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The Great Rebound in stocks never happened today. Chart looks like an overturned caldron, rising straight up then curving over until they ended the day with little gain. At the high the Dow reached 17,758.51, but ended 162 points lower at $17,596.34, up 63.19 or 0.36%. S&P500 rose 9.19 (0.45%) to 2,035.33.

Charts of the Russell 2000 & New York Stock Exchange have double tops. Wilshire 5000 is struggling to hang on. Path of least resistance is dirtward.

Dow in Silver & Dow in Gold rose slightly today, but not enough to cast doubt on their downtrends.

US dollar index began the day in the hole, but managed to climb out. Ended up 40 basis points (0.45) at 88.62. It closed today literally on top of that rising wedge's bottom boundary. Inertia is pulling it down, but it needs to close below 87.50 to call the sharks. They'll recognize that as blood in the water & start selling.

Euro still has not managed to pull away from the upper boundary of its falling wedge. Lost 0.41% for a $1.2394 close. Yen backed off 0.82% to 84.08, but did no more than fall back to the breakout trendline. No damage there, & it seems to have rising in mind.

WTI Crude lost another $2.07 (3.38%) to end at $59.15/barrel. Oversold, but no sign of a bottom.

Gold fell $3.80 to $1.225.10 on Comex, but still held above that $1,225 support. Silver lost a token 7.4 cents to 1705.9 c.

The gold/silver ratio has dropped 2.5% since Monday, to 71.815 today. A falling ratio generally promises bullish treats for silver & gold.

Gold slept the day away in a range from $1,216.40 to $1,233.40. That it fell that far but came back to close over $1,225.10 says, "Strong." Remains above the downtrend line from October 2012 and the one from July 2014. Good. Now what will it do at $1,255.60?

Silver slumbered from 1724c to 1694c. Good sign it closed over 1700c, but 'tis stalling here again, Needs to ADVANCE.

Working theory and explanation here is that metals bottomed with that colossal reversal day 1 December. That needs confirming by steady rallying. I have bought and keep on buying.

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Digging around I found a bunch of US 90% silver coin that we have pitched out of bags because they were too worn, holed, or bent. They're still 90% silver, I just can't sell them because of these defects, but they'd work fine for barter or survival. If I melt them I lose the refining fee, so I would rather offer you a bargain so we both get a deal.

Here's the deal. I sell this AS IS, with all defects, at the spot silver price, by weight less 10% ($17.06 x 90%=) $15.354 per ounce. I will give below the APPROXIMATE face value, but the only thing I guarantee to be exact is the number of troy ounces.

Repeat: I am selling these AS IS, no returns. I guarantee the weight only.

Right now 90% silver coin at wholesale is selling for spot silver PLUS $1.80 or $18.86 per fine ounce. You will be paying for the silver value ONLY at the spot silver price of $17.06 per fine ounce. I have only five (5) lots to offer. When they're gone, they're gone.

OFFER No. 1.

90% silver Quarters, mostly Barber & Standing Liberty types, maybe a few Seated Liberty. All well worn. 145.6 troy ounces (approximately $183.00 face value), at $15.354/troy oz = $2,235.67 plus $35 shipping for a total of $2,270.67.

OFFER No. 2.

More 90% quarters, exactly as in Offer No. 1 above but 138.9 troy ounces (approximately $174.50 face value) at $15.354 per troy ounce for a subtotal of $2,132.46 plus $35 shipping for a total of $2,167.46.

OFFER No. 3.

90% silver Half dollars, mostly worn Walking Liberty but a few Barbers or Kennedy with holes. 111.4 troy ounces (approximately $140.00 face value) at $15.354/troy ounce = $1,710.86 plus $35 shipping for a total of $1,745.86

OFFER No. 4.

90% silver Dimes of all types, lots of Mercury, some Barber, some bent or holed. 80.9 troy ounces at $15.354/troy ounce = $1,242.04 plus $35 shipping for a total of $1,277.04.

OFFER No. 5.

Burnt 90% silver dimes. Been through a house fire, some melted together. 75.5 Troy ounces (approximately $94.80 face value) at $15.354/troy ounce for a subtotal of $1,158.77 PLUS Six (6) each perfectly good US 40% silver half dollars at $2.50 each or $15. That adds up to $1,208.77, plus $35 shipping makes a grand total of $1,208.77.

ONCE MORE I note these are all WORN, holed, or bent, & are sold AS IS with no returns. I guarantee the weight only.

NOTE: I will levy only one shipping charge per order no matter how many lots you buy.

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
11-Dec-14 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,225.10 -3.80 -0.31%
Silver, $/oz 17.06 -0.07 -0.43%
Gold/Silver Ratio 71.815 0.088 0.12%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0139 -0.0000 -0.12%
Platinum 1,241.70 -4.20 -0.34%
Palladium 819.60 9.70 1.20%
S&P 500 2,035.33 9.19 0.45%
Dow 17,596.34 63.19 0.36%
Dow in GOLD $s 296.91 1.98 0.67%
Dow in GOLD oz 14.36 0.10 0.67%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,031.50 8.14 0.80%
US Dollar Index 88.62 0.40 0.45%
IMPORTANT NOTE: The following are wholesale, not retail, prices. To figure our retail selling price, multiply the "ask" price by 1.035. To figure our retail buying price, multiple the "bid" price by 0.97. Lower commissions apply to larger orders, higher commissions to very small orders.
SPOT GOLD: 1,225.70      
GOLD Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
American Eagle 1.00 1,257.57 1,268.60 1,268.60
1/2 AE 0.50 630.72 646.56 1,293.11
1/4 AE 0.25 315.36 329.41 1,317.63
1/10 AE 0.10 128.59 134.21 1,342.14
Aust. 100 corona 0.98 1,190.62 1,202.62 1,226.91
British sovereign 0.24 290.26 302.26 1,284.03
French 20 franc 0.19 230.55 233.64 1,251.41
Krugerrand 1.00 1,240.41 1,250.41 1,250.41
Maple Leaf 1.00 1,240.70 1,255.70 1,255.70
1/2 Maple Leaf 0.50 704.78 643.49 1,286.99
1/4 Maple Leaf 0.25 312.55 327.87 1,311.50
1/10 Maple Leaf 0.10 129.92 133.60 1,336.01
Mexican 50 peso 1.21 1,470.32 1,494.32 1,239.38
.9999 bar 1.00 1,229.99 1,241.70 1,241.70
SPOT SILVER: 17.04      
SILVER Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
VG+ Morgan $B4 1905 0.77 22.75 26.50 34.64
VG+ Peace dollar 0.77 18.50 22.00 28.76
90% silver coin bags 0.72 13,109.53 13,467.03 18.84
US 40% silver 1/2s 0.30 4,833.58 4,983.58 16.89
100 oz .999 bar 100.00 1,693.50 1,753.50 17.54
10 oz .999 bar 10.00 175.35 176.35 17.64
1 oz .999 round 1.00 17.14 17.69 17.69
Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 18.79 19.79 19.79
SPOT PLATINUM: 1,241.70      
Plat. Platypus 1.00 1,266.70 1,306.70 1,306.70
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To avoid confusion, please remember that the comments above have a very short time horizon. Always invest with the primary trend. Gold's primary trend is up, targeting at least $3,130.00; silver's primary trend is up, targeting 16:1 gold/silver ratio or $195.66; stock's primary trend is down, targeting Dow under 2,900 and worth only one ounce of gold or 16 ounces of silver. US$ and US$-denominated assets, primary trend down; real estate bubble has burst, primary trend down.

Be advised and warned:

  • Do NOT use these commentaries to trade futures contracts. I don't intend them for that or write them with that short-term trading outlook. I write them for long-term investors in physical metals. Take them as entertainment, but not as a timing service for futures.
  • NOR do I recommend investing in gold or silver Exchange Trade Funds (ETFs). Those are NOT physical metal and I fear one day or another may go up in smoke. Unless you can breathe smoke, stay away. Call me paranoid, but the surviving rabbit is wary of traps.
  • NOR do I recommend trading futures options or other leveraged paper gold and silver products. These are not for the inexperienced.
  • NOR do I recommend buying gold and silver on margin or with debt.
  • What DO I recommend? Physical gold and silver coins and bars in your own hands. For additional information, please see our Ten Commandments for Buying Gold and Silver.
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The US DOLLAR INDEX is the average exchange rate for the US dollar against the Euro, Yen, Pound sterling, Canadian Dollar, Swiss Franc, and Swedish Krona, weighted for each country's trade with the US. It gives a general measure of the US dollar's performance against all other currencies.

The DOW IN GOLD DOLLARS measures the Dow Jones Industrial Average in gold dollars (0.048375 troy oz. by law). The DiG$ depicts the Primary (20 year) Trend of stocks against gold. When the DiG$ is dropping, gold is gaining value against stocks in a trend that should last 15-20 years. The DiG$'s chart is identical to the Dow in ounces of gold, but gives us one unvarying measure all the way back to 1896. Because it shows the primary trend ("tide") of gold against stocks, for investors it is the single most important financial chart in the world today. Since its August 1999 high at G$925.42 (44.8 ounces), the DiG$ has trended down, targeting a G$80-G$20 (4-1 oz. of gold will buy the whole Dow).

The DOW IN SILVER OUNCES shows how many ounces of silver are needed to buy the entire Dow. The DiSoz is trending down with a target of under 36 ounces.

The GOLD/SILVER RATIO is the gold price divided by the silver price, and shows how many ounces of silver it takes to buy one ounce of gold. The Ratio shows us the Primary (20 year) Trend of gold's value against silver. When the Ratio's trend is dropping, silver is gaining value against gold. This trend targets a gold/silver ratio of 16 ounces of silver to one of gold within the next 5-10 years. That implies that silver will massively, vastly outperform gold before this bull market ends. When both metals are rallying, the ratio often (but not always) drops, confirming the rally.

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