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News reported today that CVS drugstores won't be carrying tobacco after October, and they are plumping themselves on the back big time about what a swollen corporate conscience they have, all their brave sacrifices for health, etc., as if kicking poor old tobacco around ranked as moral courage. Look, if they REALLY wanted to contribute to Americans health, they would stop selling all those patent medicines, including the prescription ones, that kill or addict so many people. Whoops! Can't do that, because that's where their REAL money is. Whoops again! Don't forget about all the cases of poisonous, white sugar laden soda and candy they sell.

From Monday, 8 September, through Friday, 12 September, I will be vacationing with my family, so I will not be publishing daily commentaries those days.

Silver & gold bounced today, but without making any meaningful progress. US dollar backed off, and stocks were sickly.

Stocks were mixed. Nasdaq and Nasdaq 100 dropped a leetle, S&P500 lost 1.56 (0.08%) to 2,000.72. Dow gained a nothing 10.72 (0.06%) to 17,078.28.

In fact, the S&P500 posted the first half of a key reversal today by reaching into new high ground but closing lower than yesterday. As always, that needs confirming a second day by a lower close.

Dow in gold backed off 0.24% to 13.44 oz (G$277.83 gold dollars). Dow in silver rose a tiny 0.04% to 890.00 oz (S$1,150.71 silver dollars, knocking at the June high, 892.99 oz (S$1,154.57).

US Dollar index fell 14 basis points (0.17%) to 82.87, giving up most of yesterday's gains. It remains overbought so does today make yesterday a mere fluke, a spike without follow-through? If I could answer that question with certainty I'd be sippin' wine on the Riviera. I'm going to guess that that overbought burden will bring it down, however.

Yen rose today 0.28% to 95.42. Chart pattern is a cascading fall with a gap, and island after the gap, and another gap down. That generally paints a completed pattern and reversal, so the yen is set up for a rally, at least to work off some of that overboughtness. Euro rose 0.13% to $1.3151 but still inspires no confidence. Like the yen, the overbought euro is inline for at least a little rally.

Ten year Treasury Note yield today tried to climb toward its 50 DMA but was slapped back. At hits high it reached 2.457%, but ended the day at 2.41%, down 0.37% from yesterday's close. All the same, it is trying to climb.

Gold clambered up $5.20 (0.4%) today to end Comex at $1,268.90 Silver rose 3.7 cents (0.2%) to 1910.8c.

All that can be said is, Well, they haven't busted down old support levels yet and sunk toward the earth's core.

Gold rose away from the lower line of the downtrending range, but not far enough to rise back above the uptrend line from the December low. I read that yesterday saw extra high volume at odd times, which leads to the conclusion the Nice Government Men or their egg-sucking dog lackeys were slamming gold again. But they are vultures, they prey on the sick, so if gold were more robust right here it could shake off that attack. We will see whether gold does or not. If not, it might once again visit $1,180.

Silver at 1910.8 cents doesn't excite anyone but those who recognize what a bargain it is here. Today's tiny rise changed nothing. Silver is still sliding down that downtrend line from the August 2013 high. Oddly enough, the MACD is trying to turn up.

Here is one other hint that silver & gold are not about to waterfall: the gold silver ratio has stayed roughly flat, and has still not exc3e3e its August high. Today it closed beneath the 20 DMA, that is, crossed the tripwire of a downturn. All its momentum indicators are also pointing down. Yet normally when silver & gold plunge, silver plunges faster, taking the ratio higher. So the ratio is not confirming lower prices in gold and silver.

So even though silver & gold look peaked, other indicators show some life.

On 3 September 1783 the Treaty of Paris was signed between the several United States and the British Crown in which King George III relinquishes all claim to their government. The treaty begins, "In the name of the most Holy and undivided Trinity."

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3-Sep-14 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,268.90 5.20 0.41%
Silver, $/oz 19.11 0.04 0.19%
Gold/Silver Ratio 66.407 0.144 0.22%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0151 -0.0000 -0.22%
Platinum 1,414.00 -16.30 -1.14%
Palladium 875.35 -26.05 -2.89%
S&P 500 2,000.72 -1.56 -0.08%
Dow 17,078.28 10.22 0.06%
Dow in GOLD $s 278.22 -0.98 -0.35%
Dow in GOLD oz 13.46 -0.05 -0.35%
Dow in SILVER oz 893.78 -1.20 -0.13%
US Dollar Index 82.87 -0.14 -0.17%
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