Archive for January, 2005

Tumultuous Tuesday

Well, we have a real tempest in a teacup today!

Fed days are often stock market poison but, after 14 rounds of hikes slamming the markets, Rocky may finally be ready to come off the ropes…

Just like the final round in Rocky II (because in Rocky I we were all expecting him to win), it could go either way and we won’t know until 2:20 when the markets either turn up or down, likely reversing whatever they do prior to that time.

The Asian markets are up 100+ pts (as usual) while Europe is more worried about our Fed and is trading down slightly.

Oil is dropping just a bit as OPEC made an early announcement that they will not be cutting production (what a surprise, they will keep selling as much oil as possible for $67 a barrel – gee I’m so surprised). I can scare my little girl by sneaking up behind her 3 or 4 times and still get most of my shriek premium but by the 5th or 6th time, that premium really starts to diminish. OPEC has kids too and they know there is only so long that $25 per barrel will be paid to cover jitters before people realize the monsters in the closet may just be a pile of coats.

World jitters are certainly being reflected in the POG (price of gold) as it flew up to $570 in Dubai but don’t buy yet as the Europeans have brought it back down to $565. The raise will be up to the Americans this morning and I think they just might ahead of a State of the Union message that has people very nervous. Unless the President is willing to tell the people that we will have to suck it up and take some painful steps to get the country back on track (pause for laughter) then there is a serious danger that the world investors will turn their backs on whatever dog and pony show he does try to trot out.

If gold can retake $570 then our gold plays are on. ABX is already flying in the pre-market but you might be able to catch BVN first thing. NAK and MRB don’t really trade pre-market and NAK certainly has room to grow for the next 5 years or so. Add EGO as another little company that could but BVN and NAK…
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Danger Time for America?

Trader Mike’s blog bought this economist cover story to my attention:

http://tradermike.net/images/20060114issuecovUS400.jpg

After all that trouble I went to to get my G8 buddies to follow my 11/14 plan to distract Greenspan by throwing him a lot of retirement parties so he can stop talking down the markets, this article puts him right back in everyone’s face!

The best quote in the article “It may sometimes be expedient for a man to heat the stove with his furniture. But he should not delude himself by believing that he has discovered a wonderful new method of heating his premises.” sums up Mr. Greenspan’s tenure at the fed quite nicely.

This is just one of those reasons I am moving a little more cash towards gold. Here is another nice article on that subject: http://www.gold-eagle.com/editorials_05/hommelberg010506.html





Friday Outlook & TOTD – LLY

Gasoline is up 20% (.24) in 8 days, merry Christmas!

I think/hope some of this nat gas buying is on speculation and short squeezing rather than on the reality that it now costs 150% more than it did last year to heat homes.

This will not affect today’s consumer sentiment reading but will be a major market bummer if it continues into next month.

Until the report at about 9:30-9:50, expect what will either be a dead market bounce or the start of a very nice Friday rally.

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I am going to apologize to Sunoco, they may actually be a better buy than COP but Conoco has made more investments in production while SUN has focused on cutting costs on current production. While SUN may rise faster than COP, I still think COP is the stock for the future.

VLO is really primed to pop at the moment as are THE, SLB, CVX and PTEN. There is a great sale on BP today as the Kuwaiti government is selling $2Bn worth of the stock in Europe. Just like with GNW, you have to wait for the dust to settle but this will be a great buy very soon as well!

NFLX has reached a critical juncture right at $27.50. There is a lot of downward pressure on the stock but it has steadfastly refused to cross this line. They have done a great job bringing costs down and they have low churn despite their much vaunted competition.

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LLY is guiding up but, most importantly, they announced that they have no more patent expirations this decade! I really don’t think they could have said anything better outside of a cure for something popular. This coupled with the Merck collapse makes this my Trade of the Day!

I’m sorry I missed this earlier in the week but there is no time like the present. The stock dropped $1 yesterday on unfounded guidance fears so ignore the first dollar of today’s rally in the stock. We need to give them another quarter to run and also we will pay less of the jump with a longer call so I’m going for the April $50 at $5 (no more than a $2 premium) and I will look to offset it by selling the current $55 or, if we are lucky, $60 as soon as the premium hits…
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Monday Monday

Game on for gold and oil. From the WSJ : "According to a recent study by the World Gold Council, an industry association of the world’s leading gold-mining companies, investment demand for gold rose 56% in the third quarter and is expected to increase further." According to my "poker with the Saudis" scenario, we should get a pretty nice run to the $520 or so range followed by a sudden, viscous pullback. It snowed in NY this weekend so, of course, that means it has just occurred to many traders that we might use some oil this winter so our oil picks are back in play. PTEN, TDW and OII look ripe for a move and SLB may break $100 if the sector is strong (if VLO and XOM are up). I still love my COP $65s but they have not been loving me so I can’t recommend them. Now we know what’s up with BSX, they just made a bid for GDT, trying to steal it from cheapskate JNJ who had the deal locked but then demanded a discount of 15% from Guidant. Now Boston Scientific is offering back around the original price but I think JNJ was right and that BSX is overpaying so I am going to make make BSX my Trade of The Day as a put. Anything above the 50 dma of $25 will be a gift on this stock, there will be big volume, so that’s not an if – which means if it breaks $24.75 then the Jan $25 put will be a nice gamble as long as it is not for more than the 1.60 that the $27.50 was going for on Friday. BSX is a $22Bn company trying to swallow GDT at $25Bn and it is very, very likely that over the next few days, someone will have a problem with that! On the other side of this trade, any chance to buy GDT for less than $70 is also a gift as analysts will jump on the bandwagon to claim $72 is a fair price for the company. DELL has made a nice, slow rising consolodation and looks to be primed for a nice move. I think they are a very safe bet to stay at or above the 50 dma of $31. HPQ has doubled for the year and Dell has dropped 50%, anyone who buys computers knows that…
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Visualizing The 150 Apps That Power The Gig Economy

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Go back in time a decade, and you’d have a tough time convincing anyone that they would be “employed” through an app on their phone.

And yet, as Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins explains, in a short period of time, the emergence of the smartphone has enabled the gig economy to flourish into a multi-trillion dollar global market. And by leveraging apps like Uber, Airbnb, and Etsy, it’s estimated that ...



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Phil's Favorites

What's going on with Blue Apron?

By Ilene 

The Blue Apron business model appears, perhaps, flawed. While the service is convenient, I think it would appeal mostly to very busy people who don't have time to shop for food -- but enjoy cooking -- and have enough money that the trade off between paying for food delivery vs. spending time shopping is worth it. Here's the unfortunate stock chart and some numbers from Yahoo:

The company has been losing money, and is projected to lose money again next year. Revenue is projected to decrease in 2019 from the 2018 level, but pick up again in 2020, though still below 2018's revenue. Maybe a larger company that could integrate APRN's services into its existing infrastructure should acquire APRN and save it from its apparent...



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Chart School

Palladium minor cycle bottom

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

Once again RealVision TV posts another trade idea, long palladium. We shall review it with our RTT cycle tools and parallel channels.







Any trader will be concerned with the supply shock at $1800 which pushed down price quickly. Profit taking maybe, sure! The question, is there more supply out (or more profit taking) there ready to dump on the market, either now or after any minor advance. This why waiting for the 'C' wave of the A-B-C to form over some more time is a good idea, and once done, we want to see solid buying moving price up before acting, after all we do not want to be early or a lonely bull (Richard Wyckoff logic). 

The parallel channel highl...

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Digital Currencies

Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream - the battle is on to bring them under global control

 

Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream – the battle is on to bring them under global control

The high seas are getting lower. dianemeise

Courtesy of Iwa Salami, University of East London

The 21st-century revolutionaries who have dominated cryptocurrencies are having to move over. Mainstream financial institutions are adopting these assets and the blockchain technology that enables them, in what ...



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Kimble Charting Solutions

Banks Sending Bearish Message To Stocks, Says Joe Friday

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Quality bull markets prefer to see Banks stronger than the broad markets or at least keeping up with it. Concerns often crop up when banks reflect relative weakness compared to the S&P.

This chart looks at the Bank Index (BKX) over the past few years, reflecting a falling channel of lower highs and lower lows has taken place inside of falling channel (1). This falling channel has now been in play for the past 15-months.

The index hit the bottom of the channel in December of 2018 and a counter-trend rally took place. The rally off the December lows saw the index hit the top...



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Insider Scoop

Analyst: US Sanctions 'May Not Kill Huawei'

Courtesy of Benzinga.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that limits how "foreign adversaries" conduct business with U.S. companies.

What Happened

The Department of Commerce said China's Huawei and 70 related companies will be included in the "Entity ...



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Biotech

DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

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DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

A map of DNA with the double helix colored blue, the landmarks in green, and the start points for copying the molecule in red. David Gilbert/Kyle Klein, CC BY-ND

Courtesy of David M. Gilbert, Florida State University

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ValueWalk

More Examples Of "Typical Tesla "wise-guy scamminess"

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Stanphyl Capital’s letter to investors for the month of March 2019.

rawpixel / Pixabay

Friends and Fellow Investors:

For March 2019 the fund was up approximately 5.5% net of all fees and expenses. By way of comparison, the S&P 500 was up approximately 1.9% while the Russell 2000 was down approximately 2.1%. Year-to-date 2019 the fund is up approximately 12.8% while the S&P 500 is up approximately 13.6% and the ...



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Members' Corner

Despacito - How to Make Money the Old-Fashioned Way - SLOWLY!

Are you ready to retire?  

For most people, the purpose of investing is to build up enough wealth to allow you to retire.  In general, that's usually enough money to reliably generate a year's worth of your average income, each year into your retirement so that that, plus you Social Security, should be enough to pay your bills without having to draw down on your principle.

Unfortunately, as the last decade has shown us, we can't count on bonds to pay us more than 3% and the average return from the stock market over the past 20 years has been erratic - to say the least - with 4 negative years (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and 14 positives, though mostly in the 10% range on the positives.  A string of losses like we had from 2000-02 could easily wipe out a decades worth of gains.

Still, the stock market has been better over the last 10 (7%) an...



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Mapping The Market

It's Not Capitalism, it's Crony Capitalism

A good start from :

It's Not Capitalism, it's Crony Capitalism

Excerpt:

The threat to America is this: we have abandoned our core philosophy. Our first principle of this nation as a meritocracy, a free-market economy, where competition drives economic decision-making. In its place, we have allowed a malignancy to fester, a virulent pus-filled bastardized form of economics so corrosive in nature, so dangerously pestilent, that it presents an extinction-level threat to America – both the actual nation and the “idea” of America.

This all-encompassing mutant corruption saps men’s souls, crushes opportunities, and destroys economic mobility. Its a Smash & Grab system of ill-gotten re...



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OpTrader

Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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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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