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Thursday, 9 April a.d. 2015 Browse the commentary archive

Sometimes the loathsome manifestations of grammatical, stylistic, and vocabulary ignorance are too much for my Inner Grammarian to abide, so get out of my way, I am fixing to blow.

Fungibility matters. An intelligent, kind person who cares that words actually mean something and convey information will never write "less Americans than ever before have filed for unemployment claims" because he knows that doing so turns the vast population of American individuals into undifferentiated oatmeal. "Fewer" refers to individual things, like persons or Toyotas or squid, things that are non-fungible, while "less" refers only to masses of fungible stuff like wheat, diesel fuel, or oxygen, which most of these ignorant writers are wasting.

This particular grammatical outrage appeared on, where I innocently went looking for information but found only word-soup:

Equally evil (NOT "equally as evil") and incompetent was at with the logically incoherent headline "US jobless claims surge at 15-year low level to 281000 last week." This was followed by equally incoherent jabbering in the article below. In the end, I simply gave up trying to figure whether unemployment was rising, as the word "surge" leaves all us naïve English speakers to expect, or whether it was at a 15-year low. The abuse of language was so depressing & disgusting, it didn't really seem to matter, other than to raise the hope that the people writing these outrages would soon join the well-deserved ranks of those unemployed.

That feels much better.

Today the US dollar index SURGED to a new high for the move, rising 117 basis points (1.20%) to 99.31. Look at the chart to see what "surged" really means: That cracked resistance at the 20 DMA (98.39), the downtrend line, the last high, & the trading channel's midline, forecasting a move at least to the last high at 100.71. That is not inevitable, but would cap the dollar's SURGE of the last 9 months with a double top and well-earned correction.

Since the Euro is virtually the monetary mirror image of the dollar, it sank pitifully today, down 1.12% to $1.0659. Broke through the bottom of that rising flat-topped triangle and blasted that hope for a rally. Dead dog -- lice & fleas are dropping off & looking for a new canine with a brighter future.

Yen couldn't die today because it hasn't shown any signs of life in the past 4 months. Dropped 0.38% to 82.92, same range, same intertwined 50 & 20 DMAs. No direction.

Stocks are trying to raise their head against a falling ceiling. Dow inched up 56.22 (0.31%) to 17,958.73 while the S&P500 millimetered up 0.45% (9.28) to 2,091.18. Having a hard time revving up RPMs enough to rally.

Gold & silver were knocked to the ground today. Silver lost 27.6 cents (1.7%) to end Comex at 1616.4c. Gold lost 0.8% or $9.50 & closed at $1,193.60. Y'all cast back you minds to 31 March & that $1,178.20 gold low. Today's trading dragged (NOT "drug") us back to the breakout after that low. Indicators point down.

What remains to catch gold & keep it from falling to the world's magma core? The uptrend line off the 17 March low, where it stopped today. If gold does turn around here instead of piercing that uptrend line, well, oh, my! But it must wheel & turn here.

Working against that is the Gold/Silver Ratio, which rose again today, up 1.3%. Gapped up again. Possible that it is running out of steam here, but only if it proves that tomorrow with a lower or sideways close. Chart's here,

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

— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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9-Apr-15 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,193.60 -9.50 -0.79%
Silver, $/oz 16.16 -0.28 -1.68%
Gold/Silver Ratio 73.843 0.662 0.90%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0135 -0.0001 -0.90%
Platinum 1,156.40 -9.10 -0.78%
Palladium 762.10 6.70 0.89%
S&P 500 2,091.18 9.28 0.45%
Dow 17,958.73 56.22 0.31%
Dow in GOLD $s 311.02 3.42 1.11%
Dow in GOLD oz 15.05 0.17 1.11%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,111.03 22.07 2.03%
US Dollar Index 99.31 1.17 1.19%
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