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Dollar’s Next Rally Looks Doomed

by Rick Ackerman on September 17, 2009 4:22 am GMT · 5 comments

Here are two numbers to jot down if you’re interested in gold and the U.S. dollar:  75.47 and 72.93.  Those are our current downside targets for the NYBOT Dollar Index, and we are quite confident that both will be reached in the fullness of time. The first lies just 1% below yesterday’s settlement price of 76.28; the second, 4.3% below it.  Like you, we’ve heard many compelling arguments from dollar bulls and bears. Some think it is about to turn very strong, while others see a collapse. Our gut feeling is that the bulls will be right, » Read the full article


TODAY'S ACTION for Thursday

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by Rick Ackerman on September 17, 2009 6:04 am GMT

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DXY – NYBOT Dollar Index (Last:76.25)

by Rick Ackerman on September 17, 2009 4:59 am GMT

This tout will officially correct a downside target by a small amount, to 75.47.As noted in today’s commentary, I expect DXY to fall to that number and then to rally for a spell before plunging anew to 72.93. If the higher target is reached around the same time December Gold is hitting 1074, consider that a warning to lighten up on precious metals.

YMU09 – E-Mini Dow (Last:9793)

by Rick Ackerman on September 17, 2009 5:17 am GMT

Late Wednesday night, the futures were playing toe-sies with a Hidden Pivot rally target at 9794 (see chart).  The actual high so far is 9793, and it could go either way.  Notice that I have used, not the one-off ‘A’ here, but the obvious one. That’s because I needed to project the highest target possible from the existing pattern.  If it is exceeded, we’ll have to move up to the daily chart to find a rally pattern yet to play out. The most obvious one, going back to the March low, yields a bear rally objective of 10431.

GCZ09 – Comex December Gold (Last:1019.70)

by Rick Ackerman on September 17, 2009 5:25 am GMT

Yesterday’s bullish forecast and target worked well enough for at least one subscriber, Phil D., to make money while he slept: “Bought three minis below 1010 with a stop below your C-point before going to bed, got up this morning and saw we’d bounced just a hair over 1022, so I sold 2 at 1018+. Not a bad return on sleeping. Given the low risk, it seems I should have bought more. Keep looking for that camouflage!” And so we shall, since the immediate forecast still calls for a rally to at least 1074. As of 10:51 p.m., a camouflage “alert” was in effect, since the abc retracement highlighted in the chart failed to reach its ”d’ target (or even its midpoint pivot). When this occurs, the first impulse leg headed in the opposite direction is the one we should look for to help us enter almost risklessly with the trend. So far, however, none of the minor rallies this evening have exceeded the required two peaks.

GOOG – Google (Last:488.40)

by Rick Ackerman on September 17, 2009 5:56 am GMT

Google is too hot right now for us to play catch-up, but because we have a score to settle, we’ll be looking for any opportunity we can find to plunder the unwary.  The stock appears bound for 553.87, opening up the possibility of our buying cheap vertical spreads near the 550 strike.  The December spreads sell for a little more than three bucks, but we’ll want to pay no more than $1.50 or so. That will require legging into the spread, buy side first. Stay tuned, since the trade must be attempted when the stock is falling toward a Hidden Pivot retracement target.

$AAPL – Apple Computer (Last:100.57)

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

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$+TLT – Lehman Bond ETF (Last:116.20)

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.

$SIU14 – September Silver (Last:19.615)

by Rick Ackerman on August 19, 2014 2:02 am GMT

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$DIA – Dow Industrials ETF (Last:168.82)

by Rick Ackerman on August 19, 2014 1:50 am GMT

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$SLW – Silver Wheaton (Last:26.58)

by Rick Ackerman on August 7, 2014 4:58 am GMT

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SIDE BETS for Thursday

UNG – U.S. Natural Gas Fund (Last: 11.74)

by Rick Ackerman on September 17, 2009 5:03 am GMT

Yesterday’s high fell a nickel shy of an 11.93 target that leaps to the eye from the hourly chart.  If UNG should exceed that number on a closing basis, however, expect buyers to take it higher, to at least 12.45.


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