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Monday, 11 January a.d. 2016 Browse the commentary archive

Oil slid 4.47% today to a new low at $31.41/barrel (WTIC). The useless media somehow attributed stocks Lilliputian climb to that fall, although just days ago they were connecting lower oil prices to lower stock prices. I'm such a durned ol' nat'ral born fool from Tennessee that still seems like double-talk & self-contradiction. This time last year they were all allowin' as how lower oil prices would be a boon to the economy & therefore to stocks. Don't hear that line much today.

Stocks sank all day, until 2:00 p.m, when they tried to rally to unchanged, then fell back. "Friendly buyers" came in about 3:30 to drive stocks up barely above unchanged, but they were scarce as four-legged snakes. Dow gained 52.12 (0.32%) to 16,398.57. S&P500 gained 1.64 (get out the magnifying glass) or 0.09% to 1,923.67.

A waterfall is in process. Go look at or at Picture is the same in both. Now 'splain to me how you stop a waterfall in midair?

US dollar index rose 35 basis points (0.35%) and closed higher, at the top of the range, above the 20 & 50 Day Moving Averages, but at a high lower than previous highs. Not broken yet. Above it is blocked by 99.75, below it must hold on to 97.20. We'll see.

Gold backed off today $5.50 to $1,096.50. Silver eased back 5.3¢ to 1385.5¢. Gold's behavior Friday and today in remaining above $1,090 where it broke out last week. Today's low was $1,095.60. As long as gold remains above that $1,090, outlook remains positive.

Silver's chart appears to be an upside-down head and shoulders reversal formation, finishing out the last (right) shoulder. Look at it here, If that's so, silver won't drop below 1380¢ and will advance toward that all important 1440¢. This ought to happen this week.

On 11 January 1861 Alabama seceded from the Union.

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

— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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11-Jan-16 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,096.50 -5.50 -0.50%
Silver, $/oz 13.86 -0.05 -0.38%
Gold/Silver Ratio 79.141 -0.094 -0.12%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0126 0.0000 0.12%
Platinum 845.00 -32.10 -3.66%
Palladium 474.30 -19.30 -3.91%
S&P 500 123.67 1.65 1.35%
Dow 16,398.57 52.12 0.32%
Dow in GOLD $s 309.15 2.52 0.82%
Dow in GOLD oz 14.96 0.12 0.82%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,183.58 8.26 0.70%
US Dollar Index 98.94 0.35 0.36%
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SPOT GOLD: 1,094.00      
GOLD Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
American Eagle 1.00 1,124.63 1,138.85 1,138.85
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1/4 AE 0.25 281.45 294.01 1,176.05
1/10 AE 0.10 114.77 119.79 1,197.93
Aust. 100 corona 0.98 1,064.83 1,073.83 1,095.52
British sovereign 0.24 259.46 272.46 1,157.43
French 20 franc 0.19 205.78 209.78 1,123.63
Krugerrand 1.00 1,109.32 1,119.32 1,119.32
Maple Leaf 1.00 1,104.00 1,118.00 1,118.00
1/2 Maple Leaf 0.50 629.05 574.35 1,148.70
1/4 Maple Leaf 0.25 278.97 292.65 1,170.58
1/10 Maple Leaf 0.10 115.96 119.25 1,192.46
Mexican 50 peso 1.21 1,308.37 1,319.37 1,094.28
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SILVER Fine Tr.Oz. BID ASK $/oz
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VG+ Peace dollar 0.77 17.50 20.00 26.14
90% silver coin bags 0.72 11,261.25 11,618.75 16.25
US 40% silver 1/2s 0.30 3,967.75 4,129.75 14.00
100 oz .999 bar 100.00 1,410.00 1,435.00 14.35
10 oz .999 bar 10.00 140.00 145.00 14.50
1 oz .999 round 1.00 13.95 14.41 14.41
Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 15.35 16.60 16.60
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