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If you need a laugh today, go to and watch. It will take just 50 seconds. It's bad news for seniors, but great news for immigrants.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg's wife had a baby today, and to celebrate Zuckerberg pledged to give away 99% of his Facebook stock "to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation."

Wow. After I finished puking in my wastebasket, I began to think maybe I ought to pledge to give away my Facebook stock -- someday, someday, but not today -- to do something really, really noble & trendy. Thus I will give away, after I am conveniently graveyard dead, all my wealth to put pants on poor naked cats, to cure halitosis in pretty young girls, to buy shaving cream for homeless men & antiperspirant for homeless women, to fund a vaccine for zits, and to make everybody in generals feel better about him/her/itself, regardless how truly goofy he/she/it is.

Y'all don't thank me. It was the least I could do, to give something back, & to build an enduring monument to my own ego. Wait! What's that you say? What about Matthew 6:1-5?


Welcome to Never-Never-Land, where nothing ever makes sense. Latest sign of a robust economy is Puerto Rico, having defaulted on its August bond payments, barely missing default on the 1 December payment, and warning it will probably default on January. This was such good news that the Dow rose 168.43 (0.95%) to 17,888.95 and the frenzied S&P500 augmented 22.22 (1.07%) to 2,102.63. This pokes both through the overhead upside-down bowl topping formation, but no more than early November. They're counting on more stimulus from the ECB.

All this volatility characterizes a topping market as new bearish opinion wrestles with old bullish. That kicked neither the Dow in Silver nor the Dow in Gold to new highs. They are vibrating. Big move coming as they have no fuel left to rise. See and

Dollar tumbled 39 basis points (0.38%) today to 99.82 and the bottom boundary of that rising wedge I mentioned yesterday. MACD has turned down. Next large move is gravity's. Look for yourself, If the Fed fails to raise rates, the sound of many waters you will hear will be the dollar being flushed down the tube.

Gold's latest Commitments of Traders are the most bullish in 14 years, according to Clive Maund. Silver's CoTs have improved, but not like gold's.

What does that mean? That the dumb money is as short as it has been at any time in 14 years, and the smart money is long (not short). Nothing supercharges a rally like terrified shorts scurrying to cover their position and get out at any price. This doesn't say exactly when a rally will happen, only that it should happen soon.

Meanwhile this Thursday the criminals at the European Central Bank meet in their equivalent of an FOMC meeting. Everyone expects them to announce they will suppress interest rates into even more negative territory and print more money (Quantitative Easing). Here in Never-Never-Land the expectation that the ECB will further debase its currency and torture the economy with negative interest rates sends the euro up and the dollar down. I just report it, I don't try to make any sense out of it.

Gold & Silver were flat as a fritter today. On a 20 cent trading range from 1424c to 1404c, silver rose a blistering one-half cent to 1405.5c. Y'all should have heard the crowds screaming & applauding on Comex. Gold lost $2.00 to end at $1,063.80.

With yesterday's close gold had painted out a key reversal's first half, but failed to close higher today. More equivocation and mealy-mouthing. Gold needs to jump OVER $1,080, about where the 20 DMA stands right now. By the way, that low last Friday took gold through the bottom line of its post-2013 falling wedge, but it has bounced back up into that wedge. Silver did not reach that bottom boundary (now about 1300c), but it's so oversold it doesn't much matter.

So there they are, oversold, bullish CoTs, non-confirmation of gold's new low for the move, and the central banks of the world clueless as a dying calf in a hailstorm, printing up money like the Russians were on Main Street.

Surely it's only a matter of time before silver & gold bite back.

MILESTONES OF AMERICAN CULTURE: On 1 December 1982 Michael Jackson released his album "Thriller."

MILESTONES OF CANADIAN CULTURE: On 1 December 1985 the TV miniseries "Anne of Green Gables" is first shown on CBS.

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1-Dec-15 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,063.80 -2.00 -0.19%
Silver, $/oz 14.06 0.01 0.04%
Gold/Silver Ratio 75.688 -0.169 -0.22%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0132 0.0000 0.22%
Platinum 835.40 3.10 0.37%
Palladium 538.65 -3.30 -0.61%
S&P 500 2,102.63 22.22 1.07%
Dow 17,888.35 168.43 0.95%
Dow in GOLD $s 347.61 3.92 1.14%
Dow in GOLD oz 16.82 0.19 1.14%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,272.74 11.53 0.91%
US Dollar Index 99.82 -0.39 -0.39%
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