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October 29, 2017 | This Permabear Is Still Quite Bullish

Rick Ackerman

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.

AMZN, our most important stock-market bellwether, topped on Friday just 36 cents from an ostensibly important rally target I’d sent out to subscribers the night before. Much as I’d like to enthuse about the possibility that this will mark an important top in the broad averages, I’ve dispensed with the usual hubris to focus instead on still-higher targets for some widely followed trading vehicles, most particularly AAPL. There is also a rally target outstanding in DIA that can help keep us properly bullish for the time being. As backdrop, keep in mind that I’ve already projected a target above 26,000 for the Dow Industrials.  Eight-and-a-half years into a bull market, if you’re going to follow some guru’s giddy advice, wouldn’t you rather it come from a die-hard permabear than from some wild-eyed bull who thinks stocks can only move in one direction?

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October 29th, 2017

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