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Just to rub your nose in it and prove that neither your optimism nor your pessimism works, silver and gold jumped UP today. & the dollar sank beneath the waves yet again.

US dollar index fell a meaty 73 basis points (0.8%) to 93.14. Clipped clean through the 50 DMA & appears headed for 92.60, the last low.

Sinking dollar sent jubilation into the Yen, which rose 1.13% to 89.92. Look at the chart here, and you'll see it shot plumb thru the 200 DMA.

Euro gained too, up 0.72% to $1.1821, but not as spectacularly as the yen. See it here,

Stocks gave back some of yesterday's gains. Dow Industrials backed up 0.27% or 64.65 to 23,526.18. S&P500 wobbled 0.8% or 1.45 to 2,597.08.

Neither stocks' losses today nor gold and silver's gains speak too loudly. They are likely strongly influenced by traders closing out positions before the long holiday weekend. Likewise, Friday's trading in gold & silver, a short session, will be meaningless. With few traders present friday, some may play games like running the stop orders, up or down. What looks like a big move vanishes then when the adults return on Monday.

("Running the stops" happens when traders, knowing where the sell stop orders are waiting below the market, or buy stops above the market, run the market to those points to goose the market that direction. Then they close out the position they had bought or sold to profit from their phony induced move.)

Bitcoin rose $179.26 (2.21%) to $8,274.85. I believe that's another new all time high.

Comex gold rose $10.50 (0.8%) and closed at $1,291.60. Silver jumped 15.2¢ to 1710.1¢.

Folks, we done been here before. Look at the chart, Although Gold did close above the 20 & 50 day moving averages today, it's still stuck dead in that $1,262 - $1,300 range. Can't say it really changes anything.

Nor does the silver chart convey much info, Well, it does mess with your mind the way it faked-out upside, then sank, and now jumps again up out of the apex of that even-sided triangle. It's enough to make you gnaw your tongue, but not enough to make you buy or sell.

May you all enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving with your families. Husbands, KISS your wives and thank God fervently for their love. And all of you remember, "Every good gift & every perfect gift is from above, & comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

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
22-Nov-17 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,291.60 10.50 0.82%
Silver, $/oz 17.10 0.15 0.90%
Gold/Silver Ratio 75.528 -0.058 -0.08%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0132 0.0000 0.08%
Platinum 937.60 2.80 0.30%
Palladium 1,003.35 5.45 0.55%
S&P 500 2,599.03 -1.95 -0.07%
Dow 23,526.18 -64.65 -0.27%
Dow in GOLD $s 376.53 -4.13 -1.08%
Dow in GOLD oz 18.21 -0.20 -1.08%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,375.72 -16.15 -1.16%
US Dollar Index 93.14 -0.73 -0.78%
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