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February 27, 2020 | Charts Saw It Coming, Even If Pundits Did Not

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 stock market at its most violent this week has been an easy read, just as it was when the tech sector imploded 20 years ago and during the financial collapse of 2007-08.  On the eve of today’s memorable carnage the short-term charts practically glowed with warnings of the Dow’s imminent, record-breaking plunge.  I’d predicted as much in commentary sent out the night before, along with targets for the E-Mini S&Ps that caught the exact bottom of one of the best rallies of the year. Subscribers reported getting the profitable ride of their lives in both directions. In the Rick’s Picks Trading Room, where actionable ideas are shared freely 24/7, a few of them said they’d had their best day ever. In some cases this involved getting aboard for the rally at the exact low of the first selling climax in the morning, riding it to within an inch of the mid-day peak, and then surfing the subsequent avalanche into the close. This chart shows how a Coney Island kind of day looked to traders and technicians.

T-Bonds Say ‘Recession’

Good technical analysis frees us from having to listen to all of the blather one hears these days about coronavirus and its potential effect on the global economy.  To take one significant example, it’s possible to predict with confidence that Treasury Bonds are headed much higher. Here’s the chart showing a 186^04 target for T-Bond futures that would equates to a rate on the 30-year of 1.58%. That would be quite a slide from the current rate of 1.78%, and it suggests the recession threat that everyone will be debating in the months ahead is already baked in the cake. By all means, jot those numbers down and share them with financial advisor. If he goes all-in on Treasury paper, I predict that you’ll both sleep better than investors who are in stocks up to their eyeballs. And if he knows anyone at Pimco, tell them too. They could use some help. Here’s the chart — not quite a sure thing, since nothing is, but still a very good bet. If you want the details, click here for a timely video I posted at Facebook and (YouTube) on the subject.

But what’s going to happen tomorrow? I’ve often said that if you get AAPL right, you will get the stock market right.I am predicting a bottom at or very near 267.82 based on the gnarly pattern in this chart. If the stock bottoms there, so will the market’s hellacious slide.  Curse me if I’m wrong, but please do tell your friends if I am right.

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February 27th, 2020

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