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2011 Starts With A Fresh Case Of The Commodity Rash: Silver Breaches $31, WTI At $92

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Are silver and crude just happy to see 2011 or is that a tent in their minute charts? Silver briefly traded above $31 earlier, then penetrated the new magic number with aplomb, as investors had a chance to sit down over the weekend and realize that Bernanke, as we wrote over the past few days, has no choice but to start infusing his favorite WSJ with wafts of Large(r) Scale Asset Purchases via Goldman liaison Bill Dudley. Amusingly enough, we hear that Jon Hilsenrath has now developed a bit of cult following. Literally. Several "expert networks" are now rumored to be hot on the heels of the WSJ reporter as a leading indicator to the upcoming QE2 extension. It is expected that his upcoming frequent visit clusters to the FRBNY, of which there have been many in the past two years, will be the best sign of when "the article" is about to go to print. And while we noted that it does appear to be mostly smooth sailing for PM longs, the same is the case for oil. WTI just hit $91.99 before backing off briefly. Look for $92 to be taken out cleanly and clinically as crude presses on to $100 some time in the next two weeks.



Update: $92 comes and goes.


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Mon, 01/03/2011 - 06:57 | Link to Comment asdasmos
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Hmm.... and I was hoping there would be a dip to purchase.... I guess I will just have to buy asap



Mon, 01/03/2011 - 09:58 | Link to Comment Watauga
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THAT is exactly the question--will there be a PM pullback of 10% to 20%, or not?  Best guess (barring unforeseen crises or manipulation) is that January will see a pullback of gold in the $1275 to $1325 range and silver in the $20 to $25 range.  Buy maximum quantities at some point during those pullbacks.

The NEXT question, however, is whether to buy physical PMs or paper PMs?  That one turns on your view of whether we will suffer a social/economic collapse in 2011.  If you think we will, buy physical, because paper anything, including PMs, will be tough to turn into value.  If you don't think we will, then buy paper because it is much easier to get into and out of.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:16 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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One of my dear friends, someone who asked me why I was no longer buying stocks, just gave me an excited phone call today.  "Silver broke $31 dollars today!" was his call to me early this morning.  Apparently he just recently purchased 100 KILOS of physical and was expected the shipment soon.  He loved the chart of 2010 investment performance levels.  2011 should be a fucking blast.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:38 | Link to Comment Turd Ferguson
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I know I'm spamming but you have got to see this. The EE is desperate:

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:42 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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Now, that's an SEC approved organic market, if I ever saw one.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:58 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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You aren't spamming me.  I read you daily.  Might I add, while I am on the shitter.  It's not that I think your site is shit, it's because I think it's the shit, if you know what I mean.

Back in 2006/07 I would have been playing solitaire or reading the "news", now my mornings start off with ZeroHedge, Turd, DailyPaul, and LewRockwell, before my eyes are even open.  Happy New Year Turd.  Love ya man.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 14:21 | Link to Comment Hook Line and S...
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Dr. Dick, let us know how the delivery works out for your cohort. Gracias

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 16:23 | Link to Comment Hephasteus
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Theme song for next delivery month.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:04 | Link to Comment Miss Expectations
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"or is that a tent in their minute charts?"

It could be a tent.  But, you've got me thinking. I recall the first time I saw my husband's Triumph.  I asked about the lump in the hood.  He said, quite seriously, "That's not a lump. That's a power bulge."  He said it with a smile.


Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:05 | Link to Comment Mercury
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The walk to 33 Liberty is the new briefcase indicator!

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:08 | Link to Comment ciscokid
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Its always good time to buy.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:17 | Link to Comment akak
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May Blythe be crucified upon a cross of silver!

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 11:16 | Link to Comment yellowbr
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... or maybe just use this one here:

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:19 | Link to Comment Racer
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And with VAT tax rise and fuel tax rise imminent in the UK add oil price rise then nice squeeze on the ordinary slave's 'income'

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:21 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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We are fucking toast. The GBP is down this morning as well, taking spot price for gold to £918.

Reading the budget the other day, £200bn out of £700bn is spent on welfare!

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:26 | Link to Comment akak
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Reading the budget the other day, £200bn out of £700bn is spent on welfare!

And I imagine that most of the other 500B pounds is spend on surveillance cameras and the personnel to monitor them?  And here I always thought that Orwell meant the book "1984" to be a warning, NOT a blueprint!

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:31 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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Income tax – £150 billion
National Insurance – £99 billion

Social protection – £194 billion
Health – £122 billion

So, we pay out more in welfare, than we gain through income taxes, and spend more on healthcare, than we gain through NI.

Furthermore, we could double income taxes, and it wouldn't close the deficit.

About 1984 - have you read "The Report from the Iron Mountain" by any chance? Galbraith didn't seem to think it was meant as a joke.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:16 | Link to Comment LeBalance
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Ok Ok Ok....

VAT, Income Tax, etc, etc, pale in comparison to The Inflation tax.

So a handy gauge of inflation, Gold.  Last year: 1043 > 1420 (Now).

377/1043 = 36%.

So by the Gold Inflation Tax, you must remove 36% of your $ denominated asset price change over the same period in comparison to Gold.  (Not Silver or Palladium, that's worse).

That would be house, car, clothes, etc.

In effect the Big Hand in Your Pocket (Inflation) devalues (steals) the value of everything.

Of course, Gold may not be the greatest across the board "Inflation" monitor, but it is one of the oldest and longest used (if not The longest used) store of wealth.

This is merely the pain of "day in day out" inflation.  Not hyper-inflation, which is a confidence snap.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 09:28 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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I don't disagree with regards to inflation running higher in the UK than the officially stated 3.3%, but that's an entirely different argument to the budget.

Anyway, this morning's gold takedown has commenced. Down $3-4 in the space of 20 seconds...

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 11:41 | Link to Comment ciscokid
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Will be cheaper to fill up with malt whisky.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:19 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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Where's Robo to point out that Gold has dropped an UNCONTROLLABLE $1.5?

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:25 | Link to Comment akak
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No, what's that phrase of his?

Oh yeah: "blowtorched".


(That must be one mightly feeble blowtorch!)

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:41 | Link to Comment cosmictrainwreck
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I hear that runt spaulding the s'mailes say "blowtorched" I think more often that robo..... like it's the only verb he's got. Of course - with Dow to the FUCKIN' MOON today, there will be no end of grief from spaulding, robob & the Wanker......

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:39 | Link to Comment smeagol
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Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:04 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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clearly a sign that it's a bubble :)

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 09:24 | Link to Comment MarketTruth
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Robo who? Wasn't s/he sooo 2009 and somehow lingered in 2010? We are now in 2011 and time for a new ZH personality.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:27 | Link to Comment ciscokid
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Is the UK market closed today??

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:35 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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Yeah, it's bank holiday.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:59 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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No AM/PM Fix? Interesting.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:00 | Link to Comment cosmictrainwreck
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that's cute: a regularly scheduled "bank holiday" ha!

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:05 | Link to Comment EscapeKey
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Lol! But that's - conveniently - what public holidays are called over here.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:35 | Link to Comment LooseLee
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Well, I'm for whatever it takes to wake up boobusamericanus from his slumber to realize he is in the same world that he once condemned as communist; fascist; socialist, et. al. If we can get him awoken then possibly we can begin to deal with this fraud that has become the U.S. of A. Maybe $5 gas will be the catalyst???? Glad I've held my PMs since 2003 and continue to add when the rare pullback occurs....

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:05 | Link to Comment DeltaDawn
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I dream of a great awakening as well until I make a trip out in public and see the degeneration. I keep telling my kids that it wasn't always this way...a bunch of zombies. Went to a $2 movie and almost went postal at the feeding trough.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:01 | Link to Comment aerojet
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So when did the US go from being a nation of intellectuals to a bunch of zombies at the feeding trough?  BTW, the movie had a buffet?

Was it the 1970s?  Because I sort of remember all the idiotic nonsense that passed for culture back then.  The 60s?  The 50s?  When was it?

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:41 | Link to Comment Double down
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When men wore hats

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:12 | Link to Comment barkingbill
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boobusamericanus is too busy hating the unions and worshiping the fortune 500 and other symbols of "freedom" forget it. 


Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:49 | Link to Comment Sophist Economicus
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I agree.   They fail to recognize the only growth industries left in the USA are steel, autos, textiles...oh wait, forget it...looking at the wrong data column, I meant Government employees, toll collectors and public school teachers....

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:47 | Link to Comment Dr. Sandi
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Damn, I keep hoping to buy the silver dip. At this rate, the only dip I'll be buying is Sour Cream & Onion.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 07:57 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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You'd better save yourself some time and already start writing a article for when Silver hits 35$ this month :)


Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:04 | Link to Comment TexDenim
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Head fakes: they are common the first week of January.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 09:32 | Link to Comment cosmictrainwreck
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speakin' of head-fakes, thanks for adding back the girl's neck & head; those two humongo tits alone were getting to me...

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:48 | Link to Comment Vergeltung
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I keep asking him who she is but I never see an answer!  :(


Mon, 01/03/2011 - 13:41 | Link to Comment bigdumbnugly
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google denise milani.

take heart pills first.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:15 | Link to Comment Oh regional Indian
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Me thinks we'll see a Au/Ag ratio of close to 35ish before too long. And being that it is a given that gold is going to rise too, relentlessly, hi ho silver.

If the cold snap/flooding/quaking continues as it is currently, I'd go long, very long non-perishable Agri commodities.

The world is going to have to dip mightily into it's storage bin in 2011.

In this scenario, most elastic demand is, surprisingly enough, oil, but war will make up for any sheeple demand destruction. Count on it.



Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:09 | Link to Comment Temporalist
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Wheat is going to be strong like bull because of weather related scarcity.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:22 | Link to Comment Oh regional Indian
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+ 1 million bushels.

In India, you can never safely play the essential commodities options game because anything (like wheat) can be declared essential (which it is) and futures trades are frozen.

But where you can, there is no better "trade".

Food is THE story for 2011 and beyond.

Ag and Ag.


Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:25 | Link to Comment red2893
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It's a bull market, nothing more nothing less

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 08:59 | Link to Comment aribabak
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If Carlos Slim succeeds in buying up Fresnillo, he will lock up 37.9M oz of silver and 276,000 oz of gold (per 2009 financial report)
Should we start buying them now???

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 22:35 | Link to Comment Dr. Sandi
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If you mean, should we start buying up Fresnillo shares, then no, it's already too late.

If you mean gold and silver, then yes. 2009 would have been better, but NOW is the time. Run, don't walk to your local coin dealer or online purveyor of precious.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 09:07 | Link to Comment Ferg .
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Equity futures also on a tear . Making new highs on a minute by minute basis . European bourses well in the green . It looked as if the latter were beginning to roll over last week . CAC , DAX and FTSE all declined . Guess it isn't going to be a clean drop though . No signs of weakness at all for S&P and DJIA et al . The lunacy continues I suppose .

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 09:19 | Link to Comment mick_richfield
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It's not lunacy, it's just a Single Payer Market.



Fed delenda est.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:09 | Link to Comment Ferg .
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I'd say that is lunacy . Centralised , organised and naive lunacy .


The Fed may not be destroyed , but it sure as hell is going to take some hits in 2011 . It's credibility and flexibility are falling hard and fast .

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 09:32 | Link to Comment fiftybagger
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Thinking about selling your silver?  Think again:

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 09:59 | Link to Comment Turd Ferguson
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Let's see if we can get another FUBM to form on the silver chart this morning.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:03 | Link to Comment ak_khanna
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The TOO BIG TO FAIL BANKERS who are in control of the equity, commodity and currency markets are like termites that require wood to eat and thrive on. Here the wood is the savings of the majority of the population and the money the traders use for trading the markets. The simple way to destroy these termites is to keep the savings out of their reach.


The prime motive of these parasites is to raise the prices of anything using free money from the central bankers and super fast computers and then dump them on the rest of the population robbing them of their savings.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:27 | Link to Comment tmosley
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Desperation hangs thick in the air.  Where heavy interventions used to occur only around opex, we now have it happening practically every day, and multiple times per day at that!  These guys are doing their damnedest every single day, and it isn't working.  All they are doing is providing cover for large buyers to take delivery.  This is it, the best they can do.  These amps DON'T go up to 11.

This looks to fall apart completely before the end of the quarter.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:28 | Link to Comment trav7777
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watch inventories to know where crude will go, though Ahab has jawboned the $100 figure

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 11:20 | Link to Comment Red Neck Repugnicant
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In the 2008 $147 run up, weren't inventories increasing while demand decreased - yet price surged?


Mon, 01/03/2011 - 13:57 | Link to Comment tmosley
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Learn the difference between future and present tense.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 14:14 | Link to Comment Red Neck Repugnicant
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Fair warning...this is the part of the discussion where you need to wrap the sponges around your head.  

In this discussion, your post about future/present tense is nonsense.  By that, you are suggesting that inventories will in the future predict market prices.  


  • In the first half of 2008, oil inventories rose, yet prices rose.
  • In the second half of 2008, oil inventories still rose, yet prices fell.


"Tense" has nothing to do with anything with regard to this discussion.  

<face plant>

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 00:59 | Link to Comment tmosley
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Try this: in the first half of 2008, inventories rose, predicting a price fall in the second half of 2008.

You do know what the word "predict" means, don't you?

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 01:23 | Link to Comment Red Neck Repugnicant
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You know what fall on your face means, don't you?

So prices were rocketing into the stratosphere, knowing - at the same time - they were about to collapse?


Mon, 01/03/2011 - 11:15 | Link to Comment Jerry Maguire
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So silver and crude are up.  Does this mean inflation?  Do I have to go back and rewrite everything so as not to mislead people?

And just generally:

What about pushing on a string?  I just don't know anymore.  Day to day stuff is confusing.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 14:00 | Link to Comment tmosley
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You can't push on a string, not even with a train.  But if you think that you are immune to inflation because the string doesn't move, even as the train bears down on you, well...

*SPLAT* goes the deflationist.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 11:47 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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The pain at the pump, when paying home heating bills, grocery bills and medical/prescription drug bills will only provide popular support for the rage that is going to act as an anarchist-like variable in American Politics this year and next.

I've never before seen such schizoid-esque times between what government, main stream media and The Federal Reserve [Private] Bank is saying, and what average people are seeing.

This is proving to be very confusing, and ultimately, enraging to average people, as their eyes can't reconcile what they're being told with reality.

Mon, 01/03/2011 - 22:34 | Link to Comment Dr. Sandi
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Somebody is lying to me. Either the gas pump, the cash register at the supermarket or "those other guys."

I'm assuming it's another damned lying gas pump. I hate those things.

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