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Sometimes the NGM's manipulation efforts are simply hilarious. Go to and in that box on the left click on DJIA for the chart of the Dow. You will no doubt notice that it remained underwater -- lower than Friday -- the entire day until about ten minutes before the close. Now click on the S&P500. It did poke a nostril above unchanged about noon, but then dropped like a Jumbo Jet out of gas until a little before two, when help arrived. Still, by 4:00 p.m. it had only poked a little sliver above unchanged.

But lo, what mattereth such trifles? Important thing is the headline for the rubes, "Stocks up for the day!" I don't know about y'all, fellow mushrooms, but I'd prefer a higher quality hogwash, a lie that really might fool somebody. Corporate socialism is so sorry -- can't even produce a decent liar.

Stocks ROSE today. Dow perked up a mighty 14.57 (0.08%) just in time for the closing bell. S&P500 leapt, yea, leapt 0.55 (0.03%) to 2,033.66.

I wonder if it will get to the point where they don't even bother having markets any more, but just announce the price every day and applaud?

Y'all just think I'm grumpy & resentful, but that's not all the burr that's under my saddle. Markets are not merely a price-discovery mechanism, but also must be a value-discovery mechanism to serve the economy. Otherwise, they're just a liar's convention.

Dow in Gold rose 0.67% to 14.72 troy ounces & smacked into the 50 DMA, which not too long ago crossed beneath the 200 DMA (so-called "death cross", but that's another story). Will hit the downtrend line about 14.88. Remains in a down trend. Go look at

Dow in Silver sits differently. 50 DMA is above the 200 DMA but closing in on it fast, while the 20 DMA is beneath the 200. Closed the day at 1,088.47 troy oz, still below that 200 DMA at 1,106.51 oz. View at

Why, y'all ask, does he keep harping on the Dow in Gold & the Dow in Silver? To filter out the noise. When I view the raw Dow alone or raw gold or silver, I don't see directly stocks' trend against metals, and THAT is what I want to know, to remain on the right side of that trend. THAT tells me how the future will unroll. And it says that stocks have turned DOWN against silver & gold, UNLESS the Dow in gold can rise above 16.50 oz, the summer's (and the recovery's) high and the Dow In Silver above 1,236.37 oz.

US DOLLAR INDEX rose today 37 basis points to 94.95, bumping against the downtrend line from 1 October. Given the dollar index' preceding lows, 92.52 in August & 94.19 in September, 15 October's low at 93.83 would be a logical place to turn around. Also, that day was the first half of a key reversal upwards, confirmed the next two days (including today).

So even though it remains submerged far below its 200 DMA AND the 20, 50, & 200 DMAs are lined up bearishly, the scrofulus fiat scum is rallying.

That makes trouble for silver & gold. There's more bad news. The US Dollar has a habit (last five years) of making yearly lows in October's second half. Trouble comes immediately when the dollar breaches 95.57 upward.

Euro closed down 0.28% to $1.1326 and has burned up almost all its October gains. Yen has done the same, and closed today at 83.67, down 0.5%.

Gold backed down $10.30 to $1,173.30 on Comex, silver 27.3 cents to 1582.9c.

We're in the valley of decision here. Gold needs to remain above $1,163 & silver above 1560c for the rally to remain alive.

Both gold and silver closed below their 200 day moving averages today. Silver fell out of that rising wedge, bad juju. And the Gold/Silver Ratio jumped to 74.123, above its 200 DMA after spending all of October below it. Silver chart is here, and gold here,

Since August both metals have maintained a steady uptrend, bettering previous highs, but this uptrend is embedded in a four year downtrend. It must keep on rising to prove itself, or else it's no more than preparation for dashed hopes. And I have no crystal ball, no trend-sniffing dog, no clairvoyance to tell, I just have to sit and watch with y'all, occasionally dabbing the blood off my quick-bitten nails.

One of the best broad articles I have read on Global Warming/ Climate Change is found here on Thrive,

Also don't miss "Who Turned the Stock Market Around at 4:47 a.m. This Morning?" at Wall Street on Parade, 'Twill offer y'all a little insight into how the Nice Government Men goose the stock market. Or, if not NGM, somebody else. Point is, they buy S&P500 futures to force the S&P500 up by arbitrageurs.

In Venezuela where they have Lots & Lots of socialism where we have only Lots of socialism, the inflation by which they "pay" for socialism has forced Venezuelan money so low that it's now cheaper than napkins.

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

— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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19-Oct-15 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,173.30 -10.30 -0.87%
Silver, $/oz 15.83 -0.27 -1.70%
Gold/Silver Ratio 74.123 0.617 0.84%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0135 -0.0001 -0.83%
Platinum 1,013.40 -7.90 -0.77%
Palladium 687.60 -11.30 -1.62%
S&P 500 2,033.60 0.55 0.03%
Dow 17,230.54 14.57 0.08%
Dow in GOLD $s 303.58 2.90 0.96%
Dow in GOLD oz 14.69 0.14 0.96%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,088.54 19.36 1.81%
US Dollar Index 94.95 0.37 0.39%
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