Gold Leading Equities Down As Bernanke Disappoints

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Treasuries seemed to shrug off the QE-on trade from yesterday in the lead up to this morning's big disappointment from Bernanke. Gold lost it first and then as the statement came - with no mention of hyperinflation, helicopters, or new printers - so equities dumped - gapping down to converge with the rest of risk assets. The USD rallied as its cloests relative neighbor in disaster the EUR legged lower and the USD strength exaggerated commodity weakness further (Silver and Copper worst but all falling). ES is back to the post-ramp open on cliff on Friday at the magic 1340 level but momentum is not in its favor now and Treasury yields are reverting lower now also. Financials were the early laggards and have extended losses with GS back in the red and JPM down notably.

Yesterday's QE-on divergence has been fully unwound and now risk-off is correlating lower...

and commodities are being hit hard...

as the USD strengthens...


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Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:50 | 2624201 Lost Wages
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I'm making that whistling sound, like a bomb coming in for a landing.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:58 | 2624229 nope-1004
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Cubicle pinnies (that look like Gensler, lol) are monky hammering it, that's all.  Gotta keep the manip train going.  USD needs to stay afloat.  Ben keeps the ponzi going another month.


Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:00 | 2624256 Marginal Call
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I'm tired of waiting for Bernake to act.  I nominate Pacman Jones to take his place. 

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:01 | 2624258 YuropeanImbecille
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"with no mention of hyperinflation, helicopters, or new printers" that is fugging funny :-)

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 14:15 | 2625065 francis_sawyer
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"Gold "leading" equities down? (as if: "OMFG" let me dump this worthless metal so I can hold onto my very valuable Facebook shares)...


Yeah ~ I guess...


Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:00 | 2624254 Crispy
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Ben Bernanke riding the bomb ala - Dr strangelove


WB7 Where you at on that one?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:03 | 2624270 Randall Cabot
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From MarketWatch this seems especially ominous:

July 17, 2012, 10:56 a.m. EDT

QE3 is pointless as we head over the cliff

Commentary: Fed’s powerless about Europe or U.S. fiscal crisis


By MarketWatch

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. economy faces two major risks, and there’s nothing Ben Bernanke or the Federal Reserve can do about it.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:51 | 2624204 FieldingMellish
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Gold is a safety asset, not a risk asset. It will simply take some time for folks to realize this. Treasuries and the dollar are the risky assets here.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:07 | 2624248 Manthong
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Treasuries and the dollar are in a bubble.
There will be return to real value.

Just keep accumulating..

and spend a lot of time on the lake.


Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:02 | 2624262 agent default
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Ever notice how gold and silver rise and then COMEX opens and everything gets crushed?  Look  at intraday charts, it is the norm.  Libor is peanuts.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:20 | 2624363 Fred Hayek
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It's more than that, too. 

Watch how gold and silver will rise and then as soon as they hit a 1.0% gain, selling comes in from the ether to stop prices from going up. 

If gold and silver, especially the latter were not outrageously manipulated their prices right now would be multiples of what they are. 

It will happen anyway. 

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:35 | 2624425 EL INDIO
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No its not the norm.

The opposit happens too.

How do you explain golds 6X gains in 11 years ?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:06 | 2624285 tmosley
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People confuse gold, the safety asset with paper gold, the risk asset.  This is not helped by the fact that we price physical gold through a paper mechanism.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:58 | 2624471 Max Fischer
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Amazing isn't?

People think there's a difference, and there's not. There's absolutely no instance since the inception of SLV or GLD where an equity holder has been burned. NONE. In fact, the only ones who have been burned are SPROTT'S lemmings when he drove them into the ditch with his secondaries on PSLV and PHYS. Wrap your head around that one! Deliberately creates a closed-in fund with no arbing mechanism so the NAV premium can get whacked out, and then crushed into profitability for him and his underwriters.

Some people go so far as to claim that paper and physical prices have decoupled, when clearly they haven't. Every week for the past three years, these whacked-out fanatics have been claiming that physical and paper are decoupling. For proof, they'll cite some random coin store or random eMerchant who are taking advantage of their buyers' stupidity and gullibility by jacking up margins. BIG, WORLD-WIDE SILVER SHORTAGE!

In the end, they're holding a bag of inequity and eagerly hang on every word of various MetalHead carnival barkers who give them another days worth of ether.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 12:17 | 2624588 madridisburning
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How dare you come in here and inflict reality on the loony toonies here. Don't you realize that truth is not welcome among the Paulites? It is 2012. The apocalypse is tomorrow. Even the Mayans knew that. Stop bing an apostate to th religion of fools.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 12:34 | 2624644 fuu
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"How dare you come in here and inflict reality on the loony toonies here."

Your cliche is burning.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 12:42 | 2624672 devo
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So don't buy silver.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 13:09 | 2624801 ParkAveFlasher
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I'll buy your silver, Max.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:49 | 2624490 caconhma
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Let us being honest. Gold is NOT going down. No, gold is manipulated down.

The USA prosperity comes from

1.   Petrodollars

2.   Weapons trades

3.   Narcotics trades

4.   Prostitution & pornography

5.   Gold and PM trade/manipulation

American government is fighting narcotics business the same way it fights Al Qaeda. No wonder Al Qaeda is a loyal American ally in Libya, Syria, and the rest of the world. The only problems American have are Al Qaeda splinter groups outside of CIA/MI5-6 control.


Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:51 | 2624205 Hedgetard55
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Graham Summers is a genius, dudes, admit it. Ben Shalom out of bullets.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:01 | 2624257 EL INDIO
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I’m always surprised/amazed by how many ZHers insult or make fun of Graham Summers posts !


Yes, he’s been right for a year now !


I always look forward for his posts because his analysis is pretty good, relevant and makes sense (to me at least).

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:17 | 2624342 Al Huxley
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He's been calling for a gigantic deflationary crash for the entire time.  Market hasn't really obliged him.  I agree with his assessment of general conditions (as I suspect most readers here do as well), but I disagree with the whole 'no more QE, no more printing' idea.  Plus, he makes every post an ad for his newsletter...

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 12:30 | 2624623 savagegoose
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once the world stops accepting fiat notes the deflation hits like a meteor storm. oh wait gov prints those notes dont they, well we'll see how long it takes.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:51 | 2624207 fireangelmaverick
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I think Bernanke mentioned the negative printer feedback loop....more money printing increases cost of printer ink which will automtaically limit further printing as the Fed is on a tight budget.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:56 | 2624218 Gringo Viejo
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Watching this repetitive nonsense is tiresome. I suppose gold will continue to drop until the Chinese have it all. National suicide.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:02 | 2624265 Al Huxley
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That's something you're not supposed to talk about.  But in any case, the Chinese won't get it all, as the swap dealers are now also net long (for only the 3rd time in history).

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:56 | 2624220 Inthemix96
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For some strange and disturbing reason, some of you have the impresion that my fault here lies in that I may be a filthy zionist jew?

Nothing could be further from the case your honours, I genuinely have not got a fucking clue what the fuck is going down round here, according to zerohedge it is because all you fucking lot over there are bitchez.

Right, next question, erm, would you like some chips??...........

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:57 | 2624224 Anne Ominous
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"Shalom, and thanks for all the fish."

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:58 | 2624232 kaa1016
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Bernanke says nothing about QE3 and the market sells off. What a shock. Why is anyone surprised that he just repeated the same exact thing as before? Oh, I know why, the Fed is the only thing that is keeping the S&P above 1000, which in turn keeps long only managers of other peoples' money employed. It's as simple as that.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:59 | 2624237 DeadFred
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There really isn't much 'down' room left for gold with 1525-1550 being long time support. I doubt that they can take it out today. In a couple weeks it will break one way or the other.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 10:59 | 2624246 Zola
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The ambush of Gold everytime Bernanke speaks is really becoming tired. Its so blatant its a joke.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:11 | 2624319 Al Huxley
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I agree with the sentiment, but $15 isn't an ambush.  This is stupid and gullible speculative selling (probably short selling) to 'follow the winning trend', as they stick their heads further into the snare that's being so amicably held open for them by the commercials, who's short-long ratio is as low as it's ever been (while the swap dealers are net long for only the third time in history). 


The character and magnitude of this selling is way too tepid compared to the manipulative mark-downs earlier this year.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:17 | 2624348 FieldingMellish
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Final bout of short covering?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:27 | 2624389 Al Huxley
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From what I see, they don't have much in the way of short positions to cover.  More likely selling puts to the specs, the better to put the squeeze on when they suddenly stand aside and let the price rise.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:50 | 2624498 FieldingMellish
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Quality. Roll on happy day!

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:51 | 2624501 Jay Gould Esq.
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Sound observations. Agreed.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 12:33 | 2624642 Winston Churchill
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From your lips to God's ears.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:12 | 2624322 Village Smithy
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I'd be the first one to agree that the markets are manipulated, but don't you think that at this point in time the PM trade is all about dollar devaluation caused by QE? At some point when the SHTF the PMs will become a safety play but right now they are devaluation hedges. No QE, no printing, no devaluation... until the world gets a good look at what's hiding behind our curtain.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 12:07 | 2624379 Fred Hayek
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The problem is that QE has never stopped since QE1.  Who's buying U.S. Treasury bonds but the Fed at this point?  If QE ever stopped you'd immediately have failed bond auctions in the U.S.  Immediately. 

This idea that that fascistic manipulation of the U.S. economy ever paused is a joke.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:01 | 2624259 Village Smithy
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So when do the next round of QE3 rumours get floated?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:14 | 2624330 FieldingMellish
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QE3 will come when it has been completely priced out of everything. Only then can it be (mildly) effective.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:29 | 2624401 Rip van Wrinkle
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Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:02 | 2624263 EmileLargo
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If they don't print money, how will the US government finance its deficits?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:08 | 2624304 Mitzibitzi
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Stealing someone else's money would be the traditional way. Taxpayers, Iranians, Syrians... doesn't matter, so long as they got something worth stealing. Hell, it worked for the British Empire for well over 100 years; why change what works?

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 12:44 | 2624678 Winston Churchill
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Funny you should say that.

Said to the missus just this morning that the atmosphere in

the US now  is just how being in the UK just pror to WWI,

must have been like.

Same hubris.Same 'exceptionalism' mentality.

God is English ,and plays cricket mindset.

Pride before the fall.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:03 | 2624267 tony bonn
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and to think that equities have no growth potential apart from qe....what a strong asset class.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:05 | 2624279 Father Lucifer
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All hope is lost.

Wave 1 of 3 of 3 starts today.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:09 | 2624281 Monkeyfister
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The Banksters are sad that Bernanke isn't going to fill up their Casino ATM, again, so their Going Galt. FUCKTHEMFUCKTHEMFUCKTHEM. When, oh when will Open Season, No Limit be declared on these criminal bastards?

I am so sick of their petty-assed temper tantrums.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 11:06 | 2624288 RationalPrepper
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And yet, VXX is negative.  WTF?  I'm damn close to selling all my miners shares and closing my hedges (i.e., VXX calls and XLF puts) and just walking away.  I'm losing at both ends...kind of like when you have a stomach virus and liquid shoots from every orifice.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 12:59 | 2624750 Winston Churchill
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Try dysentery.

Had it twice in the Far East.

Then it turns to blood coming out both ends.

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