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January 28, 2019 | Avoiding Mr. Market’s Deceptions

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.

Mr. Market seems to be enjoying playing against our expectations more than usual lately. On Friday, for instance, he left us with an ebullient finishing stroke that all but promised even higher prices on Monday. Lo, disappointing earnings from Caterpillar out before the opening set both the company’s shares and the broad averages reeling. That’s why I’m suggesting paying particular attention to a bullish price benchmark in AAPL . Can it possibly attain it? Seems unlikely. But the stock has looked so bad lately that I can’t help thinking it is where Mr. Market will to try to bamboozle us next. We’ll be ready in any event.

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January 28th, 2019

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