As we discussed just yesterday, with the CoT structure very likely at historic and unprecedented levels, the next move for the metals was going to be UP, not down. We've also frequently mentioned the likelihood that an FOMC rate hike would be a "sell the rumor, buy the news" type of event. With those two items in mind, we can't consider today's market action to be a surprise.

Let's dive right in as I'm running a little behind schedule. I'm honored to have taken on a new responsibility for the greater community and I look forward to sharing the news with you later today. For now, though, let's head straight to the charts.

Below are the 2-month gold and silver charts that we've studied a couple of times this week, most recently yesterday. Maybe it's just me, but I think it's quite easy to see which way these patterns have resolved themselves this morning:

Alright, so, what should we root for over the remainder of the day. Well, let's keep it simple. As you know, the first major hurdle for this next/current rally is $1080 gold and $14.40 silver. While I'd love to see prices extend even higher today, as we close the day and wrap up the week, all I want is a close above these levels. Not asking for much, I know...but...as they say...beggars can't be choosers.

Once solidly above $1080 and $14.40, we can set our sights upon the next major resistance. As you see below, that level is $1105 in gold as well as the 50-day moving average, currently near $1120. In silver, $15 will be a challenge and the 50-day near there will be, too. Expect the SPEC shorts to put up a battle there in a desperate attempt to regain the downward momentum. They'll throw good money after bad but they will lose. Little do they seem to know...they have no chance. The Banks always win this paper game and The Specs always get the shaft. That's just how it works.

For further evidence that this is a serious Spec short squeeze, check the divergence between gold and the yen today. If the smarty-pant, momo-chasing Specs think things are painful today, wait until the yen rallies later this month. The pain will be amped up considerably at that point. Christmas won't be their only "religious experience"!

Again, there's A LOT of fuel here. The gold CoT we get later today will again show new record extremes in Spec and Commercial positioning...and with the OI increase since Tuesday, the extremes have already grown some more. Of course, we're seeing considerable Spec short covering today but the CoT is still at historic levels. Be sure to keep this in mind.

And the HUI is just beautiful and those miners I bought earlier this week are kickin butt and takin names. It's already dealing with its own 50-day MA and I'm happy to report that, as of this moment, it's actually above that critical level. The question is: Can it close there? I think it will. Check the positive chart as well as the upwardly-trending RSI and MACD. 

There's much more that I could type about here but I need to get this posted before it gets too late...and we can certainly discuss the BLSBS etc in the podcast later today. As I close, the metals are still near their highs of the day at $1085 and $14.52. Keep a close watch and hope to maintain these levels through the Comex close.

Have a fun day!



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zero comments?

Well, let's change that! laugh

4 oz's picture

So...Into the Future We Go....

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ArtL's picture


I like saying Thurd.

my mood is much improved this morning.

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What's the yen doing?

Gamble gamble

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Here you go


Very pleased and HONORED to announce that I'll be helping the good folks at Sprott with some of their blog content. Specifically, I'll host the monthly "Ask The Expert" series as well as the weekly Sprott Money News wrap up with Eric, himself.
Here's the first edition, which we recorded earlier this morning. Thanks again to Eric and everyone at Sprott for this opportunity.


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Good on you TF.  High compliment.

procog's picture

Turd, Congratulations!

You have acheived a well earned position in the exclusive industry.

And I made the "Top Ten!"

Now I can count on some PSLV making gains for a change. It is Sprott who should be honored. JMHO

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Thank you, *****.

And it simply cannot be coincidence that, with Bank leverage at unprecedented levels on the Comex, reaching 325:1 registered to open interest yesterday, that Dec15 deliveries are non-existent. Check this out:

In Dec15 silver, where the leverage ratio is near historical norms at 19:1, there have been 3,507 posted "deliveries" this month while Dec15 open interest has fallen from 4,078 last Friday to yesterday's 591.

In Dec15 gold, however, where the leverage ratio is the aforementioned 325:1, there have been a whopping 44 posted deliveries while open interest has fallen from 7,849 to 3,799.

The scam/sham/illusion plot thickens.


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Yes it is


And it means a lot. I'm honored that Eric would extend the invitation.

Going forward, he said he's willing to discuss whatever I'd like to discuss..."it's my show"...so, do you think this might be fun? It also should be great exposure for Turdville.

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Tell me Turd,

is today the start of another "wash and rinse" cycle? Yes, too early tell probably. But we often have seen such days as today to prevent that I am getting to excited. These banksters are still in control of the paper markets, at least as it seems.

Maybe today the market realizes that the .25 rate hike is coming. But I think things for the precious metal prices will only change if the world loses confidence in the US-$ and US treasuries.

For me personally today marks the end of the last wash and rinse process and beginning of a new one.

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This is excellent Turd. You are the perfect ambassador. Look forward to listening on a regular basis.

hindsight101's picture

Good for you

Both on your new assignment and great calls this week, which I followed.

lakedweller2's picture

@TF Sprott

Also they are using that "Craig Hemke" pseudonym.  Great!

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Hugo Price Salinas: The Crumbling World Order And Gold


The Chinese evidently have some plans which they are not divulging, for we see that China is purchasing huge amounts of gold. In the meantime, the US insists on trashing the price of gold, as if to say that the Dollar is and will remain the world’s supreme currency till the end of time.

China is quietly accumulating gold and saying nothing. But we can try to guess what China is thinking: “The US is mired in an insoluble problem. Do nothing to provoke the US. The US will destroy itself in a huge collapse.”

The middle class in the United States has no idea that a heavy 2×4 is being at the back of their heads.  By the time many of them realize what is happening, it will be too late duck.

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Congrats TF

That's BIG.

I have to hand it to you, the CoT analysis is simply phenomenal.  None of us can explain the rationale for why markets are behaving/moving like they are, but the CoT has been consistent to the T over the course of your studies on it.

Hedge Fund time? I'd be a buyer.

So, going forward, can we expect a month or two rally and then another washout as the CoT flips, hence new PM lows?  Or, have we entered a new paradigm?

Libero's picture

Kudos to you

craig. You earned it!!! 

Arag's picture

Congratulations, Turd !

And all the best for your new task @ Sprott !

I wish you a well deserved success, for the benefit of all the good guys !



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Congratulations, TF. It's about damn time that you start getting some of the recognition that you so richly deserve. You have earned every bit of it with your stellar work here and many interview's elsewhere. Look forward to listening to you on the Sprott News Network. Again, congrats.

procog's picture

Beautiful! Excellent Interviewing Skills.

Your knowledge and attentiveness to detail shined, as always,  in your first interview with Mr. Sprott.

Not only a talented analyst, but a recognized interviewer for key, timely, monetary knowledge.  It doesn't get better than that.

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Turd, I don't post often, and


I don't post often, and congrats.  I have HUGE respect for both you and Eric Sprott.  And, I know you will do a great job, as always.

Well done, my friend.

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Thank you. Much appreciated.

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Sprott Tie-in

Bravo Craig!  Well done.  Looking forward to the additional content to sponge up.


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May I also wish you the best of luck with your new Sprott interview series.  I am continually amazed at the great interviews you do, your overall knowledge and what a privilege it is to read your stuff and the rest of the posters here daily.  Your call on this metal turn was prescient and I earned five years of your fees in a very short time.  Thanks and good luck to all of us going forward, we will need it.

Klingon's picture

Great news. You earned it!

Great news. You earned it!

canary's picture

...And why the Banks always win?

Because they work in collusion....at lest a group of them. A can't think of any other explanation.

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garth's picture

Sweet action!

I'm a big fan of Sprott and an even bigger fan of The Turd.  Very good news!


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