from a nacheral born fool is, Who is the fool now? Mama Yellum, or the investors who slavishly and against history follow her?

Stocks gainsaid each other today, that is, the S&P500 refused to confirm the Dow's move. Dow made a new all time high, both intraday at 17,139.35 and closing at 17,138.20, up 77.52 (0.45%). S&P500 made no kind of new high no way, but closed higher by 8.29 (0.42%). Friends, when the words "It don't get no better than this!" involuntarily roll off your tongue, it probably don't. Stocks are close to a huge fall.

Oddly enough, after a straight up rise the Dow in Gold put a little hook on that today and stayed flat at 13.19 oz (G$272.66 gold dollars). Dow in silver rose a measly 0.26% to 824.94 oz (S$1,066.59 silver dollars). Neither indicator shows any sign of turning down yet.

Assuming it follows through tomorrow, the US dollar index made an important breakout today, through the upper boundary of the even-sided triangle I mentioned yesterday. At stake is whether the dollar index has formed an upside-down head and shoulders since March. Today's breakout makes the picture appear to be the Dollar Index completing a right shoulder. If all that's accurate, the neckline stands about 81.15, and a breakout from there would carry the dollar index to 82.75.

The Frankencurrency took this news badly, gapping down from $1.3570 yesterday to open at $1.3537 today, then lost 0.33% and closing near the bottom at $1.3525. If it cracks June's $1.3503 low, 'twill fall like a meteor across the night sky.

Meanwhile the Yen barely moved, dropping 0.4% to 98.31 cents/Y100. No direction, no change, who cares.

Yellum's antics today sufficed to beat back the 10 year treasury yield to 2.538%, squelching the threatened upside breakout for interest rates.

Silver & gold blew cold & hot. Silver lost 11.5 cents to 2072.7c but gold gained $2.70 to $1,299.60.

This sounds like the coward's way out, but today's action didn't change anything. Silver has traded down to an old internal support line, but that's a thin reed to hang by. That big flagpole gain from 19 June is asking, like a gap, to be filled. The 200 DMA at 2036c is also beckoning. Sure, silver closed lower on Comex today, but at the end of the day it was higher. No way around saying it, after drops like this it takes several days to forecast with any certainty what might happen.

Gold with a $1,292.60 low yesterday reached my first support zone. Here's a really odd tidbit. If you draw a rising trend line from the June gold low at $1,240.20 through the mid-June low, it come in today exactly at the lows. In other words, it defines an uptrend that has yet to be broken. Fact is, you can do the same with silver.

Can they still move lower? Of course, but for the present they don't look so weak as to move much lower.

On 16 July 1439 King Henry VI banned kissing by royal proclamation. He hoped to curtail the spread of pestilence then rampant. Unfortunately for the king, and fortunately for the rest of us, his subjects gave the law only lip service.

On 16 July 1661 the first European banknotes were issued by the Bank of Stockholm, which, by the way, through the route of bankruptcy and takeover by the state, became the first central bank. Sort of like becoming the first small pox virus.

On the night of 16/17 July 1918 a Bolshevik firing squad at Ekaterinburg, Siberia murdered Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, his wife, four daughters, and his son. Shallow, weak, untrained, he was wholly unprepared to face the monstrous challenges of his reign, but he didn't deserve murdering.

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16-Jul-14 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,299.60 2.70 0.21%
Silver, $/oz 20.73 -0.12 -0.55%
Gold/Silver Ratio 62.701 0.476 0.76%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0159 -0.0001 -0.76%
Platinum 1,485.00 0.70 0.05%
Palladium 875.75 9.45 1.09%
S&P 500 1,981.57 8.29 0.42%
Dow 17,138.20 77.52 0.45%
Dow in GOLD $s 272.60 0.67 0.25%
Dow in GOLD oz 13.19 0.03 0.25%
Dow in SILVER oz 826.85 8.28 1.01%
US Dollar Index 80.62 0.19 0.24%
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