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Years and years ago I used to work in the temporary help business, like Manpower. Of all the no-shows, greatest excuse I ever heard was from a sleepy woman over the phone. When I asked her why she didn't show up for her assignment, she said, "Uhh, I got up and got into the car and when I tried to start it the accelerator cable was broke!"

So when asked why I didn't send y'all a commentary yesterday, I answer, "My accelerator cable was broke."

On Friday, Mario Draghi, head criminal for the European Criminal Bank, hinted as heavily as a Mafia don that the ECB would begin more Quantitative Easing come their December meeting. This came late in the day, & of course pushed the euro's head under water and held it there blowing bubbles, while it pushed the US dollar up.

The prospect of more easy money, oddly, didn't help stock markets in Europe or the US, as they fell on Monday. Today after a rutty start stocks rose listlessly in the US. Dow found 19.51 (0.11%) somewhere to close at 17,812.19. S&P500 millimetered up 2.55 (0.12%) to 2,089.14.

By a small margin the Dow in Gold yesterday posted a new high for the move at 16.66 oz. against July's 16.500 oz. Dow in silver likewise made a new high at $1,261.89 oz. Indicators have all turned down or are turning down. Those new highs still qualify for double tops with the summer highs. Charts are at and

US Dollar Index rose yesterday 25 basis points and fell today 21 basis points. However, yesterday it did make a new intraday high at 100.07 and a new high close at 99.87. It has walked through its uptrend line but obviously not fallen off. Only question here is whether the dollar index can make it through the double-top March highs, where resistance is liable to be feisty. Heaven have mercy on the dollar if the Fed raiseth not interest rates in December, for all this rise since October has been flying on a cloud of hot Fed blarney gas about raising rates. That hot money hath no loyalty, & disappointed in the dollar it will run like scalded dog.

Yield on the 10 year treasury note fell below its 20 DMA today, latest in a string of lower yields. Maybe some speculators are getting worried the Fed won't make good its interest rate threat.

West Texas Intermediate Crude has risen back within its September - November trading range & is edging toward its 20 DMA.

Yesterday gold and silver fell, & silver even painted its lowest close for the move, 1404.2c. Today silver rose 11.7 cents (0.8%) to 1415.9c. After losing $8.40 yesterday, gold regained $7.00 today to close Comex at $1,073.80.

Both five day/15 minute charts show a sort of rounding bottom Monday, but for interpretation to be accurate, they must not fall below $1,073 and 1410c -- cutting it close.

Gold and silver markets are as stagnant and moribund as other markets, only more so. Nothing will happen there -- including, I wager, a sharp decline -- until silver rises above 1440c and gold over $1,090. Both are extremely oversold & both show bullish Commitments of Traders numbers, so both are set up for a rally, but both are keeping us waiting. Watch for it still. Personally, I am buying.

Ralph Nader wrote Janet Yellen a hot letter dragging the Fed over the coals for keeping interest rates at zero and ruining US savers. Some report I read said Yellen answered with a really acid letter. I went and read it. Yeah, buddy, it was like being savaged by a dead sheep.

First place, it was written in that constipated bureaucratese politicians, academicians, and others use to obfuscate rather than clarify their meaning. Americans can't write simple, plain English any more, probably because they can't think. The loathsome style is filled with clich├ęs that lost their meaning before the last Ice Age -- well aware, continuing aftermath, has been & continues to be, underscores progress, critically important, and others begging for pruning like a four year apple tree. Oh, and don't forget shunning the simple possessive case: "lives of all Americans" rather than "all Americans' lives." You ain't French, Janet, you can use an S and an apostrophe. It's okay.

These are all simple fixes that even the least gifted can do at home, unaided by a dictionary or thesaurus. So why can't the mighty Fed Hed speak plain English, get it down where the goats can grab it? Maybe the point always is to obscure, dodge, and hide. Worse, maybe she just can't. Maybe she don't know no bettah?

On 24 November 1832 South Carolina passed an ordinance of Nullification declaring the tariffs of 1828 & 1832 unconstitutional & unenforceable in South Carolina after 1 February 1833. President Andrew Jackson threatened to invade South Carolina, which prepared to resist militarily.

On 1 March 1833 Congress passed the Force Bill authorizing the president to use military force against South Carolina, PLUS a new negotiated tariff that satisfied South Carolina. The South Carolina convention re-convened & repealed the Nullification Ordinance on 15 March 1833, but three days later nullified the Force Bill. In other words, after all the whoop-la, South Carolina got what she wanted and backed off the Federal government . That's how nullification is designed to keep Washington in line, but state officials nowadays don't have the backbone of an earthworm.

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24-Nov-15 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,073.80 7.00 0.66%
Silver, $/oz 14.16 0.12 0.83%
Gold/Silver Ratio 75.839 -0.133 -0.18%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0132 0.0000 0.18%
Platinum 840.50 -6.30 -0.74%
Palladium 541.50 0.35 0.06%
S&P 500 2,089.14 2.55 0.12%
Dow 17,812.19 19.51 0.11%
Dow in GOLD $s 342.90 -1.87 -0.54%
Dow in GOLD oz 16.59 -0.09 -0.54%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,258.01 -9.09 -0.72%
US Dollar Index 99.65 -0.21 -0.21%
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