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With the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh just two weeks off, we didn’t expect gold’s widely anticipated push past $1000 to be a piece of cake. Indeed, Bernanke & Friends are probably throwing everything they’ve got at gold right now to suppress its price. And for all we know, Uncle Sam has loaned every ingot (supposedly) in Fort Knox to carry-traders at J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs. The ability of these well-connected bullion bankers to borrow more or less unlimited quantities of physical gold is for them even better than a license to print money, since money itself is most surely not what it used to be. The feather » Read the full article


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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.

$TLT – Lehman Bond ETF (Last:125.87)

by Rick Ackerman on December 22, 2014 5:57 am GMT

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GCG15 – February Gold (Last:1175.60)

by Rick Ackerman on December 22, 2014 12:01 am GMT

Gold has been toying with bulls since early November, when the strongest rally since summer took off with a lurch. Although the follow-through has left much to be desired, the bull trend is intact nonetheless and will remains so as long as the February contract doesn’t dip beneath 1132.00, the November low. Technical logic suggests a bullish turn could come from 1176.90, the midpoint Hidden Pivot support (see inset), but if the support is breached by more than $2 the futures could be headed down to as low as 1114.80, it’s ‘D’ sibling. Night owls can bottom fish at 1176.90 with a stop-loss as tight as four ticks. Using ‘camouflage’ is the preferred entry technique, however, since it will allow more flexibility for getting aboard, especially if the futures turn from above the red line. _______ UPDATE (2:15 p.m.): The futures plummeted nearly $20 before bouncing precisely from 1176.90. The bounce was $5 and lasted for all of 70 minutes — not a healthy sign. Subsequently, the selling continued to a so-far low today of 1172.60 — sufficiently beneath the target for us to infer the February contract is on its way down to 1114.80. We’ll give bulls the benefit of the doubt — don’t ask why — by stipulating that the futures close for two consecutive days beneath 1176.90 before we consider 1114.80 a done deal.

$USH15 – March T-Bonds (Last:143^19)

by Rick Ackerman on December 16, 2014 5:29 am GMT

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$GDXJ – Junior Gold Miner ETF (Last:24.72)

by Rick Ackerman on December 16, 2014 4:03 am GMT

Tax selling in this vehicle could produce a climactic bottom in the weeks ahead, but the range of possible targeted lows is quite wide, depending on how fierce the washout is. There are at least two logical hidden supports where we might look for an important turn: at 20.83 (daily chart, A=54.56 on 8/24/13); or at 17.30 (see inset). Bottom-fishing the higher Hidden Pivot poses relatively little risk, since we can use a very tight stop-loss, and because a bounce from that price that is at least tradable, if not sustainable, looks quite likely.  I’m going to back up the truck myself — buying at either number or both, tightly stopped — and would do so not as a long-term play, but as a high-odds trade. Please note that although the 20.83 pivot has the potential to produce an important low, I’ve selected a chart that shows the alternative target at 17.30 so that you can judge for yourself how compelling it looks.  One further note:  Because yesterday’s plunge exceeded the previous bear-market low at 22.34 recorded on 11/5, it should have stopped out enough bulls to produce a spirited rally over the next day or two.  Under the circumstances, if such a rally fails to materialize, it would portend yet another wave of selling ahead. _____ UPDATE (December 17, 11:59 p.m.): Like gold futures, this vehicle rallied yesterday without quite reaching a downside target. That’s mildly bullish, but GDXJ will need to pop above 23.71 on Thursday to ‘actualize’ the encouraging start. ______ UPDATE (December 18, 8:39 p.m.): The nearest impediment to the rally lies at 25.18, a Hidden Pivot shown in the chart. Bulls can take encouragement if it’s exceeded — and perhaps get long if the ascent goes a bit further, exceeding the 25.62 peak and pulling back into a tradable ABC pattern.

$CLF15 – January Crude (Last:53.98)

by Rick Ackerman on December 15, 2014 4:15 am GMT

Crude is getting kicked again Sunday night, although the January NYMEX contract is trading 85 cents off its low at the moment. The so-far low is 56.25, but I would expect the futures to get closer to my 55.43 target (see inset) before they attempt to rally in earnest. Night owls can try bottom-fishing using ‘camouflage’ nevertheless, but if you want to use a simpler, albeit riskier, strategy, you can bid 55.43, stop 55.34 for a single contract. I have difficulty imagining significantly more sinkage without a bounce from somewhere near here, but if the stop gets schmeissed, the next logical stop on the way down would be at 53.45, or 50.69 if any lower. However robust the bounce, assuming one comes, my bear-market target is still $31. The economic world would be a very different place at that point, and I don’t mean in a good way. _______ UPDATE (December 15, 10:39 p.m.): The 55.43 pivot is holding so far on a closing basis, having been exceeded intraday by 0.41 points. That’s more than I would have expected, but I still think we’ll see a strong rally from here, or from very near these levels, since the target is so clear and compelling. If not, and the futures continue their relentless plunge, the targets given above, 53.45 and thence 50,69, will obtain. Traders with no position, or those who are managing the risk of a short position, should note that the January contract was in an uptrend late Monday night that projected to exactly 56.13. You can find this target on the 15-minute chart using the following coordinates: a=55.17 (12/15 at 4:45 p.m. EST); b= 55.85 (6:45 p.m.); and c=55.45 (8:10 p.m.). This pattern looks reliable enough that we should infer more upside to come if 56.13 is exceeded by more 10-15 cents. _______ UPDATE (December 16, 9:33 a.m.): Crude fell this morning to a newe multiyear low at 53.60, just 15 cents from the target given above. If you caught the 1.16 bounce from the low, you should have taken a partial profit and secured what remains with an ‘impulsive stop-loss’.  The bounce is less than I might have expected, and if the low gets taken out we’ll likely be looking at more slippage to 50.69.

$IDAH – Idaho North Resources (Last:0.1600)

by Rick Ackerman on November 5, 2014 12:01 am GMT

Idaho North [OTC symbol: IDAH] offers investors a potentially lucrative synergy between two very successful entrepreneurs.  CEO Mark Fralich started out as a reporter with the Associated Press News Service but went on to co-found Spoval Fiber Optics before moving into the exploration business with Mines Management, Consolidated Goldfields Corp. and some other natural resource companies. Like most executives in the exploration business, he is an aggressive risk-taker. But he is also an astute bettor, perhaps never moreso than in his choice of Thomas Callicrate to head up his technical team.

Callicrate is bottled lightning, a geologist who may know more about ore deposits in Nevada than anyone else in the world. I counted no fewer than 250 file cabinets in the barn-size work buildings that surround Callicrate’s spectacular home in Carson City. He seems to have committed every geological map in those cabinets to memory, and he can tell you exactly where each and every rock came from in the massive stone fireplace that dominates his living room and in his beautifully landscaped gardens.  The fact that he chose to affiliate with IDAH attests to his confidence in Fralich’s ability to exploit to-the-max whatever ore deposits the company is able to find.

From a technical standpoint, the company’s shares have not traded for long enough to offer a sound basis for prediction. The stock has fluctuated between 0.08 and 0.24 since being OTC-listed in November 2013. That said, it would be no worse than an even bet to hit 0.3000 a share, nearly double its current price, if it can push past the red line at 0.2150. That’s a Hidden Pivot midpoint resistance, and it will remain valid as a minimum upside target for the near term unless the stock falls below 0.1300 first.

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+SNIPF – Snipp Interactive (Last:0.4410)

by Rick Ackerman on December 10, 2014 3:16 am GMT

I first recommended this stock in early September after being very impressed with a presentation by its CEO, Atul Sabharwal. The company provides mobile marketing solutions to a growing list of clients that includes Wal-Mart, ESPN, Lexus, Taco Bell, Target, Johnson & Johnson and Minute Maid.  Snipp’s shares are listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange (TSX: SPN) and on the OTC in the U.S. (symbol: SNIPF), but yesterday it filed with the SEC for an exchange listing in the U.S.  From a technical standpoint, SNIPF looks to be basing for a move to as high as 0.4385. First, though, it would need to trip a buy signal at 0.2878, then to clear the 0.3380 midpoint pivot (see inset).  The company continues to win new business at a rapid clip, and that’s why I expect the earnings report due out November 15 to be strong. Full disclosure: I hold shares and warrants in this company. _______ UPDATE (November 13, 10:49 a.m. EST): Two days ahead of the earnings report, the stock has taken quite a leap, with an opening bar high today at 0.38 that was 36% above yesterday’s close. This means the 0.4385 target flagged above is well in play.  _______ UPDATE (6:49 p.m.): The stock took a leap Thursday back up to the midpoint pivot at 0.3380 associated with the 0.4385 target. Regarding earnings, they will be out later than expected, in line with the Canadian deadline for filing. Stay tuned _______ UPDATE (November 17):  Snipp has reported 252% earnings growth for Q3. Click here for the company’s latest filing. _______ UPDATE (December 5, 10:13 a.m.): Zounds!  The stock has popped to 0.40, quadrupling in the eight months since I first recommended it. My immediate target is 0.4356, but SNIPF will need some rest if and when it gets there. _______ UPDATE (December 9): Bulls are apt to be a little winded after the recent push to 0.4314, less than a penny shy of the target shown. We’ll give the stock time to consolidate for the next thrust. ______ UPDATE (December 10, 6:12 p.m.): With the broad averages plummeting yesterday, Snipp bucked the tide, hitting a new all-time high at 44.10. This opens a path over the near term to 0.4906, or perhaps 0.5193 if any higher.


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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