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Americans can take comfort in the likelihood that the showdown between mortgage lenders and homeowners will not resemble Greece’s battle-to-the-death with its creditors. In the U.S., the banks are slowly losing ground to a populist, election-year tide that eventually will force lenders to accept a moratorium on mortgage debt for tens of millions of homeowners. In the rapidly escalating legal battle to bring this about, last week’s $25 billion settlement between the banks and the U.S. did not settle much of anything, since the banks in theory can still be sued into oblivion by aggrieved homeowners. The plaintiffs will be claiming in effect and with a straight face that they got in over their heads because lenders forced them to borrow more than they could repay. Who would have imagined just a decade ago that an army of reckless borrowers would seek the protection of the courts under the remorseless deadbeat’s battle flag “Kick me, beat me, make me write bad checks”?  That’s what it’s come down to, evidently, and woe to any bank that asks the court for help in turning a family out onto the street. The five big banks that signed onto the deal are undoubtedly running scared, since the legal latitude afforded those who could conceivably claim “questionable lending practices” has been widened to include just about anyone who lives in a home – including, presumably, tens of millions more homeowners who  are not yet underwater but eventually will be. Keep in mind that the costs of the yet-to-be-unveiled Homeowner Bailout Act of 2014 have already been socialized, since the GSEs have been originating 90% of all new mortgage loans. » Read the full article


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No Doubting Greece’s Sincerity

by Rick Ackerman on February 14, 2012 2:50 am GMT

With Athens streets engulfed in flames, there is no doubting the sincerity of Greece’s austerity pledge. Nor can we underestimate how dire the country’s financial crisis will become if the bailout money does not arrive soon.  We know this is so because even socialists in Greece’s parliament are supporting the deal with Europe’s bankers.  Try a free trial to Rick’s Picks by clicking here.


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ESH12 – March E-Mini S&P (Last:1346.00)

by Rick Ackerman on February 14, 2012 2:04 am GMT

March E-Mini S&P (ESH12) price chart with targetsCome tomorrow, the 1353.00 pivot will have held for a week, hinting that the short-covering that has been driving stocks from one plateau to the next is not of the rampaging variety; rather, it is of the quietly psychotic variety, premeditating each new leap on the basis of whatever the latest, fabricated GDP/payroll numbers and “good” news from Europe will allow. Absent any truly horrifying geopolitical news — and I’m not sure that even that would restrain buyers — we should expect the futures to break out shortly and head for the 1362.50 Hidden Pivot noted here earlier.  Traders can test the water near that price with a tightly managed short, but camouflage is advised because of the rally pattern’s less-than-stellar pedigree.  Want to learn how to nail price reversals like a pro?  You can learn to do it in as little as six weeks. Click here for information about the upcoming Hidden Pivot Webinar and receive a $50 discount.

CLH12 – March Crude (Last:100.62)

by Rick Ackerman on February 14, 2012 2:18 am GMT

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HUI – Gold Bugs Index (Last:521.51)

by Rick Ackerman on February 14, 2012 2:30 am GMT

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GCJ12 – April Gold (Last:1723.50)

by Rick Ackerman on February 14, 2012 2:43 am GMT

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$SLW – Silver Wheaton (Last:22.25)

by Rick Ackerman on January 30, 2015 4:02 am GMT

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$+ESH15 – March E-Mini S&P (Last:2015.75)

by Rick Ackerman on January 30, 2015 2:56 am GMT

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$TLT – 20+ Year Treasurys (Last:136.77)

by Rick Ackerman on January 29, 2015 6:00 am GMT

I’ve been hell-of-bullish on Treasury Bonds for quite a while, but a subscriber asked me yesterday whether there was a price at which I would short them.  In fact, there are some major targets above where both T-Bond futures and this ETF vehicle would become enticing shorts. Specifically, I am using a 164^08 projection for T-Bond futures that lies 8.6% above the current 151^04; and in TLT, a 145.25 target that is 6.8% above current levels. Despite the discrepancy, I will treat each separately for trading purposes. and I’m also sticking with a 1.74% forecast for long-term interest rates. That projection is based on the long-term T-Bond chart itself, not on a derivative instrument such as TLT or TLH.  For your further trading guidance, let me repeat that I expect both TLT and TLH to pull back when the former hits 138.42, a Hidden Pivot resistance of intermediate importance that could be achieved within the next few days.

$+JNK – High-Yield Bond ETF (Last:39.02)

by Rick Ackerman on January 29, 2015 5:07 am GMT

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$+CLH15 – March Crude (Last:44.52)

by Rick Ackerman on January 26, 2015 5:34 am GMT

The futures are banging on a 44.12 Hidden Pivot support that they last visited on January 13. We won’t presume as to whether the support will hold this time around, but if it gives way the 41.00 target of a lesser downtrend (see inset) would be in play. Traders will have to sort out the opportunities in real time, but I’d suggest using a chart of 5-minute degree or less to generate an actionable ‘camouflage’ pattern. If you prefer the simpler method of a ‘mechanical’ entry, a short from 46.36 can be used, stop 48.15.  This is significantly more risk that we are used to taking when trading this vehicle, since swing highs and lows on the very lesser charts can usually be predicted with 10 to 20 cents.  Under the circumstances, I’d suggest holding position size down to a single contract unless you use ‘camouflage’. _______ UPDATE (1:42 p.m.): Just posted in the chat room: The recent high at 46.41 was bullishly impulsive, so shorts initiated at 46.36 as I’d advised should be tied to a short tether — i.e., a stop-loss that will leave you with at least a small profit no matter what. If you are short multiple contracts, half should be covered here for around 45.69, for a gain of about $670 per contract. If you prefer an impulsive stop, the 3-minute chart would pop you out of the trade on an uncorrected rally exceeding 46.14. _______ UPDATE (11:34 p.m.): The futures have plummeted $1.41 from within a nickel of where I’d suggested getting short.  The trade could have been worth as much $1360 per contract, but if you still hold a position I’ll recommend tying it to an impulsive stop-loss on the 5-minute chart. At the moment, that would imply stopping yourself out of the short if the futures thrust above 45.58 without correcting.  Please let me know in the chat room if you hold a position, since I can provide a tracking position for you further guidance.______ UPDATE (January 29, 9:44 p.m.): And still no change! The futures have continued to bang on the 44.12 ‘hidden’ support without breaking it decisively. If and when it gives way, look for a continuation of the bear market down to at least 41.00.

$GDXJ – Junior Gold Miner ETF (Last:26.60)

by Rick Ackerman on January 26, 2015 12:01 am GMT

The rally begun in late December appears to be faltering, since the last two upthrusts failed to exceed some important ‘external’ peaks.  In healthy bull markets this is what we should expect, and it was in fact a feature of GDXJ’s rally until two weeks ago. On January 13, however, the culmination of a three-day upthrust produced a high at 29.63 that failed by 16 cents to exceed mid-November’s 29.78 peak. The stock subsequently pulled back for a day to get some running room, and although the rally that ensued was good for a 15% gain, at its high it failed by a whopping 25 cents to surpass an ‘external’ high at 30.98 recorded on October 28.  This is timid action at best, and it implies that bulls will either have to pick up the pace or take the path of least resistance and head lower. Most immediately, to get back into gear buyers would need to generate an explosive impulse leg exceeding early October’s 34.82 peak. Were that to occur, it would be persuasive on the matter of whether the rally is for real or just a flash-in-the-pan.  More immediately, GDXJ looks like it will correct down to at least 26.24, a Hidden Pivot support (15-min, a=30.14 on 1/22)  that can be bottom-fished with a stop-loss as tight as a nickel. _______ UPDATE (January 29, 9:25 p.m.): Hidden Pivot supports aside, traders were obviously focused on the January 8 low at 25.91 as yesterday’s selloff unfolded.  This ’structural support’ held, but only by a nickel. Now, if it fails, that would add to the imputed power of the bearish impulse leg begun from Tuesday’s 29.50 high. The rosiest scenario we might envision would be for GDXJ to instead generate a bullish impulse leg on the hourly chart, a feat that would require a thrust to 30.15 over the next 2-3 days.

$HGH15 – March Copper (Last:2.5485)

by Rick Ackerman on January 15, 2015 4:24 am GMT

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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. ______ UPDATE (January 5): The stock vaulted to 0.59 Friday on volume 250% of a daily average of about 400,000 shares. _______ UPDATE (January 18, 9:57 p.m.): SNIPF got hammered at its recent high of 0.60, with more than a million shares changing hands near the top. Volume on the pullback has been relatively light, however, and I expect buyers to turn the old high into support once they push past the old high in the months ahead. The company continues to win new business with an impressive and rapidly growing list of blue-chip clients. For a summary of client names, check out their logos by clicking here.


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