Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sept. 23, 2009 Tutorial: Crude Gets a Thumbs Down

– Posted in: Tutorials

Having come to the E-Mini S&P chart 20 minutes too late to leverage the day’s best opportunity, we looked elsewhere. Crude? A decisive thumbs-down, for this is a trading vehicle that is out to tax the diligent trader’s patience to the limit. We found a high-potential opportunity in the shares of Goldman Sachs, however, and […] Read More

SIZ09 – December Silver (Last: 17.210)

– Posted in: Free, Side Bets

December Silver appears to be consolidating above a Hidden Pivot midpoint at 17.150, and a close above it today would likely clinch a push to its 'D' sibling, 17.775 (or 18.155 if any higher).  Night owls could try bottom-fishing at 17.175 using a three-tick stop-loss […] Read More

GOOG – Google (Last:487.20)

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

With a rally target at _____, the little arse bandit hasn't given us much in the way of Hidden Pivots to bottom-fish. Nevertheless, we can attempt it this morning if the stock pulls back to _____ in the first 15 minutes, bringing the December 550 calls (GOPLY) into bargain range.  You should try to buy one of them for around _____, using a stop-loss at _____.  With the stock in such a strong rally, it will probably be easier to try and enter with-the-trend on camouflage; so if you are familiar with the technique, you should try to buy the call on the first ABC rally from near _____.

DJIA – Dow Industrial Average (Last:9830)

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

There are no DJIA patterns that I particularly like, but the whimsical rule-breaker shown in the chart will do in a pinch. I've decided to legitimize it because of the oscillations around the 9290 midpoint pivot, and also because the most recent phase of bear-rally hysteria launched from a low not far beneath it.  Anyway, the bottom line is a Hidden Pivot target at _____.  Although I wouldn't try to go short the world at that price, I'm pretty confident about using it as the first number above 10000 where I might believe a top could form.  One thing we can be nearly certain of is that 10000 itself will show no particular stopping power.  If such an occurrence were even remotely possible, the stock market would cease to be the engaging carnival that it is.  At _____, however, Dow 11000 would be a glimmer in bulls' eyes -- and Kudlow's wet dream.

GCZ09 – Comex December Gold (Last:1017.10)

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

I'll stick with the _____ rally target flagged in yesterday' s update, although a leisurely buy on a pullback to the _____ midpoint associated with that number does not appear to be forthcoming. The print at _____ would be a big deal, since, as noted here earlier, it would surpass a high at ______, refreshing the bullish impulse on the weekly chart.  That high is no less relevant because it occurred in thin trading, by the way. To the contrary, it is all the more legitimate as an "external" peak because it was recorded by the December futures, not by a continuous contract.

ESZ09 – E-Mini S&P (Last:1065.75)

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

The update to yesterday's forecast caught the top of an entirely unremarkable session that was all noise and no conviction.  If and when this trading vehicle breaks out, look for confirmation of a _____ rally target by way of a stall at _____, its midpoint sibling. Alternatively, it would take a print at _____ to turn the hourly chart bearish.  

Of Green Shoots and Broken Windows

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

Our memory stumbles whenever we try to recall any recent sightings of “green shoots” that would support the officially promoted illusion of a U.S. economy in recovery.  Actually, this vision is more of a hallucination than an illusion, since one’s mind needs to venture beyond the pale of rationality, light years beyond the fringe of […] Read More


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