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Rick Ackerman

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Rick Ackerman is the editor of Rick’s Picks, an online service geared to traders of stocks, options, index futures and commodities. His detailed trading strategies have appeared since the early 1990s in Black Box Forecasts, a newsletter he founded that originally was geared to professional option traders. Barron’s once labeled him an “intrepid trader” in a headline that alluded to his key role in solving a notorious pill-tampering case. He received a $200,000 reward when a conviction resulted, and the story was retold on TV’s FBI: The Untold Story. His professional background includes 12 years as a market maker in the pits of the Pacific Coast Exchange, three as an investigator with renowned San Francisco private eye Hal Lipset, seven as a reporter and newspaper editor, three as a columnist for the Sunday San Francisco Examiner, and two decades as a contributor to publications ranging from Barron’s to The Antiquarian Bookman to Fleet Street Letter and Utne Reader.

Rick's Picks - DaBoyz have goosed stocks punitively to start the new week, emboldened by LePen’s failure to win France’s presidential election in the first round. Although we usually prefer to fade extreme price moves when they are driven by news, in this case the bulls may have it right if LePen loses the May 7 run-off to […]

Rick's Picks - All kinds of economic news is due out on Thursday, including jobless claims, leading indicators and money supply. Each has had its influence on the stock market at some time in the past, but none of them gets much respect these days. As such, DaBoyz will have to move stocks the old-fashioned way, manipulating them […]

Rick's Picks - The bond markets have bought so heavily into the Fed’s phony-baloney cover story about inflation being right around the corner that the unwind of this nutty idea was bound to be a doozey. Today’s sharp rally in bonds may in fact have put the reflation trade on ice. At the very least, it put long-term […] Radio - Retail, banking buildings becoming dinosaurs

Rick's Picks - Comex silver and gold futures simultaneously reached two important Hidden Pivot targets on Monday that had kept us confidently on the right side of the trend since mid-March. The former, basis the May contract, came within a penny of an 18.665 target before dropping back sharply — by 30 cents so far. As for June […]

Rick's Picks - Gold took off like a banshee on Donald Trump’s shoot-from-the-hip remark about the dollar being a little too high. As a result, June Gold’s longer-term charts look better than they’ve looked in a long while. Accordingly, I’ve shifted to a bullish ABC pattern of much larger degree than the one we’d used to stay long […] Radio - Any chance Gold will suddenly balloon?

Rick's Picks - Stocks ended the week looking tired, but we’ve learned over the course of this bull market, now in its ninth year, that no matter how burned out the buyers seem on a given day, there will always be short-covering bears to rescue them in their hour of need. In statistical fact, a steep, day-long sell-off […]

Rick's Picks - Consumer sentiment data for March will be released at 10 a.m., but even if the numbers are awful, they are unlikely to alter a bullish trajectory that returned with a vengeance early in the week on frenzied short-covering.  Despite this, traders should pay close attention to price action at the 2375.75 Hidden Pivot resistance shown […]

Rick's Picks - The short squeeze begun on Monday picked up momentum on day two, strongly implying the rally will run for at least another day or two. There’s one ‘Hidden Pivot’ impediment 2378 in the way, but I’ve suggested in my latest update to the E-Mini S&P tout that traders not count on it too heavily to […]

Rick's Picks - Bears gave it all back yesterday, doing all the heavy lifting for the bad guys with a short-covering binge that began less than an hour after the opening bell. The panic buying-spree recouped nearly all of the 200-point drop in the Dow that had begun the day. When will the “don’t” bettors learn to keep […]

Rick's Picks - With all of the hubris over tax cuts and deregulation anticipated under Trump, his threatening stance on tariffs seems to be of little concern on Wall Street. It ought to be, however. Historians have come to accept more and more that the Smoot-Hawley tariff, enacted in the summer of 1930 after a knock-down, drag-out battle […]

Rick's Picks - Tuesday’s downdraft demolished a key S&P support, implying sellers aren’t through yet. The rare, exhilarating — for bears, that is — selloff also kicked into high gear two options positions we’d acquired just hours ahead of the move — one using call options in VXX; the other, DIA puts. The former doubled in price in […] Radio - Is Pot really Hot ?

Rick's Picks - Once again, I’d suggest that you pay close attention to AMZN, since it is arguably the most important stock-market bellwether of them all. My latest tout identifies a target at $899 that is a healthy leap above targets in the $870s that we’ve been using since autumn. It would take just a small push of […]

Rick's Picks - Buyers will need to pick up the pace with a strong rally on Friday, since the stock market’s momentum was dying before Wednesday’s tightening announcement from the Fed. A merely moderate advance would place a burden on bulls when stocks resume trading Sunday night, especially if there is no news to stimulate short-covering — always […]

Rick's Picks - Everything went beautifully for the Fed’s charlatan-in-chief on Wednesday when the central bank announced, right on schedule and exactly as promised, a 25 basis-point increase in the federal funds rate, to 1.00%. Bond price soared, stocks moved higher without the usual wacky gyrations, the dollar took it calmly, and even bullion made nice with an […]

Rick's Picks - [Editor’s note: I am going to keep this analysis at the top of the page for a few days because I want to be clear and loud about where I stand. RA] In January, with the E-Mini S&Ps trading at 2292.00, I sent out to subscribers a 2403.30 target that implied a rally equivalent to […]

Rick's Picks - The broad averages barely blipped this week on very bullish employment news, suggesting that the moderate weakness we’ve seen in recent days is likely to continue or perhaps even snowball. We took a small put position that paid off for some subscribers, but we’ll be looking to do it again ahead of next week. Stay […]

Rick's Picks - Farmer is the handle of an astute market-watcher who occasionally posts here. He expects an imminent top in the Nikkei to produce a corresponding top in the U.S. stock market. Here’s his logic: “Keep your eyes peeled on Nikkei 20,000 as it fast approaches because it looks like we will see that number by the […]

March 7th, 2017 | Trump Effect on Equities Radio - US residential and commercial real estate set to collapse ?

Rick's Picks - If Trump’s economic agenda has been reason for celebration on Wall Street, it is most puzzling that investors have shown so little concern lately over the political mayhem that has gripped the presidency, the news media and the nation. Indeed, even as these troubling forces have continued to gather force, investors have pushed shares to […]

Rick's Picks - The broad averages have routinely been ratcheting higher even when there is little buying enthusiasm evident. This is the kind of price action that shreds bears and traps bulls, and that’s why we should be on our guard even though I have somewhat higher targets outstanding for several key trading vehicles.  Amazon is one of […]

February 26th, 2017 | When AMZN Coughs…

Rick's Picks - Our key stock-market bellwether, AMZN, has stalled just shy of an important target at $875, implying that the broad averages are likely to sputter and wheeze in the days ahead unless Amazon shares turn sharply higher. The target remain valid, but the stock could fall a further $50, to around $790, before regaining its footing.  […]

Rick's Picks - Genuinely meaningful economic data from mainstream news sources is as rare as a transparent pronouncement from the wizards and charlatans at the Fed. Friday will provide an exception, however, since very meaningful new-home-sales figures for January are slated for release. The consensus expects a strong rebound from December’s miserable 536,000 (annualized); a 7.5% increase to […]
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