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Well, I'm wrong if I do and wrong if I don't! Yesterday's gold and silver weakness led me to expect lower prices, but today the whole precious metals sector exploded upward.

Pale, pasty, ever had a callus on those hands Janet Yellen announced today that the Fed wouldn't raise interest rates. That has all the Fed watchers assuming the fed WILL raise their discount rate in December. Well, mebbe. Anyhow, maybe that's what markets are feeding on, that expectation of a December rate increase, because the dollar index rose 25 basis points today to 94.70. In theory the Fed's NOT raising rates ought to have bumped the dollar down, a little anyway. That it didn't implies speculators are expecting a December increase.

Yen & Euro are suffering. Yen down 0.42% at 87.61 today looks like it's about to break support about 87.35 and fall off a cliff, if it turneth not up here, Euro has been falling since early September, reaching for new lows all the time. Today closed down 0.21% at 1.1621.

Here's a neat item a reader sent me (thank you very much!), a stock market indicator I knew not of. It is the spread between bullish and bearish percentage by Investors Intelligence, a measure of market optimism. This week it reached its widest level since early 1987, not long before the Black Monday crash. This week showed 63.5% bullish against a mere 14.4% bearish. Spread above 30 points (that one is 49.1) "calls for defensive measures." Difference between bulls & bears hasn't been this high in 30 years, right before the Dow crashed 22% on 19 Oct. 1987. Read the whole article at

Stocks made great gains early in the day but gave back two-thirds of them by day's end. Dow rose 57.77 (0.25%) to 23,435.01. S&P500 rose 4.1 (.16%) to 2,579.36.

Just to keep everybody straight on the record, measuring from the 31 December 2016 closes through yesterday, here are the results:

Dow Jones Industrials +18.3%

S&P500 +15%

Gold +10.2%

Silver + 4.4%

Platinum + 1.6%

Palladium + 43.6% [sic]

Speaking of the white metals, Platinum today rose $17.20 to $933 while Palladium leapt $19 to close at $999.25. Those are markets I no longer follow but I have been noticing out of the corner of my eye palladium gaining on platinum. Here's a chart of the Palladium price minus the platinum price,

Astounding. From the low in July 2016 at negative $502.30 the spread has risen to positive $81.45.

Today on Comex gold sprang up $7.10 (0.6%) to $1,274.10 while silver vaulted an eye-popping 48.7¢ (2.93%) to 1713.5¢.

Impressive as today may be, it didn't break either one out of the trading range ruling since mid-September.

Gold put its feet on that roughly $1262 support and reached up to touch the 20 day moving average -- yawn. The rise from last Friday's close is, well, it's a rise but without accomplishing much yet. Go look, It rose, too, in the teeth of a little dollar rise, but probably was rising off the same event, the Fed's announcement.

Silver's performance was as pretty as you might ask for, jumping off 1660¢ support to pierce overhead the 20 DMA, uptrend line from the Dec 2015 Low, touch the 50 DMA, an close on top of the 200 DMA. YET, yet, it remains in the same 1725¢ - 1660¢ range. Must break above that, must confirm intent tomorrow. Chart's right here,

By the way, this trading looks like panicked short covering.

Most hopeful of all was the dramatic gap down in the gold/silver ratio, Collapsed from 76.119 to 74.370 today, leaving a big gap behind and threatening to fall trough the 200 DMA at 73.48. That would negate that suspected upside-down head and shoulders formation on the chart.

All the balls have been thrown up in the air. I had a neatly sewn up package of lower US dollar index into mid November, further falls in silver & gold till then, followed by their upward reversal. Today even the Dow in Gold and Dow in Silver dropped, but that ratio is most persuasive, suggesting way too much negative sentiment in silver & a large short position getting spooked. However, the position shown in Commitments of Traders doesn't show an extreme short position. So I don't know what drove today, other than somebody got scared.

Gold's five day chart shows a market that double bottomed around $1,269 on Monday and Wednesday. Then last night about 3 a.m. Eastern time gold shot up from $1,270 to $1,276 then gapped up to $1,279-$1,280. However, after that it dropped off rapidly -- some invisible hand?

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1-Nov-17 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,274.10 7.10 0.56%
Silver, $/oz 17.13 0.49 2.93%
Gold/Silver Ratio 74.370 -1.749 -2.30%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0134 0.0003 2.35%
Platinum 932.00 17.20 1.88%
Palladium 999.25 19.00 1.94%
S&P 500 2,579.36 4.10 0.16%
Dow 23,435.01 57.77 0.25%
Dow in GOLD $s 380.22 -1.19 -0.31%
Dow in GOLD oz 18.39 -0.06 -0.31%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,367.91 -36.55 -2.60%
US Dollar Index 94.70 0.25 0.26%
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