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Ugly Morning; Gold Pops As Stocks Drop

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It's an ugly start to the day wherever we look. Europe is a bloodbath as the dead-cat-bounce hopes fade with Swiss 2Y rates notably negative once again and Italian bond spreads 55bps wider on the week (near the wides of the week) as Italy's equity market plunges back to the lows (-4%) on the week. US equity futures are fading rapidly and after tracking gold for most of the last 12 hours, we are now seeing gold (and silver) resurge as stocks continues to slide back towards bonds un-exuberance. Treasury yields are at the lows of the week (-11bps). From weak macro data overnight to the whocouldanode sequestration, there's plenty to worry about, but then again we have POMO in a few hours...



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Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:31 | 3289612 SheepDog-One
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'U.S. 'braced' for 'deep budget cuts'.

Oh cry me a river rich fucks.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:33 | 3289618 flacon
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Let's hope stocks go much, much lower today. A flash crash wouldn't be bad either. 

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:35 | 3289626 BandGap
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Ain't gonna happen. All the players are manipulated, and there is an army of printers waiting for the counter strike.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:43 | 3289653 Desert Rat
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I would settle for -1% today (for a quick short)... POMO is only $1Bln today, so... hope springs eternal... not sure I would BTFD today though...

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:46 | 3289662 The Juggernaut
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Ugly!?  Looks good to me!

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:56 | 3289697 spastic_colon
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the great rotation out of stocks and into POMO

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:15 | 3289777 Desert Rat
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-1? LMAO... What douchebag can't handle the truth? Fuck you. I work the market for every dollar, either direction.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 11:52 | 3290190 Lewshine
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Damn...That was easy. Bought ITM SPY weekly calls for a double .42 to .84 in 1/2 hour

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:48 | 3289669 Cdad
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In the words of my brother Sheepdog, and cira 2010, "Let's light this crap candle! Flash crashes everywhere!"

It still sets me a jigglin' when I type that, Dog. 

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:55 | 3289696 flacon
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Sounds good to me. Burn the whole thing down. 


I'm listening to White Zombie as I await market open.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:36 | 3289624 GetZeeGold
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'U.S. 'braced' for 'deep budget cuts'.


In terms of money it's pretty small....but in's a pretty big freakin deal.


Thus all the caterwauling.


Our prayers go out to Bob your six Amigo.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:53 | 3289692 kridkrid
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I'm not sure if I buy the whole Woodward thing. I could read it a dozen different ways. Of course I feel the same way about everything, so there's that.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:58 | 3289701 GetZeeGold
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From all the Presidents Men to everyone's bitch.


Hero tomorrow.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:14 | 3289767 Hi Ho Silver
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And Breitbarted the day after...


Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:32 | 3289812 kridkrid
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I just finished watching House of Cards on Netflix. David Fincher of Fight Club- and it's almost as compelling. About a year ago I read the book Psychopath Test... a great quick read for those here who have not yet picked in up. Psychopathology not only attracks other psychopaths but has a tendency to pull others into the behavior. House of Card paints this all perfectly. I imagine that being a bitch for people with power erodes a person over the time. Lying to yourself constantly, the rationalization that trading this for that is OK as long as the ends justify the means. I can't imagine someone like woodward being anything other than a shell of a human, no matter who he may have been in his youth. Of course, even then he was just a bitch. Soooo... this recent drama... hard to say what's really happening... and what the purpose of this story at this time might be.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:16 | 3289775 CH1
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Our prayers go out to Bob your six Amigo.

Yeah. They guy's involved in politics, of all god-forsaken things, but it is interesting to see that even the princes of the field are tossed under the bus for besmirching King Barry.

One has to wonder how long Joe America will keep his fingers in his ears, repeating, "It's not fascism, it's not fascism..."

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:19 | 3289798 GetZeeGold
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Seems to be a nightmarish mix of just about everything you could imagine.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:35 | 3289628 augustusgloop
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except unlike the 50 billion here & there the fed tosses around each month, this 50bilion is for actual jobs... oops.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:39 | 3289637 SheepDog-One
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I like the earlier article this morning, little 2% cut still means they'll spend more than last year. Bunch of crybabies can't do with a penny less...but have NO problem taxing the shit out of you at all.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:53 | 3289691 NEOSERF
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Given that a full year would be $85b and this year is half over and will be another quarter gone before they can change paperwork, this amounts to about 21B this fiscal year which I would bet the gov pisses away within a couple days or so...

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:03 | 3289716 Cdad
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Since all govt. numbers are seasonally adjusted annualized guesses, your analysis on spending here does not matter.  But what does matter is what Ben Bernanke said on The Hill this week...which I actually expect to become quite the topic of conversation in the coming days.  I know, I know...unpossible...right?  Actually, the thing that I think has now become unpossible is ignoring the QE issue any longer.

And since the blame game is about to get very real, the finger pointing war between DC and Wall Street, strap in, baby.  

You know, in the context of the Humphrey Hawkins testimony just completed, where is the petition to remove B. Bernanke on  Seriously, wouldn't that be a more pertinent petition than...oh I don't know...building a Death Star?

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:08 | 3289735 Mike in GA
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And the bastards will make sure these relatively pipsqueak cuts will hurt at the people level the most. 

They always do that - don't cut the travel budget for the AG (in the Gulfstream IV) or the White House staff of hangers-on but cut the highly visible things that cause the most pain. (or can be televised as 'painful cuts to women, children, minorities, LGBT, babies, baby food', on and on.)


Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:57 | 3289700 yrbmegr
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Dollar surging.  Interest rates plummeting.  Markets appear to be pricing in some sequestration.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:00 | 3289708 I need more cowbell
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Boy do they have us where they want us mindset-wise; anything other than another $20 bucks straight down is a "gold pops"??


Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:32 | 3289613 Badabing
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if you keep hammering gold it gets tougher

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 11:07 | 3290011 tmosley
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More like it spreads thinner and thinner until its all gone.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:32 | 3289614 fonzannoon
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goldman just dumped on DB. somethings up.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:32 | 3289615 Charles Nelson ...
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Lift off!.... til 9:15 when the cocksuckers hit it again. Fuck you Bernanke.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:33 | 3289619 BandGap
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About fucking time.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:33 | 3289622 disabledvet
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"evil Black Unicorns dead ahead"...

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:36 | 3289629 Titus Flavius C...
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So, because of this sequester, we'll have to start pulling our guys out of Afghanistan, right?  Devastating cut, no money and all?

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:40 | 3289648 GMadScientist
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Don't worry...we're still spending $427M on jet planes for the people who've hated us since 2003 so they can have an airforce.

I'm sure they won't do anything stupid with them.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:36 | 3289630 eigenvalue
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Question: Why is this website called Zerohedge?

Answer: Because the fans of this site hedge their savings with gold and silver only to find the prices on the way to zero...

It's just a spike. More selling to come...

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:40 | 3289646 flacon
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The price of gold measured in Zimbabwe Dollars is zero, let's hope the same happens to the price of gold in US Dollars. Remember, there is a fine line between zero and infinity. 

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:54 | 3289693 GetZeeGold
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I think we could out print Zimbabwe......if we really put our minds to it.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:58 | 3289705 BurningFuld
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Already have by a long long way!!!

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:44 | 3289655 insanelysane
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The artificial suppression of PMs has greatly assisted ZH-ers in acquiring PM.

A strenghts of materials teacher once did the following demonstration to show what happens when metal reaches max stress.

He took a foot long ruler, placed it on the desk and started moving it 1 inch at a time. 1st inch nothing happens, 2nd nothing, ...nothing continues to happen with each little push until....the ruler drops off the table.


Ben can print 80b a month and nothing happens until the ruler drops off the table.


Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:48 | 3289671 Broomer
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A rule made of transparent plastic also makes a good example.

You start to bend both sides and for a while nothing happens; the ruler keeps bending.

Until a point is reached where it snaps into two pieces with a loud crack.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:52 | 3289684 insanelysane
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And we forgot to mention how the experts then say "no one could have seen this coming, no one."

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:18 | 3289794 BurningFuld
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One possible end scenario for the USD, now that Britain has gone in to a currency swap deal with China is the "commonwealth" countries along with China (asia block) basically forcing a new Bretton Woods that lowers the position of the USD. Mark Carney could be a Black Swan in Sheep's clothing here.

Remember the Suez incident?

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:06 | 3289731 Non Passaran
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Yo moron, more selling is more buying, I love it!

And value of PMs will never be zero.  Although, to be honest, I'm more concerned about the mass.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:12 | 3289758 Titus Flavius C...
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Given the hockey sticking of debt, and money in circulation, and the price of gold over the long term, when debt and money supply were much lower, and when the dollar's reserve status was unimpeachable, I guess my question is - what is the basis for your claim?

Is it all the buying by central banks, or is it the increasing deals to trade commodities for gold {or non-dollar fiat}?


There's no question that the price in dollars of gold could come down in the nearer term, but to think it wouldn't shoot right back up, up and beyond where it is now in the longer term  {people hold it to hedge mid and long term you know, largely, anyay} requires a complete lack of understanding of purchasing power of fiat currency?  Why not google how much of things the dollar bought 20 years ago, or even 10.  If gold is in a bubble, what on earth is the stock market in?


Reading a few articles in The Economist now and then doesn't necessarily mean you're not an ignorant twat.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:18 | 3289789 eclectic syncretist
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I'll accumulate until the day I die, and teach my children the wisdom of doing the same.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:21 | 3289806 BurningFuld
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The amasing thing is that people in Greece are not buying gold hand over fist. Their Greek Euros are about to be swapped for a new Greek Currency. Talk about people that don't see things coming.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 12:43 | 3290503 A Nanny Moose
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Free gold? I wish. Around these here parts, we call that a buying opportunity. If gold went to zero many other things would as well.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:36 | 3289631 thismarketisrigged
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so heres the gameplan. as we know, these fucking bastard douchebags will not let the market fall too much.( fuck u obama and bernanke, and all of the fed)


so with the poor global data today, including here in the states, what will happen is that despite the market not selling off at all due to the pending sequester cuts, they will make up a rumor how we will avoid them and the market will shoot up like 150 pts on the dow just on that.


these criminals will find anyway to shoot the market up.


lets hope though we lose 350 plus pts on dow today, i want panic on cnbc and wall st

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:41 | 3289649 Global Hunter
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just give the congressmen enough time to long equity call options in their PAs before floating the rumour you speak of

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:22 | 3289811 BurningFuld
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If this is allowed to happen you can be sure all the important people are short today!

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:37 | 3289632 More_sellers_th...
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This market will never go down.  The FED will buy to the death, until one day there will be no point because the US dollar will be worth a penny.  Probably around the time most people will retire.  Then the S&P will be trading at 100 and no one will have shit.  It is not just Bernenke it is everyone in DC in a position of power with a big enough brain to understand what is going on and does nothing(there have to be a few) .  "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."  There must be a way to explain this on an 8th grade level.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:49 | 3289675 Titus Flavius C...
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I think buying real assets for pennies-on-the-dollar is the end game here. My understanding is that there are several examples of this in American History - in the 1870s, the early 1900s...  at a basic level, rapidly increasing the money supply disproportionately enriches those who have tremendous amounts of cash.

When you pull the rug out, and fairly quickly reduce the amount of $ in circ., why it gets even better for the banks.  Still better when it leads to a world war.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:22 | 3289810 eclectic syncretist
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I respectfully disagree.  Bernanke already blew his wad with his "all-in" QE4EVA.  All his printing is doing is giving the banks free money from interest payments.  If the banks won't loan to JQ Public at rates much lower than they are right now this cat is dead.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:38 | 3289635 swissaustrian
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Beginning of the month:

Pm short covering and new longs added.

Meanwhile gold forward rates are ultra low and the April future is in backwardation. Smells like a tight market to me...

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:39 | 3289638 Temporalist
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Data ‘double whammy’ shows UK headed for fresh recession

"The risk that Britain is entering its third recession in four years grew on Friday, with figures showing manufacturing shrank unexpectedly in February and mortgage approvals for home buyers dropped in January.

Gross domestic product fell at the end of last year, bringing Britain within sight of another recession, and the latest data suggested the central bank may need to do yet more to revive the economy.

The pound sank to its lowest level against the dollar in more than two-and-a-half-years, while prices of British government bonds — which the Bank of England could resume buying — rose after the releases.

The Markit/CIPS Manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) fell to 47.9 from a downwardly revised 50.5 in January, confounding forecasts for a rise to 51. It was the first reading since November to fall below the 50 line that separates growth from contraction.

A separate release showed mortgage approvals fell unexpectedly despite authorities’ efforts to boost lending."


Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:47 | 3289908 Acet
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The only reason why the UK has not officially been in recession every quarter since the crash in 2008 is because the official inflation figures are a complete fabrication and far below the real inflation as felt by all of us living here (for example, my weekly shopping basket has gone up more in price by than 50% in two years).

So the BoE prints money, which causes prices and nominal GDP to rise and then when the official inflation figure is used to generate the official (real) GDP figures, because that figure is understated, the final (supposedly real) GDP actually contains a large amount of pound debasement effects which is passed of as growth.


Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:39 | 3289640 Ness.
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Ugly Morning; Gold Pops As Stocks Drop


That is not an 'ugly' morning to me - quite the opposite actually - that's a beautiful way to wake up.  Give me moar.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:41 | 3289643 lolmao500
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Please give me a 1000 DOW points drop within an hour for the lulz.

Or maybe when the crash happens, they'll just say... it was a fake flash crash... it was the computers... so all transactions are canceled!

/you know this is gonna happen (more than once) when the end is near...

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:44 | 3289657 Broomer
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Unless something really bad happens, I think this isn't going to happen out of the blue.

If a strong downward movement starts, the so called Plunge Protection Team would stop it from falling too much.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:40 | 3289645 Canadian Dirtlump
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nice overnight action in silver. refreshing to wake up with a black eye versus getting beaten when i get up. that is probably an hour away though so I should get my makeup on asap.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:41 | 3289650 Broomer
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I have a question. Here are current one-day charts for gold and silver:



Most of the time they behave this way. That is, the general shape is very similar.

Why does this happen? Silver has a strong industrial demand component. Shouldn't they differ more often?

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:47 | 3289665 css1971
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They do... When there's industrial demand...

In fact, you can use the gold to silver ratio as a proxy for industrial demand. Just now it's saying the S&P should be about 1200.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:49 | 3289674 Broomer
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That makes sense. Thanks for the explanation. +1.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:41 | 3289651 Awakened Sheeple
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Cramer said you'd have to shoot this rally in the head to kill it. Well the Eur\USD just did =]

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:46 | 3289660 Ghordius
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Cramer? is that one of the guys that convinced the US that the EURUSD is the gauge of RiskOn/RiskOff - no kidding, I don't watch TV much

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:48 | 3289670 insanelysane
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Cramer and Becky were just talking up the market and Cramer says that he doesn't think the FED is helping the market, it is just companies with strong earnings and growth.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:50 | 3289677 GetZeeGold
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He's almost a prophet......almost.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:53 | 3289690 Ghordius
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the kind of prophet that gets... stoned? or the kind that is eventually proved right? there are many of them

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 11:31 | 3290105 Canadian Dirtlump
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I think it is pretty clear that he gets stoned before laying out his prophecy.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 11:58 | 3290220 optimator
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Kraemer must be looking for Liesman's job (the real job, at the FED).

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:51 | 3289682 Awakened Sheeple
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It certainly was last night. When the Eur broke down, so did ES.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:54 | 3289695 Ghordius
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well, of course, if enough people believe in this (and enough bots are programmed to believe it) then... it's true - after all, we all use currencies that are based on faith

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:47 | 3289664 Lost Wages
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Did Ben finally print money to buy Gold? Oh, thank you Dear Leader.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:47 | 3289667 Confundido
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Decreasing marginal returns in the expansion of fiat gold???? When will China announce a revision to its gold holdings of multiple times what had been shown until now? Even nicer, a downwards revision on their Treasury holdings...

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:49 | 3289672 Terminus C
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This word, unfortunately, is vastly descriptive of the overall state of our society... from finance, to politics and the environment, just about every important issue we face falls under the category of whocouldanode...

Fascination and frustration are my overwhelming feelings of late.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:49 | 3289673 WoodMizer
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Happy Sequester Day!!!

I think the TPTB want the markets to crash (-2% max) so they have cover to turn these gov furloughs into paid time off and future overtime.

They are going to use fear to herd the sheeple for the next couple of days.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:52 | 3289683 Sandy15
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DemoRATS will let The Bernack crash the market so they can fearmonger the sheeple.......

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:51 | 3289679 NEOSERF
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We go green by end of day as it dawns on the sheeple that kids are still getting vaccinations and libraries are still open...8 hours is about all the focus the world can handle on any one problem or celebration these days

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:54 | 3289694 Sandy15
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That's NOT the sheeple making it's The Bernack!  Don't you get that the FEDERAL reserve has been buying 80% of this market.  See the sheeple feel rich when they have digital money in their 401K, so they go spend.  That's what is called the wealth effect Benny has been discussing!!

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:55 | 3289681 Edward Fiatski
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"Ben, we're not closing red again, are we, Ben? 



In other news: U.S. Personal Income for Jan is -3.6% on Exp -2.4%, Prev 2.6%.

Have a nice day!!

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:52 | 3289686 moonstears
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But, but... you can eat DOW and USDs!

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:27 | 3289836 BurningFuld
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Excellent idea. The US should change it's currency from a cotton based material to a wheat based material with vegetable based ink so that in the end as a last resort the currency is edible.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 09:57 | 3289699 rsnoble
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We're so use to seeing green that now we consider a -60pt down on the DOW futures a bad morning when it's at 14K?

Based on the past several years and this is friday the day remains low volume and closes flat or a throwing stone on either side of zero.

One day that will change id laugh my ass off if it came out of the blue like today but im just calling it like it's been.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:02 | 3289707 orangegeek
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US Dollar is the key.  US Dollar is up again this morning and monthly shows it was up over 3% in February.  And gold is more expensive than platinum again - that's always interesting.


Equities rose as USD did too yesterday - something had to give.  Now it's gold's turn.  Let's see what happens.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:13 | 3289765 e_u_r_o
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this is sickening. I want it to either shoot up or shoot down. fucking tired of it being stuck in the middle

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:14 | 3289768 1835jackson
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Less pigs in the trough is fine with me.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:20 | 3289803 exgop
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WOW gold is $1 over plat

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:27 | 3289832 NoWayJose
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Woke up early in anticipation of the usual morning slam, found it, bought a box of SAE's, and a half hour later silver shoots higher. A great day.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 11:23 | 3290069 GeorgeHayduke
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Crash this bitch and the entire corrupt system with your incompetence already you criminal scumbags!

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 11:44 | 3290130 bounced
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I like my short selling counterparties like I do my breakfast bread: charred to a crisp.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 11:51 | 3290179 Kirk2NCC1701
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Gold 'Pops'?  What 'pop'?  Wake me when it hits or beats Oct.2012 levels.  Today's jump is a Mini-Me jump.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 13:46 | 3290876 Rusty Trombone
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It can't believe my bad luck.  My 3 monster boxes of Ag had just arrived just as we were leaving the dock. A freak windstorm ensued , the boat was swamped and sank. I was lucky to make it our alive. You would think I would have learned my lesson by now - this makes 5 boating accidents in the last few weeks.

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