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Gold And Silver Trump US Equities In Q3 And Year-To-Date

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With the combination of a strong quarter (week or two) for stocks, futures rolls (and CDS yesterday) and the OPEX / index re-weighting it seems we had a modest case of small doors, large crowds into the close today (S&P futures end 1pt above FOMC-day close). Volume picked up dramatically (NYSE highest in a year) as the Dow closed lower on a Friday for the first time in nine weeks! Treasuries outperformed - ending near the low yields of the week (having retraced all the post-QE move - down 10-15bps on the week) but Gold remained relatively bid ($1775) and Oil also rose in the last couple of days. VIX was unch but noisy thanks to OPEX (and remember it's still at a high premium to realized vol - not entirely complacent). Credit underperformed as risk-assets in general led stocks lower.


S&P 500 futures tumbled into the close and after-hours to their lowest close of the week (since last Thursday actually!)...


On the week Bonds rallied nicely, USD dropped modestly, Gold outperformed, and stocks rolled over into the close ending the week down...


Since FOMC, Oil has lost, Silver has won and Copper and Gold have tracked each other sideways to higher... even as USD strengthened...


FX markets had a panic-attack this morning as the red rectangle indicates in EURUSD which went full-retard in and around the US open. USD drifted higher all week...


On the quarter, Silver was the big winner (up ~26%) followed by Gold (up ~11%) both beating all the major US equity indices (though Europe beat Gold on the quarter)...



Some serious dispersion in US equity indices on the quarter...


Since the start of the year Gold and Silver are the overall winners...

Utes are the Q3 losers and Energy the winners...


As we noted earlier, Healthcare has been the post-Fed winner and GS/MS have been big losers - not exactly risk-on!


Charts: Bloomberg


Bonus Chart - VIX risk premium remains high - even though you are going to hear again and again that VIX is low. This does not mean that complacency is not there BUT it does iondicate that traders arfe more nervous than a low abslute VIX would infer. The lower pane is the forward premium over historical realized vol priced into volatility markets (the higher it is the more concerned in the short-term)


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Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:18 | Link to Comment FranSix
Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:43 | Link to Comment Daily Bail
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VIDEO - Strippers And The National Debt

Check out the lyrics.  And it is safe for work.  The strippers' pasties remain in place.  And they are actually gold coins.  It's pretty fucking genius.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 17:08 | Link to Comment Hype Alert
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Somebody better go restart the DOW transportation algo.  Norfolk Southern stuck a fork in it.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:21 | Link to Comment Soda Popinski
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Blythe was a busy girl today.  Can't let the sheep see that the ponzi is crumbling.  

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:23 | Link to Comment slaughterer
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GS/MS: look what happened to JEF on Thursday. Explains reservation towards GS/MS as (expected bad) earnings approach.  

RUT/IWM very strong today: looks like an EOQ performance move or a genuine QE3 "froth" phenom.    Watch the short squeezes next week if that continues.  

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:25 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Nearly twice the US yearly of actual silver production oz was dumped in paper oz at 10:35am according to Silver Doctors. 62.5 million ounces of paper silver dumped just to hold the line at $35/oz.

Gold finished up.



Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:32 | Link to Comment Mark Carney
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That shit is bananas "B-A-N-A-N-A-S" BANANAS!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 19:24 | Link to Comment Chief_Illiniwek
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Naked-shorting will stop once the buyers reliably demand delivery.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:31 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Hah, hah, hah, hah, hah Ben!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:35 | Link to Comment Mark Wilson
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BAC YTD +65%

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:43 | Link to Comment grid-b-gone
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They'll try to ramp it next week for the last quarterly statements that voters get before the election.

The $40 billion per month may be front-loaded - nothing says it can't run at $50-$60 billion until the first Tuesday of November.

The market looks heavy up here, but be careful. That blank check has no limit to where the decimal point lands, or the number of zeros to the left of it. 

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:59 | Link to Comment lasvegaspersona
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Here is a theory:

some of us believe the Saudis demand to get some of their payment in physical gold (not all of it, they will accept cash for the complete amount they expect to spend for planes, food and whatever, but for a part of what is left they want physical). As long as the price of gold is OK relative to the price of oil they are happy. If the price of gold rises they will try to increase the oil price to keep the number of ounces they want (per barrel shipped) steady. If gold rises too much before the election the Saudis (the major swing produser) could engineer a price increase. Obama would not like this.

If this theory is accurate look for supression of the gold price until after the election. After that the PPT can let some of the pressure off and allow gold to rise a bit.

The true value of gold will not be seen until the paper gold markets are gone, whether by explosion or by atrophy.


ever notice how the price of gold rises slowly but falls fast...and in odd ways that would not benefit someone trying to maximize profits...? just an observation...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 17:18 | Link to Comment grid-b-gone
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Makes sense. If I had something valuable that was the source of all my power, but it required eventual depletion to excercise that power, I'd only exchange it for something else with lasting value.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 17:23 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Nice observation!  I'll plunk a ducket on that. It's not "conspiracy theory" if it's true.  But I'd argue that oil is priced in gold to begin with, and settled with matched dollars.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 17:34 | Link to Comment magpie
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Didn't the Saudis get special minted mega gold coins ? lol

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 21:13 | Link to Comment Jungle Jim
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Yeah, I've noticed.

I noticed something big happening today, for example. If you laid a see-through chart for gold over the chart for silver today, it would line up perfectly. Sure looks coordinated to me.

 What's it going to take to get rid of the paper gold/silver markets? And, more importantly, how soon can it happen?

People have been saying for lo these many years that, any day now, it's going to happen -- the suppression/manipulation is finally going to fail, and the beach ball held under the water for so long is going to fly up above the surface. But it never does.

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 10:45 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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To me, its when the metals complex doesn't trade in tandem or correlation pricewise that i take notice!

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 08:13 | Link to Comment RiverRoad
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Good observation.  The Saudis and central banks play these games over and over. The Saudis grab their dough ahead of elections:  Oil ran up in the Spring because they knew they would have to bring it down prior to the election.  The price of gold is largely manipulated by the central banks.  When the mood suits them they drive it down where they want it, buy carefully, and sell fast.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 17:40 | Link to Comment Zap Powerz
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Gold and silver.....fuck yeah!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 17:40 | Link to Comment CheapBastard
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Fri, 09/21/2012 - 18:11 | Link to Comment Debeachesand Je...
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Got another delivery of PM's today.

Great way to start a weekend.

I love the smell of nearly minted coins in the morning.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 18:15 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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You mean all those other money managers...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 18:28 | Link to Comment Bansters-in-my-...
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I see that Silver got smacked down $1.00 at around 11:00 am
Must be because speedy Bart Chilton is hot on the trail of the Manipulators.
The fucking Dolt.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 19:28 | Link to Comment TWSceptic
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That was a very clear manipulation.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 20:32 | Link to Comment plata pura
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carlo slim made big sell of the precious and it's lessor cousin gold today to the persians. the meztizo and persian nations are bound and determined to have pm currency.

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 10:47 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Persian?  Or Asian?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 21:28 | Link to Comment sink critically
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During an ultrasound, the fertility doc says, "I'm sorry Mrs. Smith, but there's no baby in your womb, just a gold bar."

Without missing  a beat Mrs. Smith says, "That's okay, Doc, there's always next month. Hey! Can you tell if it's salted?"

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 22:56 | Link to Comment tradewithdave
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Was it Yogi Berra who said "Nobody buys gold anymore... it's too popular" ?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 23:06 | Link to Comment suckerfishzilla
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The title should read "Silver and Gold Trump US equities"

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 01:43 | Link to Comment plata pura
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and in conclusion a war nickel will soon purchase a usgal of petrolene.

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 05:25 | Link to Comment Cult of Criminality
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News on Heraeus from



`Heraeus files counterclaim against Dupont in patent infringement duel.

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 06:36 | Link to Comment richard007
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That's nothing, wait until Revelation's 2nd Seal is opened and the Iran War starts.


Scripture seems to indicate that Gold and Silver will go through the roof!

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 14:32 | Link to Comment Grand Supercycle
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Due to recent central bank intervention and short covering spikes, all these daily charts are extremely overextended & a significant correction is expected very soon ~ SPX,DOW, NZDUSD, GBPUSD, AUDUSD, COPPER, CRUDE, GOLD, SILVER.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 08:59 | Link to Comment dfwbcorp
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With the continuing printing of US dollars by the govenment, the devaluation is sending the buying power into the toilet.  Gold and silver will be more prominent in transactions.  Utah already writing it in as legal tender with other states following.  See for more.  People ARE buying gold and silver.  They may as well buy it from YOU!  Any entrepreneurs out there?

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