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TODAY'S ACTION for Monday

A cautionary note…

by Rick Ackerman on September 14, 2009 4:48 am GMT

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ESU09 – E-Mini S&P (Last:1039.00)

by Rick Ackerman on September 14, 2009 3:47 am GMT

The futures are getting whacked a bit harder than usual Sunday night, hinting that it may be more than a garden-variety shakedown.  That doesn’t mean DaBoyz will not find a price at which they can rape fearful sellers — only that the process may require a little more sneakiness than usual. In any event, the hourly chart will remain undisturbed as long as the futures hold  above 1027.00. A print below that number would create a bearish impulse leg, however, and it would be especially significant because it would follow a peak that had missed a Hidden Pivot target (i.e., 1053.00) by nearly five points.

GCZ09 – Comex December Gold (Last:1004.60)

by Rick Ackerman on September 14, 2009 4:08 am GMT

Gold is feigning weakness Sunday night — or perhaps not — but its downward drift will have no significance, even on the lesser charts, unless it takes out a Hidden Pivot support at 1001.50.  Ordinarily that would be a good spot to try bottom-fishing, but not this time due to it close proximity to a visually obvious low made Friday on the way up. There may nevertheless be an opportunity for night owls to board with “camouflage,” so I’ve included a chart that shows how, just in case.

GS – Goldman Sachs (Last:175.30)

by Rick Ackerman on September 14, 2009 4:22 am GMT

Because I’ve hung out a bullish target in the $190s, we should watch closely to see how stubbornly the little sonofabitch bucks weakness in the broad averages.  We may have an opportunity to observe and learn Monday morning, since Goldman had already begun to sell off on Friday, well before there were any clues that stocks would get hit Sunday night. If the market drags GS lower, the first Hidden Pivot support where we could try bottom-fishing would be at 172.77, stop 172.66. You’ll be on your own if the order fills and initially goes your way.  You should also be watching for signs that a recalcitrant Goldman is keeping the market from falling apart, as might be the case. _______ UPDATE (10:28): After falling shy of our downside target by a relatively paltry 40 cents, Goldman suspiciously did NOT participate in this morning’s phony selloff, thereby telegraphing the broad recovery attempt currently under way.

TBT – Lehman Ultrashort Bond ETF (Last:45.98)

by Rick Ackerman on September 14, 2009 4:36 am GMT

The rally in the long bond must have a little ways to go, since this inverse vehicle has an unachieved downside target at 43.18, roughly 6 percent below these levels.  If TBT gets there it could provide an excellent camouflage opportunity for bottom-fishing, so stay tuned. Note how the target falls in-between two prior lows, one of them an important one.

$YHOO – Yahoo! (Last:42.71)

by Rick Ackerman on September 17, 2014 5:28 am GMT

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$SIZ14 – December Silver (Last:18.655)

by Rick Ackerman on September 16, 2014 1:25 am GMT

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$SLW – Silver Wheaton (Last:23.06)

by Rick Ackerman on September 15, 2014 6:06 am GMT

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GCZ14 – December Gold (Last:1237.60)

by Rick Ackerman on September 15, 2014 5:50 am GMT

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$DJIA – Dow Industrial Average (Last:17025)

by Rick Ackerman on September 12, 2014 12:01 am GMT

When a stock or an index takes a wicked dive, it often occurs after the particular vehicle has marginally exceeded some prior, significant peak. ‘Everyone’ turns bullish on the breakout, including bears prepared to cover on a hair-trigger signal, and that sets up the haymaker. Notice in the accompanying chart, however, that the record high recorded by the Dow on September 4 has led to no such plunge.  The high exceeded July’s record peak by 10 points, and that should have been enough to get bulls’ — and bears’ — juices flowing.  Instead, we’ve seen only a moderate pullback since then, leaving bears very much on the hook.  We could still see a collapse from these levels, particularly if there is unsettling news. But for the time being, bears shouldn’t get their hopes too high. We are short the Diamonds via some out-of-the-money put options just in case, but we may have to reshort if DIA breaks out to new highs. (Note: This tout is being written before Thursday’s close, since I will be away from the office later today.)

$TLT – Lehman Bond ETF (Last:113.11)

by Rick Ackerman on September 11, 2014 1:29 am GMT

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$+DIA – Dow Industrials ETF (Last:171.27)

by Rick Ackerman on September 5, 2014 3:58 am GMT

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$SNIPF – Snipp Interactive (Last:0.2562)

by Rick Ackerman on September 5, 2014 3:05 am GMT

I first touted Snipp Interactive back in January, when it was trading around 0.15. Although the stock subsequently fell to a dime, it has since rallied sharply, settling at 0.2562 yesterday. This is one of my favorite stocks, and I came away from a conference call with its CEO, Atul Sabharwal, eager to sing their praises. During that call, I hit Atul with my best idea, a sweepstakes-type promotion, but he was already three steps ahead of me, able to cite, for one, New York State’s rules and costs for exactly the type of marketing scheme I’d suggested.

Full disclosure: I hold 100,000 shares plus warrants to purchase another 50,000 shares.  But I hope that won’t discourage you from performing your own due diligence, since you are likely to be as impressed as I was when you find out what the company has been up to. For me, at least, Snipp (OTC: SNIPF) perfectly satisfies Peter Lynch’s rule that investors favor companies whose strengths and methods they can understand. Snipp does interactive marketing that allows clients to track results in real time. The results have been sufficiently impressive that the company has been attracting blue chip clients with little difficulty. Read more about SNIPP by clicking here.

From a technical standpoint, although the stock’s chart history is thin, it’s possible to project a near-term rally target of 0.2730. A tenet of Hidden Pivot analysis is that an easy move through such targeted resistance implies there is unspent buying power percolating beneath the surface. This is not a “hot tip;” indeed, Snipp’s story does not lend itself to the kind of hubris that will result in a $10 billion IPO. But it is an aggressive and imaginative pioneer in a rapidly developing niche, and its CEO has the kind of imagination, intelligence and energy that inspires confidence.

$+TSLA – Tesla Motors (Last:279.20)

by Rick Ackerman on September 3, 2014 5:30 am GMT

Tesla’s strong rally has turned the Oct 3/Sep 5 calendar spread into a solid winner. The spread is currently trading on a bid/asked of 4.50/5.07.  This means subscribers who bought the spread for as little as $1.00 last week could have quintupled their stake. The most paid for it would have been about 1.54. In any case, I’ll suggest offering half of the eight spreads to close today for 4.70. We’ll plan on rolling what’s left on Friday by covering (buying) back the September 5 300 calls we’re short and shorting the Sep 12 300 calls at the same time. ______ UPDATE (10:40 p.m. EDT): The stock’s push to an intraday high at 291.42 made the spread an easy sale for $5.00+, so I’ll consider the order filled.  Now, roll the four spreads that remain into the October 3 /September 12 calendar as detailed above. _______ UPDATE (Sep 7, 10:31 p.m.): The midway price on the spread intraday was 2.30. Imputing the premium to the four October 3/September 12 calendar spreads we now hold would zero out the initial cost of 1.54 and add 0.76 to the real-time value of the spread.  We’ll plan on rolling the spread again on Friday by selling the September 19/September 12 call spread (and thereby covering the short Sep 12 300s), but for now do nothing further. _______ UPDATE (Sep 15, 12:54 a.m.): I’ll use a 0.37 price, midway between the intraday high and low, as the spread price unless I hear from someone in the chat room who did better or worse. Imputing this new premium income to our Nov 22 / Sep 20 spread gives us a CREDIT cost basis of 1.13, for a guaranteed minimum profit on the position of $452. That would be in addition to whatever the Nov 22 calls fetch when we exit them.

+GDXJ – Junior Gold Miner ETF (Last:37.51)

by Rick Ackerman on September 2, 2014 12:03 am GMT

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SIDE BETS for Monday

SIZ09 – Comex December Silver (Last:16.600)

by Rick Ackerman on September 14, 2009 4:43 am GMT

Silver died after topping last week just above a 16.940 target I’d flagged, but the pullback will do no damage to the hourly chart unless it exceeds 15.850 in a downdraft today or tomorrow. Alternatively, the first hint of recovery would come today on a print exceeding 16.730.


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