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AAPL – Apple Computer (Last:189.90)

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Following a relentless short-squeeze rally over the last month, AAPL has receded moderately so far from within 43 cents of the 193.36 Hidden Pivot we were using as a minimum upside projection for the bull market. The pullback did not quite reach the green line (x=188.76) on Friday, so there is as yet no theoretical sell signal. This seems likely to occur as the new week begins, and we can use p=184.60 thereafter as a minimum downside target. It can be bought with a reverse pattern trigger when the time comes, but our trading bias should be bearish in the meantime. Were AAPL to head-fake above last week's 192.93 high, I'd suggest using a voodoo number at 194.11 to get short. Tune to the chat room and keep your email 'Notifications' turned on if you want to stay apprised.

CLF24 – January Crude (Last:75.18)

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I'm ready to bury that earlier prediction of $117 a barrel, since the daily chart has evolved to provide no hint of it. Not that it couldn't happen. There is an ABCD pattern stretching back to 2021 that would allow for a move to above $115. The original forecast assumed that a growing conflagration in the Middle East would drive the price surge. However, it turns out that speculation, including by the U.S. military brass, that Israel would face a long, drawn-out war, turned out to have been based on Israeli disinformation. In fact, Hamas has trapped itself in a tunnel die-off, every shaft, entrance and exit of their supposed fortress having been mapped by Israel at the time they were created. As for Hezbollah opening up a new front to the north, they haven't, and one can only surmise that neither they nor their paymasters in Iran want to cause the total destruction of Lebanon -- or of Iran's nascent A-bomb capability, since a couple of bunker buster boms such as Israel used on Gaza City could end the weapons program in a trice. Returning to January Crude's chart, it is a mess of dueling impulse legs that are tradeable, but only with diligent attention to the intraday bars. At the moment, the chart is neither bullish nor bearish, nor are there any price targets of interest that I can discern.

What Has AI Done for YOU Lately?

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AI hubris has become America's chief source of good news. Over the past year, artificial intelligence surpassed bitcoin as mankind's most easily imaginable pathway to quick riches, shortened work weeks, ingenious solutions to every problem, and endless satisfactions. An AI-assisted world supposedly will revolutionize the way we do business, enabling high school graduates, even mediocre ones, to do the grunt work of Wharton MBAs. It will make government workers heroically efficient, fine print more readable and Shakespeare more accessible to the masses. AI will allow paralegals to leverage the law library as effectively as Ivy-educated Supreme Court clerks, homemakers to serve four-star dinners and to provision every lunch pail with perfect nutrition. It will end war, thwart alien invasions and allow pet owners to talk intelligently with their dogs, cats and tropical fish. Graduates of AI-specialized trade schools will reduce the heavy workload on diesel mechanics, actuaries, farriers, coders, electricians, pilots and brain surgeons, pitching in wherever they can. Every savings account will achieve the maximum possible return, and fake news, filtered into oblivion, will cease to exist. No umpire will ever again blow a close call, and no murder will go unsolved. Alexa will know what we want before we even finish a command, and your little Billy will be able to replicate 'The Night Watch' on the living room wall with a tricked-out, AI paint-box. His kid brother, a budding AI tunesmith and composer of nearly hum-able show-tunes, will owe his life to AI's success at cracking the mystery of crib deaths. A Flunky's Tale What a fabulous world it will be! For the time being, however, and most unfortunately, we'll have to content ourselves with AI's most visible achievement to date: AutoCorrect.  It was developed by the same millennial geniuses who have been toiling day and night

ESZ23 – Dec E-Mini S&Ps (Last:4527.50)

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We're using the 4673.50 target of a larger pattern to project a major top, but the 4612.75 Hidden Pivot at the top end of this pattern can serve for now as a minimum upside target for the near term.  The point 'A' low is a muddle of bars, but the target should still work for purposes of getting short. The textbook trigger interval of nearly 300 points poses an initial risk that would be unacceptable. To cut it down to size, we can look for a 'camouflage' set-up at the appropriate time. Meanwhile, I'll suggest trading with a bullish bias if stocks open moderately lower-to-unchanged Sunday night.

DXY – NYBOT Dollar Index (Last:103.85)

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The dollar has been falling for seven weeks, but a chart stretching back two years shows that the bull market begun at that time still has credibility if no longer youthful vigor. My bull market target remains 124.79, with a lesser objective at 112.14 that can serve as a minimum upside object for 2024.  Notice that just a little more downside to the green line (x=102.95) would trigger a routine 'mechanical' buy.  Thereafter, the anticipated rally to at least p=106.31 would give us an objective way to determine whether the bull is robust enough to reach the targets given above. If this occurs, it would imply that the global financial system is no longer in Kansas. Indeed, deflationary pressure on all who owe dollars would have turned the commercial banking system and the American heartland into a landscape of bankruptcies.

GCZ23 – December Gold (Last:2048.30)

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Gold delivered on a 'mechanical' buy last week without getting anywhere near the 1955 stop-loss that would have applied. I'll therefore stick with the longstanding target at 2070.70, although the impulse leg that produced it leaves something to be desired. Specifically, it peaked without having exceeded the 'external' peak at 2028.60 recorded on July 20. The rally was impulsive nonetheless because it surpassed other 'external' peaks along the way, but the fact that it looked the high at 2028.60 in the eye, so to speak, without being able to hurdle it suggests reticence and uncertainty in buyers. ______ UPDATE (Nov 24): Scant progress last week produced no change in my analysis or outlook. _______ UPDATE (Nov 28, 4:12 p.m.): With the futures head-butting peaks recorded on Halloween near $2,000, gold's handlers had little choice but to let 'er rip toward the $2070 target we've been using to keep from getting fooled or scared into submission. The smaller pattern shown in this chart, with a 2074.30 target, provides a finer shading if you want to trade this vehicle. ________ UPDATE (Nov 29, 10:53 a.m.): The effortless move through p=2033 of this pattern has all but clinched more upside over the next two weeks to at least 2131.00. Once buyers have pulverized that Hidden Pivot resistance, look for a blitzkrieg rally to 2200 and higher. ________ UPDATE (Dec 1, 10:45 a.m.): February Gold has precisely achieved a $2073 target equivalent to the still unachieved one at $2070 in the December contract. This is a contango oddity, but our focus should be on the February contract, since it is the active month. Here's the chart: https://bit.ly/3N7YgD7

GDXJ – Junior Gold Miner ETF (Last:38.19)

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More progress to at least 35.68, the Hidden Pivot target of the reverse pattern shown, seems all but certain, but it's what happens after that that can help us gauge the strength of the uptrend begun in early October from around 30. The first peak lies at 36.85, an 'internal' high just 17 cents above the target. The second, an 'external' that should offer more resistance, is at 36.14.  It is important because a push past it would generate the most powerful impulse leg we've seen in this vehicle since early spring. That would set up a likely test of the 39.70 peak from mid-July and thence a possible run-up into the low-to-mid-40s. ________ UPDATE (Nov 24): A push past the 36.14 peak note above appears imminent. However, I will be paying close attention to whether the rally stalls at 36.61, a voodoo number that is shortable with a reverse-pattern trigger interval of 50 cents. _______ UPDATE (Nov 28, 4:42 p.m.): GDXJ has blown past the p=36.28 midpoint resistance of this pattern with such force that the 42.09 rally target I first identified here six weeks ago in mid-October should now be viewed as all but certain to be achieved.

$SIZ23 – December Silver (Last:25.05)

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Silver's chart, although clearly bullish, has all the problems of gold's and then some. The pattern that produced the 24.955 target has a dubious impulse leg that failed to surpass any 'external' peaks. Also, there is an authoritative trendline just above last week's highs that is not likely to be a pushover. And finally, the futures spent the last two days of the week head-butting a secondary pivot at 24.20 that refused to give way. My gut feeling is that the target will be achieved anyway, but I'll wait for the futures to push above some daunting 'external' peaks recorded in July and August before we break out the bubbly. _______ UPDATE (Nov 24): Silver's chart handily outperformed gold's last week, shortening the odds of a further push to the 24.955 target given above. What happens after that will be crucial to the intermediate-term picture, since an 'external' peak at 25.425 recorded on August 30 will beckon a test of buyers' enthusiasm.  ______ UPDATE (Nov 28, 4:30 p.m.): Helped by last week's wicked upthrust, the December contract today hit and then exceeded the 222222224.93 target shown. It is slightly lower than the one given here previously, but the pattern to which it is tied is sufficiently compelling for us to infer the small overshoot of the target on the close portends even higher prices this week. Look for a push above August 25.035 peak, but with some potential rally-stopping 'voodoo' resistance prices between here and 25.68.

AAPL – Apple Computer (Last:189.69)

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The pocket of supply into which AAPL climbed last week could pose a challenge, since the stock's rise since October has not shown quite the power of Microsoft's. I offered a possible explanation for this in a previous tout: The coming recession will hit iPhone sales much harder than Microsoft's software services. In any event, you can use the 193.36 target of the pattern shown to project a minimum upside target for the coming week. Because everyone is bullish and expects this, watch for the move to occur in such a way that it is untradable -- on a Sunday night gap, perhaps.

CLZ23 – December Crude (Last:75.84)

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December crude's month-long fall did sufficient damage to the longer-term charts to require a rally above $83 to undo it.  However, we'll focus on the short-term picture to determine whether the bounce last Thursday from 72.16 is likely to show staying power. Steep as it was, it still fell a tad shy of the 76.62 target of the modest reverse pattern shown. Achieving it would still leave the futures two cents shy of generating an impulse leg with a leap above the external peak at 78.63 made last week on the way down. We'll delay judgment until we've seen how buyers handle both resistances.