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by Rick Ackerman on September 26, 2009 12:01 am GMT

Two Exploration Stocks to Consider

[We often feature the work of our friend and colleague Chuck Cohen, a NYC-based investment consultant who specializes in mining companies. Below, he explains why it is time for those who have been straddling the fence to buy junior gold shares.  He concludes with two specific recommendations that trade over-the-counter for less than $1.]

Rick has asked me to write about gold with a focus on the junior mining companies, so here we go, along with a couple of specific recommendations. I tried to point out the pros and cons of buying the juniors last month, but let me now make a quick refresher. I also suggest that you go back to Rick’s August archives to review my articles on gold and the junior sector.

Advantages of juniors…

– They have been beaten down in price due to the credit squeeze last year….

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Tepid Media Make Gold an Enticing Buy

[Rick has been under the weather with a possible case of food poisoning. Filling in for him today is Chuck Cohen, a financial consultant whose work will be familiar to many of you. The following appeared at LeMetropole.com over the weekend. Chuck thinks that as long as the news media continue to stumble around in the dark in their coverage of the gold world, we should remain confident about accumulating more bullion and precious metal shares for the long haul. RA]

It took a mix of $1000 gold, the media’s reaction to it, and a very fallow day to compose this piece. As serious as the news is these days, it is still difficult not to see the absurdity in what is unfolding. Now that gold has finally pierced $1000, I had expected to find repentance and mea culpas by a news media that has persistently resisted and even mocked the gold bugs for nearly a decade. But if the news over the weekend is an indication, gold might…

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Of Green Shoots and Broken Windows

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 statistical evidence, to conjure up supposed signs of sustainable growth. Does “recovery” square with the reality that you, personally, see all around you?  Indeed, whatever picture the government and the news media want us to see will be unconvincing at best, since a…

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Will Gold Be the Turd in G-20’s Punchbowl?

With a glower of contempt toward the bankers, gold remains easily aloft above $1000, developing thrust for the next big move. We wrote here a while back that blast-off from $1000 would follow the realization that G-20 can do nothing to restore stability to the world’s tottering financial system. Now, the question is whether anything at all will be “realized” in the wake of the Pittsburgh meeting. We hesitate to call it a summit because the event seems to have slipped off the news media’s radar.  Unable to recall the actual…

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Panicky Gold Sellers Find Safety Aboard Titanic

It’s a crazy world that views dollars and Treasury paper, of all things, as a safe haven whenever the financial news turns unsettling.  Yesterday’s upsetting story had sales of existing homes falling by 2.7% last month, darkening the mirage of recovery in the housing sector. Home sales had risen over the four previous months, but the distress buying that was driving this statistic appears to be drying up. Skittish traders lost no time connecting the dots, dumping gold and piling into dollar assets.  They evidently had…

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TODAY'S ACTION for Monday

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by Rick Ackerman on September 28, 2009 12:01 am GMT

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DXY – NYBOT Dollar Index (Last:76.68)

by Rick Ackerman on September 28, 2009 12:01 am GMT

The Dollar Index on Friday ended the day with a bounce from the exact midpoint support of the pattern shown in the chart. It would need to rally today to at least 76.94 to suggest bulls are back in charge. At that point they would be presumed capable of propelling DXY to as high as 77.47. Key resistance on the  way up would come at 76.98.

GCZ09 – Comex December Gold (Last:992.40)

by Rick Ackerman on September 28, 2009 12:01 am GMT

Gold’s two setbacks this year have averaged about 12%, which would imply a pullback to around $940. Would that be so bad? In any event, my worst-case correction target for the near term is 970.80, predicated on a breach of that Hidden Pivot support’s midpoint sibling at 985.60. Friday’s low exceeded the midpoint by just one tick, so we should view it as still intact. As always, interaction with these pivots will be the key to gauging the strength of the downtrend.  Alternatively, we should set the bar at 1001.70 to alert us to a decisive, bullish turn on the hourly chart.

AKAM – Akamai Technologies (Last:22.45)

by Rick Ackerman on September 28, 2009 12:01 am GMT

We hold 200 shares with an adjusted cost basis of 16.73. Shorting some option premium against them on the last run-up might have been warranted, but having missed the opportunity, we can take encouragement from the fact that Friday’s high slightly exceeded the look-to-the-left peak at 19.46 recorded on the way down a day earlier. _______ UDPATE (October 29, 10:12 a.m. EDT):  The stock has opened on a huge gap today.  Sell half the position (i.e., 100 shares) now, for around 22.45.  A sale at that price would give us an adjusted cost basis of 11.01 for the remaining round lot.

ESZ09 – E-Mini S&P (Last:1055.75)

by Rick Ackerman on September 28, 2009 12:01 am GMT

There are too many enticing downside targets at the moment to pick just one, but they’d all become moot if the futures were to reverse from the least important of them, 1038.25,  producing a bullish impulse leg on the lesser charts.  A tiny peak at 1049.75 will serve just fine to tell us when this may have occurred. ______ UPDATE (10:51 a.m.):  The futures picked an alternative pivot from which to bounce, and bounce they did. They’ve easily pushed past the l-t-l peak at 1049.75, threatening not only to ruin bears’ day, but their whole week.

SIZ09 – Comex December Silver (Last:16.370)

by Rick Ackerman on September 28, 2009 12:01 am GMT

The December contract will have a chance to turn from a minor midpoint support at 16.025, but if it doesn’t, look for the slide to continue to at least 15.795, a Hidden Pivot you can bottom-fish with a stop-loss as tight as three ticks.  Both of those numbers are tied to minor patterns, but a larger one hints of selling all the way down to 15.445 (subject to a possible bounce along the way from 15.930). _______ UPDATE: The futures bottomed at 15.760, three-and-a-half cents below our target and low enough to trigger the tight stop-loss advised.

$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:23.02)

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

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$GCZ14 – December Gold (Last:1234.20)

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

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$+ESU14 – Sep E-Mini S&P (Last:1975.25)

by Rick Ackerman on September 15, 2014 4:07 am GMT

We’ll soon see whether bears have the guts, composure and good sense to let their profit run, since the futures have gotten within an inch of the 1972.00 correction target shown. As always, a decisive move through such a clear Hidden Pivot support would imply there is selling power remaining to be spent. In this case, however, the Sunday night Sleazeballs have opened the E-Minis with a 13-point air pocket that suggests they’re worried. That’s a pretty brazen heist, but it also reflect the reality that every point of it was needed to completely exhaust sellers ahead of an equally brazen run-up. The logical place to short this manipulation is near the 1984.75 midpoint pivot (p) shown. Night owls should use camouflage or a mechanical stop to accomplish this. The latter implies 5.00 points of entry risk, predicated on 15 points of downside potential.  For the record, I remain short this vehicle in my BlueFin account from near the all-time high, having stood pat during Thursday’s nasty short squeeze. _______ UPDATE (11:24 p.m. EDT): The corresponding target, basis the December contract, is 1962.50.  It will leave DaBoyz with a little more room if they need to take ‘er down a second time to dry up sellers ahead of another short squeeze.  The short noted above would therefore be from p=1977.00 _______ UPDATE (10:28 a.m.): If you shorted 1977.00 as I suggested, the trade would have produced a profit of as much as $375 per contract, since the futures dove 7.50 points from an opening-bar high this morning at 1978.00.  They are ratcheting higher at the moment, bears quite evidently lacking in guts, composure and good sense, but we at least came away with the best trade of the day so far.

$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:113.38)

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

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$INX – S&P 500 (CME) (Last:1985.54)

by Rick Ackerman on September 9, 2014 1:19 am GMT

An alert chat-room denizen spotted the target shown, and it’s a jim-dandy.  Pivoteers will notice that the point ‘A’ low seems to be positioned in the middle of nowhere.  In fact, it is at 244, the low of the 1987 Crash. The remaining two coordinates are so clear as to leave little doubt about the importance of the resulting 2028.44 Hidden Pivot target. So far, the S&Ps have gotten as high as 2011.17 — close enough for us to infer that a MAJOR top may already be in.  If so, we are covered via DIA puts that I suggested buying and which are still attractive (see tout for details). As I noted in the chat room, it is inconceivable to me that the stock market will NOT make a top of at least tradable importance very near the target, so you should position accordingly. ______ UPDATE (Sep 9, 7:56 p.m.): There are more exchange vehicles tracking the S&P 500 that one can count, but depending on which you use, the Hidden Pivot target given above could be as low as 2018.04.  If so, that would mean that the so-far high at 2011.77 came even closer to fulfilling a price objective that had been  27 years in coming. Our trading bias should therefore be bearish, with wider-than-usual-stops for any short positions taken. See today’s E-Mini S&P tout if  you want a precise way to gauge the bear’s strength at any point in time. _______ UPDATE (September 15, 12:43 a.m. EDT): So far, so good — even if progress to the downside has been labored. The INX appears bound for the 1982.23 target of (on the hourly chart) A=2007.51 (9/5): B=1982.99 (9/10); C=1997.65 (9/11).  The current correction up to (and slightly past) the 1985.29 midpoint pivot is therefore short-able if via camouflage.

$+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

GS – Goldman Sachs (179.40)

by Rick Ackerman on September 28, 2009 12:01 am GMT

Goldman has taken a nasty dive from a peak that fell more than $4 shy of a potentially important rally target we were focused on. No one ever said it would be easy to short the little sonofabitch, but we’ll keep trying. Just so you know what the incentive is, if you’d bought some October 170 puts for 1.40 when the stock was topping last week, you could have cashed them out for as much as 3.55 on Friday, two days later.


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