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Thursday, 22 December a.d. 2016 Browse the commentary archive

Markets are damping down for the holidays. Thin markets next week may produce some strange results, but without lasting effect. While the big fat mice are away, the lean & hungry mice will play.

Tomorrow, Friday, 23 December 2016 our office will be open only till noon, and I won't be sending a commentary. We will also be closed on St. Stephens Day, Monday, 26 December.

Stocks have stalled and pointed down. Dow lost 23.08 (0.12%) to 19,918.88 while the SP500 lost 4.22 (0.19%) to 2,260.96.

US dollar index is hovering. Rose 6 basis points (005%) to 103.08.

Gold edged back $2.30 (0.2%) to close Comex at $1,128.80. Silver lost 10.3¢ (0.6%) to 1581.5¢

Gold is looking more and more as if it is preparing to turn up. MACD is on the verge of turning up, & the RSI is still heavily oversold. Price action has flattened into a range the last six days. All this is merely preliminary, but like martins chittering in the spring, signs of a change.

Silver is flirting with the very rock bottom of its range, & indicators do not whisper a turnaround as gold's do.

All this is a waiting game. I still am operating on the conclusion that the December 2015 lows were THE lows for the 5 year correction, and therefore silver & gold have begun their next upleg. This present correction is merely the first downswing in the first upleg. Be patient, be patient.

Back in 1989 or 1990, I'm not sure of the year, Susan must have REALLY been frugalizing, because she made me promise we wouldn't give each other gifts. Christmas morning -- my children remember the scene if not the year -- I handed her a rolled up scroll and she said, "Oh, Franklin, you promised!" Inside was a poem I had written and calligraphed for her. She read the poem and cried. Maybe because it was so bad, but here 'tis anyway, for your Christmas enjoyment:

Have Christmas merry without gifts? What gift

Embraces all the love you've given me?

Find the equal? Love, without complaint you lift

In childlike faith your precious eyes, care-free

Receive each burden; love so full it bears

Sweet infant hearts new-made to praise her God.

'Tis not the money, but the task that tears

Likelihood and tramples hope roughshod:

One man could never find a present equal.

Vanquished, I must imitate, returning

Endless Threefold Grace original "

Devoted serve with self-forgetting yearning.

Until I give you back to Him complete

Such love as He gave me I must repeat.

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

— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
23-Dec-16 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,128.80 -2.30 -0.20%
Silver, $/oz 15.82 -0.10 -0.65%
Gold/Silver Ratio 71.375 0.317 0.45%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0140 -0.0001 -0.44%
Platinum 906.40 -6.90 -0.76%
Palladium 660.40 -3.30 -0.50%
S&P 500 2,260.96 -4.22 -0.19%
Dow 19,918.88 -23.08 -0.12%
Dow in GOLD $s 364.78 0.32 0.09%
Dow in GOLD oz 17.65 0.02 0.09%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,259.49 6.70 0.53%
US Dollar Index 103.08 0.06 0.06%
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British sovereign 0.24 267.71 280.71 1,192.49
French 20 franc 0.19 210.75 216.75 1,160.94
Krugerrand 1.00 1,142.35 1,152.35 1,152.35
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10 oz .999 bar 10.00 159.65 164.65 16.47
1 oz .999 round 1.00 16.07 16.37 16.37
Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 17.32 18.82 18.82
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