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'Twas a surpassingly odd day in markets.

Stocks don't make a bit of sense -- huge non-confirmation. Dow Industrials rose a meaty 103.97 (0.44%) to 23,940.68 but the S&P500 fell 0.97 (0.04%) to 2,626.07. Nasdaq fell 1.27% & Nasdaq-100 fell 1.73%. That's a weighty disagreement between the blue chip Dow and the lesser, broader indices. Something smells like mice. Things ain't quite clean if the place smells of mice. Might be cockroaches behind those baseboards, too.

US dollar index may be seen here, Mark a meaningful turn here. The dollar index descended to the level of the left shoulder (and first right shoulder) to 92.48, then bounced up. This ain't epochal, and the competing yen & euro are still broken out to the upside, but this dollar strength bears watching.

The chart is yesterday's, because one of the rare things StockCharts does wrong is not publish the day's dollar index chart until after 5:00 my time. Today it fell 5 basis points (0.05%) to 93.17. Keep in mind the dollar is trying to turn up, and you have to watch it like you'd watch a ham left out on the table in the room where your dog is pretending to sleep.

If the Bitcoin bubble did anything other than defy my senses, I'd say it had a bad day, too. Hit a new high at $11,366.99, up from an open at $9.923.44, but collapsed from that intraday high to $9,300.83. Whoa -- a 22.2% range in one day. Gag.

I don't know what time a "closing price" is for Bitcoin, but right now (4:20 central time) it's trading about $10,183.69.

What caused the collapse? People couldn't trade because two big exchanges, Coinbase & Gemini, crashed. Closed, as in can't do business. (Just as an aside, I wonder how a thing can be an all purpose hedge when it's exchanges are so often raided by hackers or closed -- but I am a technophobic worrier.) Part of the constipation appears to be caused by the heaviest traffic day ever. All these events are clues to the skeptical.

As the bubble blows toward the sky, I note headlines that point toward the pricking. CME Group (Comex), CBOE, and now Nasdaq have lately announced they will offer Bitcoin futures. Whoops, that will make it a lot easier to short Bitcoin. Never mind.

By the way, whatever the cause of that Bitcoin trading today, technically it painted the first half of a key reversal, viz., a new intraday high with a lower close. To confirm a reversal, it must close yet lower tomorrow. Sign is useless and false without that next day confirmation.

Just about the time I turn optimistic on silver & gold, they faint. Silver today made a new low, closing Comex 35.4¢ (2.11%) lower at 1645.7¢. Gold coughed up $12.60 (-1.00%) to end at $1,282.

Gold's one day chart shows flat trading above $1,294 until a piano drops on gold's head about 10:30 Eastern. Then it gaps and plunges to $,1282, with ne'er a bounce afterwards.

It's not quite as bad as it sounds. Look, Gold dropped to the 50 day moving average. This trading has the feel of floor traders smacking gold back and forth to run the stop orders, then raking in their gains, eezy, sneezy, japaneezy. Range trading.

However, look at this silver chart, This is an end of day chart so the numbers aren't quite the same as Comex, but you can see today silver collapsed out of that even-sided triangle slap to the bottom of the range. This does not presage higher prices, friends. Unless silver turns around tomorrow and re-bounds smartly, 'twill continue lower tomorrow.

Back to a "surpassingly odd day." Dow reaches a new all time high, rises over 100 points, but S&P500 & the Nasdaqs sink. Loud non-confirmation. US dollar begins to rally, then faints. Bitcoin posts what might be a key reversal's first half, gold gets slapped and silver breaks down.

Where you gonna run for cover? Goat milk futures.

On 29 November 1596 King Phillip devalued the Spanish currency. One could quite literally write a world history centering around the oh-so-frequent dates of currency clippings, devaluations, re-issues, redenominations, and every other shift that wicked, thieving governments can resort to. The problem of monetary stability has always plagued mankind with injustice, and when you add banks creating credit/debt, oh my! It is a chasm of chaos. And it proceeds today apace. Banks, banking, & their money is a festering scandal on humanity.

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29-Nov-17 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,282.10 -12.60 -0.97%
Silver, $/oz 16.46 -0.35 -2.11%
Gold/Silver Ratio 77.906 0.891 1.16%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0128 -0.0001 -1.14%
Platinum 940.00 -10.10 -1.06%
Palladium 1,009.95 -12.10 -1.18%
S&P 500 2,626.00 -0.07 -0.00%
Dow 23,940.68 103.97 0.44%
Dow in GOLD $s 386.00 5.42 1.42%
Dow in GOLD oz 18.67 0.26 1.42%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,454.74 36.82 2.60%
US Dollar Index 93.17 -0.05 -0.05%
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