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Wednesday, 4 November a.d. 2015 Browse the commentary archive

Sorry, I'll have to make this short. Susan & I had to visit two dear sick friends in Nashville toda, & time is scarce.

Y'all ought always bear in mind that at crucial tops markets always SEEM their strongest. They seem ready to extend their rise forever. Yet surely they are set in slippery places, & their unique success announces their demise.

Don't know yet whether that has happened with stocks, and I have grimly kept my mouth shut, knowing that the latest phony rise owed everything to the FOMC's lying blarney, & nothing to economic outlook. But today I noticed that Clive Maund, an outstanding technician, pointed out that the MACD indicator for stocks is at its highest level in 15 years, since the 2000 crash. I have not luxurious time today to list all the other portents, so leave it at this: If I were a Roman augur & Wall Street had come to me to read its future out of a freshly killed sheep liver, I'd have to point out that the liver was black & full of maggots, not a hopeful sign.

Too soon to tell, but yesterday may have been the move's top for stocks. More lower closes needed to confirm. Dow lost 50.57 (0.28%) to 17,867.58 while the S&P500 lost 7.48 (0.35%) to 2,102.31.

Dow in gold at 16.14 oz today against the 16.50 oz July high, has stretched just about as far as it can without negating a turn. Needs a close above 16.50 to do that. Dow in silver stands at 1,186.58 oz against the July high at 1,236.37. Charts are at and at

Diverging today from stocks, the US dollar index, scrofulous, scurvy, blood-sucking parasite on the nation and the world, rose 76 basis points (0.78%) to 98. If it pierces this area and continues up, a very large dollar rally lies in store, which will help silver & gold almost as much as a concrete swimming suit.

Gold lost $7.70 (0.7%) to 1,106.50. Silver dropped 1.2% or 18.1 cents to close Comex at 1506.3c. The ratio continues to defy the magnets above & stay low, a hopeful sign. Comex close was 73.458.

Gold now has closed twice below its uptrend line from the July $1,072.30 intraday low. Moving averages are line up bearishly and the RSI is nearing very oversold. Gold has now fallen six days right hand running. I'd buy any sign of a turnaround. I'm going to say I don't believe it will drop below $1,072.30, but then I'm just a nat'ral born durn fool from Tennessee.

Silver caught up with gold's move yesterday and closed barely below the uptrend line from the August 1391c intraday low. May fall further, & certainly will unless it turns round very soon.

Friends, we live in a world of SEEMING, a world where spin, illusion, deceit, and appearance count for more than BEING. It's annoying, irritating, and plumb exasperating sometimes, but it's worth waiting and wading through the lies just to get to watch the truth avenge itself one time.

On 4 November 1956 Russian troops attacked Budapest, Hungary. I was a boy of 9 and remember watching on the TV news Hungarian patriots attacking Russian tanks with Molotov cocktails, climbing up on them to pitch them inside. The West sat on its hands, thanks to power politics & the postwar Yalta deal with Stalin. Last transmission from Hungarian radio was, "Tell the West we are dying for them."

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4-Nov-15 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,106.50 -7.70 -0.69%
Silver, $/oz 15.06 -0.18 -1.19%
Gold/Silver Ratio 73.458 0.367 0.50%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0136 -0.0001 -0.50%
Platinum 954.10 -7.10 -0.74%
Palladium 623.20 -20.60 -3.20%
S&P 500 2,102.31 -7.48 -0.35%
Dow 17,867.88 -50.57 -0.28%
Dow in GOLD $s 333.81 1.37 0.41%
Dow in GOLD oz 16.15 0.07 0.41%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,186.21 10.77 0.92%
US Dollar Index 98.00 0.76 0.78%
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