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Today the US 10 year Treasury yield bumped up 1.30% to 2.407%. Chart's here,

What do it say? Back in December the 10 year yield punched up through the downtrend line from the 2007 high -- portentous. It range-traded (green boundaries) until early April when it broke down out of the range and even fell through that previously conquered downtrend line. But mid-April it caught hold and has rallied vigorously ever since. Today it close well above its 50 day moving average (2.387%). Other things being equal, rising interest rates will drive the US dollar higher and make it more expensive to hold gold or silver, in terms of lost interest income.

Yea, stocks also shall feel the sting of higher rates, made worse by their long addiction to the Fed's bogus suppressed interest rates. Of course, most of this is driven by speculation about the Fed's next move to raise its discount rate. And we all know how predictable that batch of economic midgets is.

Stocks kept spinning wheels today. Dow Industrials lost 36.5 (0.17%) to close at 20,975.78. S&P500 backed off 2.46 (0.1%) to 2,396.92. Helps to see it on a chart,

A new all time high yesterday and Friday wrought no followthrough. In fact, the S&P500 broke to a new high for the move, then closed lower. Right, first half of a key reversal. A lower close tomorrow signals lower prices.

Silver reached my target today with a Comex close at 1600.8¢, 19.1¢ (1.2%) lower than yesterday. Gold skidded $11.00 (0.9%) to $1,214.30. After market showed both trading sharply higher, gold at $1,219.50 and silver at 1612.5¢.

Silver's 15 day losing streak has now waxed to 16. The one-day chart shows a little bowl or V-bottom -- possibly, possibly, but it must climb through 1620¢ tomorrow and not drop below that. Here's a daily chart,

So far silver has managed to stomp its way through every level of support from 1866¢ down. It has now reached the uptrend line from the December 2015 & 2016 lows, and another lateral support at 1564¢. If it doesn't stop at 1600¢, that's the next logical target.

Gold has acted more phlegmatically, but took a knock today. It has reached lateral support from that old bowl lip. Should it breach that, hello $1,184.

I scanned the one day chart. See if this link works,

This highlights the low at Comex close & rise in the aftermarket, a sort of blow. But notice it has only climbed roughly to the breakdown point, which I will call $1,224. If today's trading really is a bottom, gold will keep climbing through $1,224 & never fall beneath it again. Otherwise this long downtrend hasn't ended.

Premium on US 90% silver coin is still strengthening -- good. Gold coin premiums remain puny. Not good.

On 9 May 1429 Joan of Arc, the maid, the despised girl with the crazy visions, leading a French army defeated the besieging English at Orleans.

Argentum et aurum comparanda sunt —
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9-May-17 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,214.30 -11.00 -0.90%
Silver, $/oz 16.01 -0.01 -0.07%
Gold/Silver Ratio 75.856 -0.635 -0.83%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0132 0.0001 0.84%
Platinum 898.40 -18.70 -2.04%
Palladium 793.45 -11.95 -1.48%
S&P 500 2,396.92 -2.46 -0.10%
Dow 20,975.78 -36.50 -0.17%
Dow in GOLD $s 357.08 2.59 0.73%
Dow in GOLD oz 17.27 0.13 0.73%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,310.33 -1.38 -0.11%
US Dollar Index 99.44 0.50 0.51%
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