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December 13, 2017 | A Bull That Never Stops to Catch Its Breath

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.

The broad average are supposed to do nothing on days when the FOMC has something to say. Instead, just ahead of Wednesday’s 25-basis-point rate hike, the Dow wafted 160 points higher, thumbing its nose at tradition. Perhaps a 160-point rally IS doing nothing these days, since stocks have been rising about five times as often as they fall. The rally was a presumptive downpayment on the 25113 target we’ve been using to stay comfortably on the right side of the trend. If it gives way easily, we could be looking at 27252, the last Hidden Pivot target of significance that can be extrapolated from the weekly chart.

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December 13th, 2017

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