It’s getting a bit late for a Santa rally, but you can’t blame DaBoyz for trying – trying every night, actually, after most U.S. traders have gone to bed and there are almost no sellers to resist the stock market’s natural buoyancy in a time of unprecedented monetary easing. We’ve lost track of how many times in the last month index futures hit their highs in the wee hours, only to fall into the red during the regular trading session. It happened yet again Sunday night when the E-Mini S&Ps wafted the equivalent of 90 Dow points higher on volume-less trading before dropping sharply to close off a hundred points. » Read the full article
The rally has made a mockery of the headline on today’s commentary. At the same time, it suggests that shorts had grown complacent, since bulls have never been capable of mustering this kind of buying power. Nonetheless, we must respect the fact that the upthrust is bullishly impulsive on the hourly chart and that it could go all the way to 1240.00 before hitting a Hidden Pivot impediment (A=1177.25 on November 30, B=1266.00 on December 8 = 1240.00 ‘p’). The proximal cause of this short-squeeze is an apparently successful auction of Spanish debt and an uptick in housing construction. Interestingly, the uptick is mainly in multifamily apartments, implying that the powerful bull market in residential rentals is starting to get legs.
Minor targets were exceeded so easily yesterday that we should skip the small stuff and consider bigger bearish patterns. One projects to 26.010, and we should consider it a done deal if the 27.970 midpoint support with which it is associated gives way easily. Both numbers can be bottom-fished, but more immediately we should look for subtle opportunities to get short. Just such a one was manifesting itself on the hourly chart as we went to press, and I’ll therefore recommend shorting on a sell-stop if the 28.855 entry trigger is hit. Take profits on half the position at the 28.755 midpoint, and on another 25% at D=28.550. With the single contract that would remain from an initial position of four contracts, you should use a bullish impulse-leg stop on the one-minute chart until morning. ______ UPDATE (2:13 a.m. EST): The short triggered around 9:45 p.m. but was stopped out at around 1:26 a.m. The theoretical loss was 11 cents, or $550 per contract. There was no chance to take a partial profit to reduce the risk, since the downtrend did not quite reach the 28.755 midpoint support of the pattern where we would have done so. In order to learn from this trade, I’ve substituted a 15-minute chart for the 60-minute so that you can see clearly where it went awry. To begin with, the 15-minute chart was where we should have looked for camouflage, not the hourly. And, as you can see, the ‘X’ where we initiated the short trade on the hourly fell within a bullish A-B impulse leg on the 15-minute chart. Under the circumstances, camouflage if properly applied would have told us to get long rather than short — and with much less risk. If you took this trade, please let me know in the chat room so that I can keep all who got trapped closely apprised, in real time, of the next Silver trade. And one more note: We should be especially careful about taking longs from these levels, since last week’s low exceeded by 30.5 cents an important midpoint support at 28.425 that I flagged here five days ago.
This week’s commentary implies that McDonald’s shares are an attractive long-term short. Most immediately, the stock looks primed to fall to the 85.53 Hidden Pivot target shown. The fact that the stock market’s powerful short-squeeze has lifted the stock somewhat makes the bet even more enticing. Accordingly, I’ll suggest shorting two round lots anywhere above the 91.42 midpoint pivot (i.e., the red line). Use a stop-loss equal to one-third of whatever you stand to gain if the stock were to fall to the target from the price where shorted. This is the “mechanical entry” tactic I have often alluded to in the chat room and which I teach as part of the Hidden Pivot Course. If you prefer to use options, buy the Jan 17/Oct 31 85 put calendar spread 16 times for 0.70 or better. Our goal will be to reduce risk to zero or less by rolling the spread forward, shorting the nearest weekly calendar spread each Friday. _______ UPDATE (11:28 a.m.): With the stock up somewhat this morning — don’t these guys read? — lower the bid to 0.68, and decrease it by 0.01 for each 5-cent gain in the stock above 91.86. _______ UPDATE (7:43 p.m.): The spread closed at 0.70, but there’s not much more we can milk from it, since the October calls we’re trying to short closed at 0.03. Traders who have yet to act should wait to buy eight Jan 17 85 puts ‘naked’ with the stock trading near the 92.59 target shown. Those who are long the spread should first try to cover the short puts with a 0.01 bid, day order. If the order is filled, sit tight for the time being. _______ UPDATE October 28, 10:45 a.m.): The stock gapped up 61 cents on the opening to a spike high at 92.61 that lay just three cents from our target. Subscribers reported paying anywhere from 0.62 to 0.67 for the puts, but absent the aggressive Rick’s Picks bid for a relatively quiet, illiquid series, they should have sold for closer to 0.50. Anyway, I’m now suggesting that you spread off the risk by offering Jan 17 82.50 puts short for 0.56. To avoid crushing these little daisies, let no Rick’s Picks subscriber put up an offer until others have bid 0.52 or better. _______ UPDATE (5:45 p.m.): Forget about spreading off the puts. Assuming a middling price of 0.65 was paid for them, simply use a stop-loss at 0.49. Our beautifully targeted entry three cents from the top of a 60-cent opening-bar gap should have allowed us to easily spread off the entire risk of our position, since MCD dropped by nearly $1 following the bull-trap opening bar. However, because a heavy convergence of Rick’s Picks bidders pushed the puts we bought into the stratosphere to begin with, and because MCD is getting goosed by the short-squeeze on the broad averages, we’ll set a firm limit on risk and stick with it. ______ UPDATE (October 29, 9:09 p.m.): The position was stopped out for a theoretical loss of $128. We’ll get out of the way of this erstwhile glue horse for now, since its brazen distribution is benefitting from a short-squeeze that has pushed the broad averages sharply higher.
Apple’s gap yesterday through the 100.41 midpoint resistance (see inset) strongly implies that its D sibling at 105.64 will be reached. Although a pullback to the midpoint should be treated as a belated buying opportunity, I wouldn’t suggest chasing the stock higher. That said, the four labeled peaks are tailor-made for the Hidden Pivot trader who can employ the ‘camouflage’ technique for getting long. If you understand why, you should go for it! _______ UPDATE (8:13 p.m.): The broad averages pulled Apple back down to earth yesterday when the stock tried to go opposite weakness that surfaced around mid-session. This runs flatly counter to my speculative idea that AAPL might pull the broad averages higher. That’s still possible, since yesterday’s 104.11 peak fell 53 cents of a rally target that remains valid in theory. However, we’ll eschew speculation for now and simply watch to see whether the 102.44 Hidden Pivot support holds (see inset, a new chart). _______ UPDATE (October 23, 1:59 p.m.): Apple has rebounded sharply today, off a 102.90 correction low to a so-far high of 105.05 that’s 59 cents shy of our target. Most longs should have been exited by now. ______ UPDATE (October 27, 8:07 p.m.): Friday’s high at 105.49 came within 0.15 of the target flagged above. Bulls can continue to hold small long positions for a swing at the fences, but I’d suggest tying your shares to a stop-loss based on a downtrending impulse leg on the 15-minute chart. Currently, that would imply stopping yourself out if an uncorrected fall touches 104.52. _______ UPDATE (October 28, 8:44 p.m.): Still long? Be alert at 107.08, a Hidden Pivot target that looks all but certain to be reached but which could stop the rally cold. You should tighten your trailing stop there in any case. ______ UPDATE (October 29, 9:25 p.m.): The rally has shredded some challenging Hidden Pivots, but let’s see if it can bully its way past the 109.07 target shown. In any case, it is my minimum upside objective for the near term.