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6/23/12

Si Señor




Si Si Señor

Si Si Si Señor 

Si Si Si Si Señor (el infaltable Il Corvino)

And for the record, the most beautiful ugly goal ever. The close-ups of the faces afterwards beat a thousand words here

 

Five days of metals and miners: June 23rd

The regular Saturday slot: The last five days' worth of action in the gold bullion ETF (GLD), the silver bullion ETF (SLV), the miner ETF (GDX), the junior miner ETF (GDXJ) and the copper ETF (COPX).


Notice that volume spike in our baseline GLD midday Wednesday? Certainly marked the week and the action really was split right down the middle, with 2 1/2 days of fairly decent action and then back to the vomiting market. Anyway, COPX did best of the bad bunch and silver took the biggest hit of over 5% on the week.

6/22/12

Breaking: President Lugo impeached, will resign

Happening right now.

Paraguay's Senate voted 39 to 4 for the censure in a move that shocks nobody. The Colorado Party has managed to throw out Lugo and any veneer of democracy in Paraguay. In other words, back to business as usual.

The official decision is to strip Lugo of the Presidency, rather than have him resign as implied in the title of this post. This has already happened so in mere minutes from now Paraguay's Veep Federico Franco will be sworn in as interim President. UNASUR has already declared it will not recognize this impeachment nor the new President or his administration.

UPDATE: There are reportedly disturbances in the streets outsde the Paraguayn Congress where thousands of pro-Lugo protesters had gathered before the vote was announced. 

The Friday OT: Chemical Brothers; Hey Girl Hey Boy

It's the first time we've repeated a song here and I can't tell you how many times I've been tempted to re-show this video as The Friday OT. Today I've finally cracked.



Play at eleven minimum. Play at bass-speaker-cracks-my-walls. Play in a place you can watch the screen and move your body at the same time. Just play the damn thing, it's the best dance track ever. 

Ever

Junior mining investing in Argentina: A guide

For your information.

dyodd

One ounce of gold = twenty barrels of oil

This is the three year chart of the Gold/Oil Ratio ("oil" defined here as light sweet crude):


Does this mean cash costs for precious metals producers might just start going down? When the chatter on that subject started a few weeks ago I was sceptical, but on the latest move I'm going to have to join the throng and say yes, there's every reason to expect average costs to drop for production of heavy things you count in ounces or pounds. The effects won't be immediate, but by the end of 2012 we should see costs dropping.

Gold Standard Ventures (GSV.v) (GSV) really wants its financing to work

So it decides to screw all its newbie holders.


biz is biz. Here's the NR

What you need to know about Paraguay today

1) Nothing, because apparently nobody North of the Darien Gap seems to give a toss about the place.

2) President Lugo will have two hours to present his case to the country's Senate this afternoon, then at 4:30pm local time (also EST) the Senate will give its verdict.

3) It's where Stevia comes from, the people are wonderfully friendly and relaxed, your humble scribe has fond memories of an extended visit once upon a few years ago.

4) For more on how today pans out for Lugo & Co read ABC Color, the country's main newspaper.

5) This report has Lugo calling the current proceedings "An Express Coup D'Etat" and points the finger at the main player in the Colorado Party, Horacio Cartes. No surprise there.


6) For lovers of English language who want to get up to speed, Greg Weeks has a decent post on the subject for your viewing pleasure here.

Chart of the day is...

...the gold/silver ratio:


Chartists getting into a lather about yesterday's move above 58X. Meanwhile, for us normal people gold > silver isn't exactly earth shattering news.

6/21/12

José Francisco Arata, prolific inside seller of Pacific Rubiales (PRE.to)

And you'd smile too, to tell the truth. 
You'd have a decent dentist, as well

José Francisco Arata, President of Pacific Rubiales (PRE.to), has this little list as his insider filings for 2012:

Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -800 $22.80
USD
900,000
Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,100 $22.80
USD
900,800
Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -200 $22.79
USD
901,900
Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,900 $22.79
USD
902,100
Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -16,200 $22.79
USD
904,000
Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -3,000 $22.79
USD
920,200
Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $22.79
USD
923,200
Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -700 $22.79
USD
923,300
Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,000 $22.78
USD
924,000
Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -3,000 $22.78
USD
926,000
Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -600 $22.78
USD
929,000
Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -600 $22.77
USD
929,600
Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,000 $22.77
USD
930,200
Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -7,000 $22.76
USD
932,200
Jun 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -6,800 $22.76
USD
939,200
Jun 18/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -600 $22.46
USD
946,000
Jun 18/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,600 $22.45
USD
946,600
Jun 18/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -8,500 $22.44
USD
948,200
Jun 18/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -800 $22.44
USD
956,700
Jun 18/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -4,000 $22.43
USD
957,500
Jun 18/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -400 $22.43
USD
961,500
Jun 18/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,100 $22.43
USD
961,900
Jun 18/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $22.43
USD
963,000
Jun 18/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,300 $22.43
USD
963,100
Jun 18/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -500 $22.42
USD
968,400
Jun 14/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,500 $25.01 968,900
Jun 14/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $25.00 971,400
Jun 14/12 51 - Exercise of options 2,600 $7.38 971,500
Jun 13/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,200 $25.22 968,900
Jun 13/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -400 $25.21 971,100
Jun 13/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,000 $25.20 971,500
Jun 13/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -4,000 $25.15 973,500
Jun 13/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -6,000 $25.12 977,500
Jun 13/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -6,300 $25.11 983,500
Jun 13/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -3,500 $25.10 989,800
Jun 13/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,000 $25.06 993,300
Jun 13/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -8,000 $25.05 995,300
Jun 13/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,000 $25.04 1,003,300
Jun 13/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -11,000 $25.03 1,005,300
Jun 13/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,000 $25.01 1,016,300
Jun 13/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -9,000 $25.00 1,018,300
Jun 13/12 51 - Exercise of options 58,400 $7.38 1,027,300
Jun 12/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,000 $25.08 968,900
Jun 12/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $25.02 973,900
Jun 12/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -10,200 $25.01 974,000
Jun 12/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -3,100 $25.03 984,200
Jun 12/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -10,800 $25.05 987,300
Jun 12/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -33,900 $25.00 998,100
Jun 12/12 51 - Exercise of options 63,100 $7.38 1,032,000
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -300 $25.87 968,900
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -4,700 $25.84 969,200
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -300 $25.83 973,900
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $25.65 974,200
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -400 $25.64 974,300
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -300 $25.56 974,700
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -400 $25.51 975,000
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -200 $25.50 975,400
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -200 $25.43 975,600
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -500 $25.41 975,800
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -500 $25.40 976,300
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -200 $25.37 976,800
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $25.31 977,000
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -200 $25.30 977,100
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $25.29 977,300
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $25.28 977,400
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -200 $25.28 977,500
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,100 $25.27 977,700
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $25.27 978,800
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,400 $25.26 978,900
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,500 $25.25 980,300
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,000 $25.24 981,800
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,000 $25.22 982,800
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,700 $25.21 984,800
Jun 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,300 $25.20 986,500
Jun 11/12 51 - Exercise of options 19,900 $7.38 988,800
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -3,000 $25.58 968,900
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -3,200 $25.61 971,900
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,200 $25.82 975,100
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -400 $25.85 976,300
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -600 $25.84 976,700
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $25.83 977,300
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $25.82 977,400
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -500 $25.81 977,500
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,700 $25.80 978,000
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -800 $25.77 979,700
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -400 $25.76 980,500
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $25.76 980,900
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -200 $25.72 981,000
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -800 $25.71 981,200
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -10,000 $25.70 982,000
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,100 $25.70 992,000
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,800 $25.70 994,100
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -14,000 $25.69 995,900
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -3,900 $25.69 1,009,900
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,900 $25.69 1,013,800
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,400 $25.68 1,015,700
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -500 $25.68 1,017,100
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -300 $25.68 1,017,600
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,300 $25.67 1,017,900
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -800 $25.67 1,020,200
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -200 $25.67 1,021,000
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -3,200 $25.66 1,021,200
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -700 $25.66 1,024,400
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -400 $25.66 1,025,100
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -8,700 $25.65 1,025,500
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -300 $25.65 1,034,200
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $25.65 1,034,500
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,700 $25.64 1,034,600
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,800 $25.64 1,040,300
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -200 $25.64 1,042,100
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -600 $25.64 1,042,300
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -3,700 $25.63 1,042,900
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -900 $25.63 1,046,600
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,400 $25.62 1,047,500
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $25.62 1,049,900
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,500 $25.60 1,050,000
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -500 $25.60 1,051,500
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,500 $25.59 1,052,000
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -900 $25.59 1,054,500
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -500 $25.59 1,055,400
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -700 $25.58 1,055,900
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -200 $25.58 1,056,600
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,600 $25.57 1,056,800
Jun 8/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -500 $25.57 1,059,400
Jun 8/12 51 - Exercise of options 91,000 $7.38 1,059,900
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -500 $25.31
USD
968,900
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,800 $25.31
USD
969,400
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -600 $25.30
USD
971,200
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -200 $25.29
USD
971,800
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,200 $25.29
USD
972,000
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,700 $25.29
USD
974,200
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -500 $25.29
USD
975,900
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -800 $25.29
USD
976,400
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -700 $25.28
USD
977,200
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -200 $25.28
USD
977,900
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,600 $25.28
USD
978,100
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -900 $25.28
USD
979,700
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,400 $25.28
USD
980,600
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -2,374 $25.28
USD
982,000
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,800 $25.27
USD
984,374
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,100 $25.27
USD
986,174
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,000 $25.27
USD
987,274
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,100 $25.26
USD
992,274
Jun 6/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -526 $25.26
USD
993,374
May 25/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -4,000 $25.57
USD
993,900
May 17/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -32,200 $24.72
USD
997,900
May 16/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -100 $25.69
USD
1,030,100
May 16/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,100 $25.67
USD
1,030,200
May 16/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -400 $25.66
USD
1,031,300
May 16/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -300 $25.66
USD
1,031,700
May 16/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,900 $25.66
USD
1,032,000
May 16/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -900 $25.65
USD
1,033,900
May 16/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -6,000 $25.65
USD
1,034,800
May 16/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -4,000 $25.65
USD
1,040,800
May 16/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -700 $25.65
USD
1,044,800
May 16/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,600 $25.65
USD
1,045,500
May 16/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -8,000 $25.65
USD
1,047,100
May 11/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -7,900 $28.50 1,055,100
May 11/12 51 - Exercise of options 7,900 $7.38 1,063,000
Apr 20/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -10,000 $28.83 1,055,100
Apr 20/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,000 $28.88 1,065,100
Apr 20/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,000 $29.08 1,070,100
Apr 20/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,000 $29.01 1,075,100
Apr 20/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,000 $28.97 1,080,100
Apr 20/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,000 $28.92 1,085,100
Apr 20/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,000 $28.90 1,090,100
Apr 20/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,000 $28.85 1,095,100
Apr 20/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,000 $28.81 1,100,100
Apr 20/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -10,000 $28.78 1,105,100
Apr 20/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -10,000 $28.70 1,115,100
Apr 20/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -15,000 $28.68 1,125,100
Apr 20/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,000 $28.67 1,140,100
Apr 20/12 51 - Exercise of options 90,000 $7.38 1,145,100
Apr 19/12 51 - Exercise of options 95,800 $7.38 1,055,100
Apr 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,300 $28.53 959,300
Apr 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -1,000 $28.51 964,600
Apr 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,900 $28.52 965,600
Apr 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,500 $28.50 971,500
Apr 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -15,300 $28.54 977,000
Apr 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -3,000 $28.58 992,300
Apr 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -10,000 $28.61 995,300
Apr 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -5,000 $28.59 1,005,300
Apr 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -7,100 $28.56 1,010,300
Apr 19/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -37,700 $28.55 1,017,400
Apr 12/12 10 - Disposition in the public market -4,200 $29.00 1,055,100
Apr 12/12 51 - Exercise of options 4,200 $7.38 1,059,300


Phew!, quite the list no? Now I may be wrong but I make that 588,000 shares dumped at prices between $22 and $28...let's call it $25, eh Pepe? Now, as most of those sales were made off options exercised at $7.38, I reckon we're ballparking around $11.5m in pre-tax profits on those shares sold to the market....and I'm quite sure PRE.to's President will make good on his tax bill but all the same, that leaves a healthy chunky profit for the dude.

I wonder what he'll spend it all on? Perhaps new sets of bed linen for his workers? Anyway, whatever he splurges it on there's no doubt that for a guy kicked out of Coalcorp for improper dealings just a few short years ago, he's done well for himself.