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Social Networking, Weaponized

by Rick Ackerman on August 15, 2011 12:01 am GMT · 49 comments

As The Great Recession tightens its grip on the urban slums of the U.S. and Europe, a darker side of social networking has begun to emerge.  Last week, the civilized world was appalled to read about rioting British “youths” tweeting their friends and comrades-in-arms to join the fun. “We need more MAN than Feds so Everyone run wild, all of London and others are invited! Pure terror and havoc & Free stuff…just smash shop windows and cart out da stuff.”  Ahh, “da stuff!”  Such swag as has seldom been seen in London’s dismal rookeries: bowler hats from Locke. Brigg umbrellas. Church shoes.  London’s bobbies should have no trouble picking out the perpetrators on Monday.  They’ll be wearing bespoke suits that fit as poorly as O.J.’s infamous glove. Yobs will be firing up Cohibas with (unmonogrammed) Dunhill lighters, broad-tossers’ wrists will be adorned with Patek Phillipes, and louts will be ordering up Dom Perignon by the flagon in Piccadilly taverns. » Read the full article


TODAY'S ACTION for Monday

Abberational Calm

by Rick Ackerman on August 15, 2011 5:08 am GMT

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September E-Mini S&P (ESU11) price chart with targetsThe rally target at 1227.75 that was in play in Friday is still in play. As I’d noted earlier, choppy action has brought the futures to within two ticks of the 1187.25 midpoint associated with that target. The fact that that midpoint was precisely achieved by the day’s two failed rallies suggests that the 1227.75 target will be useful to us.  However, because the target is by now perhaps too well “advertised,” I’d suggest using camouflage on the 15m chart or less if you plan on using this high-odds Hidden Pivot to get short.  In the meantime, because there is 50 points of implied upside if and when the futures break decisively above the midpoint, using camo tactics to get long is strongly advised. Initiating bull trades near these levels may be easiest for Sunday night-owls, since the September contract created the kind of tedious chop on Friday that tends to leave our trading competitors waiting for “something” to happen. Our specialty, of course, is using impulse legs to alert us to the very first sign that something is about to happen.  Want to learn to use the Camouflage Trading  Method yourself? Click here for information about the October 5-6 Hidden Pivot Webinar.

GCZ11 – December Gold (Last:1734.90)

by Rick Ackerman on August 15, 2011 2:35 am GMT

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SIU11 – September Silver (Last:38.945)

by Rick Ackerman on August 15, 2011 3:30 am GMT

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SLW – Silver Wheaton (Last:37.44)

by Rick Ackerman on August 15, 2011 3:45 am GMT

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$+BABA – Alibaba (Last:110.10)

by Rick Ackerman on November 21, 2014 3:32 am GMT

Based on my chat room post late in Thursday’s session, subscribers were able to stake out some small ‘Jackpot Bets,’ buying expiring calls at the 112 and 113 strikes for as little, respectively, as 0.21 and 0.15.  The latter options traded for as little as 0.10 yesterday before rocketing to 1.00 when Bahh-Bahh found traction after the opening and soared $5 in the space of an hour. It can, and often does, perform similar feats on a given day, and that’s why I would rather be long a few out-of-the-money calls for cheap on expiration day than short them. The goal of these jackpot bets, which we ordinarily initiate on Friday mornings in the first hour, is to cash out half of the options in the early going for twice what we’ve paid for them, assuming the opportunity arises. If successful, that leaves us with a risk-free chance to make perhaps 5 to 10 times our money.  In practice, subscribers have done this or even better numerous times, and even when things did not go our way they were able to do no worse than break even.

I’ve included a chart that suggests that, from a purely visual standpoint, a run-up to as high as 114.80 on Friday is hardly unlikely. We don’t need that to happen to make a nice score, however, since even if BABA rallies just $1.50 or so in the early going, there will likely be an opportunity to ‘double out’ on half of our positions.  If the stock opens lower on Friday there could still be a chance to get a jackpot bet down. However, I’d suggest doing so with options of a lower strike purchased for perhaps 0.20 or less.  Don’t bet more than you are comfortable losing, since this gambit is highly speculative. My guideline is to invest no more than you would on some 20-to-1 horse that you happened to like.

$ESZ14 – December E-Mini S&P (Last:2050.25)

by Rick Ackerman on November 21, 2014 3:02 am GMT

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$GDXJ – Junior Gold Miner ETF (Last:27.24)

by Rick Ackerman on November 20, 2014 6:17 am GMT

GDXJ’s ups and downs are in ‘dueling’ mode at the moment, alternating between bullish and bearish feints. It was mildly bullish when the stock slightly exceeded the 129.30 target shown on Tuesday. However, yesterday’s slide also exceeded a Hidden Pivot target — in this case a hidden support at 27.21.  Taken together, the action suggests that this vehicle will spend the next few days marking time in the range 28-29. The picture would brighten on a thrust exceeding 29.20 on Thursday, since that would imply more upside to at least 31.24. Alternatively, a continuation of the downtrend past 25.67 would have equally bearish implications.

$DJIA – Dow Industrial Average (Last:17686)

by Rick Ackerman on November 20, 2014 3:47 am GMT

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USZ14 – December T-Bonds (Last:141^22)

by Rick Ackerman on November 17, 2014 12:06 am GMT

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$DIA – Dow Industrials ETF (Last:178.44)

by Rick Ackerman on November 12, 2014 4:20 am GMT

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$IDAH – Idaho North Resources (Last:0.1600)

by Rick Ackerman on November 5, 2014 12:01 am GMT

Idaho North [OTC symbol: IDAH] offers investors a potentially lucrative synergy between two very successful entrepreneurs.  CEO Mark Fralich started out as a reporter with the Associated Press News Service but went on to co-found Spoval Fiber Optics before moving into the exploration business with Mines Management, Consolidated Goldfields Corp. and some other natural resource companies. Like most executives in the exploration business, he is an aggressive risk-taker. But he is also an astute bettor, perhaps never moreso than in his choice of Thomas Callicrate to head up his technical team.

Callicrate is bottled lightning, a geologist who may know more about ore deposits in Nevada than anyone else in the world. I counted no fewer than 250 file cabinets in the barn-size work buildings that surround Callicrate’s spectacular home in Carson City. He seems to have committed every geological map in those cabinets to memory, and he can tell you exactly where each and every rock came from in the massive stone fireplace that dominates his living room and in his beautifully landscaped gardens.  The fact that he chose to affiliate with IDAH attests to his confidence in Fralich’s ability to exploit to-the-max whatever ore deposits the company is able to find.

From a technical standpoint, the company’s shares have not traded for long enough to offer a sound basis for prediction. The stock has fluctuated between 0.08 and 0.24 since being OTC-listed in November 2013. That said, it would be no worse than an even bet to hit 0.3000 a share, nearly double its current price, if it can push past the red line at 0.2150. That’s a Hidden Pivot midpoint resistance, and it will remain valid as a minimum upside target for the near term unless the stock falls below 0.1300 first.

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$+SNIPF – Snipp Interactive (Last:0.3310)

by Rick Ackerman on October 28, 2014 2:47 am GMT

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This Just In... for Monday

Here’s the peerless Mark Steyn, writing about London’s riots in his latest column:

Several readers wrote to taunt me for not having anything to say on the London riots. As it happens, Chapter Five of my book is called “The New Britannia: The Depraved City.” You have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat me to Western Civilization’s descent into barbarism. Anyone who’s read it will fully understand what’s happening on the streets of London.

The [debt] downgrade and the riots are part of the same story: Big Government debauches not only a nation’s finances but its human capital, too.  This is the logical dead end of the Nanny State. When William Beveridge laid out his blueprint for the British welfare regime in 1942, his goal was the “abolition of want” to be accomplished by “co-operation between the State and the individual.” In attempting to insulate the citizenry from life’s vicissitudes, Sir William succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. As I write in my book: “Want has been all but abolished. Today, fewer and fewer Britons want to work, want to marry, want to raise children, want to lead a life of any purpose or dignity.” The United Kingdom has the highest drug use in Europe, the highest incidence of sexually transmitted disease, the highest number of single mothers, the highest abortion rate. Marriage is all but defunct, except for William and Kate, fellow toffs, upscale gays and Muslims. From page 204: “For Americans, the quickest way to understand modern Britain is to look at what LBJ’s Great Society did to the black family and imagine it applied to the general population.”

The complete essay can be found by clicking here.


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