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Today the S&P500 closed at a new all time high, up 5.86 (0.29%) to 1,992.37. Dow did not make a new high but closed above 17,000, higher by 60.36 (0.36%) at 17,039.49.

Depending on how long the mania continues, S&P500 could easily reach 2000, even tomorrow.

Why am I always so negative on stocks? Because I have seen these tops before, and when they happen you can't find a radioactive bear with a Geiger counter, because everybody but everybody is bullish. But think about it: when everybody is bullish, everybody has bought, and one bright day you run out of buyers. This is playing out much like the July - August 2011 gold top. People say they can set a target, but I don't have much faith in that. Dow could reach -- not now, but later this year -- over 18,000. I just watch for the signal that it's turned.

In the past few days both the Dow in Gold and Dow in silver have fundamentally changed their chart's appearances. Can't call it a correction any longer because it looks like another advance. Most likely target would be the June tops, which would paint double tops on the chart. those June tops are at 892.99 oz (S$1,154.57 silver dollars) and 13.53 oz (G$279.69 gold dollars). Today the Dow in Gold finished up 1.7% at 13.36 oz (G$276.18) and the Dow in silver closed at 872.96 oz (S$1,128.68).

US dollar index backed off 8 basis points (-0.13%) to 82.21 today. Caution is that the dollar index made a new high for the move but closed lower than yesterday, and that's the first half of a key reversal. Euro clawed back 0.17% to $1.3282, still rotting and brown around the edges. Lower euro a-coming. Yen lost another 0,1% to 96.30. Sick, sick.

Bad day for gold, good day for gold buyers. Gold dropped $19.70 (1.55%) to $1,273.70 while silver dropped only 8.2 cents (0.242%) to 1939c.

Where does that put gold? It fell through its 200 day moving average, but as I have been mooting some time, it fell nearly to the uptrend line from the December low, which today is near $1,270. Today's low hit $1,273.40. If gold doesn't catch around here, or tomorrow above $1,270, we're dealing with another thing. Also, a cyclical low is due between the 21st or 22nd. Tomorrow will tell us.

Y'all notice how silver drops here much more reluctantly than gold? That's because down around that 1930 area (low today came at 1928c) buyers are waiting. There is lateral support there (call it 1925c), but silver also managed to close just above that downtrend line from August 2013.

Either silver & gold turn around at/near these prices, or they'll take another big drop. Watch closely tomorrow. A jump up would be very positive, a lackluster performance negative.

On 21 August 1864 Major General Nathan B Forrest led a raid on Memphis in which he liberated the prisoners held by Yankees and on the way out of town fought a personal, single-handed battle with a yankee colonel who had bragged he'd show Forrest a thing or two. Forrest charged him horseback with a sword and with one hand literally lifted him out of his saddle and dispatched him. Memphis had been Forrest's home before the war.

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21-Aug-14 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,273.70 -19.70 -1.52%
Silver, $/oz 19.39 -0.08 -0.42%
Gold/Silver Ratio 65.688 -0.735 -1.11%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0152 0.0002 1.12%
Platinum 1,419.30 -8.40 -0.59%
Palladium 880.40 11.45 1.32%
S&P 500 1,992.37 5.86 0.29%
Dow 17,039.49 60.36 0.36%
Dow in GOLD $s 276.55 5.18 1.91%
Dow in GOLD oz 13.38 0.25 1.91%
Dow in SILVER oz 878.78 6.80 0.78%
US Dollar Index 82.21 -0.08 -0.10%
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