26 May 2023

Stocks and Precious Metals Charts - Mais où sont les neiges d'antan? - Holiday Weekend


"'He asked him for the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?'  Peter's feelings were hurt because Jesus asked him for a third time, ‘Do you love me?’  And Peter said, ‘Lord, you know everything, you know that I love you.’  Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep.'

'Verily, verily, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself, and walked where you liked.  But when you are old, you will stretch out your your hands, and another will dress you, and will take you where you would not like to go.'

Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.  Then he said to him at last, ‘Follow me.

John 21:17-19

"Where are the princes of this world, and those who lorded it over the creatures of the earth?  Those who made sport of the birds of the air, and hoarded up riches in which they trusted.  Those for whom there is no limit to their greed, those who schemed to get more wealth, and were always anxious about their possessions.

Now there is no trace of them. They have vanished down into the bowels of the earth, and others have risen to take their place."

Baruch 3:16-19

"Et Jehanne, la bonne Lorraine,
Qu'Anglois bruslerent à Rouen;
Où sont-ilz, Vierge souveraine?
Mais où sont les neiges d'antan."

François Villon, Ballade des dames du temps jadis

And where are they now, the magnificent lords of the world, if nothing but a memory, returned to the earth as dust.   Perhaps they are mixed with dirt under the fingernails of a child, to be plucked out and discarded, with a 'tut tut' from a doting mother. 

The mighty rise and are fallen, but the Word and the Spirit endure. 

 Stocks managed to extend their gains today, with big cap tech leading the charge higher.

The spokesmodels had their pom-poms out, but the chant has changed, from blockchain, blockchain, to AI, AI.

Gold and silver took a bounce back after their recent pummeling for the Comex option expiration.

The inflation indicator PCE came in hot this morning, but the markets ignored it.

After all, AI!

And so VIX fell in the face of such ardent, if clueless and contrived, optimism.

Three day weekend here as the markets are closed on Monday, Memorial Day.

Non-Farm Payrolls for May next Friday.

Have a pleasant weekend.