August 2009

Why a Default on Treasurys Is Likely

– Posted in: Links, Rick's Picks

Jeffrey Rogers Hummel has written one of the most provocative and insightful essays I have read concerning why the U.S. is more likely to default than attempt to hyperinflate Treasury debt into insignificance.  Click here  to access the essay. Here's an excerpt: "It is not literally impossible that the Federal Reserve could unleash the Zimbabwe option and […] Read More

How Inflation Corrodes the Character of People

– Posted in: Links, Rick's Picks

From Theodore Dalrymple, writing in City Journal, an eloquent and insightful essay about how an age of loose money not only destroys savings, but also corrodes character.  Click here   for the full essay. An excerpt: "But asset inflation—ultimately, the debasement of the currency—as the principal source of wealth corrodes the character of people. It not […] Read More

Is Nikkei Predicting U.S. Stock Rally?

– Posted in: Links, Rick's Picks

Stock-chart overlays almost invariably stop working when we have them called to our attention in an e-mail, but it must be conceded that S&P 500 does look to be closely following a trail blazed by the Nikkei 225. If the coincident patterns continue, it would imply that the U.S. bear rally begun in November is just starting […] Read More

ESU09 – E-Mini S&P (Last:1016.50)

– Posted in: Current Touts, Free, Rick's Picks

I suggest looking for a camouflage entry opportunity if and when the futures hit 1034.00. That's the midpoint resistance of a pattern projecting to 1046.00.  The opportunity could come Sunday night or in the first minutes of Monday's session, so be ready!

GCZ09 – Comex December Gold (Last:957.00)

– Posted in: Current Touts, Free, Rick's Picks

Gold did all we asked of it Friday and now looks like a good bet to achieve a minimum ____.  The target is shown in the 180-minute bar chart at left. If the futures are indeed ready to move, any correction Sunday night or Monday morning should hold at or near the _____ midpoint shown in the chart. 

MPUCF – Moneta Porcupine (Last:0.1490)

– Posted in: Current Touts, Free, Rick's Picks

We missed buying the stock last week, but it may be ready to head lower than originally forecast. To prepare for this possibility let's bid _____ for 5000 shares. That's just above a Hidden Pivot support at _____ that looks like a logical place for a bullish reversal.

GS – Goldman Sachs (Last:164.33)

– Posted in: Current Touts, Free, Rick's Picks

We hold the Jan 130 - Oct 130 put spread four times for 3.40 and are long one September 170 call acquired on Friday for 2.00. This is a very slight backspread, with moderate premium exposure over the next three weeks. Our goal is to sell the call on a quick pop to reduce the carrying cost of the put spread. The call also makes us approximately delta neutral -- long the equivalent overall of about five shares of stock.  Goldman looks like it could push up to _____ if it can get past a lesser Hidden Pivot resistance at _____.

SLW – Silver Wheaton (Last:10.50)

– Posted in: Current Touts, Free, Rick's Picks

We hold 16 December 12.50 calls for an average 0.45 apiece.  Offer half of them to close for 0.75, good-till-canceled.  You should also offer eight December 15 calls short for 0.45,  good-till-canceled. My immediate upside target is _____, but if the stock closes above that Hidden Pivot for two consecutive days it would be signaling further potential to as high as _____ over the next 3 to 5 weeks.

Ultimate Bottom Lies Far Below

– Posted in: Commentary for the Week of March 8, Free

Because we never shared investors' wild enthusiasm for Cerberus, its near-collapse in recent days hardly came as a shock. The once-huge private-equity firm specialized in distressed assets at a time when even the bluest of blue-chip companies - the name Lehman Brothers springs to mind - have fallen into mortal peril literally overnight. Cerberus's biggest […] Read More


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