Friday, February 7, 2014

MUST READ: JP Morgan Holds Highest Amount of PHYSICAL SILVER in History

by Ted Butler, Gold Silver Worlds:
While everyone is focused on the massive outflows in COMEX registered gold inventories and the gold ETF, GLD, it seems that an important evolution in silver is passing unnoticed. In what follows, Ted Butler, precious metals analyst specialized in COT analysis, reveals a remarkable insight in the physical silver market.
Butler’s calculations show that JPMorgan has piled up the largest holding of physical silver in modern world. Since the silver price peak in May 2011, the bank has accumulated between 100 and 200 million ounces of physical silver (if not more). The equivalent in metric tonnes is between 3,110 and 6,220 tonnes.
To put that number in perspective, it surpasses the amounts held by the Hunt Brothers or Warren Buffett (in his investment company Berkshire Hathaway).
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Tyler Durden's picture Marc Faber "US Stocks Need To Drop 40% To Become Attractive"

"The market is way overdue for a 20 to 30% drop," Marc Faber warns, "but that is not what worries him." Sarcastically reflecting on the typical talking-head that appears on financial media, Faber adds you won't "hear this view from someone who is fully invested," as he "hopes the market drops 40% so stocks will become - from a value point of view - attractive." The outspoken Faber channels Jim Grant as he exclaims, "the experience with quantitative easing is a complete failure. It has lifted asset prices and created asset inflation, but it hasn't lifted the standard of living of most people in the U.S. nor worldwide."  (more)
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Taking Stock Of Silver Stocks – SLW, PAAS, CDE, AG, SSRI, HL

by Michael Noonan, Edge Trader Plus:
We are of the simple opinion that any substitute for the real thing is never as good a choice as the original, even when it comes to Precious Metals. There are so many other considerations that enter the picture when regarding mining stocks. One of the primary ones is management, what it can do to a stock’s performance separate and apart from its underlying purpose, silver production. There can be poor management, mismanagement, decision-making related to stock performance instead of getting the maximum performance out of its mining operations, overspending, misspending…you get the idea.
Here is a reading of some of the top silver mining companies from a chart perspective. Charts show the best bottom line results from all observations one can make in an assessment of any company.
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Chart of the Day - Transcontinental Realty Investors (TCI)

The Chart of the Day is Transcontinental Realty Investors (TCI). I found the stock by using Barchart to sort today's New High List for frequency in the last month, skipped any stocks not having positive gains in both the last week and month and then used the Flipchart feature to review the charts. Since the Trend Spotter signaled a buy on 12/30 the stock gained 27.60%.

TCI invests in real estate through direct equity ownership and partnerships and financing real estate and real estate related activities through investments in mortgage loans, including first, wraparound and junior mortgage loans.

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3 Micro-Cap Stocks With Triple-Digit Upside: IDSY, DSCI, CPST

Over the past few weeks, I've been chatting with my colleague Bob Bogda about the potential for home run stocks. These are the kinds that can deliver gains in one year that many other stocks take a decade to achieve.

No area is as ripe for such upside as micro-cap stocks, which typically have market caps between $50 million and $200 million. Micro-caps tend to toil in anonymity -- right up until the time they deliver great news. Caught off guard, investors can push such stocks up by 50% or even 100%.

Of course, with such potential reward comes risk. Micro-caps can also shed value at a rapid pace, especially if the market loses steam. Case in point: I suggested back in September that Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq: MRGE) could double in value, but MRGE has fallen 27% since then. I still think Merge is an intriguing health care opportunity, but clearly my enthusiasm was premature.

That's why you need to take a basket approach to micro-caps. Placing too many funds in just one micro-cap stock is too risky. The other two stocks in that September article bear out that premise: Novavax (Nasdaq: NVAX) is up 77% since my profile, and Lionbridge Technologies (Nasdaq: LIOX) is up 86%. If you invested $3,000 in each of those three stocks at that time, you'd be sitting on a tidy 45% gain.  (more)

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