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Well -- or, "Way-yull," as we say in the South -- I don't really want to talk about anything but silver & gold this evening, but I reckon I'll hit a lick at the others, too, just to look like I'm working.

Stocks daily add evidence to my inference that they peaked in December & are rolling over for the Big Drubbing -- thousands of points down. Dow today fell as low as down 165.79, but "rallied" up to close down ONLY 96.53 (0.54%) at 17,640.84. That's below the 50 & 20 DMAs again, so momentum points down & other indicators agree. Even looking over my shoulder at the possibility stocks might fool me yet and make one last high, I still expect to see them lower tomorrow & next week.

Forgot the S&P500 -- it fell 16.55 (0.81%, more'n the Dow, to 2,028.26). Also had the ladder kicked out from under it, stands below the moving averages, and can only be caught by the last low at 1,992.44. If that misses, then a large trap door opens up.

Dow in Gold and Dow in Silver both kept on tumbling today. Dow in Gold fell 1.3% to G$295.81 gold dollars (14.31 oz). Break of the last low at G$292.30 (14.14 oz) will accelerate the plunge.

Dow in Silver fell only 0.81%, thanks to silver's laziness. Ended at S$1,377.76 (1,065.01 oz).

US dollar index moved sideways but a little higher, up 6 basis points to 92.22. Euro lost only 0.08% to $1.2834 while the Yen gained 0.15% to 84.48.

West Texas Intermediate Crude fell another 4.44% to $46.07 and another new low.

Gold is building steam but silver's not paying attention. Gold jumped $16.70 (1.4%) to close Comex at $1,232.70. Only one resistance level left to crash through. Silver gained on 14.9 cents (0.9%) to 1653.5c.

Go look at this chart of the upside-down head and shoulders in gold, Gold closed today nearly on the neckline, about $1,234. Resistance remains at the December (last) high at $1,239. Rule of thumb for measuring H&S breakouts is that when they break the neckline they will rise the height of the head. This head measures $1,130 to $1,250 or $120. Neckline is now about $1,235, so $1,235 + $120 = $1,355. Not coincidently tough resistance resides there. 'Twould surprise no one if gold took a couple of days to crack this line, but once it does, 'twill run.

Silver doesn't look bad, it just can't build any momentum. Needs to pass break out of that diamond reversal pattern (it's right on the line now) & clear 1675c resistance. More to the point, silver needs to beat October's 1782c high then push through old support/resistance at 1860c. You'll find a picture at

Gold has set itself up in the best position I have seen for many months, and will drag silver along for the ride. Start buying on any gold close above $1,240, both silver & gold.

On 12 January 1970 the Igbo nation of Biafra lost its war for independence from Nigeria. Nobody in the west would aid them, and stood by while the Nigerian government carried out a genocide against them. One suspects oil was involved somewhere.

On 12 January 1879 Great Britain invaded Zululand, expecting a quick & easy victory. Didn't turn out that way. The Zulus wiped out a British force of 1,350 at Isandlwana ten days later. Never despise your enemy.

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

— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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12-Jan-15 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,232.70 16.70 1.37%
Silver, $/oz 16.54 0.15 0.91%
Gold/Silver Ratio 74.551 0.341 0.46%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0134 -0.0001 -0.46%
Platinum 1,240.40 11.30 0.92%
Palladium 814.10 13.95 1.74%
S&P 500 2,044.81 -17.33 -0.84%
Dow 17,640.84 -96.55 -0.54%
Dow in GOLD $s 295.83 -5.70 -1.89%
Dow in GOLD oz 14.31 -0.28 -1.89%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,066.88 -15.59 -1.44%
US Dollar Index 92.22 0.06 0.07%
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