Patiently Waiting

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Wed, Nov 21, 2012 - 10:27am

I'm expecting a big December and an historic 2013. First things first, though, as we wait out December option expiration and the concurrent "Iron Dome" capping.

So, we sit. And wait. And wait some more. Who knows, maybe your Local Coin Shop will offer some Black Friday premium discounts? If so, take him up on it. Keep stacking and accumulating as much, much fun lies ahead.

For now, it's all about capping and controlling price through December option expiration day next Tuesday. Here are the two, major forces in play:

  1. Open interest in the Dec12 call options is enormous. As "StevenBHorse" kindly pointed out for us yesterday, there are currently 61,523 open contracts between 1735 and 1800. As Ruprecht would say: That's a lot. Of particular interest to The Gold Cartel is the startling 32,537 calls at the $1800 level. I would venture a guess that most of these positions were opened back in late September as nearly everyone (including yours truly) felt assured that, with the onset of QE∞, gold would be somewhere north of $1800 by Thanksgiving. Considering that every dollar above $1800 means $3,250,000 in option payout, the October beatdown from $1795 to $1690 seems rather predictable in hindsight.
  2. Both gold and silver are currently trading above every single one of their moving averages except one...the critical 50-day. The 5-day and 10-day are important, don't get me wrong. And the 200-day will almost always provide predictable support or resistance. The 50-day, however, is the biggie. Having price above or below the 50-day is one of the major determining factors as to whether or not the momo-chasing, HFT algos will be in buy mode or sell mode. At this juncture, a move UP and through the 50-day MAs will provide the final impetus for rallies back to $35-36 in silver and $1800 in gold. As I type, the 50-day MA in the Dec12 gold contract is at $1743.30 and the 50-day in the Dec12 silver is at $33.24.

So, what happens the rest of today and Friday? Probably not much. Just more of the same. HFTs are trolling for stops to harvest on either side so we'll likely continue to see trading in a very tight range.

The only possibility for "fun" might come early next week. Recall how those who are short calls or puts are often manipulated and gamed ahead of option expiry. For next week, the most likely possibility would be a squeeze of those who are short the $1750 calls...if there are a significant amount...and it's impossible to tell. If this happens, though, we'd see a quick spike toward $1750, followed by a further rally through $1750 as those who are short the 1750 calls panic and are forced to buy a futures contract in order to hedge. After a move to $1755 or so, gold would then revert back toward $1740-45 with the sheep having been successfully shorn. The open interest at 1750 may not be sufficient enough for this happen but we'll see. Keep an eye out, anyway.

Here are two current charts. Outside of another "Swiss Stair" accumulation pattern in silver, there's not a lot going on. That will soon change.

And, finally, it's the day before the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. This means it is once again time to reprint one of my favorite posts, "Absolute Advice For Relatives". I wrote this two years ago, right after the onset of QE2. Though we've yet to see the extreme price inflation I was expecting, there can be no argument that the advice is still solid. (I mean, seriously, have you done your Thanksgiving grocery shopping yet? Sheesh!!)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Be sure to check back later today for a very important guest post update.

TF

https://tfmetalsreport.blogspot.com/2010/11/absolute-advice-for-relatives.html

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010
Absolute Advice For Relatives
If you're like The Turd, you will most likely get peppered tomorrow with questions from pseudo-intellectual relatives regarding the current world/market environment. Your over-educated yet under-informed cousin or brother-in-law will seek out your current "wisdom" on investing, politics, etc. He or she will then feign interest while you speak but you will feel certain that, in the end, they just don't "get it" as your absolute conviction overwhelms their status quo mindset. You could probably talk for hours about the failure of Keynesianism, Quantitative Easing, the criminal political class, the fallacy of TBTF, POMO and the PDs, the infallibility of gold, etc...but why even try? Your cousin's husband doesn't understand any of this anyway and your show of intellect will only make him feel threatened. He'll quickly tune you out and run off to the family room to watch the Cowboys.

So what do you talk about tomorrow when someone asks? What kind of simple advice can give someone to prepare them for what is certain to be a very challenging year ahead? I plan to dial it back a bit and talk about one thing...inflation. And not just any old, run-of-the mill 3% inflation but serious inflation. I'm talking 20-30% inflation. Milk to $5/gallon kind of stuff. That is what's coming and its a topic most folks can actually get their arms around. Even the fuzzy-headed new boyfriend of your divorcee sister understands inflation and he might even be able to understand why its coming if you explain it well. (This is a chance for you to show off some of your worldly knowledge, too.)

Most folks with a high school-level understanding of economics (this includes your Fed governors) only understand and recognize demand-pull inflation. This is the classic demand side, Phillips Curve inflation that says rising wages, employment and wealth cause economic expansion which leads to more money chasing a static amount of goods. New, excess demand "pulls" prices up and the result is price inflation. Pretty simple stuff. What is coming in 2011, however, is the forgotten beast of cost-push inflation. This type of price inflation is caused by producers and merchants being forced to pass along through higher prices the rising cost of inputs to their products. Consumers, particularly the lower-and-middle income, bear the brunt of the pain. Your income isn't rising to keep pace with rising expenses and you get squeezed. Hard. And its not luxury items that are going up in price, its the staples. Bread, milk, gasoline, clothes, eggs, meat...the basics that no one can realistically live without. It's going to hurt and 2011 is going to be a mean year.

Why will input costs go up? Simple, they are all dollar-dominated and with our Fed now engaging in their final policy option, "QE to Infinity", all dollar-dominated assets are going up in price. Significantly. Your crazy uncle Henry may never take your advice to sell his stocks and buy precious metals but he just might take your advice to stock up now on essentials, before the prices skyrocket. Tell him that if he's going out to buy a new pair of pants, he should buy two. Tell your sister that instead of just buying her kids' winter coats for this year, she should buy coats for next year, too. Tell your cousin that instead of buying groceries every week to, instead, buy a whole dressed-out cow and put it in the freezer along with all the other dried and canned goods she can store.

Still, most crazy relatives won't listen but at least, come next Thanksgiving, they'll remember that you were right. One down side, however. Because you'll end up being the only member of the family that will have prepared and, most likely, the only one with affordable food to eat, you'll probably have to host everyone at your house next Thanksgiving. Oh well, there's a cure for that, too. Wine. Lots and lots of wine. Keep a couple of good Pinots on reserve and you'll be able to handle just about anybody.

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boatman
Nov 25, 2012 - 6:08am

a friend that played with jerry jeff walker

or some other famous texas band, that i haven't seen in 45 years, that i can't think of his name to save my life, was crushed standing up against a barn by a spooked bull [by a spooked normally sedate horse] in a big corral at a garden party in texas about 5 years ago.

the band was having a party.

sprite
Nov 25, 2012 - 1:30am

entire vs neutered

Entire vs neutered debate (off topic, nothing to do with precious metals, but hey its the end of the thread)

Katie Rose is right regarding rearing entire males together, although of course there are always exceptions. I have learned to my detriment to never EVER trust an entire male bull, even if you've had him for years and he is as gentle as a lamb.

I had a stallion once who was a real gentlemen around humans, beautifully trained, never did a single thing wrong under saddle or while hand serving, and I was pretty relaxed with having kids around him. However, he would attack any gelding within biting range if working cattle together, or if a gelding teased him across a fence...so there are limits with any animal.

Chickens I have seen similar behaviour to what Katie Rose described with male turkeys, but interestingly it is very breed dependent. The British and American soft feather breeds are tolerant of each other, within reason, but the Asiatic and hard feather breeds (such as game fowl) are very aggressive towards each other.

With females, you are always guaranteed that they are entirely unpredictable. Its sort of comforting knowing that they are unpredictable because you modify your own behaviour in anticipation of that. I respect all male animals, even human ones, but I never entirely trust them. Regardless of species.

Perhaps the most amusing aspect of the animal world debate is observing females in the presence of males. For 95% of the time, they completely ignore any male, even if he carries on and is a complete pain. It has cracked me up on many occasions. For the other 5%...well I don't need to spell it out....I often wonder why nature has made females this way....it is very entertaining...but also rather saddening to see males expending so much time and energy on a cause which they have very little control over in terms of outcome.

El Gordo
Nov 24, 2012 - 8:12pm

In Texas

we put in an express lane for rehabilitating some of those murderers.

Bollocks
Nov 24, 2012 - 12:02pm

@Monedas

"One black mama in Florida has 14 on the dole .... we pay for everything .... and I mean everything !"

Don't worry, it's only pretend money.

Monedas
Nov 24, 2012 - 11:37am

Katie Rose !

We agree on so much .... as with all of us here at TFMR ! I'd be in favor of neutering some criminals and killing a lot more of them, too ! Recitivism amongst dead crimminals hits all time low ! I'd go a step further and give hysterectomies to welfare moms who can't feed their offspring ! Vasectomies for men on the dole, too ! One black mama in Florida has 14 on the dole .... we pay for everything .... and I mean everything ! Get 'em out of the gene pool and cut our losses ! Watching two tom turkeys fight to the death might be interesting .... especially if there was betting ! LOL Monedas 1929 Comedy Fatwas On Tom Turkeys World Tour

SilverSurfers
Nov 24, 2012 - 10:37am

Up your bunny hole!!!

Clink, we on the same page today.

Tennessee ernie Ford - 16 Tons

"Democracy is a form of government that cannot long survive, for as soon as the people learn that they have a voice in the fiscal policies of the government, they will move to vote for themselves all the money in the treasury, and bankrupt the nation". Karl Marx

https://totalcontrol.blogtownhall.com/2009/03/14/required_rodent_trainin...

https://totalcontrol.blogtownhall.com/2010/02/01/a_dang_seagull.thtml

So, came into TFville, at 35 looking for a 32.50 correction. It danced with the head fake, but eventually came dome to 31.50, for about a 10% correction, which is EXACTLY what we wanted, to build long term constructive support, so that, WE NEVER SEE the 20s again in silver. Look to tap a couple times at 35, move to 37 and 35 retest, then a launch into the high 40s, MAYBE BY XMAS, you never know. $150 in the bag, maybe even next year. Keeping legs crossed in Laguna Beach CA.

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lordbyroniv
Nov 24, 2012 - 10:24am
boatman
Nov 24, 2012 - 10:14am

CAUSE of FRIDAY's PM POP?

friday,November 23 - Wall Street Journal (Jon Hilsenrath): "John Williams, president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank and one of the Fed's stronger advocates for continuing to use monetary policy to bolster the economy, said the central bank's securities portfolio hasn't grown "anywhere near" the kind of limits that might impede the Fed from carrying on with its bond-buying programs. 'Our concern is to make sure our policies aren't creating problems with market-functioning,' he said... 'In terms of how far you can go, I don't think that we're anywhere near any kind of limit . . . . Conceptually, you could imagine some upper limit to this but I don't think we're getting anywhere near it.'"

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