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The Fed always ceases to amaze me. Must they forever roil markets with their meddlin' & mouthin'?

Today at 2:00 p.m they published the last FOMC meeting minutes, & it appears to have confused the markets badly. Stocks tanked, silver & gold reversed upwards, and the dollar index lost the day's gains.

After the FOMC announcement the Dow fell 191 points from its 2:00 p.m. price and for the day lost 41.09 to close at 20,648.15. Owch. S&P500 tumbled 7.21 (0.31%) to 2,352.95. Here's the S&P500 chart so y'all can see what I mean,

Stocks had actually poked a hole in the ruling downtrend line earlier in the day, but sank like your mother-in-law's opinion of you when you show up in a tank top for Thanksgiving dinner. Lo, they sank, and after breaking into new high territory intraday, they closed lower than yesterday -- say, that's the first half of a key reversal, so a lower close tomorrow would be fatal.

US dollar index did not actually close lower, but at 2:00 it was trading for 100.85, then skidded to a close at 100.43, up 2 basis points for the day. Whoops, it so happens that high touched the 50 day moving average for the second day, so now the dollar index looks a bit shopworn, flyblown, & shabby. It also throws into question the dollar index' breakout three days ago through its downtrend line.

During the day's trading gold closed the Comex (1:30 Eastern time) lower by $9.60 (0.8%) at $1,245.40. Silver fell 13.6¢ (0.7%) to 1816.6¢.

Thus they fulfilled my fears of yesterday, but the story doesn't stop there. After the Fed's FOMC utterance gold jumped up nearly $10 to $1,254.20 and silver jumped 12¢ to 1828.5¢. Nice to see silver & gold jump, but both remain bound under $1,265 & 1850¢. It can't be called "progress" until they conquer those prices. Until then, it's just "nice," the limbo of indecision and ambivalence. Maybe tomorrow silver & gold will muster up enough grit & gumption to climb.

Bishop Ussher calculated that on 5 April 2348 B.C. Noah's ark grounded on Mt. Ararat.

On 5 April 1603 Scottish King James VI (Stuart) departed Edinburgh for London to become James I of England. The Stuarts, beginning with little Jimmy, were a rotten chapter for England the next 100 years. Stubborn & stupid, a deadly combination, seemed to run in the family.

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
5-Apr-17 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,245.40 -9.60 -0.76%
Silver, $/oz 18.17 -0.14 -0.74%
Gold/Silver Ratio 68.557 -0.015 -0.02%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0146 0.0000 0.02%
Platinum 956.40 -4.90 -0.51%
Palladium 807.75 0.80 0.10%
S&P 500 2,352.95 -12.65 -0.53%
Dow 20,648.15 -41.90 -0.20%
Dow in GOLD $s 342.73 1.93 0.57%
Dow in GOLD oz 16.58 0.09 0.57%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,136.64 6.16 0.54%
US Dollar Index 100.43 -0.02 -0.02%
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