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Continuing our lesson in not panicking today, the markets beat us with a small stick. Stocks rose, still drunk on the FOMC's non-statement, while the dollar index backed off and silver & gold fell.

I'm gonna tell y'all one thing: the wonder workers & magicians at the Fed have NOT repealed the law of gravity,. This will end badly for the US dollar and for stocks. The US dollar has been a completely unbacked fiat currency since August 1971; gold & silver have been money since memory runneth not to the contrary. Those who bet against history or gravity lose.

Stocks made new highs today. Dow's last closing high was 17,138 on 16 July. Today it gained 109.14 (0.64%) to 17,265.99. S&P500 also made a new high at 2,011.36, up 9.79 (0.49%). One thing catches my eye. Back in June the S&P500 began trading in a channel, fell out of the channel in July, then traded back up and barely into the channel as September opened, bell down again, and today has traded right up snug against that line, but not above it. Look at it here

Dow in gold rose 0.49% to 14.08 oz (G$291.06 gold dollars) a new high for the move that began just 3 years ago in August 2011, and higher than the December 2013 high at 13.80 oz (G$285.27). Chart's at

Dow in silver crashed into the overhead resistance line and rose 0.77% to close at 932.29 oz (S$1,205.38). There 'tis -- must turn around from here or rise much higher. Chart's at

US dollar index gave back 36 of the 53 basis points it had gained yesterday, closing at 84.39. That changes nothing, initiates no corrections. Must fall below 84.20 to talk about such things. Remains painfully overbought.

Euro rose 0.43% to $1.2919. Yen fell another 0.33% after gapping down. That looks like an exhaustion gap. Closed at 92c/Y100.

10 Year Treasury note yield rose 1.12% to 2.629% and nearly touched its 200 DMA above at 2.648%. Odd. Markets really think that Janet Yellum can simply begin raising rates when the Zero Interest Rate Policy is the linchpin of all wickedness the Fed has worked since 2008? Or, maybe they're just computer jockeys following momentum. I'm too big a hick to know the difference.

Gold closed Comex $8.70 cheaper at $1,225.70. Silver closed Comex 21.1 cents lighter at 1845.2.

Gold's three day chart shows a bottom yesterday about $1,217 and another today about $1,216. Today gold bounced smartly up off that low at 9:30 to its high at noon. Traded above $1,225 rest of the day.

Since human beings are social animals on a par with lemmings, it's monumentally tough to run contrary to the herd. However, it's precisely moments like this when most everybody is dead-dog sure things will continue forever that they turn and go the other way. Wouldn't surprise me if gold did that tomorrow.

Silver's plunge didn't come until today, when it hit a 1830c low. But that low was a clean V-bottom.

Both silver & gold are powerfully oversold, but have to snap back hard before anybody but me will pay attention. Silver needs to climb above 1875c and gold over $1,250. Otherwise the erosion will continue.

Call me crazy, but I'll still take gold & silver with 6,000 years to the fiat US dollar's four decades.

Here's a coincidence: On 18 September 1873, just 141 years ago to the day, Government bond agent Jay Cooke & Co. collapsed, launching a panic on Wall Street and beginning a long (20 year) depression. But we've got central banks to prevent that now.

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— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
18-Sep-14 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,225.70 -8.70 -0.70%
Silver, $/oz 18.45 -0.21 -1.13%
Gold/Silver Ratio 66.426 0.285 0.43%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0151 -0.0001 -0.43%
Platinum 1,351.00 -12.70 -0.93%
Palladium 831.40 -7.40 -0.88%
S&P 500 2,011.36 9.79 0.49%
Dow 17,265.99 109.14 0.64%
Dow in GOLD $s 291.20 3.88 1.35%
Dow in GOLD oz 14.09 0.19 1.35%
Dow in SILVER oz 935.72 16.43 1.79%
US Dollar Index 84.39 -0.36 -0.42%
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