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TODAY'S ACTION for Thursday

A little boring, but…

by Rick Ackerman on September 10, 2009 12:13 am GMT

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ESU09 – E-Mini S&P (Last:1036.25)

by Rick Ackerman on September 10, 2009 12:01 am GMT

The futures look like they are still on track for a predicted surge to 1053.00, although the bullish argument would weaken if they haven’t accomplished this by Friday.  Although the September contract failed to push past some key, late-August highs near 1038.00, most of the action took place close to those highs and well above the meatiest part of the supply zone beneath them. Night owls can try bottom-fishing at 1029.75, a midpoint pivot, using a stop-loss no wider than 1.00 point. If the trade works, consider taking partial profits or implementing a trailing stop as early as 1033.00. _______ UPDATE (1 a.m.): The pullback went no lower than 1030.75, missing our bid by a full point. Signs now point to a minimum 1040.00, or 1044.00 if any higher. Either can be shorted by scalpers using a very tight stop-loss, but you’ll be on your own thereafter.

HGZ09 – December Copper (Last:2.9050)

by Rick Ackerman on September 10, 2009 12:01 am GMT

The futures blew past a 2.9048 midpoint resistance so easily that we should infer that the 3.0695 Hidden Pivot target with which it is associated is very likely to be achieved.  A pullback to the midpoint should be viewed as a buying opportunity, but I’d wait for the turn higher, assuming it comes, so that you can board on a “camouflaged” signal.

GS – Goldman Sachs (Last:174.14)

by Rick Ackerman on September 10, 2009 12:03 am GMT

Our offbeat “strangle” in Goldman is starting to work, since the September 170 call we bought for 2.00 traded as high as 3.40 yesterday.  Its purpose was to slightly leverage the upside, thereby lowering the effective cost of four Jan 130 – Oct 130 put spreads that we also hold (for 3.40 apiece). Today only, offer the call to close for 5.60.  If the order fills, it will reduce our cost basis on the spreads to 2.50. _______UPDATE (10:50 a.m.):  With Goldman up more than $4 so far this morning, bucking a lackluster stock market, we easily sold the call for 5.60. Do nothing further for now.

GCZ09 – Comex December Gold (Last:994.30)

by Rick Ackerman on September 10, 2009 12:11 am GMT

The short-term picture would turn mildly menacing if December Gold were to print down to 981.40 today. There were no promising handholds for nightowls as of 7:10 p.m., but I’d suggest looking on the 5-minute chart if you are seeking camouflage to get long with a penny-ante stop-loss.

$PCLN – Priceline (Last:1277.88)

by Rick Ackerman on August 27, 2014 6:15 am GMT

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$ESU14 – Sep E-Mini S&P (Last:1999.00)

by Rick Ackerman on August 27, 2014 5:32 am GMT

At this rate, it may be Christmas before my very modest (and very short-able) rally target at 2008.00 is achieved.  True, there is no actual, bullish buying to make it happen, only demand from short-covering bears that has been anemic lately. But the corrections have been shallow as well, keeping shorts pinned on the ropes.  Nevertheless, so that we don’t miss an important downturn while we’re busy getting bored to death, I’ll suggest setting a screen alert at 1992.00, which is where the hourly chart would be warning of possible trouble.

$+TSLA – Tesla Motors (Last:262.02)

by Rick Ackerman on August 26, 2014 7:35 am GMT

Tesla’s bullish rampage looks like it could hit 305.55 on the next big thrust.  Accordingly, I’ll recommend bidding 1.54 for the October 3/Sep 5  300 calendar spread 8 times, good till Friday. You should adjust your bid by 0.05 up or down for every 50 cents the stock moves above or below 262.50.  Please note as well that a pullback to the red line, a Hidden Pivot midpoint at 241.39, should be regarded as a buying opportunity, especially the calendar spread (albeit it at a much lower price). _______ UPDATE (August 26, 11:43 p.m. EDT):  Volatility has gotten crushed, and so you’re doing well if you buy the spread now for 1.34 (with TSLA at 262.00).  Since the spread price can fluctuate wildly from one day to the next, I’ll suggest that you recalibrate it hourly if you’re a buyer, using a spread price midway between bid and offer as “fair value.”  It has a delta value of around 9 at the moment, so you should adjust your bid for the spread by 0.01 for each 0.11 move in the underlying.

$GCZ14 – December Gold (Last:1283.30)

by Rick Ackerman on August 26, 2014 7:15 am GMT

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$SLW – Silver Wheaton (Last:24.89)

by Rick Ackerman on August 25, 2014 12:05 am GMT

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$SIU14 – September Silver (Last:19.395)

by Rick Ackerman on August 25, 2014 12:03 am GMT

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$AAPL – Apple Computer (Last:100.89)

by Rick Ackerman on August 21, 2014 3:16 am GMT

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$+TLT – Lehman Bond ETF (Last:117.72)

by Rick Ackerman on August 20, 2014 4:59 am GMT

Subscribers are working two bullish calendar spreads (x16), but I would suggest increasing the size of the position if TLT corrects down to the 115.18 target  shown.   For now , we are long September 20 118 calls against short August 19 118 calls that we will roll into August 29 calls this Thursday and Friday.  We’ve already done the roll twice, reducing the cost basis of the spread to 0.04. This week’s roll will entail covering (buying back) the short calls and shorting a like number of August 29 calls, effectively selling the August 22 118/August 29 118 calendar spread.

It was marked on Tuesday at 0.17, off a 0.26 offer, but any price higher than 0.04 will effectively turn the position we’ll have  – long the Sept 20 118/August 29 118 calendar — into a credit spread.  This means we can’t lose – will make a profit no matter what TLT does.  Ideally, come September 20 , TLT will be sitting at 118, our spread will be trading for around 0.50, and we’ll be carrying it for a credit of perhaps 0.50.  The imputed profit would be  $1600 — not bad, considering our risk is already close to zero.

My long-term outlook for T-Bonds is very bullish, a view that goes sharply against a consensus which clings to the belief that interest rates – and the stock market — can only go up.  That is a bet we should be eager to fade. We may have a chance to do so at still better odds if T-Bonds continue to  sell off  on the manufactured idea that the Jackson Hole conference will open the floodgates for more stimulus and inflation. _______ UPDATE (10:38 a.m.):  The Sep 20/Aug xx calendar spread is recommended at this point only for those who did the original spread, since there’s not enough time left on it to roll its cost basis down to zero or less (i.e., a credit). If you are new to the spread, try buying the Nov 20/August 29 calendar for 0.90 with TLT trading around 115.80.  The spread has a delta value of 0.20, implying that being long one spread is equivalent to being long 20 shares of stock.  This means that, using a spread price of 0.90 as a benchmark, you should adjust the price you pay for it by one penny, up or down, for each 5 cents that TLT moves away from 115.80. ______ UPDATE (August 23): The strategies detailed above continue to rack up solid gains for subscribers that have come with minimal risk. If you have yet to take a stake, I would strongly urge you to do so, and to monitor reports in the chat room from those who are working the order. If there are any questions about how, and when, to initiate a trade, please don’t hesitate to ask me or others about it. _______ UPDATE (August 26, 12:01 a.m.): These spreads are working well, to put it mildly — especially for subscribers who increased their position size as suggested whenever TLT was weak.  Check my August 26 posts in the chatroom for further, detailed guidance.  In brief, I am suggesting covering half of the 118-strike spreads for 0.90 or better this week, and to roll the short side of the Nov 22 120/Aug 29 120 to Sep 5.


SIDE BETS for Thursday

DXY – NYBOT Dollar Index (76.98)

by Rick Ackerman on September 10, 2009 12:01 am GMT

My minimum downside expectation is still 76.05, a Hidden Pivot that you can  interpolate for trading purposes in whatever way you choose.  If the support is breached, look for the weakness to continue down to at least 75.57.


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