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Fixin’ It Thursday – Japan Raids the Pension Fund to Goose Markets

1.21 TRILLION Dollars!  

That's the size of Japan's Pension Investment Fund and, this morning, they raised their allocation for buying domestic stocks from 8% to 25% and that sent the Nikkei (we're short) flying up 200 points, to close at 18,785.  That's theoretically $200Bn additional Dollars that will be buying Japanese equities, so of course the market popped on the news.  But should it have?  

Aside from my minor concern that putting 25% of your pension money into a market that has already popped 30% since October in a country where the rapidly aging population and diminsihing workforce CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE IT – how about the fact that it was the SAME EXACT ANNOUNCEMENT that popped the Nikkei from 14,529 to 17,520 in October/Novemeber in the first place?  

Fortunately for Japanese Central Banksters, you CAN fool some of the people all of the time and re-announcing $200Bn of mindless equity spending did the trick of popping the Nikkei over the top of their trading range.  Now we'll see if they can break 19,000 (but we're still betting they won't).  Meanwhile let's cheer them on:

Oh Nikkei, you're so fine you're so fine you blow my mindhey Nikkei, hey Nikkei

Oh Nikkei, you're so fine you're so fine you blow my mind, hey Nikkei, hey Nikkei

SPX WEEKLYThat should be good for another 200 points…  Meanwhile, we're running out of ways to talk up the S&P at 2,110, maybe we need to break into that Social Security lock box and put that into the market.  What?  Already taken?  Oh well…  

We had a lot of fun shorting the index Futures yesterday as I made a call in our Live Member Chat Room to short the spike on the Nasdaq (/NQ) at 4,460 (we got burned at 4,450 earlier) and the Russell at 1,236 and we caught a ride down on /NQ to 4,430 for a $600 per contract gain and the Russell fell to 1,228 for a $800 per contract gain.  This morning we got an opportunity to re-short at 1,235 and 4,450…
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Will We Hold It Wednesday – Dow 18,000 Edition

SPY  5  MINUTEWhere's the volume?  

We can't keep running up on no volume and not expect to have a nasty sell-off – that just isn't the way things work.  In yesterday's Live Trading Webinar, we discussed our aggressive hedge adjustments even as the market drove on to even higher highs.  Of course, that's when buying protection is the cheapest but most traders are reactive and not proactive – so we get to bargain shop by acting a bit ahead of the curve.  

Yellen didn't do too much to boost the markets yesterday, but she gets another crack at Congress this morning to refine her statements.  On the whole, she certainly put off expectations of the Fed raising rates until about September and, even then, only if the economy continues to improve – which is a questionable notion at this point (see last week's posts on the economy).  

Still, we've been threading the needle and playing both sides of the market.  At the beginning of the month, for example, while we were still giving out free trade ideas - we gave you a combo play on oil, which was one of our Top Trade Alerts (Members Only) using 10 long USO 2016 12 calls for $5.75 ($5,750) and selling 10 of the 2016 $22 puts for $5.65 ($5,650) for net $100 out of pocket.  Yesterday USO closed at $18.04 and the combo closed at net $2,260 – up $2,160 (2,160%) in less than 3 weeks – you're welcome.  

Of course, that's nothing compared to our more aggressive call to go long on Natural Gas Futures (/NG) at $2.69.  Natural Gas finished the day at $2.90 and, at $100 per penny, per contract, that's a nice $3,100 gain on each contract.  We're done with Natural Gas longs but we still have a substantial interest on USO longs in 3 of our 4 Member Portfolios, though we did just stop out of longs on the Oil Futures (/CL) at $49.50 in this morning's chat ahead of inventories.  

Chinese stocks came back from a week-long holiday (New Year's) and fell off into the close, …
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Tempting Tuesday – Will Yellen Push Us Past 2,200?

Look at those makets go!  

Nasdaq 4,960 – just 40 points to 5,000 after popping up from 4,600 at the beginning of the month.  That will be almost 10% in a month if we pop 5,000 – no wonder no one wants to buy a home or put money in the bank when the stock market spits out 10% monthly gains

This is, Janet will tell you, perfectly normal folks – stock markets always go up at 100% annual rates in economes with no inflation, don't they?  There's nothing wrong with this picture.  Don't worry about where all this money is coming from if the GDP is essentially flat – it's delivered by money fairies and it will never, ever, EVER stop because there is no downside to pumping newly created money into the markets to enrich the investing class – none at all….

JUST IN CASE this turns out to be an unsustainable scam that blows up in people's faces – we do have some hedges in our Short-Term Portfolio and we'll be reviewing those in this afternoon's Live Trading Webinar (1pm EST), so tune in for that.  As I said yesterday, the gains in our bullish, Long-Term Portfolio have gotten so ridiculous that we should cash them out but who wants to cash out when we (the investor class) are getting all this FREE MONEY?  

It's not just Yellen and our Fed, of course.  In fact, in the developed World, our Central Bank is one of the only ones that HASN'T made a surprise easing move this year already.  A lot of people are expecting a nice surprise from Yellen as she addresses Congress today but Congress is getting nervous that perhaps $5,000,000,000,000.00 is a bit too much risk on the Fed's balance sheet already.  

After all – if the Fed ends up taking a loss, it becomes a negative on our Treasury's balance sheet and then our National Budget gets thrown out of whack as the taxpayers get the bill for all the FREE MONEY the Fed has been handing out to the Top 1%.  If that happens near an election, it may not be good for the Republican majority.  Other than that,


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Monday Market Miracle – Everything is Awesome Again

You can't argue with a good chart.

All of our indices are ripping up to new highs and don't let the lack of volume bother you – as it doesn't seem to bother anyone else in the media these days.  Volume in the first half of Q1, so far, has been about half the rate we had in Q1 of last year and Q4 was no better so maybe this is just the new normal – a rally with nobody actually trading.

Just because no one is buying – it doesn't mean you can't mark up the prices, does it?  The only time there is price pressure to the downside is when there is a lot of selling and, so far, no one is selling either – they're just not buying or selling – it's a dead market.  

Corporations are, in fact, the largest purchasers of stock – accounting for 200% (not a misprint) of the net inflows into equities.  Without companies buying back their own stock at record paces, this market would be dropping like a rock attached to an even bigger rock:

Despit buying back incredible amounts of their own stocks, actual Corporate Earnings have dropped 10% since Q3 from a high of $29.84 on the S&P down to less than $27 per share so far for Q4s reports.  4 x $27 divided by 2,100 = 20.20 – that would be an insanely high p/e for the S&P, where 15 is more common ground.  Having a major index that is possibly 33% overvalued is, as they say in Stockholm - not good.  

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Of course, it's no surprise that earnings are turning down because data is turning down as well, per the Economic Surprise Index we discussed on Thursday as well as the actual US Macro Index, which also SUCKS!  This is really not the sort of thing you should be sticking your head in the sand over.  If you were driving a car, you would step on the brakes or at least swerve to avoid an obstacle that's clearly in your path – why would you not
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Fixin’ It Friday – Greece Talks Yet Again

Wheeeee, what a ride!  

As you can see from the chart, Greece has been up and down 10% 4 times in 5 days and last week we gave you a Trade Idea for Greece long using the GREK Feb (expires today) $11/12 bull call spread at 0.50 to make 100% in 5 days (today) if GREK finishes over $12.  

Unfortunately, GREK had a strong open on Thursday and, by the time people could buy it, the spread was 0.60 so, at $12, the gain will only be 66% but those who played the momentum game during the week had several opportunities to engineer a 0.50 spread as the ETF ran up and down the ladder with each new statement by pretty much anyone in Europe with an opinion.  

Our other trade idea from that day, that IYT would fall and the Feb $159 puts at $1.20 would double, however, was off by a mile and IYT tested $165 yesterday before calming down to $163.08 despite the now week-long port strike on the West Coast.  I can't explain that one, other than maybe we were too far ahead of the curve.  If you want to go for it next month, the premise is still valid (our timing was off) and the March $161 puts are now $2 and a trip back to support at $155 would make them $6 – up 200% would take the edge of this week's loss.  

Our CSCO spread we discussed that day is up the 4,000% we expected and our UNG March $13/14 bull call spread is on track for a 100% gain so all is not lost.  These are your last free trade ideas for the quarter – so try to enjoy them!  If you want more trade ideas, you can join us here like our new Member, Verreaul recently did (and thanks for the kind words!):

I have been reading the "free" PSW for about a year and have always liked Phil's style as it closely resembled the way I like to trade (mostly naked put options). I have been a paid subscriber for about 5 weeks and I have been learning a lot from Phil


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The Stage Is Set For The Syrian Invasion

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

One week ago, when reporting on the latest bizarre plan presented by the Pentagon, namely providing Syrian rebels (but only the moderate ones, not the jihadists like al Nusra, or, well, ISIS) with B-1B Bomber air support in their attacks on ISIS, when we wrote that this "means in the coming weeks and months look forward to a surge in false flag "attacks" blamed on the Assad regime, aiming to give Obama validation to expand the "War against ISIS" to include Syria's regime as well."

We didn't have long to wait: in an entirely unsourced Time article written today by Aryn Baker, the Middle East Bureau ...



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When do we decide that Europe must restructure much of its debt?

When do we decide that Europe must restructure much of its debt? Courtesy of Michael Pettis 

It is hard to watch the Greek drama unfold without a sense of foreboding. If it is possible for the Greek economy partially to revive in spite of its tremendous debt burden, with a lot of hard work and even more good luck we can posit scenarios that don’t involve a painful social and political breakdown, but I am pretty convinced that the Greek balance sheet itself makes growth all but impossible for many more years.

The history is, to me pretty convincing. Countries with this level of debt and this level of uncertainty associated with the resolution of the debt are never able too grow out of t...



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Second Day of Quiet Action

Courtesy of Declan.

The S&P lost a little, the Nasdaq gained a little, but there was no change in the larger picture.  The S&P registered a distribution day, of sorts: volume climbed, but as the index finished with a doji it doesn't really qualify as a heavy sell off day. The selling volume was enough to generate a 'sell' trigger in On-Balance-Volume too, but the whipsaw risk is high.


The Nasdaq did the opposite. It added nearly 0,5% on higher volume accumulation. It's brushing the 10% envelope relative to the 200-day MA, which is not a particularly strong sell signal, but a warning sign for a possible slow down in the advance.

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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

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Market Shadows

Kimble Charts: Coal

Kimble Charts: Coal

By Ilene 

Chris Kimble's chart for KOL shows a recently beaten down ETF struggling to pull itself up from the ashes. As the chart shows, KOL has recently drifted down to levels not seen since the financial crisis of 2008-9.

Bouncing or recovering with energy in general, coal prices appear to have stabilized in the short-term. Reflecting coal prices, KOL has traded between $13.45 and $19.75 during the past year. Bouncing from lows, KOL traded around 2% higher yesterday from $14.26 to $14.48 on high volume. It traded another 3.6% higher in after hours to $15, possibly related to ...



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Swing trading portfolio - week of February 23rd, 2015

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...



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Sabrient

Sector Detector: Sector rankings stay neutral with few bullish catalysts on horizon

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Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Stocks are hitting new highs across the board, even though earnings reports have been somewhat disappointing. Actually, to be more precise, Q4 results have been pretty good, but it is forward guidance that has been cautious and/or cloudy as sales into overseas markets are expected to suffer due to strength in the US dollar. Healthcare and Telecom have put in the best results overall, while of course Energy has been the weakling. Still, overall year-over-year earnings growth for the S&P 500 during 2015 is expected to be about +8%.

In this weekly update, I give my view of the current market environment, offer a technical analysis of the S&P 500 cha...



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Digital Currencies

MyCoin Exchange Disappears with Up To $387 Million, Reports Claim

Follow up from yesterday's Just the latest Bitcoin scam.

Hong Kong's MyCoin Disappears With Up To $387 Million, Reports Claim By  

Reports are emerging from Hong Kong that local bitcoin exchange MyCoin has shut its doors, taking with it possibly as much as HK$3bn ($386.9m) in investor funds.

If true, the supposed losses are a staggering amount, although this estimate is based on the company's own earlier claims that it served 3,000 clients who had invested HK$1m ($129,000) each.

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2015 - Biotech Fever

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PSW Members - well, what a year for biotechs!   The Biotech Index (IBB) is up a whopping 40%, beating the S&P hands down!  The healthcare sector has had a number of high flying IPOs, and beat the Tech Sector in total nubmer of IPOs in the past 12 months.  What could go wrong?

Phil has given his Secret Santa Inflation Hedges for 2015, and since I have been trying to keep my head above water between work, PSW, and baseball with my boys...it is time that something is put together for PSW on biotechs in 2015.

Cancer and fibrosis remain two of the hottest areas for VC backed biotechs to invest their monies.  A number of companies have gone IPO which have drugs/technologies that fight cancer, includin...



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Stock World Weekly

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Option Review

SPX Call Spread Eyes Fresh Record Highs By Year End

Stocks got off to a rocky start on the first trading day in December, with the S&P 500 Index slipping just below 2050 on Monday. Based on one large bullish SPX options trade executed on Wednesday, however, such price action is not likely to break the trend of strong gains observed in the benchmark index since mid-October. It looks like one options market participant purchased 25,000 of the 31Dec’14 2105/2115 call spreads at a net premium of $2.70 each. The trade cost $6.75mm to put on, and represents the maximum potential loss on the position should the 2105 calls expire worthless at the end of December. The call spread could reap profits of as much as $7.30 per spread, or $18.25mm, in the event that the SPX ends the year above 2115. The index would need to rally 2.0% over the current level...



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Help One Of Our Own PSW Members

"Hello PSW Members –

This is a non-trading topic, but I wanted to post it during trading hours so as many eyes can see it as possible.  Feel free to contact me directly at jennifersurovy@yahoo.com with any questions.

Last fall there was some discussion on the PSW board regarding setting up a YouCaring donation page for a PSW member, Shadowfax. Since then, we have been looking into ways to help get him additional medical services and to pay down his medical debts.  After following those leads, we are ready to move ahead with the YouCaring site. (Link is posted below.)  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated; not only to help aid in his medical bill debt, but to also show what a great community this group is.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-get-shadowfax-out-from-the-darkness-of-medical-bills-/126743

Thank you for you time!




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