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I had another RANT topic fully written last night, but when I awoke to the “aftershock” of the “FED MINUTES DECIMATION,” I changed my mind about what to publish.  Instead of going to the gym, I spent more than two hours compiling data from the past six months to prove a point I have discussed for years, my contention the Cartel purposely attacks gold in the thinly traded “pre-market” to sour sentiment and “set a negative tone” for the day.

Believe it or not, until I researched it in last Thursday’s RANT, “WHY THE U.S. WANTS WAR,” I wasn’t sure exactly what 3:00 AM EST – the first KEY ATTACK TIME of the day – corresponded to.  I was pretty sure it was the London pre-market hours, which I then confirmed to be 2:15 AM EST through 4:00 AM EST.  In other words, the Cartel traders come to work at 7:15 AM London time, have a cup of coffee, allow the market to sit quietly for 45 minutes to prevent speculation as to why it would PLUMMET at the pre-market open, then do their thing.  After the 3:00 AM EST hit, gold prices tend to stabilize until the New York pre-market, which I define as 7:00 AM EST (when I typically arrive at the gym) to 9:30 AM EST – the NYSE opening.

For years, I have discussed my frustration at arriving at the gym rested and optimistic, only to watch the gold price whittled down nearly every day.  In recent weeks – starting with last month’s “LEAP DAY VIOLATION” – I have been particularly irked by the early morning shenanigans, especially on days following strong performances that should – theoretically – result in morning follow-through.  After yesterday’s “FED MINUTES DECIMATION,” I was particularly irritable, so when I awoke to the chart below, something inside me SNAPPED.  As you can see, an essentially flat line from 3:00 PM EST yesterday to 3:00 AM EST today, and then BAM, another WATERFALL DECLINE at EXACTLY 3:00 AM EST…

…with silver – as usual – following the time-tested Cartel rule that if either of the two metals outperforms for a day or two, it MUST massively underperform immediately thereafter…

This morning, I compiled data on every trading day of the past six months – to the beginning of October – to determine the validity of my thesis that gold prices fall during the New York pre-market period far more often than they rise.  Remember, I did a “congruent” analysis of how often gold PLUNGES versus how often it SURGES in last month’s RANT, “CHUTES AND LADDERS,” so it should be no surprise what I came up with this morning.

MONTH

CHUTES

LADDERS

RATIO

Gold Change

Sep-11

50

30

1.7

-15%

Oct-11

35

17

2.1

6%

Nov-11

21

19

1.1

0%

Dec-11

26

14

1.9

-7%

Jan-12

13

12

1.1

9%

Feb-12

23

11

2.1

3%

Mar-12

8

3

2.7

-5%

Total

176

106

1.7

-11%

Average

25

15

1.7

-2%

Which is, that gold falls twice as often as it rises during the New York premarket hours, as I run on my gym’s stair climber, gritting my teeth watching the “Dow/Gold x 2” and other evil ALGORITHMS.  The average size of the daily declines – $7/oz – is not enormous, or significantly different than the size of the gains, but the fact remains that gold has fallen during this “formative” time of the day on 75 occasions, compared to 37 when it rose and seven when it was unchanged.

Regarding the 37 rises, even they “overstate” the morning’s bullishness, as true Cartel watchers know that at 10:00 AM EST, the second KEY ATTACK TIME commences.  In other words, even if we get our average $7/oz increase in the pre-market, just 30 minutes later there’s a good chance it will be erased.  Conversely, when gold is down $7/oz going into 10:00 AM EST, “goldbug fear” is at sky-high levels, particularly if you have a heavy weighting in mining shares, which evaporate brokerage account balances like “ICE CREAM IN JULY.”

Gold Price Change, 7:00 AM EST – 9:30 AM EST

Month

Up Days

Down Days

Mo. Chg. (Pr)

Mo. Chg. (%)

Oct 2010

4

10

$90

6%

Nov 2010

8

11

$32

2%

Dec 2011

4

14

($180)

-10%

Jan 2012

8

11

$172

11%

Feb 2012

7

13

($14)

-1%

Mar 2012

6

16

($56)

-3%

Total

37

75

$44

3%

My point is thus, per the mining share commentary earlier in this RANT and countless others.  Over an eleven year period, gold prices have not only beaten the Dow seven times over (excluding Dow survivor bias), but risen every year, regardless of how many WATERFALL DECLINES, “CARTEL MORNING BLUES,” and “named storm” blitzkrieg attacks, such as the current “FED MINUTES DECIMATION.”  The fundamentals for Precious Metals prices are as bullish as at any time in the eleven year bull market, while the near-term – and perhaps intermediate- and long-term outlooks for mining shares are highly uncertain.

The “CHUTES AND LADDERS” and “CARTEL MORNING BLUES” phenomenon will never end until the Cartel is inevitably BROKEN, and you can bet they will use each and every such act as cover to naked short mining shares.  I perform such analyses to demonstrate PHYSICAL gold and silver have weathered every such “storm” in the past – and should continue to do so in the future – but can offer no such assurances with “paper investments” like mining shares.

PROTECT YOURSELF, and do it NOW!