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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.

$+TLT – Lehman Bond ETF (Last:118.41)

by Rick Ackerman on October 2, 2014 1:52 am GMT

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The 171.10 rally target we used for this vehicle yesterday caught the intraday high precisely to-the-tick. This allowed subscribers to buy Oct 10 169 puts as suggested for a reported 0.75, the low of the day. Toward the end of the session, with DIA trading significantly lower, I suggested spreading off the risk by offering four October 10 167 puts short for 0.60.  The order went unfilled (although some tightwad put up a 0.59 bid in the closing seconds). Now, I’ll suggest offering the calls short for 0.80, a price that I might suggest raising if it looks like stocks are going to open with a big thud. If the order were to fill at 0.80, our vertical-spread position would produce a gain of at least $20 no matter what, but with upside potential to $880.

My reasoning behind this strategy is that the Ebola scare may already have reached the threshold of “tradable event.”  This I have surmised from the rapt attention the story commanded at my gym, which has TV monitors in all of the workout rooms. Whatever happens, we can only pray that there has been no spread of the disease by the man now under close watch in a Dallas hospital. However, because the possibilities that might arise from this developing story are almost too scary to imagine, we should treat it as an event that could have a significant impact on financial markets. _______ UPDATE (At the opening): Bring the offer down to the original 0.60 for the short puts. _______ UPDATE (9:59 a.m.):  No trades recorded yet, but with the puts now 0.93 bid/1.07 asked, I’ll score this as a short sale at 0.80 unless I hear from someone in the chat room who did worse.

$JNK – High-Yield Bond ETF (Last:40.18)

by Rick Ackerman on September 29, 2014 8:30 am GMT

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$CLX14 – November Crude (Last:93.39)

by Rick Ackerman on September 25, 2014 12:37 am GMT

Energy prices got a lift Wednesday from news that U.S. air strikes had targeted a Syrian oil installation held by ISIS. The refineries that were hit reportedly have been generating revenues of $2 million a day for the terrorist group, so the news was good (even if there was no mention of jihadis left dead by the attack). Whether or not the moderate spike in oil prices will disrupt the mini-bear market in crude remains to be seen. However, using Hidden Pivot analysis, it’s possible to project a further move to the shortable 94.77 target shown. If that happens, prices will have advanced nearly 6% from their September lows. It would take just a bit more than that, however — specifically, a print at 94.93 today or tomorrow — to turn the daily chart outright bullish.

We should not expect a bearish reversal to much alleviate rising prices at the pump, however, since crude’s nearly 15% slide from late June’s highs had little effect on prices, which in many parts of the country still hover near $3.80 for a gallon of regular. Reports by the slackers, fabulists and indolent hacks who bring us the news – including, unfortunately, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal — suggested otherwise, almost to the point of saying that gasoline prices had collapsed in recent weeks. Of course, those of us who actually buy gasoline saw prices come down by only a dime or so. _______ UPDATE (September 30, 10:29 a.m. EDT): My target caught today’s 94.90 top within 13 cents, and thus the start of a so-far $1.71 plunge.  If you got short as I’d suggested, please let me know in the chat room and I’ll establish tracking guidance.

$SLW – Silver Wheaton (Last:20.51)

by Rick Ackerman on September 22, 2014 8:23 am GMT

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$SIZ14 – December Silver (Last:17.535)

by Rick Ackerman on September 22, 2014 8:12 am GMT

The futures obliterated an 18.130 Hidden Pivot support on Friday, implying more downside to the 16.820 target shown. Because a tradable bounce from that Hidden Pivot seems likely,  I am recommending bottom-fishing there, albeit with a very tight stop-loss (or with a ‘camouflage’ bid on charts of 3-minute degree or less).  The futures have already slightly exceeded the 17.715 midpoint pivot (p1) associated with A=32.802 (1/25/13), so the new midpoint support (i.e., 16.820) is potentially a very important number. Notice that its easy breach would put an 8.776 ‘D’ target in play. ______  UPDATE (Sep 23, 9:22 p.m. EDT): A Hidden Pivot at 16.270 should also be mentioned as a downside target if the selling snowballs. It comes from a so-so, ’sausage’ pattern on the weekly chart, where A=24.865 on 8/30/13. _______ UPDATE (September 30, 3:53 p.m.):  The low of today’s selloff came within 3 cents of the 16.820 target flagged above.  For reasons noted above, this Hidden Support must not fail.

$+RGLD – Royal Gold (Last:65.34)

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

The stock’s low on Friday occurred just 0.03 from the 65.91 target I’d projected during Thursday’s impromptu technical-analysis session. Because this looked like a great trading opportunity to me, I made it explicitly clear during the session that I was very confident RGLD would achieve the target. However, I hadn’t imagined the stock would fall so sharply — more than 4% — that it would accomplish this in a single day. I also said I was very confident that a tradable bounce would occur from the target.  It did, and the bounce so far has been 54 cents — sufficient to warrant taking a partial profit on any longs bottom-fished at the low. Although the bounce was bullishly impulsive on the very lesser charts, RGLD has come down so hard that I wouldn’t count on the support to hold for long. In any event, if you did the trade, perhaps even shorting to the target as I’d suggested, please let me know in the chat room so that I can provide tracking guidance for the position that remains. ______ UPDATE (Sep 22, 8:23 p.m.): Sellers crushed the support after it held for just a day, implying more weakness is coming. If so, we should expect a test of support near the 58.86 low recorded  in late May. _______ UPDATE (Sep 24, 7:27 p.m.): A weak rally has lifted RGLD off recent lows, but the move would need to hit 66.49 to turn the very lesser charts impulsively bullish. The nearest Hidden Pivot resistance of importance lies at 66.22, so take encouragement if there’s an easy move through it.

$SNIPF – Snipp Interactive (Last:0.3400)

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. _______ UPDATE (Sep 22, 8:30 p.m.): The stock has continued to rally, and the closest Hidden Pivot target is now 0.2668.  If that Hidden Pivot is exceeded on a closing basis for two days, however, a target at 0.3474 would be in play. _______ UPDATE (Sep 23):  Snipp has entered the Brazilian market via an exclusive marketing contract with Petrobas. Click here for the news release. ______ UPDATE (Sep 23, 1:57 p.m. EDT):  The stock has gone bonkers today, up six cents to within less than a penny of the 0.3474 target projected two days ago.

$+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.


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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