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Day after the Greek default the world did not come to a halt. Business continues as normal, or as normal as it can in this utterly abnormal fantasy world of central banking.

US stocks took that and rumors of a Greek resolution (O, how long must we listen to such things?) as occasion to rise, up 122.90 (0.7%) for a Dow at 17,742.41. S&P500 also gained 12.,93 (0.63%) to 2,076.04.

Give the Dow credit, it did close back above its 200 DMA (17,684). This is not, however, particularly inspiring, like saying the wolfman would be good looking if he weren't growing hair under his eyes and on his forehead.

What ought to interest us is the US dollar index rising 85 basis points (0.89%) to 96.51. This brings it back to the 96.50 resistance zone, from which it was slapped silly on Monday. It has come right back. Hard for me to fathom that the Dollar will not rise from here, unless that fits not the schemes & nefarious plans of the central banking criminals. A close tomorrow above 96.50 will mark a breakout. Euro dropped 0.75% today to $1.1054. Sick. Yen lost 0.56% to 81.19.

Gold lost $2.50 and closed Comex at $1,169.00. Silver added an irrelevant half cent to 1555.6. That was on a nothing 19 cent range. Ratio fell slightly to 75.148:1.

If boldness and brass does not right now characterize gold & silver, neither does cringing & cowardice. Hanging over the cliff's edge, both stubbornly refuse to obey gravity. Silver's low yesterday was 1544c, today 1550c. Silver is standing on resistance. One step too big backwards and it tumbles.

Gold is trading in a slightly downsloping channel with the bottom line about $1,165 tomorrow. Maximum downside risk (according to my opinion) is about $1,130.

On 1 July 1690 The Battle of the Boyne in Ireland ended the hopes of James II (Stewart) to remain England's king. He was beaten by William III, late of Holland, whom parliament had invited to take the crown. It was the victory that made permanent parliament's supremacy won in the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

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1-Jul-15 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,169.00 -2.50 -0.21%
Silver, $/oz 15.56 0.01 0.03%
Gold/Silver Ratio 75.148 -0.185 -0.25%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0133 0.0000 0.25%
Platinum 1,086.90 8.30 0.77%
Palladium 700.20 28.55 4.25%
S&P 500 2,076.04 12.93 0.63%
Dow 17,742.41 122.90 0.70%
Dow in GOLD $s 313.74 2.84 0.91%
Dow in GOLD oz 15.18 0.14 0.91%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,140.55 7.54 0.67%
US Dollar Index 96.51 0.85 0.89%
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100 oz .999 bar 100.00 1,541.50 1,591.50 15.92
10 oz .999 bar 10.00 154.15 159.65 15.97
1 oz .999 round 1.00 15.62 16.12 16.12
Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 17.02 17.87 17.87
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