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Weekly Commentary
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Here's the weekly scorecard:
  5-May-17 12-May-17 Change % Change
Silver, cents/oz. 1,621.50 1,634.60 13.10 0.8
Gold, dollars/oz. 1,224.80 1,226.20 1.40 0.1
Gold/silver ratio 75.535 75.015 -0.520 -0.7
Silver/gold ratio 0.0132 0.0133 0.0001 0.7
Dow in Gold Dollars (DIG$) 354.55 352.28 -2.26 -0.6
Dow in gold ounces 17.15 17.04 -0.11 -0.6
Dow in Silver ounces 1,295.53 1,278.39 -17.13 -1.3
Dow Industrials 21,006.94 20,896.61 -110.33 -0.5
S&P500 2,399.29 2,390.90 -8.39 -0.3
US dollar index 98.44 99.19 0.75 0.8
Platinum 907.70 915.00 7.30 0.8
Palladium 812.90 803.35 -9.55 -1.2

Silver and gold came back from last week's beating, but reluctantly. Stocks suffered their first down week in a month. Palladium is out of step with platinum. US dollar index rose for the week, but was slapped badly today.

Love, love, love those government statistics! Looking at the US dollar index chart today you can see when commerce department stats were published at 8:30 because at that point the bottom drops out of the dollar index. Retail sales data was lower than expected, "inflation" lower, so I reckon the market thinks that will keep the Fed from raising rates. If rates don't rise, the dollar don't rise, so both the US dollar index and the 10 year treasury yield fell today. The tumble is not fatal for the dollar index, but at 99.19 (down 43 basis points) it closed a little lower than the 20 day moving average (99.26).

Stocks have been limping and struggling all week. S&P500 Chart is here,

Today the Dow lost 22.81 (0.11%) to close at 20,896.61. S&P500 gave up 3.54 (0.15%) to 2,390.90. looks as if it's trying to break down.

Here's the Dow in Gold chart, . It hit the top line of its range at 17.248 oz and turned down, easing the overbought RSI. Rate of Change & MACD are also rolling over. DiG must get below 16.85 to give the first hint it has turned around, & then must fall through the 200 DMA at 15.63 to nail on the coffin lid. Gold & silver are going nowhere until their trend against stocks turns DOWN.

Look at the gold/silver ratio here,

It may have turned down. The MACD has rolled over & the grossly overbought RSI has eased. That suggests that this high ratio offers us yet another chance to swap gold for silver while silver is dirt cheap in terms of gold. Call us if you're interested, 888-218-9226.

Today Comex silver rose 13.7¢ (0.8%) to 1634.6¢. Gold added $3.50 (0.3%) to $1,226.20.

Silver & gold need harmony. They can't keep arguing with each other like a dysfunctional family. Silver today rose to the next level, call it 1635¢, but gold remained mired in $1,225. Where's the harmony?

Look at the 5 day gold chart,

Y'all can easily see that V-bottom on Tuesday, with a steady rise. But although this aftermarket chart shows gold at $1,228.45, that's not sufficient. It needs to beat $1,235.

Compare the 5 day silver chart here,

Same V bottom appears on Tuesday, but silver has limbed more enthusiastically & beaten the 1635¢ mark. Still, both metals are lethargic & lazy. Silver's bloated Commitments of Traders have been reduced by the price decline, which is helpful, but they will have to shrink more still.

Look at the palladium chart,

That rising wedge leaves me expecting a significant fall. Now look at platinum's chart,

Platinum's chart resembles silver & gold's, barely violating the uptrend line from January 2016. In other words, platinum is trending up. It will either cure that breach in the downtrend line by rising, or fall back to that January 2016 low. For right now the MACD & RSI imply it will rise.

Y'all may have thought I missed the removal of President Jefferson Davis' statue in New Orleans. Too long a story to tell, but ultimately the funding for this war on the South comes from George Soros. Most disturbing is the abysmal historical ignorance of those tearing down Southern monuments. There's not one of them worthy to untie Jefferson Davis' shoe lace.

I am no partisan of chattel slavery, but I am no partisan of lies substituted for facts, either. If you want an accurate view of how slavery worked in the South, get Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery (1974) by Robert Fogel & Stanley Engerman, the first from the University of Chicago and the second from the University of Rochester. Fogel won a Nobel Prize for this work, which examined thousands of contemporaneous documents. That's not to say slavery was preferable to free labor, only that in many economic respects Southern slaves lived at about the same level or higher than Northern free labor.

Also instructive are the so-called Slave Narratives collected during the 1930s by the Federal Writers Project. These are actual interviews with ex-slaves. I have three books on my shelf excerpted from the Slave Narratives: Before Freedom, When I Can Just Remember, Mighty Rough Times I Tell You, & My Folks Don't Want Me To Talk About Slavery. All come from John F Blair, Publisher, in North Carolina.

Y'all enjoy your weekend.

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— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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Market Snapshot See more charts and market data
12-May-17 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,226.20 3.50 0.3
Silver, $/oz 16.35 0.14 0.8
Gold/Silver Ratio 75.015 0.208 0.3
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0133 0.0001 0.8
Platinum 915.00 -0.20 -0.0
Palladium 803.35 4.95 0.6
S&P 500 2,390.90 -3.54 -0.1
Dow 10,896.61 -22.81 -0.2
Dow in GOLD $s 183.70 -0.89 -0.5
Dow in GOLD oz 8.89 -0.04 -0.5
Dow in SILVER oz 666.62 -7.04 -1.0
US Dollar Index 99.19 0.43 0.4
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The US DOLLAR INDEX is the average exchange rate for the US dollar against the Euro, Yen, Pound sterling, Canadian Dollar, Swiss Franc, and Swedish Krona, weighted for each country's trade with the US. It gives a general measure of the US dollar's performance against all other currencies.

The DOW IN GOLD DOLLARS measures the Dow Jones Industrial Average in gold dollars (0.048375 troy oz. by law). The DiG$ depicts the Primary (20 year) Trend of stocks against gold. When the DiG$ is dropping, gold is gaining value against stocks in a trend that should last 15-20 years. The DiG$'s chart is identical to the Dow in ounces of gold, but gives us one unvarying measure all the way back to 1896. Because it shows the primary trend ("tide") of gold against stocks, for investors it is the single most important financial chart in the world today. Since its August 1999 high at G$925.42 (44.8 ounces), the DiG$ has trended down, targeting a G$80-G$20 (4-1 oz. of gold will buy the whole Dow).

The DOW IN SILVER OUNCES shows how many ounces of silver are needed to buy the entire Dow. The DiSoz is trending down with a target of under 36 ounces.

The GOLD/SILVER RATIO is the gold price divided by the silver price, and shows how many ounces of silver it takes to buy one ounce of gold. The Ratio shows us the Primary (20 year) Trend of gold's value against silver. When the Ratio's trend is dropping, silver is gaining value against gold. This trend targets a gold/silver ratio of 16 ounces of silver to one of gold within the next 5-10 years. That implies that silver will massively, vastly outperform gold before this bull market ends. When both metals are rallying, the ratio often (but not always) drops, confirming the rally.

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