December 17th, 2014
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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


Thought for Today

Ho-ho-ho…

by Rick Ackerman on December 20, 2011 4:28 am GMT

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.


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ESH12 – March E-Mini S&P (Last:1205.50)

by Rick Ackerman on December 20, 2011 3:44 am GMT

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QQQQ – Nasdaq ETF (Last:54.64)

by Rick Ackerman on December 20, 2011 3:45 am GMT

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ECH12 – March Euro (Last:1.2008)

by Rick Ackerman on December 20, 2011 3:56 am GMT

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GCG12 – February Gold (Last:1601.30)

by Rick Ackerman on December 20, 2011 4:10 am GMT

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SIH12 – March Silver (Last:28.980)

by Rick Ackerman on December 20, 2011 4:26 am GMT

March Silver (SIH12) price chart with targetsMinor 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.

$GCG15 – February Gold (Last:1197.50)

by Rick Ackerman on December 17, 2014 12:04 am GMT

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$ESH15 – March E-Mini S&P (Last:1966.00)

by Rick Ackerman on December 17, 2014 12:01 am GMT

Tuesday’s tedious histrionics missed my targeted low at 1955.00, but this Hidden Pivot support/resistance should still be used as a place to bottom-fish. Don’t expect it to work as precisely as our targets usually do, though, since these proprietary swing points tend to grow a bit vague after they’ve been ‘used’ once. Think of this one as a logical place for a price reversal to occur, and therefore an opportune spot for initiating a trade. The camouflage entry technique will work best here, especially since relatively few other traders know the support exists.

Additional caution is warranted because the scheduled release of FOMC minutes could send the futures fleetingly outside of our allotted bands. My hunch is that ‘everyone’ has placed a bet on volatility, and that as a result, the stock market will be relatively subdued. If you’re planning on ‘jackpotting’ here, my recommendation is to leg into a strangle, selling puts/calls at swing highs/lows that align with clear Hidden Pivot targets. My initial guidance on this references the 1947.25 target shown, but this Hidden Pivot may prove more useful for night owls than for those who will be trading the regular session.

$JPM – JP Morgan Chase (Last:58.43)

by Rick Ackerman on December 16, 2014 6:04 am GMT

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$USH15 – March T-Bonds (Last:145^29)

by Rick Ackerman on December 16, 2014 5:29 am GMT

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$GDXJ – Junior Gold Miner ETF (Last:22.06)

by Rick Ackerman on December 16, 2014 4:03 am GMT

Tax selling in this vehicle could produce a climactic bottom in the weeks ahead, but the range of possible targeted lows is quite wide, depending on how fierce the washout is. There are at least two logical hidden supports where we might look for an important turn: at 20.83 (daily chart, A=54.56 on 8/24/13); or at 17.30 (see inset). Bottom-fishing the higher Hidden Pivot poses relatively little risk, since we can use a very tight stop-loss, and because a bounce from that price that is at least tradable, if not sustainable, looks quite likely.  I’m going to back up the truck myself — buying at either number or both, tightly stopped — and would do so not as a long-term play, but as a high-odds trade. Please note that although the 20.83 pivot has the potential to produce an important low, I’ve selected a chart that shows the alternative target at 17.30 so that you can judge for yourself how compelling it looks.  One further note:  Because yesterday’s plunge exceeded the previous bear-market low at 22.34 recorded on 11/5, it should have stopped out enough bulls to produce a spirited rally over the next day or two.  Under the circumstances, if such a rally fails to materialize, it would portend yet another wave of selling ahead.

$CLF15 – January Crude (Last:53.98)

by Rick Ackerman on December 15, 2014 4:15 am GMT

Crude is getting kicked again Sunday night, although the January NYMEX contract is trading 85 cents off its low at the moment. The so-far low is 56.25, but I would expect the futures to get closer to my 55.43 target (see inset) before they attempt to rally in earnest. Night owls can try bottom-fishing using ‘camouflage’ nevertheless, but if you want to use a simpler, albeit riskier, strategy, you can bid 55.43, stop 55.34 for a single contract. I have difficulty imagining significantly more sinkage without a bounce from somewhere near here, but if the stop gets schmeissed, the next logical stop on the way down would be at 53.45, or 50.69 if any lower. However robust the bounce, assuming one comes, my bear-market target is still $31. The economic world would be a very different place at that point, and I don’t mean in a good way. _______ UPDATE (December 15, 10:39 p.m.): The 55.43 pivot is holding so far on a closing basis, having been exceeded intraday by 0.41 points. That’s more than I would have expected, but I still think we’ll see a strong rally from here, or from very near these levels, since the target is so clear and compelling. If not, and the futures continue their relentless plunge, the targets given above, 53.45 and thence 50,69, will obtain. Traders with no position, or those who are managing the risk of a short position, should note that the January contract was in an uptrend late Monday night that projected to exactly 56.13. You can find this target on the 15-minute chart using the following coordinates: a=55.17 (12/15 at 4:45 p.m. EST); b= 55.85 (6:45 p.m.); and c=55.45 (8:10 p.m.). This pattern looks reliable enough that we should infer more upside to come if 56.13 is exceeded by more 10-15 cents. _______ UPDATE (December 16, 9:33 a.m.): Crude fell this morning to a newe multiyear low at 53.60, just 15 cents from the target given above. If you caught the 1.16 bounce from the low, you should have taken a partial profit and secured what remains with an ‘impulsive stop-loss’.  The bounce is less than I might have expected, and if the low gets taken out we’ll likely be looking at more slippage to 50.69.

$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:0.4410)

by Rick Ackerman on December 10, 2014 3:16 am GMT

I first recommended this stock in early September after being very impressed with a presentation by its CEO, Atul Sabharwal. The company provides mobile marketing solutions to a growing list of clients that includes Wal-Mart, ESPN, Lexus, Taco Bell, Target, Johnson & Johnson and Minute Maid.  Snipp’s shares are listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange (TSX: SPN) and on the OTC in the U.S. (symbol: SNIPF), but yesterday it filed with the SEC for an exchange listing in the U.S.  From a technical standpoint, SNIPF looks to be basing for a move to as high as 0.4385. First, though, it would need to trip a buy signal at 0.2878, then to clear the 0.3380 midpoint pivot (see inset).  The company continues to win new business at a rapid clip, and that’s why I expect the earnings report due out November 15 to be strong. Full disclosure: I hold shares and warrants in this company. _______ UPDATE (November 13, 10:49 a.m. EST): Two days ahead of the earnings report, the stock has taken quite a leap, with an opening bar high today at 0.38 that was 36% above yesterday’s close. This means the 0.4385 target flagged above is well in play.  _______ UPDATE (6:49 p.m.): The stock took a leap Thursday back up to the midpoint pivot at 0.3380 associated with the 0.4385 target. Regarding earnings, they will be out later than expected, in line with the Canadian deadline for filing. Stay tuned _______ UPDATE (November 17):  Snipp has reported 252% earnings growth for Q3. Click here for the company’s latest filing. _______ UPDATE (December 5, 10:13 a.m.): Zounds!  The stock has popped to 0.40, quadrupling in the eight months since I first recommended it. My immediate target is 0.4356, but SNIPF will need some rest if and when it gets there. _______ UPDATE (December 9): Bulls are apt to be a little winded after the recent push to 0.4314, less than a penny shy of the target shown. We’ll give the stock time to consolidate for the next thrust. ______ UPDATE (December 10, 6:12 p.m.): With the broad averages plummeting yesterday, Snipp bucked the tide, hitting a new all-time high at 44.10. This opens a path over the near term to 0.4906, or perhaps 0.5193 if any higher.


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