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Wednesday, 26 April a.d. 2017 Browse the commentary archive

US dollar index today pulled back form the abyss, rising 27 basis points to 98.92. Abideth still below its 200 DMA (98.94). Really has no room for fooling around, because a close below 98.67 will call the sharks like pouring blood into the water. Charts here, http://schrts.co/OkJ5UT

Stocks had a very choppy, up & down day, and in the end closed lower. Dow lost 21.03 (0.1%) to 20,975.09. S&P500 lost 1.16 (0.05%) to 2,387.45. Get out your pixie dust, they're flying to Never Never Land.

Gold fell another $3.50 (0.3%) to $1,262.10 while silver rolled down 22.8¢ (1.3%) to 1735.3¢.

Silver chart's worth pondering, http://schrts.co/OkJ5UT

Silver's always more volatile than gold, so exceeding the 50% correction point (1775¢) shouldn't surprise anyone. Now it has reached that neckline tat has offered support before. If it intends to test the support of that downtrend line from the July 2016 high, silver's looking at 1660¢.

Stockcharts.com is having some rare technical difficulty so I can't reach the Annotation screen to remove my labels. Just ignore them in this chart, http://schrts.co/kh9gOy

I show this chart to point out the breakneck angle of ascent. Reached 72.731 at Comex close today, and needs to stop soon or punish us with another rally.

Gold's chart has changed little, http://schrts.co/H8fV3b

God has simply drawn closer to its 200 day moving average, but a likelier target is the 50 DMA at $1,248.

Trump announced his blockbuster tax program today, which included the completely indigestible ending of deductibility of state & local taxes. You could hear the howling from New York to California, but not from Tennessee, where we have no income tax on wages. Rest of it was uninteresting enough for me to forget it in less time than it takes a gnat to change his mind.

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
25-Apr-17 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,262.10 3.50 0.28%
Silver, $/oz 17.35 -0.23 -1.30%
Gold/Silver Ratio 72.731 1.142 1.60%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0137 -0.0002 -1.57%
Platinum 945.90 -2.60 -0.27%
Palladium 805.00 1.20 0.15%
S&P 500 2,387.45 -12.65 -0.53%
Dow 20,975.09 -21.03 -0.10%
Dow in GOLD $s 343.55 -1.30 -0.38%
Dow in GOLD oz 16.62 -0.06 -0.38%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,208.73 14.48 1.21%
US Dollar Index 98.92 0.27 0.27%
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