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Wouldn't have written today except that interest rates have broken out upside. Well, the 10 year T-note yield, found here

Bear in mind that interest rates (yields) move opposite to bond prices, and the longer the bond's duration, the more the price moves. Also, EVERY asset acts like a bond when interest rates rise, which means a widespread and thoroughgoing re-rating of all asset values: stocks, real estate, beanie babies.

So behold the US 30 year T-bond chart, See how that yield surge helped the price?

Or what about the junk bond ETF, HYG? Looky, looky,

But stocks apparently didn't hear about what awaits them as interest rates rise, since they are still in Cloud Cuckoo Land. Dow rose 113.86 to 25,396.86, up 0.45%. Other indices didn't do as well. S&P500 augmented only 4.9 or 0.18%. Lessee -- interest rates rising which cause asset re-rating, and higher operating costs, and Fed Reserve is deflating the money supply. What could possibly go awry?

US dollar index rose 15 basis points (0.16%) to 92.24. That sucker punched the euro, sending it down 0.23% to $1.1939. Yen benefited from a Bank of Japan announcement they intend to stop buying bonds, implying tighter money supply. Yen climbed 0.43% to 88.79.

Comex gold tumbled $6.90 (0.52%) for a close at $1,311.70. Silver dropped three-quarters of one percent or 12.8¢ to 1693.6¢. Ratio floated up to 77.450, from 77.274 yesterday.

Gold chart here shows gold falling back from its punch through the downtrend line, and lays out support areas in those yellow lines, around $1,300 and $1,265, or around the 50 DMA ($1,280) or the 200 DMA ($1,274).

Silver's chart shows silver nearing simultaneously the 200 DMA (1701¢) and the green uptrend line. Support lies beneath around 1650¢ and the 50 DMA (1669¢).

Small correction we expected in the metals ain't over yet, but longer term rally is healthy as a Percheron.

Argentum et aurum comparanda sunt —
Silver and gold must be bought.

— Franklin Sanders, The Moneychanger

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9-Jan-18 Price Change % Change
Gold, $/oz 1,311.70 -6.90 -0.52%
Silver, $/oz 16.94 -0.13 -0.75%
Gold/Silver Ratio 77.450 0.177 0.23%
Silver/Gold Ratio 0.0129 -0.0000 -0.23%
Platinum 967.90 -4.40 -0.45%
Palladium 1,100.80 2.25 0.20%
S&P 500 2,752.61 5.90 0.21%
Dow 25,396.86 113.86 0.45%
Dow in GOLD $s 400.24 3.88 0.98%
Dow in GOLD oz 19.36 0.19 0.98%
Dow in SILVER oz 1,499.58 17.92 1.21%
US Dollar Index 92.24 0.15 0.16%
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US 40% silver 1/2s 0.30 4,802.60 4,949.60 16.78
100 oz .999 bar 100.00 1,673.00 1,708.00 17.08
10 oz .999 bar 10.00 170.80 175.80 17.58
1 oz .999 round 1.00 16.73 17.33 17.33
Am Eagle, 200 oz Min 1.00 18.18 18.93 18.93
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