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May 23 - 2011
Raymond A. Merriman©
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The Market Week in Review :
Last week's full moon was particularly noteworthy in world stock prices. Depending on where in the world you were, the full moon took place on either May 16 or 17. In Asian and Pacific Rim equity markets, the low of the week took place on May 16 or 17. In the Australian All Ordinaries index, the low was May 16 at 4718, which was considerably higher than the primary bottom of March 17 at 4559. The high of the week occurred on Thursday at 4834, which is considerably lower than the high of the year so far at 5069 on April 11. Both the Hang Seng and Japanese Nikkei bottomed on May 17, and again that low did not take out the primary cycle trough of March 15-17. Both then rallied to their weekly highs on May 19, and again that was considerably below their recent highs of April 18 in the Hang Seng and May 2 in the Nikkei. So for each of these indices, prices are in congestion between the lows of mid-March and the highs of April 11-May 2. In Russia, however, the MICEX stock index to a new multi-month low last week at 1603. That was its lowest level since December 2, 2010, and was probably a result of falling crude oil prices over the past two weeks.
In Europe, there was some intermarket divergence as well. Each of the four indices we track made weekly lows on May 17 or 18. None took out their primary cycle troughs of March 15-17. Each of the four markets then rallied into the end of last week, May 19-20. These rallies did not make new monthly highs in the AEX, DAX, or FTSE. However, a new cycle high was recorded in the Swiss SMI index on Friday, May 20. Since this is right in the middle of a time band of several powerful geocosmic signatures, it may become a case of intermarket bearish divergence. However, that idea will be negated if prices in the former three indices make new cycle highs in the next 1-2 weeks. That possibility cannot be ruled out, as Jupiter and Uranus are still in Aries, and that is the engine still driving this "Asset Inflation Express", although it is getting old.
In the Americas, there is also a potential case of intermarket divergence developing. In the USA, both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and NASDAQ Composite made their weekly low on May 17. That low was considerably above the primary bottom of March 15-16. The rally that followed into the end of last week, however, was not too impressive. It has not exceeded the multi-year highs of May 2, and it closed weak. Thus like most of the world's stock indices, the USA equity markets are also in congestion between the highs of May 2, and the lows of mid-March. But in South America, it was a little different. Argentina's Merval index is getting less and less volatile. The range of every week seems smaller and smaller, as it too continues in congestion between the cycle low of March 16 and cycle high of April 6. The Bovespa index of Brazil, on the other hand, continues to fall to its lowest levels since July 2010, even as other markets were rising into the end of last week. Inflation in Brazil and Russia is not translating into higher stock prices on their exchanges.
In other markets, both Gold and Silver were weak into Tuesday, May 17 when they formed their weekly lows. Gold fell to 1471 and Silver to 3296. But in each case, those lows remained above the lows of the prior two weeks. The rally that followed was not too impressive in Silver as it topped out 3575 on Thursday. But Gold prices rallied to a weekly high into the close of last week, with Friday's intraday high up to 1515.80. Both metals still remain well below their highs of April 25 (Silver at 4984) and May 2 (Gold at 1577.40). Crude Oil made a weekly low on the same May 17 date, with the June contract down to 95.02. Again the market started to rally afterwards, slightly above 100.00 on Wednesday and Thursday, but it closed the week below 100. In currencies, the Euro and the Swiss Franc posted their weekly lows on May 16, one day prior to the full moon, and commenced rallies into early Friday that were still well below their cycle highs of May 4. The Euro then sold off again into the close on Friday, while the Swiss Franc remained near its weekly high. The Japanese Yen on the other hand, did just the opposite. It posted its high at the end of the prior week (May 13), and spent most of last week declining each day. The Sun is in Gemini now, so consistency between these markets is not to be expected.
Regarding the U.S. Dollar, it made a new multi-year low at 72.86 on May 4. It had an impressive rally to a high of 76.19 on May 17 last week, after which it started to pull back into the end of the week. But it managed to close the week at a respectable 75.58. Readers are encouraged to read my long-term analysis of the U.S. Dollar posted at www.mmacycles.com. Just scroll down the page until you see the article.
Short-Term Geocosmics :
Only Jupiter and Uranus, the key components of the "Asset Inflation Express", remain in the speculative and assertive sign of Aries. Indeed this ride has slowed down considerably since the new moon in Taurus on May 2-3 was followed by several other planets moving into the sign of the bull. The Sun is now leaving the conservative earth sign of Taurus for the wild and unpredictable sign of Gemini, May 21-June 21. Gemini is a mutable sign, and mutable signs are where trends often change. It gets volatile in mutable signs. Mercury will join the Sun in Gemini on June 2. Venus does the same one week later on June 9. Neptune is already in the mutable sign of Pisces through August 5. You can see the cosmic forces are shifting, because on June 4, Jupiter also leaves Aries. Only Uranus will remain there. In fact, Uranus remains there for about 7 years. But without the accompaniment of Jupiter alongside it, the "Asset Inflation Express" may become like a fast car without a driver, speeding along the autobahn without a map and lacking a clear idea of where it is headed. It's in a big hurry to get somewhere, but it seems to have lost its way, and so it starts to take alternative routes, hoping that one leads it onto a path it recognizes. But instead it just seems to get further and further off course, and increasingly anxious about it. Did I mention that the USA hit its $14.3 trillion debt limit last week, on May 17 ?.
As discussed previously, there are at least 4 major geocosmic signatures in effect May 20-23. Last week's column stated, "Something big may be about to happen. Maybe this is the end of the line for the Asset Inflation Express. Or maybe it continues into Neptune turning retrograde on June 2. This signature has an astounding 86% correlation to primary or greater cycles within just 10 trading days, and has the extra advantage of occurring just one day before Jupiter ingresses from Aries into Taurus". It is interesting that Mercury also transits into its ruling sign of Gemini just one day earlier, June 3. The end of the line is near.
Long-Term Thoughts :
The end of the line for the Asset Inflation Express relates to the historical correlation in stock prices of Jupiter moving from Aries to Taurus. In prior columns I have discussed the orb of time (7 degrees) in which this passage has correlated with long-term crests in the U.S. stock market. We are in that orb of time now that is centered on June 4, give or take about 7 weeks. And we discussed how it re-enters this astrological orb of space October 7, 2011-March 7, 2012 due to Jupiter's retrograde motion. One (or possibly both with a double top pattern) of these times is scheduled to coincide with the crest of this current bull market that started in March 2009.
But it could be now, unless U.S. political leaders can come to an agreement on
1) raising the debt ceiling limit and
2) reducing government spending.
One without the other is just kicking the can further down the road, and the further it is kicked, the harder it will be to get back to normal. The debt ceiling limit of $14.2 trillion has been reached as of last Tuesday, May 17. However, through its clever banking practices, the U.S. Treasury is now borrowing from federal pension funds (and other questionable steps) in order to stretch its cash flow out until August 2. That is the new "D-day" (default day), which seems to lack a certain required sense of urgency. If the USA defaults on its debt, that will be catastrophic, an opinion I have shared long before, but which is just now being talked about in financial and government circles.
The problem for us as Financial Astrologers is that we see a time window of possible agreements coming to an end very shortly. May was previously identified as the "best month" for resolving this debt crisis issue through practical agreements, as many planets were together in the practical sign of Taurus, combined with a slew of favorable Venus transits. Venus also rules agreements, and the last Venus transit of this period ends on Monday, May 23, when it conjuncts Mars. After that, the cosmos starts to move from the stable and sensible influence of Taurus to the highly volatile, brilliant, but not necessarily practical influence of Gemini, where anything can happen. Typically agreements made in Gemini are more temporary than long-lasting. They are subject to many modifications. With Neptune also turning stationary retrograde on June 3, agreements may soon be more wishful thinking than practical. Promises made may not be deliverable once reality enters the picture.
This is all a wonderful time for love and romance (May 2-June 6). But it is rapidly evaporating from a period of potential agreement on financial issues to escalating anxiety over the lack of any definitive solution. Equity markets are likely to respond with a resounding thud by the full moon period in mid-June (June 10-17). However, that does not negate the possibility of a sudden rise in equity prices first in the next few sessions, as long as the lows of last week hold. If not, this express may be derailing.
To be continued... (next week)
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