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Friday, 19 September a.d. 2014 Browse the commentary archive
Here's the weekly scorecard:
  12-Sep-14 19-Sep-14 Change % Change
Silver, cents/oz. 1,854.60 1,778.10 -76.50 -4.1
Gold, dollars/oz. 1,229.90 1,215.30 -14.60 -1.2
Gold/silver ratio 66.316 68.348 2.032 3.1
Silver/gold ratio 0.0151 0.0146 -0.0004 -3.0
Dow in Gold Dollars (DIG$) 285.52 293.92 8.40 2.9
Dow in gold ounces 13.81 14.22 0.41 2.9
Dow in Silver ounces 915.97 971.81 55.84 6.1
Dow Industrials 16,987.51 17,279.74 292.23 1.7
S&P500 1,985.54 2,010.40 24.86 1.3
US dollar index 84.24 84.86 0.62 0.7
Platinum 1,372.00 1,338.80 -33.20 -2.4
Palladium 836.05 812.35 -23.70 -2.8

This morning a friend sent me a comment from Bill Fleckenstein mentioning that he & a friend were starting to get gold hate-mail, and hate-mailers have an uncanny ability to signal turning points.

I tucked that away in my head as probably quite accurate, then my webmaster, who filters out my email, later mentioned that I had gotten several of the same. It's amazing what low-life, mean, and hurtful things people will say by email, when they known they are beyond the reach of your punching them in the nose. But the chief point is that these chickens usually launch their emails at turning points.

The week was wretched for silver & gold, but kind to stocks and especially the US dollar index. Stocks are stretching the cellophane envelope of reality.

Stocks are flashing all sorts of non-confirmations. Today the Dow rose 13.75 (0.08%) to 17,279.74 (a new high) but the S&P500 fell 0.96 (0.05%) to 2010.40. S&P500 still couldn't close above that internal resistance line I mentioned yesterday,

Whew! Dow in Gold rose 0.84% to 14.20 oz (G$293.54 gold dollars) & grows overboughter every day. Looney overbought.

Dow in silver rose above that upper resistance line 3.87% to 968.38 oz (S$1,252.05 silver dollars). More overbought than the Dow in Silver. If this isn't the peak, then silver's gonna drop a lot more and stocks rise.

US dollar index rose 47 basis points (0.55%) basically rose as much today as it fell yesterday, plus change. Hovering above the long term resistance line but tremendously overbought.

Why do I keep talking about "overbought"? Because it can't last forever. It's a sign that a turn is coming, but it can persist long enough to make you pull your hair out and leave you balder than a pool ball.

Euro lost another 0.,65% to reach a new low at $1.2834. Yen fell again, 0.25%, to 91.79. Here both are severely, grotesquely oversold.

Ten year treasury note yield fell back today to 2.587%. It remains close to breaking out through its downtrend line, about 2.800%.

Gold tumbled $10.40 to end Comex at $1,215.30, down 0.8%. Silver took the gas, losing 67.1 cents (3.6%) to end at 1778.1c, a new low for the downmove since March 2011.

The Gold/Silver ratio gapped up today to 68.348. Either it is pointing to a low in silver & gold, or signaling a huge fall coming in both.

In 2008 and 2009 silver traded out to a triangle. The apex of that triangle is about where silver traded today (a little higher). It is not uncommon for markets to trade back to that apex, so mayhap that's what we are witnessing. Next support below 1750c is 1465c.

Silver has broken to a new low, but not gold. In June 2013 silver hit $1,179.40, then in December $1,181.40. That is the most likely goal for this fall, but given how oversold both silver & gold are, and how overbought the US dollar, gold might also stop here. Also, gold is punching into its long term uptrend line from 2003, so this is serious. Silver remains above the analogous uptrend, which today comes in about 1740c. Good place to stop.

On 19 September 1863 began the two-day Battle of Chickamauga (Georgia) pitting Union General William Rosecrans against the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Braxton Bragg. After fierce casualties, the Confederates won but Bragg failed to follow through and the yankee army escaped. The brave Army of Tennessee never had a commander worthy of it.

Y'all enjoy your weekend!

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
19-Sep-14 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,215.30 -10.40 -0.8
Silver, $/oz 17.78 -0.67 -3.6
Gold/Silver Ratio 68.348 -0.559 -0.8
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0146 -0.0006 -3.6
Platinum 1,338.80 -12.22 -0.9
Palladium 812.35 -19.05 -2.3
S&P 500 2,010.40 -0.96 -0.0
Dow 17,279.74 13.75 0.1
Dow in GOLD $s 293.92 2.76 0.9
Dow in GOLD oz 14.22 0.13 0.9
Dow in SILVER oz 971.81 36.08 3.9
US Dollar Index 84.39 -0.36 -0.4
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