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"Don't kid yourself. Stocks aren't any cheaper today than they were at the height of the internet bubble. What's truly 'different this time'; is that, rather than seeing incredible overvaluation confined to just one segment of the market, it is far more pervasive than it was back then. In my view, this also makes it far more insidious" -- Jesse Felder. full article at

There's no point in anybody trying to fool himself into thinking he knows what the Fed will say after the FOMC meeting tomorrow, or what bizarre effect it will have on markets. They wait breathlessly for the FOMC's word -- what a spectacle of everything evil, stupid, corrupt, twisted, and foul in the economic, financial, and monetary world -- as if that group of ninnies could direct the economy of Frogburp, Rhode Island, let alone that of the USA.

That said, the day was not without a little drama. Stocks which looked invincible yesterday were vinced and minced today. Dow lost 128.41 (0.71%) to 17,849.01. S&P lost 0.34% (7.01) to 2,074.18.

US dollar index barely moved. 'Twas 100.04 yesterday, 'tis 100.01 today.

Gold lost $5.00 to $1,148.30 and silver 3.9 cents to 1556.2.

Gold was attacked by sellers about 10:00, broke $1,150, & tumbled down to $1,141.60. Recovered just as quickly, too, taking back all that lost price and rising to $1,159.30. That, however, was just a spike and it fell back to flatten out the day between $1,148 and $1,150. Somebody playing games, but significant in showing us buyers outnumber sellers down around $1,140. Same trick was played out in silver, with no more success. Loads of buyers down around 1540c.

This is stalemate, Sitzkrieg, waiting for the Great Actors of the Fed to tread the stage & tell the rest of the world its fate. Hurts my brain & self-respect to think about it.

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

— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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17-Mar-15 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,148.30 -5.00 -0.43%
Silver, $/oz 15.56 -0.04 -0.25%
Gold/Silver Ratio 73.789 -0.136 -0.18%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0136 0.0000 0.18%
Platinum 1,094.70 -14.20 -1.28%
Palladium 761.80 -17.95 -2.30%
S&P 500 2,074.18 -7.01 -0.34%
Dow 17,849.01 -128.41 -0.71%
Dow in GOLD $s 321.32 -0.91 -0.28%
Dow in GOLD oz 15.54 -0.04 -0.28%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,146.96 -5.36 -0.47%
US Dollar Index 100.01 -0.03 -0.03%
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SPOT GOLD: 1,148.00      
GOLD Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
American Eagle 1.00 1,180.14 1,188.18 1,188.18
1/2 AE 0.50 590.71 605.57 1,211.14
1/4 AE 0.25 295.35 308.53 1,234.10
1/10 AE 0.10 120.44 125.71 1,257.06
Aust. 100 corona 0.98 1,116.27 1,125.27 1,148.00
British sovereign 0.24 272.27 277.27 1,177.85
French 20 franc 0.19 215.94 219.94 1,178.03
Krugerrand 1.00 1,162.92 1,172.92 1,172.92
Maple Leaf 1.00 1,156.00 1,173.00 1,173.00
1/2 Maple Leaf 0.50 660.10 602.70 1,205.40
1/4 Maple Leaf 0.25 292.74 307.09 1,228.36
1/10 Maple Leaf 0.10 121.69 125.13 1,251.32
Mexican 50 peso 1.21 1,374.34 1,385.34 1,148.99
.9999 bar 1.00 1,152.02 1,164.00 1,164.00
SPOT SILVER: 15.53      
SILVER Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
VG+ Morgan $B4 1905 0.77 23.00 26.00 33.99
VG+ Peace dollar 0.77 19.00 22.00 28.76
90% silver coin bags 0.72 11,886.88 12,244.38 17.13
US 40% silver 1/2s 0.30 4,388.13 4,538.13 15.38
100 oz .999 bar 100.00 1,542.50 1,602.50 16.03
10 oz .999 bar 10.00 160.25 161.25 16.13
1 oz .999 round 1.00 15.63 16.13 16.13
Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 17.03 17.83 17.83
SPOT PLATINUM: 1,094.70      
Plat. Platypus 1.00 1,109.70 1,139.70 1,139.70
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