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If DaBoyz can squeeze a 500-point Dow rally out of yesterday’s administered easing of dollar “swap” rates, just imagine what they can do with a little Santa seasonality and a dollop of year-end window-dressing.  Let’s be straight about a couple of things. First, no one expects the latest easing of global credit lines to resolve Europe’s debt crisis. And second, the 800 points the Dow has tacked on this week represent little more than trading machines masturbating each other amidst a short-covering panic. Some observers merely yawned, noting that the swap arrangements that make it easy and cheap – and now even easier and cheaper, if such a thing were imaginable — for foreign banks to borrow dollars have been in place since 2007.  However, others saw the announcement by the central banks as nothing less than a bold step by the Federal Reserve to begin monetizing the debt of Spain, Italy, Greece, France et al.

It’s a moot point whether the U.S. has begun bailing out Euro-deadbeats, however, since the U.S. is a deadbeat itself, albeit one in sole possession of the world’s reserve currency and therefore of the ability to gin up unlimited quantities of the stuff at will. Meanwhile, there’s little point in pretending that the U.S. is somehow not immersed in the bubbling cauldron of toxic global finance. U.S. banks had stopped lending to their European counterparts, and that’s why the Fed stepped in to pretend it has the situation under control. This may work for another week or so, if that long, but it’ll be interesting to see whether reducing swap rates to near-zero will help suppress sovereign borrowing rates that recently topped the 7% “red zone” for Italy. Would you lend the Italian government hundreds of billions of dollars at 7%? That’s what we thought. But if you live in Europe or the U.S., you’ll be doing it anyway – and for a lot less than 7% –courtesy of the bankers.

A Hyperinflationary Step?

Not to spoil the party, but we’d suggest keeping a close eye on T-Bond futures rather than on a criminally insane Dow Industrial Average that has obviously run amok.  U.S. Bonds and Notes have been in a sharp correction, with the former closing on a key Hidden Pivot target of ours at 140^14.  The target is so clear and compelling that its breach would offer strong evidence that the Fed’s increasingly desperate attempts to hold deflation at bay are about to finish the dollar’s destruction since the Fed was created nearly 100 years ago.  We’re planning on bottom-fishing near the target (click here to join us – at no cost to you), but if it the “hidden support” is exceeded even slightly, it could be signaling a significant global increase in inflationary pressures.

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TODAY'S ACTION for Thursday

Bankers’ Best-Laid Plans

by Rick Ackerman on December 1, 2011 5:29 am GMT

The markets were suspiciously subdued Wednesday night, but don’t be surprised if buyers are back on Thursday to pursue their bliss.  It ishardly implausible that those who planned yesterday’s liquidity announcement did so on a Wednesday because they believed it might be too ambitious to get a short-squeeze going as early in the week as Tuesday.


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ECZ11 – December Euro (Last:1.3460)

by Rick Ackerman on December 1, 2011 3:14 am GMT

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ESZ11 – December Mini S&P (Last:1244.25)

by Rick Ackerman on December 1, 2011 3:25 am GMT

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GCG12 – February Gold (Last:1749.60)

by Rick Ackerman on December 1, 2011 3:38 am GMT

February Gold (GCG12) price chart with targetsWe’re long  two contracts, from an initial position of four, with an effective cost basis of 1733.00. Look to exit one of those contracts at 1758.00, a few ticks below the ‘D’ target of the ‘camo’ pattern we used to get on board. (Note: Initial entry was via the December contract, but we rolled the position intraday into February.) Since we’re swinging for the fence on this trade, I’ll suggest a 1733.30 stop-loss for now, one-cancels-the-other with the closing offer of one contract at 1758.00.  Upside potential is to 1869.80, the ‘D’ target of the big pattern shown. Its sibling p midpoint lies at 1770.20, so we’ll make that our minimum upside objective for the near term. A two-day close above it would make 1869.80 an odds-on shot. _______ UPDATE (6:28a.m. EST):  We exited on the overnight high, 1758.00, before the futures dropped back by $10.  This leaves us with a single contract whose cost basis is 1708.00. A 1704.20 stop-loss is suggested for now.

SIH11 – March Silver (Last:32.735)

by Rick Ackerman on December 1, 2011 3:46 am GMT

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Small Details of a Monster Rally

by Rick Ackerman on December 1, 2011 2:40 pm GMT

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$GCZ14 – December Gold (Last:1289.20)

by Rick Ackerman on August 29, 2014 3:57 am GMT

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$ESU14 – Sep E-Mini S&P (Last:1990.00)

by Rick Ackerman on August 29, 2014 3:35 am GMT

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$CLV14 – October Crude (Last:93.76)

by Rick Ackerman on August 28, 2014 1:13 am GMT

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$PCLN – Priceline (Last:1260.77)

by Rick Ackerman on August 28, 2014 1:00 am GMT

If the lunatic stocks are about to lead the broad averages higher, we should see Priceline bounce sharply from the 1259.21 midpoint support shown. Yesterday’s low came within 38 cents of this Hidden Pivot — close enough for the target to be considered fulfilled. Any further slippage, however, and its ‘D’ sibling at 1224.45 will be in play. This would imply that the stock market itself is likely to go nowhere, or possibly down, in the days ahead.  The stock would become shortable on a decisive breach of the red line (i.e., a breach of perhaps 0.30-0.60 cents0, but if you plan on getting short for the potential $35 ride south, you should initiate the trade on the 5-minute chart or less, using a corrective pattern that would subject you to no more risk theoretically than perhaps 0.15 per share. If the trade works and you are still short when 1224.45 is reached or closely approached, reverse the position and buy at the target aggressively using a tight stop.

$+TSLA – Tesla Motors (Last:264.09)

by Rick Ackerman on August 26, 2014 7:35 am GMT

Tesla’s bullish rampage looks like it could hit 305.55 on the next big thrust.  Accordingly, I’ll recommend bidding 1.54 for the October 3/Sep 5  300 calendar spread 8 times, good till Friday. You should adjust your bid by 0.05 up or down for every 50 cents the stock moves above or below 262.50.  Please note as well that a pullback to the red line, a Hidden Pivot midpoint at 241.39, should be regarded as a buying opportunity, especially the calendar spread (albeit it at a much lower price). _______ UPDATE (August 26, 11:43 p.m. EDT):  Volatility has gotten crushed, and so you’re doing well if you buy the spread now for 1.34 (with TSLA at 262.00).  Since the spread price can fluctuate wildly from one day to the next, I’ll suggest that you recalibrate it hourly if you’re a buyer, using a spread price midway between bid and offer as “fair value.”  It has a delta value of around 9 at the moment, so you should adjust your bid for the spread by 0.01 for each 0.11 move in the underlying. _______ UPDATE (August 28, 9:45 p.m.):  With the Sep 5 calls melting away, the fair price for our spread must be recalculated several times daily by anyone seeking to buy it. It was a decent buy at Thursday’s close for around 1.20, but it could shed yet another 0.15-0.25 as the week ends.

$SLW – Silver Wheaton (Last:24.89)

by Rick Ackerman on August 25, 2014 12:05 am GMT

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$AAPL – Apple Computer (Last:100.89)

by Rick Ackerman on August 21, 2014 3:16 am GMT

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$+TLT – Lehman Bond ETF (Last:117.72)

by Rick Ackerman on August 20, 2014 4:59 am GMT

Subscribers are working two bullish calendar spreads (x16), but I would suggest increasing the size of the position if TLT corrects down to the 115.18 target  shown.   For now , we are long September 20 118 calls against short August 19 118 calls that we will roll into August 29 calls this Thursday and Friday.  We’ve already done the roll twice, reducing the cost basis of the spread to 0.04. This week’s roll will entail covering (buying back) the short calls and shorting a like number of August 29 calls, effectively selling the August 22 118/August 29 118 calendar spread.

It was marked on Tuesday at 0.17, off a 0.26 offer, but any price higher than 0.04 will effectively turn the position we’ll have  – long the Sept 20 118/August 29 118 calendar — into a credit spread.  This means we can’t lose – will make a profit no matter what TLT does.  Ideally, come September 20 , TLT will be sitting at 118, our spread will be trading for around 0.50, and we’ll be carrying it for a credit of perhaps 0.50.  The imputed profit would be  $1600 — not bad, considering our risk is already close to zero.

My long-term outlook for T-Bonds is very bullish, a view that goes sharply against a consensus which clings to the belief that interest rates – and the stock market — can only go up.  That is a bet we should be eager to fade. We may have a chance to do so at still better odds if T-Bonds continue to  sell off  on the manufactured idea that the Jackson Hole conference will open the floodgates for more stimulus and inflation. _______ UPDATE (10:38 a.m.):  The Sep 20/Aug xx calendar spread is recommended at this point only for those who did the original spread, since there’s not enough time left on it to roll its cost basis down to zero or less (i.e., a credit). If you are new to the spread, try buying the Nov 20/August 29 calendar for 0.90 with TLT trading around 115.80.  The spread has a delta value of 0.20, implying that being long one spread is equivalent to being long 20 shares of stock.  This means that, using a spread price of 0.90 as a benchmark, you should adjust the price you pay for it by one penny, up or down, for each 5 cents that TLT moves away from 115.80. ______ UPDATE (August 23): The strategies detailed above continue to rack up solid gains for subscribers that have come with minimal risk. If you have yet to take a stake, I would strongly urge you to do so, and to monitor reports in the chat room from those who are working the order. If there are any questions about how, and when, to initiate a trade, please don’t hesitate to ask me or others about it. _______ UPDATE (August 26, 12:01 a.m.): These spreads are working well, to put it mildly — especially for subscribers who increased their position size as suggested whenever TLT was weak.  Check my August 26 posts in the chatroom for further, detailed guidance.  In brief, I am suggesting covering half of the 118-strike spreads for 0.90 or better this week, and to roll the short side of the Nov 22 120/Aug 29 120 to Sep 5. _______ UPDATE (August 28, 12:43 p.m.): The August 29 118 calls look likely to finish in-the-money. To avoid being exercised, make sure you roll into the September 5 calls before noon EDT Friday.  Currently, with TLT trading 119.09, the September 5 118/August 29 118 calendar spread is a decent sale for around 0.28.  Keep in mind that the spread could widen, to our great advantage, if TLT pulls back, since the August 29 calls we are short will shed value more precipitously than the September calls that we continue to hold as the long side of our position. Even so, you could do worse than take the 0.28 now and run, since it would simply fatten the premium we have taken in on the weekly short, increasing our net credit.  With TLT rallying liking a moofoo, the weekly credits will be more significant to our final gain than the calendar spread itself at expiration.


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