November 2011

AAPL – Apple Computer (Last:373.20)

– Posted in: Current Touts, Rick's Picks

Apple's most recent feint lower missed our 362.22 target by a little more than a buck, suggesting this reversal could be tradable.  If so, we should look for a 'camo' entry opportunity at 381.44, the conventional 'x' entry point of the rally pattern; or near 399.55, its Hidden Pivot midpoint. The target we'd be shooting […] Read More

SIZ11 – December Silver (Last:32.405)

– Posted in: Current Touts, Rick's Picks

Achieving a modest rally target at 32.775 is proving to be quite a task, although a newly feisty gold appeared to be tugging this vehicle higher early Tuesday evening.  The midpoint resistance associated with 32.775 lies at 32.110, and so any slight progress above it would have tradable implications for the near term.  Ideal camouflage […] Read More

GCG12 – February Gold (Last:1750.60)

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

The futures were stymied yesterday trying to reach a somewhat ambitious rally target at 1746.80 (see inset).  The 1725.40 midpoint has yet to be touched, but if and when the futures push above it, the implied $21 follow-through would become an odds-on bet. _______ UPDATE (Moments later): The futures have popped $4, to $1726, in […] Read More

ESZ11 – December Mini S&P (Last:1234.75)

– Posted in: Current Touts, Rick's Picks

There's little I can offer you today, since the futures spent most of yesterday correcting the weakest impulse leg I've seen since the last groin pull on Dancing With the Stars. In theory, the next pop higher would be to 1208.25, predicated on a breach of the Hidden Pivot's 1198.50 midpoint. In practice, you'll have […] Read More

Crude’s Bullish Behavior Could Prove Contagious

– Posted in: Commentary, Free

Because securities markets sometimes do crazy things for stretches of days, weeks or even months, Rick’s Picks seldom attempts to reconcile seemingly contradictory forecasts for trading vehicles that are related, such as crude oil and gold (more on these two in a moment).  Nor do we seek to explain the ups and downs of stocks, […] Read More

NGH12 – Natural Gas (NYMEX) (Last:3.581)

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

Two bearish patterns that have been weighing on this vehicle are so clear that lower prices seem likely. My worst case target is 2.305, well beneath the so-far multiyear low at 3.470 that was recorded a week ago and 35% below current levels. It is the 'D' Hidden Pivot target of the pattern shown, and […] Read More

An Old-Style Trade in Silver

– Posted in: Free, Rick's Picks, Thought for Today

Because the camouflage technique has proven so effective in minimizing entry risk, I have much favored it over conventional trades -- i.e., "old-style" against-the-trend Rick's Picks recommendations using micro-tight stops.  However, because we've got "house money" to play with as a result of yesterday's felicitous trade in December Gold, I am recommending that you risk […] Read More

SIZ11 – December Silver (Last:31.800)

– Posted in: Current Touts, Rick's Picks

Use the 31.755 target of the pattern shown to buy four contracts with a three-tick stop-loss. If the order fills and survives till morning, I will post further guidance. However, you should take half the position off if it goes in the black by nine ticks (i.e., 4.5 cents), and stop yourself out of the […] Read More

GCZ11 – December Gold (Last:1709.20)

– Posted in: Current Touts, Rick's Picks

We took the money and ran yesterday, exiting the last piece of a long position at 1709.00 on a stop-loss. The position was held overnight and produced a theoretical gain of $2200 for each initial four-lot acquired.  I have mixed feelings about bailing out, since one of these little rallies that we've boarded is going […] Read More



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