Getting Caught Up

Fri, Feb 3, 2012 - 10:53am

After yesterday's nefarious activities, I had hoped to create a lengthy, comprehensive post for you this morning. The BLSBS has gotten in the way and, since things are moving so quickly, I figured I'd better just post what I have and worry about going into detail over the weekend.

Before we get started, thank you all for your patience in dealing with the nonsense of yesterday. The attacks continue today but Ron and Stephanie have battled through the night (seriously, I don't think that either of them slept) to get the site back up. Their efforts are greatly appreciated and, since their efforts aren't inexpensive, all of those who have donated to the "TFMR DoS Defense Fund" are greatly appreciated, as well. We don't know for certain who is behind these attacks but we have our suspicions. I, for one, would like to bring in the FBI and/or Interpol but, apparently they're a little busy. Maybe we can simply organize some type of TFMR Goon Squad to go have a "visit" with the perpetrator.

OK, first the BLSBS. All you really need to know can be found at ZeroHedge. (What else is new?) Go there to find the truth. Here is just one of the links:

Additionally, in the spirit of seeking the truth through the manipulation and the propaganda, you are really going to enjoy the next podcast. I recorded it yesterday and it is quite timely. It will be posted later this afternoon so please be sure to check back later or over the weekend.

Here are the only charts that matter. When reviewing them it is critical that you remember this:

I am diligently following the daily changes to open interest in the precious metals. In doing so, it has become quite clear that there is very little, regular trading left in the PMs. All we have are The Cartel and the EE alternately covering and adding shorts as well as some HFT WOPRs that swing back and forth depending upon which way the POSX is moving. This is a double-edged sword.

  • This makes movements in the PMs even more easy to predict than usual.
  • This also brings significantly greater volatility which can wipe you out fast if you're not careful.

Anyone attempting to trade (and I do not encourage it) must trade cautiously and use well-defined stops.

To that end, let's start with the POSX charts. It looks like The Pig has, in fact, found a short-term bottom this time. I thought it had double-bottomed at 79 earlier this week. Instead, it has formed a rounded bottom. Nevertheless, you can clearly see on the one-year daily chart that 79 functions well as a technical support least for now. I still have a hunch, however, that Pigatha will soon head even lower, toward 78 and maybe even 77.

Next is gold. Unfortunately, the trend from last Wednesday's FOMC minutes is now broken. Oh well. It had to happen sometime. As you can clearly see, however, gold could fall quite a ways from here and still NOT violate its trend from 1/1/12. In the end, all is well. QE is going to infinity. BTFD.

Lastly, silver might actually be in a tradable position. Maybe. I still think that the real Battle Royale will be at 35-35.50. IF that's the case, then it may be possible to trade some March calls from 33.25-50 up to 35-35.50. Maybe. Again, trade at your own risk and be on guard for some nasty volatility, to the UPside and the downside.

OK, I'm going to stop there, cross my fingers and toes, and pray that when I hit "SAVE" that this post actually appears on "Main Street" and simply doesn't disappear into the ether. Thanks again to all who have donated in support of the Tech Team and security improvements. Be sure to check back later this afternoon or over the weekend for a great and timely podcast. Have a fun day!! TF

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Feb 3, 2012 - 10:54am



Feb 3, 2012 - 11:01am

Six Year Old Wants Silver

Thankful for the little BLSBS beatdown this morning. My six year old son has saved 34 dollars to buy his first ounce of silver and anything over would come out of daddy's pocket. Thank you EE!

I am overjoyed that my six year old son would rather buy silver than plastic toys. If anything good comes of this economic turmoil it's that my son is learning, at a very early age, the value of precious metals and the BS of inflated fiat money. I know he'll be fine.


Feb 3, 2012 - 11:01am

the metals will surge in the moments right after the numbers are

Yes, surge they did, right down the plug hole! I suppose with hindsight what was going to be good for the stockmarket was going to be bad for the PM.

Feb 3, 2012 - 11:03am

Glad the site is back up running

yesterday was a very lonely day.

Still can not go to some forums, but at least can open the main page now.

Feb 3, 2012 - 11:04am

Thanks Turd

Have a wonderful weekend, we are expecting snow in the UK although whether that will hit what Sarkozy described as 'The UK's offshore financial centre' (ie London) remains to be seen.

Q Churchill

"Most people, sometime in their lives, stumble across truth. Most jump up, brush themselves off, and hurry on about their business as if nothing had happened."

Feb 3, 2012 - 11:04am

Second! err... Fourth... <sheepishly walks off...)

It looks like a nice time to buy right now on this dip (?), if one believes Feb isn't going to be a down month after the strong Jan month. Thoughts?

Feb 3, 2012 - 11:05am

You call this a PM sell off ?

We laugh in your silly clown face ! I, me and Monedas 2012 Independent Market Observer

Feb 3, 2012 - 11:08am

Don't worry

Just a trial run before BO throws the internet kill switch and takes down everything.

Feb 3, 2012 - 11:08am


the line in my jan trendline minus pre FED meeting hiccup


people dropping out of the workforce does not mean gold is worth...........less.........i said.

Feb 3, 2012 - 11:08am


I just know she turned her HFT algorithm into a LOIC just to DDOS the heck out of you. Sick Anonymous on her!

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Key Economic Events Week of 10/14

10/15 8:30 ET Empire State Fed MI
10/16 8:30 ET Retail Sales
10/16 10:00 ET Business Inventories
10/17 8:30 ET Housing Starts and Bldg Perms
10/17 8:30 ET Philly Fed MI
10/17 9:15 ET Cap Ute and Ind Prod
10/18 10:00 ET LEIII
10/18 Speeches from Goons Kaplan, George and Chlamydia

Key Economic Events Week of 10/7

10/8 8:30 ET Producer Price Index
10/9 10:00 ET Job Openings
10/9 10:00 ET Wholesale Inventories
10/9 2:00 ET September FOMC minutes
10/10 8:30 ET Consumer Price Index
10/11 10:00 ET Consumer Sentiment

Key Economic Events Week of 9/30

9/30 9:45 ET Chicago PMI
10/1 9:45 ET Markit Manu PMI
10/1 10:00 ET ISM Manu PMI
10/1 10:00 ET Construction Spending
10/2 China Golden Week Begins
10/2 8:15 ET ADP jobs report
10/3 9:45 ET Markit Service PMI
10/3 10:00 ET ISM Service PMI
10/3 10:00 ET Factory Orders
10/4 8:30 ET BLSBS
10/4 8:30 ET US Trade Deficit

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9/18 8:30 ET Housing Starts & Bldg Perm.
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9/19 10:00 ET Existing Home Sales

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9/11 8:30 ET PPI
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9/12 8:30 ET CPI
9/13 8:30 ET Retail Sales
9/13 10:00 ET Consumer Sentiment
9/13 10:00 ET Business Inv.

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