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[My apocalyptic interview with economist Kurt Richebächer in 1999 seems almost quaint 15 years after it appeared in the Sunday San Francisco Examiner. He predicted economic disaster; what we got was a quadrillion dollar derivatives bubble whose benefits bypassed the working man but enriched the fat cats of the banking world. Regarding economic Armageddon, permabulls will shake their heads and say, “You guys have been wrong forever.” Permabears, for their part, should only have to acknowledge a failure of the imagination. For who would have believed that the brazen lies that sustained the economy back then would metastasize a hundredfold, even as untold trillions in credit stimulus failed to produce much growth? Richebächer, who died in 2007, might shake his head in disbelief. But he would not recant.  RA]

The dismal science will never be the same if Dr. Kurt Richebächer’s dire predictions for the global economy should come to pass. The former chief economist and managing partner at Germany’s Dresdner Bank says a deflationary collapse lies ahead that will ravage the world’s bourses and usher in a dark period of austerity and financial discipline.

Probably not one economist in 50 shares his views, at least not publicly. Richebächer, now living in France, says many of his American colleagues have been seduced into ignorance and complicity by Wall Street’s billions as well as by their love affair with mathematical models that shun fundamental laws of economics. Where they see a New Era of productivity growth and industrial efficiency, he sees duplicitous bookkeeping and manufacturing’s steep decline. They talk of a booming U.S. » Read the full article


TODAY'S ACTION for Wednesday

Opening-Bell Ploy Is Wearing Thin

by Rick Ackerman on July 30, 2014 1:51 am GMT · 0 comments

Opportunistic as ever, Day Boyz have been using the opening bars of each session to get as much boost as possible from short covering.  It’s hard not to notice that they’ve been meeting with diminishing success with each new day. Unless there is ostensibly bullish news to greet the day, their rinse-and-repeat tactic may not even get off the launcher today. When was the last time the market opened lower and kept going? I don’t recall, but it would certainly be a refreshing change.  ________ UPDATE (10:27 a.m.)  And now we have yet one more session with a (likely) intraday high occurring on the opening bar. Considering the news — a fraudulent 4% GDP growth — the short squeeze was the feeblest we’ve seen so far.


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TWTR – Twitter (Last:49.77)

by Rick Ackerman on July 30, 2014 12:08 am GMT

The stock market, drawing on the collective wisdom of tens of millions of investors, is supposedly all-seeing and all-knowing. If so, only a mere handful of them seem to have known that business was improving at Twitter. The stock took a 36% leap after the close on Tuesday, trading as high as 52.48, after strong earnings were reported in a conference call.  I say that a handful saw it coming because volume in some out-of-the-money TWTR calls was suspiciously huge on Tuesday, even if the stock didn’t move that much.  We’ll leave that for the regulators to sort out, since they apear to have mastered the art of catching “insiders” by following paper trails that practically glow in the dark. As for TWTR, it’s already trading $4 above the highest target I could have predicted for it over the short-term.  Since the rally is 99% short-squeeze and 1% bullish buying, there’s no telling how high it might go. The earnings news was very good, although not spectacular, but what do I know?  I have yet to figured out how the company makes its money when, say, a million followers tune to Justin Bieber, down in his cups at 3 a.m.

$ESU14 – Sep E-Mini S&P (Last:1969.25)

by Rick Ackerman on July 30, 2014 12:40 am GMT

Slippage beneath the red line (p) late in Tuesday’s session implies the futures will now grope their way down to at least 1954.50 in search of traction.  This target is a pretty one, and I’d have no qualms about telling you to bottom-fish there with a three-tick stop-loss if it were hit intraday. However, because the target is being disseminated overnight and therefore will not be as fresh and mysterious when the futures get there, I’ll advise a cautious approach that suits your style if you plan to bottom-fish. As always, the most logical short would be from p if the retracement rally now in progress gets there.  Trading concerns aside, if the downtrend smashes the support it would indicate that the selling is waxing. _______ UPDATE (2:18 p.m.): Today’s hysterical, obligatory short-squeeze has come from 1956.50, cheating us out of an easy trade from the target I’d identified.  There’ll be other opportunities, for sure.  However, because the turn has come from a low that didn’t quite reach a clear correction target, bears had better give the rally wide berth.

$GCZ14 – December Gold (Last:1300.60)

by Rick Ackerman on July 30, 2014 1:08 am GMT

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$NFLX – Netflix (Last:431.51)

by Rick Ackerman on July 28, 2014 4:32 am GMT

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As GDXJ was working its way south from around $43, my bearish forecast called for a washout low at exactly 40.42, a Hidden Pivot support of great clarity. I’d suggested buying down there ‘aggressively’ and with an ‘absurdly’ tight stop-loss.  This advice would have paid off handsomely for anyone who followed it, since the stock trampolined 64 cents yesterday off an actual low of 40.43, a penny from my target. Since a subscriber reported doing the trade as advised, I’m establishing a tracking position for the further guidance of all who may have gotten long. (He reported having bought 1000 shares off a 40.44 bid, but I’ll assume a more conservative 400 shares.)  Accordingly, I’ll recommend exiting half the position on Friday’s opening if you haven’t done so already.  We’ll impute any profits thereof to the cost basis of the 200 shares that will remain. _______ UPDATE (July 27, 9:48 p.m. ET): Exiting 200 shares on Friday’s 41.20 opening leaves us with a tracking position of 200 shares whose imputed cost basis is 39.66.  Exit another 100 shares on today’s opening and tie the rest to an impulse leg-based stop-loss on the 15-minute chart.  At the moment, that would imply bailing out on an uncorrected dive touching 41.73. ______ UPDATE (July 28, 11:46 a.m.):  We got sleazed when DaBoyz opened the stock on the so-far low  of the day, 42.40.  The good news is that such shakedowns usually occur because the smart money is trying to buy the stock.  In any event, I am tracking a 100-share position with an effective cost basis of 37.25.  For the time being, let it run. _______ UPDATE July 29, 7:23 p.m. EDT): Let’s turn the position into a covered write if GDXJ slips beneath 42.25 today (see inset, a new chart).  Specifically, you should short one August 16th 41 call for each hundred shares you own. Don’t simply bang out a sale on the bid when the stock hits 42.24, since you could get clipped for as much as 0.20-0.25 on the spread that way.  Instead, you should be deliberate and relaxed about the short sale of the call, since we are in the catbird’s seat and have little to lose by taking in some option premium at this point.  Shoot for a price midway between the bid and offer, and don’t rule out the possibility that GDXJ could snap back above 42.25 even in the process of breaking down. _______ UPDATE (July 30, 2:32 p.m.): _______ UPDATE (2:30 p.m. EDT):  I’ve yet to hear from anyone, but a ‘relaxed’ short could have been done anywhere between 2.03 and a current bid/offer of 2.45/2.90.  I’ll use a cost basis 2.55, about midway between, unless I hear otherwise.

$+PCLN – Priceline (Last:1238.98)

by Rick Ackerman on July 24, 2014 12:54 am GMT

A subscriber reported success yesterday legging into the 1340/50/60 August 16 call butterfly that I’d advised. He did so 32 times at no cost, as suggested, but it took a $10 move in the stock between legs to get filled so advantageously. His maximum profit would be $32,000  with the stock trading at 1350 come August 16.  Since he owns the position without cost, no loss is possible even if PCLN should all to zero or rally to $1000. We’ll do nothing further for now, but I’d suggest that those of you who were unable to buy the spread keep trying.  We’ll shoot for a partial profit if the stock rallies $40-$50 in the next few weeks but otherwise do nothing further. I’ve reproduced a chart that shows why our expectation of a $120 rally from current levels, to a 1358.18 Hidden Pivot target, is not exactly farfetched.  To that end, a pop above the 1270.59 midpoint pivot would be most encouraging. ______ UPDATE (July 28, 7:46 p.m. EDT): Yesterday another subscriber reported legging into ‘free’ butterfly spreads as suggested. Keep trying for at least one more day if you haven’t yet acquired a stake, since the spread will remain cheap as long as PCLN doesn’t blast off.

$+TLT – Lehman Bond ETF (Last:115.40)

by Rick Ackerman on July 23, 2014 5:36 am GMT

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$EURUSD – Euro/USD (Last:1.33950)

by Rick Ackerman on July 23, 2014 12:01 am GMT

I haven’t tracked currencies that closely, but because they tend to move very precisely to Hidden Pivot targets, traders should consider exploiting them whenever possible. Notice how EUR/USD has broken beneath a midpoint Hidden Pivot at 1.34841 after noodling around near that pivot for a few hours on Thursday. This suggests that it is bound for D=1.34197, at least.  You can bottom-fish there with a stop-loss as tight as 3-4 ticks.  Notice as well that there are two slightly higher possibilities for point ‘A’.  The correction targets they yield lie, respectively, at 1.34114 and, worst case, 1.33992.  I expect these numbers to work very precisely, so use them in whatever way suits you best.  Note as well that a last-gasp rally to p=1.34738 after EUR/USD has fallen a bit would be short-able. _______ UPDATE (July 24, 5:35 p.m. EDT):  Yesterday’s short-squeeze feint topped precisely at a midpoint Hidden Pivot (see inset, a new chart) that was originally support but which is now resistance. This price action confirms the pattern we’ve chosen as well as its ‘D’ target at 1.34197. At least one subscriber has confirmed getting short in the chat room.  _______ UPDATE (July 27, 10:43 p.m.):  Friday’s low occurred at 1.34206 — 0.00009 above our 1.34197 target.  Shorts should have covered there, but if you were able to bottom-fish the low and catch a piece of the 144-tick rally that ensued, please let me know in the chat room and so that I can establish a tracking position for your further guidance. _______ UPDATE (July 30, 2:43 p.m.): The futures have breached the lowest of the targets I’d provide from the lesser charts. This implies that a bigger-picture target at 1.32091 is in play. The chart(see inset, a new one) shows this.

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The Dollar Index turned higher yesterday an inch from a correction target that had been three weeks in coming (see inset). This portends a bullish change for the intermediate term.  The actual target is 79.74, and there is always a chance it will be breached. If so, there’s an alternative target at 79.62, but if it fails as well, especially without a fight, the implication would be more slippage to as low as  78.91, where a key low recorded in early May would thereupon beg to be tested. _______ UPDATE (11:17 p.m. EDT): Yesterday’s low occurred at 79.74 exactly. If the dollar is about to reverse and move higher, it will have to happen here, and now. _______ UPDATE (July 9, 2:33 a.m. ET): The dollar rallied strongly for a few days, but it is still not out of the woods because the move narrowly failed to clear an important ‘external’ peak at 80.38 recorded on 6/26. _______ UPDATE (July 16, 6:55 p.m.): DXY came within an inch of a clear and important Hidden Pivot rally target at 80.60 yesterday (see inset, a new chart). However, it will have to push past it to imply that the rally from the July 1 low (which had been predicted to-the-penny) is more than just a flash-in-the-pan. _______ UPDATE (July 30, 2:53 p.m.): 81.85, here we come!!


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