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Those hopeful signs I was squinting to see in silver & gold ripened today. More about that below.

Stocks turned down today. Dow lost 42.44 (0.25%) to 17,079.57. They hang again a mere 90 points above the uptrend line from the March 2009 low. This, remember, was the line the Dow fell through at end-July. This, as the Roman haruspex might tell you, in a very bad liver is healthy-seeming sheep.

S&P500 dropped 3.38 (0.17%), but dead out of its uptrend from early August. Broke clean down, thru the line.

More interesting to those of us who trust not the Potemkin Economy peopled by central bankers, bankeresses, and other bogus luminaries, were the Dow in Gold & Dow in Silver.

Dow in Silver (bless its heart!) plunged 1.16% today to end at 871.01 oz (S$1,126.15 silver dollars). 'Tis a small sign, yet a sign still, that the DiS closed back within the upper channel line. This it had previously "thrown over" (risen above) a couple of weeks ago. 'Pears to have changed headings 180 degrees to "straight down."

Dow in gold likewise turned down, but only 0.74% to 13.24 oz (G$273.69 gold dollars). Can't call it a reversal yet, but appears to have left a double top behind.

No action much in rotten, scrofulous, corrupt, parasitic fiat currencies today. US dollar index shaved off one basis point, nothing, a chigger's whisker, to 82.50. Coming off an uncommonly overbought condition, the dollar is begging to turn earthward. Euro is as oversold as the dollar is overbought. Lost 0.8% today for a $1.3183 close. Watch out, next move might be up. Yen did rise today, 0.16% to 96.45 cents/Y100. Also moving up from an oversold state.

Gold added $6.80 (0.53%) today to shutter Comex at 1,288.70. Silver gained 12.9 cents (0.66%) to 1953.4 cents, blasting out of its pit.

Ponder gold first. High today at $1,297.60 hit the downtrend line from October 2012 we've been fighting with since June. Closed above the 200 DMA ($1,284.94) & rose stoutly off a $1,283 low as the day began.

Silver bounced like a kangaroo. Cut into but did not close over its 20 DMA (1971c). RSI bounced up sharply, MACD line almost turned up.

I remind y'all once again, September on average is the strongest month of the year for silver & gold. We need milestone confirmations above still, but metals today made a heartening first step. Next week promises much progress.

After my comments yesterday about the weather havoc wreaked by Krakatoa's 1883 eruption, a reader kindly reminded me of the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora that led to the Year Without A Summer, 1816. Tambora (Indonesia) erupted in April 1815, after 1812 volcanic eruptions in the Caribbean and Indonesia, and in Japan in 1813 and the Philippines in 1814. The huge cloud of atmospheric dust from these volcanoe caused a volcanic winter in the Northern Hemisphere. In New England & Canada there was, literally, no summer and they saw snows in June. Besides the summer climate abnormalities, global temperatures dropped by 0.7 to 1.3% Fahrenheit.

On 28 August 1864 the First Geneva Convention governing the rules of warfare was signed by 26 nations. Unhappily, it came too late to prevent the war crimes committed against the South in the War for Southern Independence.

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28-Aug-14 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,288.70 6.80 0.53%
Silver, $/oz 19.53 0.13 0.66%
Gold/Silver Ratio 65.972 -0.088 -0.13%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0152 0.0000 0.13%
Platinum 1,427.20 5.30 0.37%
Palladium 897.20 3.30 0.37%
S&P 500 1,996.74 -3.38 -0.17%
Dow 17,079.57 -42.44 -0.25%
Dow in GOLD $s 273.97 -2.14 -0.77%
Dow in GOLD oz 13.25 -0.10 -0.77%
Dow in SILVER oz 874.35 -8.00 -0.91%
US Dollar Index 82.50 0.01 0.01%
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