Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

Slum Your Way Into Riches

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As a younger man, I truly believed that those individuals who didn’t have the drive and intellect to hack it in the world of free enterprise were relegated to low-paying, boring jobs in government. Whether city, state, or federal, I figured the dullest among us would wind up with a direct-deposit paycheck from some bureaucracy and just slum their lives away with a steady diet of paperwork, fast food, and watching tee-vee at night.

How wrong I was! The City of Palo Alto makes clear that it’s ME who is the moron and the clerks in city hall that are banking coin! What a fool I was.

And I know we’re all supposed to get misty-eyed at these “civil servants”, especially police officers and firefighters, who hang out at the station house risk their lives every day on our behalf, but I’m sorry, when a fuckin’ firefighter is getting a third of a million bucks a year, the world’s gone wrong.

Mind The (Island Top) Gap

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I was concerned on Thursday that SPX would fail to do the obvious second leg down on the likely overall bull flag forming here, and in all likelihood SPX has now broken up from that bull flag. Confirmation that SPX is going up directly comes on a fill of the open island top gap from the mid-March high at 2752.01.

I’m leaning against another leg down here but if the bears are going to have (yet) another try at that, then first support is at the ES weekly pivot 2718.25 (same area on SPX), then a break of rising support from the mid-May low, now in the 2712 ES area. (more…)

June Takes a Bite out of AAPL (by MoneyMiser21)

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Southern California experiences a “May gray, June gloom” weather effect. Up north in Cupertino, America’s favorite smartphone maker experiences a similar phenomenon with its stock price.

In the past ten years, AAPL closed beneath its June options expiration (OpEx) open (Mid-May to Mid-June) six out of ten times.

And when we focus on the past five years’ June OpEx periods, the bears won four out of those five times.

A major reason behind the bearishness is Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC), which is almost always held in June.

Since 2005, AAPL closed every week red except one (11-1 to the bears), and that was 2014 when the 7-for-1 stock split took place shortly after the WWDC. (more…)

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