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This week can be kind of crazy because of thin markets with so many traders taking off at Christmas.

Both the Dow & S&P500 made new highs. Dow gained 154.64 (0.87%) to 17,959.44. S&P500 didn't quite gain half as much, up 0.38% (7.89) to 2,078.54. Both these moves came without new intraday highs, a little suspicious, but could easily inch up the next few points to 18,000 & 2,100, and still remain within trend lines. Y'all remember what I said about broadening tops, they can wear you out working back & forth. Gonna be a holiday party. Hope nobody takes pictures.

Dow in Gold nearly reached the upper boundary of the Gator Jaws. Gained 2.13% to G$314.62 gold dollars (15.22 troy ounces). Dow in silver ended at S$1,480.13 (1,144.79 troy ounces). Still within the Jaws.

US dollar index rose 0.11% to 89.94. I have nothing bright to say about it. It's doing the same thing stocks are doing, inching, inching to new highs preparatory to dropping like a Holstein cow out of a Russian cargo plane.

Euro has sunk back to the bottom, and dropped another 0.4% to a new low at $1.2225. Yen barely moved, down 90,.45% to 83.29. Since Abe won the election 14 December, the yen is just waiting to drop more.

Gold dropped $16.20 (1.35%) to $1,179.70. Silver lost 34.2 cents (2.14%) and perched at 1564.9 cents.

After a flat weekend, about noon today gold broke $1,195, then simply slid down the hill, only rallying after it hit a low at $1,172.60. If it doesn't catch here (forming the bottom of a right shoulder), it will sink to the rising uptrend line at $1,155. Indicators point earthward. Silver may fall back toward 1500c, but I still believe the price lows lie in the past.

News reports credit oil's drop today (WTIC down 4.14% to $55.38/bbl) with pulling gold down. Maybe, but oil's plunge is way overdone on a value basis. Whoops! I used the forgotten word. Y'all remember "value" don't you, before "momentum" became the only word in investors' vocabulary? But what about oil as the barometer of global economic activity? Let's see, oil is plunging, forecasting the global economy will plunge but somehow the US economy will escape? Right, I got it, Candide, this is the Best of All Possible Worlds, right?

So without telling me Susan agreed to dog-sit Duke while my son Zachariah and his wife Victoria travel out to her brother's wedding in Washington state. Duke is about 114 in dog years, a chocolate Lab with a face gone white with age. As Victoria babies Duke, so Susan babies Duke. She feeds him, pumpkin for his constipation, and dog food. She gives him joint medicine and I know not what other medicine. She coaxes him to go outside, holding the door open while Duke imitates an American dog listening to commands in Mandarin Chinese. And unless Duke just feels like it, he don't do a durned thing he don't want to do, and spends most of his time sleeping on his comfy bed under the stairs.

Okay, I will admit it. I am getting just a little jealous of Duke.

But he blew his cover the other day. Susan had left him outside with the other dogs when I pulled up in front of our house, The Shoe. Suddenly Duke the Creaky, Duke the Limper, Duke Mr. I Can't Get Up came running across the yard like he wasn't a day over 80.

I didn't tell Susan. I'm storing it up, waiting till Duke gets in trouble, then I'll pop it on her and fix him.

More fun: my son Justin came into my office and threw his 14 month old son Henry into my arms. "I gotta run across the road to the barn! He's sleepy, he won't be any trouble."

Quite right, no more trouble than an octopus in heat, and about as handy. He laughed, he pushed my arms with his feet, he tried to type on my keyboard, then he tried to eat it. He grabs anything within six feet.

But he's so cute he can get away with it. I tried to pacify him with some pecans. He chewed them thoughtfully, then saw the glass of water on my desk. "MMMMM!" he said, waving his hand like the British royals wave at photo ops, from the water to himself. Four older brothers & sisters wait on him hand & foot.

I'm caught between a spoiled 114 year old dog and a spoiled 14 month old! I'm at that awkward age, too old to get attention and too young to get sympathy.

Argentum et aurum comparanda sunt —
Silver and gold must be bought.

— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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22-Dec-14 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,179.70 -16.20 -1.35%
Silver, $/oz 15.65 -0.34 -2.14%
Gold/Silver Ratio 75.385 0.599 0.80%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0133 -0.0001 -0.79%
Platinum 1,181.70 -14.80 -1.24%
Palladium 815.25 10.15 1.26%
S&P 500 2,078.58 7.89 0.38%
Dow 17,959.44 154.64 0.87%
Dow in GOLD $s 314.70 6.94 2.25%
Dow in GOLD oz 15.22 0.34 2.25%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,147.64 34.22 3.07%
US Dollar Index 89.84 0.38 0.42%
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