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[Ever consider stuffing money in your mattress to guard against a banking collapse? Here’s a guest editorial from our friend Erich Simon that suggests you might be better off taking your nest egg and buying…a bunch of mattresses. We’re not sure whether Erich’s point is being made tongue-in-cheek, but we are convinced, after an exchange of several e-mails, that he is a true connoisseur of bedding and accessoriesRA]

I just shelled out $2,400 for a traditional, coil-spring twin XL mattress set. Apparently I am not alone with mattress horror stories. Is the new mattress worth $2,400? I don’t know, but it’s got a 10-year warranty. Only problem with that is a $2,400 replacement mattress in ten years will be a smidgen of what I just received.  Adjusted for Net Present Value and the ongoing bleed of “quality metric,” probably a lot less, so for all intents and purposes my purchase will have depreciated down to sub-zero. Of course, if I were buying the hedonic of a new computer ten years out I would no doubt improve on existing “capacity.”

A mattress is a better barometer than a computer or a traditional store of value, including gold. Mattresses consume scarce resources like cotton and petroleum. Mattresses are something everybody needs, and they wear out and have to be replaced. Mattresses are not purely “frivolous tangibles” and speak to the Means of Production (MOP) in our factoried society. They are price-pointed to exhaustion on the demand side. Labor costs, like everything else, while in the short term can fall from layoffs, will only continue to rise as increases in the minimum wage are passed through the pipeline. » Read the full article


TODAY'S ACTION for Friday

Goldman’s Death Dive?

by Rick Ackerman on December 2, 2011 7:32 am GMT · 1 comment

Although we shouldn’t get our hopes too high, technical evidence presented in today’s tout for Goldman Sachs suggests that the stock could be on its way to oblivion. A further fall of $31 from current levels seems plausible in any case, so let’s stay on top of the stock for now, the better to leverage the move.


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ESZ11 – December Mini S&P (Last:1247.75)

by Rick Ackerman on December 2, 2011 7:59 am GMT

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USZ11 – December T-Bond (Last:140^29.)

by Rick Ackerman on December 2, 2011 10:11 am GMT

December T-Bond (USZ11) price chart with targetsThe 140^14 correction target drum-rolled here yesterday has been exceeded by eight ticks, or a quarter of a point. Ordinarily, because the pattern associated with that target is so clear, we might infer from even so small an overshoot s that significantly lower prices impend. In this case, however, we’ll reserve judgment for now, since there was an important low at 140^02 (November 13)  helping to pull the futures down.  Which is to say, the “magnetic” attraction of that low overpowered the Hidden Pivot support.  Now, the  December contract would need to hit 142^04 today to get out of immediate jeopardy, since that’s what it would take to generate a bullish impulse leg on the hourly chart.

GCG12 – February Gold (Last:1749.40)

by Rick Ackerman on December 2, 2011 10:31 am GMT

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SIH12 – March Silver (Last:33.245)

by Rick Ackerman on December 2, 2011 10:37 am GMT

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$RGLD – Royal Gold (Last:65.37)

by Rick Ackerman on October 2, 2014 3:38 am GMT

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$+TLT – Lehman Bond ETF (Last:118.41)

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

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

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

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$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:17.255)

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. _______ UPDATE (Oct 1, 9:23 p.m.): To remind you (and possibly buck you up): There are two never-say-die pivots not far below with the potential to generate a bounce:  16.500; or if not there, 16.270, as noted above. The lower number is the more conservative and promising place to try bottom-fishing with a tight stop.

$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.

+DIA – Dow Industrials ETF (Last:167.90)

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

I’m tracking four Oct 10 167/169 put spreads for a 0.05 CREDIT, based on subscriber feedback left in the chat room. Traders were able to leg on this position at very favorable prices using a rally target at 171.10 sent out Monday night. It precisely nailed an intraday peak on Tuesday at 171.10, triggering a recommendation to buy the 169-strike puts, and then to spread them off yesterday morning by shorting 167-strike puts after DIA had fallen sharply. We’ll put the position on autopilot for now, since it cannot lose — will in fact produce a profit of $20 no matter what DA does, but with potential to serve up an $820 gain if DIA is trading below 167 come next Friday. For your interest, and to help you determine whether you could have followed my instructions, here is the recommendation exactly as it went out: “We’ll monitor this vehicle more closely for low-risk shorting opportunities in the days ahead. Let’s warm up with an order to buy four Oct 10 169 puts if and when DIA gets within 0.04 of the 171.10 target shown. I estimate that the puts will be trading for around  0.75 then, but you can refine the bid as warranted by training on the bid/asked when DIA gets to 170.90.  We’ll risk a theroretical $80 on this one, stopping ourselves out of the puts if they trade 0.20 below where bought.”


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