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Weekly Commentary
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Here's the weekly scorecard:
  22-Aug-14 29-Aug-14 Change % Change
Silver, cents/oz. 1,936.10 1,939.80 3.70 0.2
Gold, dollars/oz. 1,278.60 1,285.80 7.20 0.6
Gold/silver ratio 66.040 66.285 0.245 0.4
Silver/gold ratio 0.0151 0.0151 -0.0001 -0.4
Dow in Gold Dollars (DIG$) 274.87 274.89 0.02 0.0
Dow in gold ounces 13.30 13.30 0.00 0.0
Dow in Silver ounces 878.12 881.45 3.34 0.4
Dow Industrials 17,001.22 17,098.45 97.23 0.6
S&P500 1,988.40 2,003.37 14.97 0.8
US dollar index 82.39 82.72 0.33 0.4
Platinum 1,420.50 1,426.70 6.20 0.4
Palladium 888.00 908.65 20.65 2.3

By the narrowest of margins silver & gold rose this week, as did platinum. Palladium, however was strong as a garlic milkshake. Stocks inched to new highs, & the US dollar index closed at a new high for the move. Appearances may deceive.

By closing higher for the month the Dow invalidated the Key Reversal it seemed to be flashing as August began. In fact, it closed higher this month and barely inside the uptrend line from the March 2009 low.

Today the Dow added another 18.88 (0.11%) to close at 17,098.45. S&P chimed in with a 6.63 (0.33%) rise to another new high at 2,003.37. Lawsy mercy, along here sometime soon will come a BAD drop. Meanwhile if the S&P500 pushes to the top of the trading channel it would hit about 2020, Dow maybe 17,400.

Everybody loves to buy a rising market. Whoops! Everybody don't get rich, do he?

Dow in Gold and Dow in Silver both jiggled up this week, but without contradicting what appears to be the top posted this week.

Dow in silver today clumb 0.21% to 879.39 oz ($1,136.99 silver dollars). Dow in gold edged up 0.27% to 13.28 oz (G$274.52 gold dollars). Both appear to have topped this week, but must drop further to confirm. View charts at and

Although the US dollar index made a new high close for the move at 82.72, up 22 basis points, I think the weakness the scrofulous dollar has already shown & its acutely overbought condition will pull it down next week.

Also arguing for that is the painfully oversold euro. It has been dropping now since May, and even if it aims to drop to $1.2755, it needs a little corrective rally here. Adding strength to that viewpoint are the two gaps the euro left behind during August. That looks like a completed move -- very completed (as if "completed" were capable of augmentation.) Euro lost 0.39% to end at $1.3133. A European Vacation is getting cheaper.

Not to mention a trip to Japan. Your sushi became 0.34% cheaper today because you now need only 96.08 pennies to buy 100 yen. Oversold, but no sign of life. Wake that thing up, somebody!

US ten year treasury note yield resolved nothing up or down this week. It broke down the first of August, but hasn't wildly followed through. Ended at 2.343%. If that rate rises suddenly, it will turn Mother Yanet Yellum's hair gray, by Yiminy!

It don't change my mind a bit that silver fell 13.6$ (0.7%) to 1939.8c on Comex, or that Gold coughed up $2.90 (0.23%) to $1,285.80. I still believe you will see stellar September gians.

On a monthly chart gold closed higher, but not by much. On the weekly chart gold is above the after-August-2011 downtrend line and trying to punch through its 18 & 50 week moving averages.

Monthly chart shows silver lower for the second month running, but above the downtrend line from April 2013 -- not, however, above the downtrend line from the April 2011 high. Friendly weekly chart shows silver higher for the week and touching but not crossing the 20 week moving average (1997c).

Gold's indicators are hovering around turning up. All is in place for a September rally. But first, gold must climb above $1,305. Look for that next week.

Silver fell back today, bouncing off its 20 DMA (1967c). MACD turned up today, yahoo! Other momentum indicators are turning or pointing upward. Next move is up. Silver must cross above 2000 cents and the 200 DMA at 2007c. For y'all who know only this long post-2011 correction, you will be flabbergasted to see how fast silver can rally.

Today in a.d. 70 the Temple in Jerusalem burnt after a nine month Roman siege. The people in Jerusalem were their own worst enemies, with two different sects of Zealots fighting each other while the Romans surrounded all. Both sects would kill anyone not rich enough to bribe his way out, and if they did get out the Roman soldiers, operating on a rumor they had swallowed their money, ripped them open. Not a stone was left standing on another, although the Roman commander Titus had forbidden burning the Temple.

On 29 August 1526 the Hungarian nobility was nearly wiped out in the Battle of Mohacs (MO-hatch) trying to stop the advancing Ottoman Turks. They stopped the Turks, but at a steep & bloody price.

On 29 August 1862 the US Bureau of Engraving & Printing began operation. Until Lincoln needed fiat money to fight his war against the South, the US government had never issued any paper money so needed no such bureau.

On 29 August 1842 the British and the Chinese signed one of the most shameful treaties in history, the Treaty of Nanking. It ended the first Opium War and gave Hong Kong to the British. The Chinese empire had wisely forbidden the importation of opium which was destroying its subjects, but the British had opium grown in their Indian empire they wanted to sell, so they forced it on the Chinese by war. New England merchants, including the forebears of the Bushes, also waxed fat and wealthy on the opium trade. I reckon once you've been rich long enough, the stink fades off the money.

Y'all enjoy your weekend!

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— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
29-Aug-14 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,285.80 -2.90 -0.2
Silver, $/oz 19.40 -0.14 -0.7
Gold/Silver Ratio 66.285 -0.145 -0.2
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0151 -0.0001 -0.7
Platinum 1,426.70 -0.50 -0.0
Palladium 908.65 11.45 1.3
S&P 500 2,003.37 6.63 0.3
Dow 17,098.45 18.88 0.1
Dow in GOLD $s 274.89 0.95 0.3
Dow in GOLD oz 13.30 0.05 0.3
Dow in SILVER oz 881.45 7.10 0.8
US Dollar Index 85.72 0.22 0.3
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