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Weekly Commentary
Friday, 16 October a.d. 2015 Browse the commentary archive
Here's the weekly scorecard:
  9-Oct-15 16-Oct-15 Change % Change
Silver, cents/oz. 1,580.90 1,610.20 29.30 1.9
Gold, dollars/oz. 1,156.30 1,183.60 27.30 2.4
Gold/silver ratio 73.142 73.506 0.365 0.5
Silver/gold ratio 0.0137 0.0136 -0.0001 -0.5
Dow in Gold Dollars (DIG$) 305.43 300.68 -4.75 -1.6
Dow in gold ounces 14.78 14.55 -0.23 -1.6
Dow in Silver ounces 1,080.68 1,069.18 -11.50 -1.1
Dow Industrials 17,084.49 17,215.97 131.48 0.8
S&P500 2,014.89 2,033.11 18.22 0.9
US dollar index 94.88 94.59 -0.29 -0.3
Platinum 979.50 1,021.30 41.80 4.3
Palladium 706.80 698.90 -7.90 -1.1

If you only have time to read one paragraph, here 'tis: Same ol' lies this week, but they're wearin' threadbare. Stocks rallied & the media, pimping for Wall Street, made it sound like the rally of the century instead of a dead cat bounce off a trend-changing breakdown. US dollar index looks like your Mama's Dresden creamer you dropped on the tile floor. Platinum is finally waking up. Silver & gold manfully slugged their way through resistance thick as swamp mud, and after four years wallerin' have finally turned up.

If you want the longer version:

"Boys, get out the paint! Get gallons of it, 'cause we're gonna need it today! We gonna paint the tape!" So hollered the Boss of the Nice Government Men about 2:00 today. It was one boiling over crisis, Dow down for the day & the week! Flaming danger the suckers on Main Street might be awakened by the obvious. So they sprinted down to Wall Street, whole lot of 'em, and they commenced to painting. They had rollers & brushes & sprayers & they rolled & brushed & sprayed until finally that got that tape painted. Dow rose 74.22 (0.43%) to 17,215.97 and the S&P500 gained 9.25 (0.46%) at 2,033.11, & the country, yea, the nation we all love, the world as we know it, was saved from the Dow closing down for the week.

Great job, Nice Government Men! Y'all can go back to nappin' now. Trouble is, y'all will have to do the same thing next week, and the week after, and . . . and one day y'all might run out of paint.

Dow in gold rose today to 14.62 oz, up 0.91%. Remains beneath the 200 day moving average with momentum dragging it down like concrete overshoes & logging chains on a defunct Mafia don swimming laps in the East River. Lo, & behold,

Dow in silver closed up 1% at 1,073.98, & has collapsed worse than the Dow in Gold. Chart's at

D'y'all notice the US dollar index fell for the week? It did. Today it rose, in step with stocks as has been its wont lately, 16 big basis points or 0.17%, to 94.59. 'Tain't much, not even up to the downtrend line, but for a scrofulous fiat currency that ain't backed by anything but tanks and warships, 'tain't bad. Chart's here, sad sight to behold,

Euro fell 0.19% to $1.1358. Rotten thing has no more face than a whipped dog, just running for cover every time the dollar raises its finger. Ditto the yen, which has now given up all of it breakout upside this week. In a three way race with the Euro & Dollar for "Sorriest Fiat Currency in the Universe."

Just a word about those inflation markets, oil & copper. After breaking out of a pennant & trading up to its 200 DMA, WTIC traded down to its 20 day moving average, caught, and turned up today. That suggests but doesn't prove that the August low was THE low. Copper is still riding on a double bottom August/September. Floating up toward its 200 DMA.

Gold edged off a little today, $4.30 (0.4%) to close Comex at $1,183.60. Silver gave back the nickel it made yesterday and ended at 1610.2 cents.

Just think on the most important things. Gold has spent three days above its 200 DMA, and above the downtrend line from October 2012. It did this after breaking out of an even-sided triangle & left behind an October low $79.80 lower than it now stands. It has passed the last two highs. It is set up to plow through $1,190 and $1,205 resistance. Its momentum indicators all point up.

What in the world are y'all complaining about? Gold is fixin' to move HIGHER.

Now gaze upon silver, also floating above its 200 DMA like a fingernail moon in a black sky. Broken out above that summer trading range and that old support/resistance at 1560c. Busted clean free of an even-sided triangle as October began, and now stands 174 cents higher than it began October. I don't particularly like the shape of that flag it has drawn, but that's not fatal.

If silver & gold can survive whatever attack comes Monday, y'all will see much higher prices this week. If not and they correct a little, that's okay, too. Silver is targeting 1786c, gold $1,300.

Bottom line: hair-pulling agony of the four year correction is behind us, best I can tell from what shows now. Stocks have turned down against gold & silver, which is the sign we were waiting for. US economy is going to get worse, and Janet Yellen will find herself wishing she had taken that job as Walmart greeter instead of moving to Washington. Whoops! Make that Dollar General. Walmart ain't doing so good, Janet.

On 16 October 1555 Bishop Hugh Latimer and Bishop Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake by Bloody Mary, in Broad Street, Oxford, England. Latimer, who was 68, leaned over to Ridley as they walked to the stake and said, "Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England as I trust shall never be put out." It hasn't gone out yet, either.

Y'all enjoy your weekend.

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— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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16-Oct-15 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,183.60 -4.30 -0.4
Silver, $/oz 16.10 -0.05 -0.3
Gold/Silver Ratio 73.506 -0.265 -0.4
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0136 -0.0000 -0.3
Platinum 1,021.30 15.70 1.6
Palladium 698.90 -5.35 -0.8
S&P 500 2,033.11 9.25 0.5
Dow 17,215.97 74.22 0.4
Dow in GOLD $s 300.68 2.41 0.8
Dow in GOLD oz 14.55 0.12 0.8
Dow in SILVER oz 1,069.18 7.90 0.7
US Dollar Index 94.59 0.16 0.2
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The US DOLLAR INDEX is the average exchange rate for the US dollar against the Euro, Yen, Pound sterling, Canadian Dollar, Swiss Franc, and Swedish Krona, weighted for each country's trade with the US. It gives a general measure of the US dollar's performance against all other currencies.

The DOW IN GOLD DOLLARS measures the Dow Jones Industrial Average in gold dollars (0.048375 troy oz. by law). The DiG$ depicts the Primary (20 year) Trend of stocks against gold. When the DiG$ is dropping, gold is gaining value against stocks in a trend that should last 15-20 years. The DiG$'s chart is identical to the Dow in ounces of gold, but gives us one unvarying measure all the way back to 1896. Because it shows the primary trend ("tide") of gold against stocks, for investors it is the single most important financial chart in the world today. Since its August 1999 high at G$925.42 (44.8 ounces), the DiG$ has trended down, targeting a G$80-G$20 (4-1 oz. of gold will buy the whole Dow).

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