The Bureau of Labor Statistics delivered a blowout jobs report on Friday. Headline chasing algorithms and investors responded by snapping up stocks. They also sold some gold and silver futures, driving prices lower on the day.

To Wall Street cheerleaders, it looked like the stock market correction might be over and precious metals would be headed out of fashion, once again.

It looked like something else to anyone who read past the headlines. What a Potemkin Village the markets have become!

We cover phony markets a lot here, and we hate to seem repetitive. It is just hard to imagine gold and silver prices breaking out of the malaise of the past several years without markets getting free of the control of the price rigging banks and the central planners in Washington.

Gold and silver are honest money. But they won’t be fairly priced for that virtue until investors start trading for it in honest markets. For frustrated gold bugs, this is THE issue of the day.

The Friday jobs report looks suspiciously like a propaganda piece. We know officials in Washington are anxious to stop the bleeding in the stock market. They want Americans to believe all is well and they aren’t above intervening.

Steve Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary, called bank CEOs and members of the Plunge Protection Team before Christmas with concerns about the plight of stocks. By amazing “coincidence,” the DOW had its largest ever single day point gain ever on the Wednesday after Christmas.

Last week, the BLS issued its key monthly jobs report and the headline job creation number was nearly 70% above the consensus estimate. It was a huge beat and the S&P 500 rallied 3.4% on Friday when the news hit the wire.

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