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Somethin' ain't right with the closing prices for the US dollar index. I use two sources & they ought to agree, but today they don't, by a big margin. So the Dollar index either closed down 59 basis points (-0.6%) or up 9 basis points at 100.71. I am inclined to believe that latter price is a computer fluke & the dollar index fell 60 bps.

What we do know is that the dollar index was fairly quiet around 100.70 until 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, when somebody pulled the plug on it. It sank to 100.09, below the 20 day moving average now at 100.14.

Cause of this bloodbath was apparently [who really knows] that in a Wall St. Journal interview Trump said the US dollar was too high and hurting trade. I can't find another story that would account for that fall, and it was datelined about 2 hours ago, same time the dollar index fell.

The dollar index's sinking spell goosed gold wildly. On Comex, remember, Gold closes at 12:30 Eastern time. It had closed at $1,275.30, up $4.10 (.3%). Although that was positive, it was a flat, lackluster day. It took about a hour after that Trump bomb hit the market, but gold jumped up another $10 to $1,286.1 in the aftermarket. That left the day up $19.20 or 1.2%, not shabby.

But silver rubbed the shine off gold's sprint. Comex silver rose 4.6¢ (0.3%) to 1827.9¢, then about 4:30 leapt to 1846¢, up 22.7¢ from yesterday's Comex close.

Silver & gold are gainsaying each other. Gold smashes resistance at $1,275, but silver still lags behind, cowering below 1850¢. That won't work. Either gold will pull silver up or silver will pull gold down.

Stocks cracked today, closing below their 50 day moving averages. Here's the S&P500 chart,

Notice that the S&P500 has broken down through the uptrend line (bottom boundary of that even-sided triangle) AND through the 50 DMA, which 'til now had acted as a safety net. Reckon the net tore.

More witnesses. Here's the Volatility Index (VIX) chart,

A rising volatility index means falling stock prices. Notice how suddenly changes take place as fear bites into the market. See June 2016, for instance.

Now the VIX has punched through resistance that has held since Trump's election. Could take a big bite out of stocks.

Y'all might also ponder the Dow Transports chart,

It topped on 1 March and has been sliding down-gulch from there. Below 20 & 50 DMAs. Suggests stocks topped 1 March.

Another reason to believe stocks cracked today, although as yet it's a sign no bigger than a man's hand on the horizon, is the Dow priced in silver & gold. Dow in Gold chart's here,

Yes, yes, it's a tiny break, the 7/100th of an ounce between the old low at 16.18 oz & today's close at 16.11 oz, but 'tis still a break, & long-awaited. Now look at the Dow in Silver, Razor thin breach there, too, 1,126.87 oz v. 1,125.24 oz today, but a breach is a breach. Let's see if they widen.

Here's a little poem for Susan's birthday:

All unforeseen & unawaited,

rain scattered husks

of tulip poplar bud & bloom

on walk & ground.


It was not possible

they should be held

by winter's death.

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
12-Apr-17 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,275.30 4.10 0.32%
Silver, $/oz 18.28 0.05 0.25%
Gold/Silver Ratio 69.769 0.049 0.07%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0143 -0.0000 -0.07%
Platinum 964.90 -1.00 -0.10%
Palladium 796.15 -6.80 -0.85%
S&P 500 2,344.93 -12.65 -0.54%
Dow 20,591.86 -59.44 -0.29%
Dow in GOLD $s 333.78 -2.04 -0.61%
Dow in GOLD oz 16.15 -0.10 -0.61%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,126.53 -6.10 -0.54%
US Dollar Index 100.71 0.09 0.09%
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