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July 22 - 2013
Raymond A. Merriman©
Financial Market Analyst & Market Timer.
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The Market Week in Review :
The grand trine of July 17-19, 2013 has now taken place. In accordance with this signature, the U.S. stock markets soared to yet another new all-time high last week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching 15,589 on July 18. However, the dramatic socio-political events of last week overshadowed the celebratory mood of the stock market. They were more in line with the Uranus-Pluto square. For a review of this powerful signature, I have posted a section from the Forecast 2012 book on our website. Or just go to the front page, and scroll down until you come to the lead-in to this article. It is truly uncanny how the study of Mundane Astrology could preview the times we are living in right now, as experienced by the tragic events of last week and even the past year.
Most of the world stock indices were up last week. However, only in the USA did prices exceed their highs of May 22-23. The other global equity markets were well below those highs, creating a potential case of intermarket divergence around the world as the Jupiter-Neptune-Saturn grand trine now comes to an end. In Asia and the Pacific Rim, the Japanese Nikkei got to 14,953 on Friday, July 19, but that was well below the 15,942 five-year high of May 23. The All Ordinaries of Australia got to 4993 the same day, but that was well below its recent high of 5229 on May 15. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong rallied to a high of 21,522 on July 12, well below the 23,512 level of May 20. China's Shanghai Index actually fell sharply into July 19, down to 1982, well below the 2092 high of July 11. The Indian Sensex equity market fared better, soaring to 20,256 on July 19. But even that was short of its 20,443 high of May 20.
It was the same story in Europe. All indices rallied smartly last week, but all failed to exceed their highs of May 22 (in the case of the DAX, SMI and FTYSE) or May 28 (in the case of the AEX). Moscow's MICEX index also rallied, but not to a new yearly high.
South America was different altogether, as both Brazil and Argentina struggled to make corrective rallies after huge sell offs the prior few weeks. Only in the USA did stocks soar to new all-time or multi-year highs. Only in the United States is Ben Bernanke the head of a central bank controlling the world's dominant standard currency, the U.S. Dollar. In Ben we trust. Ben spoke last week, and the USA stock market jumped. It was just as he wanted. It usually is.
Other markets performed well, too. Crude Oil soared to a new yearly high of 109.32, testing the 110.55 high of March 1, 2012. This is pertinent as Jupiter and Neptune were trine last week. Jupiter and Neptune rule Crude Oil. One would think that a top is close at hand in a "normal" market. Gold and Silver traded mostly up, but in a rather narrow range (1269-1299 in Gold). Treasuries and currencies were also up smartly last week. All in all, it was about what one would expect under a grand trine involving Jupiter and Neptune. But now what happens as they end their romance and part ways ?.
Best Trades of the Past Week :
Once again, the weekly report was relatively quiet (we don't initiate many new trades when Mercury is retrograde for a reason). There were only 2 new trades entered into. One was in Crude Oil, which advised, "Aggressive traders may look to sell short in weekly resistance (108.23-108.61) with a stop-loss on a close above 112.20". The high was 109.32 and it closed at 108.05. The other was in SLV, the Silver ETF (Exchange Traded Fund), which advised "Traders are long with a stop-loss on a close below 17.00. You may cover these positions now and re-buy on a drop to weekly support (18.57-18.66) with a stop-loss on a close below 17.75". The low of the week was 18.58 and the close was 18.88.
The best trade in the daily report was in Gold. The report of Monday, July 15, advised " Aggressive traders are long (from under 1210) with a stop-loss on a close below 1260 or 1244, depending on your risk allowance. Cover 1/3 of longs now and the rest above 1290 if offered", Gold went to 1293.60 that day for a profit of $23,000+ on three contracts. Two days later it was trading below 1270. But the best new trade initiated was in T-Notes, where last Monday's report advised, "Aggressive traders may go long on a pullback to the new bullish crossover zone (below 125/31), with a stop-loss on a close below 125/18". The low that day was 125/26 and it closed the week at 127/03. All in all, last week was one the most profitable weeks of the year for our daily subscriber reports, as large profits were taken in several markets, and several new positions for aggressive traders were initiated near the lows of the week. Sometimes you hit it just right. Sometimes it seems you have to wait forever (two-three weeks is forever to a trader).
For more information on the daily or weekly market reports, please follow this link, or call our offices at 1-248-626-3034.
Short-Term Geocosmics :
The very rare and powerful Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune grand trine of July 17-19 is now over (I repeat myself. I want to make the point). It is possible that rising markets spill over until the end of the month when a Grand Sextile (six-pointed hexagram, Star of David, or Diamond) forms on July 29. That is a rare signature, but since it involves the fast moving Moon, I am not sure that much can or should be made of it. The configuration will only be in effect a few hours. If world peace suddenly breaks out, I will alter my thoughts on this. Otherwise the crux of the Grand Trine - and hence its message of compassion and unity and expansion of basic rights- will be waning.
For this current period, Uranus and Mercury are now changing directions (see "Longer-Term Thoughts" below). On Monday, July 22, both the Sun and Venus will be changing signs, which means investors will probably shift their focus. On the same date, Mars will be in conjunction with Jupiter, normally a bullish signature. But from there, we head into July 27, when the Sun will square Saturn, and Mars will be in opposition to Pluto, followed by Mars in square to Uranus on July 31. It would seem that everything changes next week following the Mars-Jupiter conjunction. We could quickly move from control and common sense to hysteria and threat. But threat to what ? Our finances ? Our form of government ? Our lives ? There is an element of "mob rule" under this combination of geocosmic signatures. Everyone is advised to stay clear of potentially explosive and even violent situations.
Longer Term Thoughts :
"For the past century, violence has almost always been counterproductive in American politics. The anti-Vietnam War and civil rights movements were strongest when they were faithful to their nonviolent roots".
-Maurice Isserman and Michael Kazin, "America Divided : The Civil War of the 1960s", Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2011
"And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed : 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'
"And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
"And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual :
" Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
• Martin Luther King, Jr., August 23, 1963, Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
This is crazy. Ah, but first, we must define what "crazy" is to an astrologer, notwithstanding the idea that most folks think the study of astrology itself is "crazy", and therefore those who study it must be "crazy". Never mind that no other study in the history of mankind has lasted as long as astrology. Why is that? It must be that the history of civilization is comprised mostly of crazy people. But I beg to differ. In my view, the current makeup of those who inhabit today's world is probably the craziest ever.
But back to my point. yes, there is an astrological point to my claim that "This is crazy". It has to do with Mercury and Uranus. Now if anything has to do with "crazy", it is Uranus, for what is craziness if not the propensity to seek that which is outside the norm? And that is what Uranus does. Furthermore, Uranus is highlighted right now because it is changing directions. It just turned retrograde on July 17. When a planet changes directions, it is known as a "station". When planets are "stationary" (as in the case of Uranus right now), the dynamics associated with it are highlighted in current time. And since Uranus represents the propensity to go crazy or do crazy things. well, you get my drift. Never mind that Uranus rules such endeavors as Astrology. It also rules technology, scientific discoveries, unusually high intellect (but not necessarily common sense), astronauts, psychopaths, and rocket ships. There must be a common thread here.
Yet stationary Uranus is only half the story. The other half is Mercury. Like Uranus, it too is stationary this week. On Saturday, July 20, it ends its retrograde motion and starts going direct. Thus, Mercury principles are also highlighted this week. If Uranus is like the higher mind - that which is beyond the plane of common sense and practicality - then Mercury is the more normal, conscious mind, or the more simple pursuit of "knowledge and learning". What happens when the Uranus mindset (far out, radical, and extreme) comes into contact with Mercury, the normal conscious mind ? Craziness.
But here is the problem : Mercury and Uranus are not only stationary and therefore highlighted right now, but they are in a very close square aspect to one another. Squares are not easy. They are challenging. They throw us into conflicts of polar opposite issues, values, and beliefs. We become bipolar. We try to make these disparate dynamics fit, and when they don't, we go crazy and do crazy things. And when we do crazy things, we lose control. In this case, those who lose control probably have planets in the same degrees and also in hard aspect to the planets in square. That would be 12-14 degrees of cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn). The United States has its Sun and Saturn in those degrees of these signs. The Sun is the President. Saturn is the law and order people (Justice). The President and the Justice people are probably going crazy right now, trying to keep control over a society that is on the verge of bursting out of control over deeply divided issues pertaining to race, the proper role of the IRS and NSA, and a slew of other issues that straddle the divide of freedom, liberty, and national security.
What is just and what is fair ? What is racial prejudice and what are the proper limits of self-defense ? What is the meaning of Trevon Martin's life and George Zimmerman's life, or Christopher Steven's life, for that matter ? When do we "stand our ground" and when do we order our military to "stand their ground" when a comrade is being brutally beaten and killed ? Where is the responsibility for these senseless loss of lives (Pluto) ? "Someone has to pay", says Pluto in Capricorn, for this is "payback time". Unfortunately, those who end up paying are too often the innocent.
This is the heart of the Uranus-Pluto square, June 2012-March 2015. We are right in the middle of it now. It feels more like being in the jaws than in the heart of anything. And it is driving everyone crazy. Yes, this is the definition of "crazy" to a Financial and Mundane Astrologer, because as all of this happening, the U.S. stock market continues soaring to new all-time highs.
The Forecast 2013 Book discussed the grand trine of Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune on July 17-19, 2013. It would be the first time since 1967 that this rare configuration unfolded. 1967 was the "Summer of Love", as described in our annual book Last week, the Wall Street Journal had a major headline titled "Wall Street's Summer of Love", describing the euphoric rise to new all-time highs in the USA stock market. But 1967 was also the year of racial riots and major protests against government actions that were perceived to be unjust, unfair. It was a time of deep grievances unleashed. It's the summer of love all over again, and the summer of outrage and social discontent. It's the grand trine of Jupiter, Neptune, and Saturn. It is also the T-square of Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto. In 2008, the nation voted for "Hope and Change". Now it longs for "Hope and Security". No one feels safe and secure these days.
This is crazy. This is Uranus in overdrive, square Pluto in reverse. Can you feel the grinding of the gears ?.
To be continued (next week).
The next course (Course 3) of MMA's Market Timing Academy will take place August 10-12, 2013, at the Management Education Center (MEC) in Troy, Michigan. The title of this course is "Geocosmic Correlations to Trading Cycles. " It will define trading cycles - their length and patterns - and show which geocosmic signatures coincide with primary, half-primary, major, and shorter-term trading cycles in several financial markets, i.e. gold, silver, stock indices, currencies, grains. It will discuss the historical correlation of Mars in Scorpio and heliocentric Mercury on Sagittarius to sharp swings in gold and silver, and how to trade them. This is a course you will not want to miss! The cost is $2750 for non-MMTA students and Apprentices (slightly less if you are). For information and registration, please go to here or there, or call us at 1-248-626-3034.
Course 2 of MMTA, titled".Geocosmic Correlations to Investment Cycles in Financial Market". has been completed!!! The raw footage of this course is now available, and the DVD will be available in six weeks. This course examined the correlation of Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, and the Moon's North Node to long-term trends and their cycle troughs and crests in many financial markets, including stock indices and precious metals, going back over 200 years. Special attention was be given to the Uranus-Pluto and Saturn-Neptune cycles in various financial and commodity markets, plus the transit of Jupiter through the signs of the zodiac and its correlation to long- and intermediate-term stock market and Silver cycles. The cost of this raw footage or DVD is $2750. For information and/or registration, please go to here or there, or call us at 1-248-626-3034.
If you are interested in a review of Course 1 of MMTA that took place April 6-8, please visit here. Or go to the www.mmacycles.com website and scroll down the first page. Henry Canciglia has an extensive background in the U.S. political and intelligence community. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Henry is one of the 15 apprentices for the two-year MMTA course.
Our monthly MMA Cycles report and its companion MMA Japanese Cycles and MMA European Cycles reports will come out this week, Monday and Tuesday, via posting on our web site, or attachment via direct emails, for subscribers.
- This report covers our long term analysis of the stock market (DJIA and S&P futures), Gold, Silver, T-Notes, Euro and Swiss Franc currencies, grains and crude oil. It also provides the list of geocosmic and solar-lunar reversal zones for the 1-2 months. This report comes out Monday night to subscribers.
- The MMA Japanese Markets Cycles report covers the Nikkei, JGB Bonds, and the Dollar-Yen.
- The new MMA Europe Cycles report covers the German DAX, Swiss SMI, and Netherlands AEX stock indices, each in english only and will be available on Wednesday.
For subscription information, please go to our web site, or call us at 1-248-626-3034. If you are not a subscriber, you can check this service out on a 2-month trial basis for only $50.00.
We are pleased to announce the completion of The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Volume 2 : Geocosmic Correlations to Investment Cycles. We expect this book to be in print sometime in September - hopefully in time for the September 15-16 workshop. This means that the special $75.00 pre-order rate will end August 15. At that point, the normal rate of $125 (plus postage) will go into effect. To take advantage of the special pre-order discount price, please go to.
Speaking of our weekly subscription reports, we now offer a new one titled : MMA Weekly Treasuries, Soybeans, and Crude Oil Report. This will be a 3-5 page report offering comments, analysis, forecasts, and trading strategy for next week's market activity in the U.S. 10-Year T-Notes (Treasuries), Soybeans, and Crude Oil futures only. List of support/resistance areas, trend indicator points, geocosmic and lunar reversal points for the week, cycles phasing, and recommended buy and sell strategies. The cost is $750/yr or $250/3 months. We will offer a one-month trial subscription for $50.00, available only until August 15, as part of our introduction to this new service. Subscriptions are delivered by downloadable postings on the MMA Website, which is entered via your personal password. It is also delivered via an email attachment to all subscribers over the weekend before the market opens.
The DVD of the Denver Workshop on Financial Market Timing is still available! This financial markets workshop offers a completely unique and original perspective, integrating :
1) Market Timing studies,
2) Price Objective calculations,
3) Technical Analysis,
4) Pattern Recognition studies, and
5) Trend Analysis.
The primary focus of this workshop is on Market Timing Studies, particularly Cycles Analysis and Geocosmic Studies, as leading indicators that identify when to anticipate a reversal in all financial markets. Gold and the U.S. stock market are studied in great detail, especially regarding their current status. There is a wealth of timely and valuable information in this DVD, especially pertaining to the forthcoming Uranus-Pluto square of June 24, 2012, lasting through March 2015, and the important Jupiter correlation to stock market cycles coming up August-November 2012 and March-May 2013. The cost for this 4-hour DVD is $180.00 plus postage. To order, or call Amber at 1-248-626-3034. If you are a trader or investor who appreciates the value of market timing - especially in the next few months - this is a presentation you will not want to miss.
If you are an active short-term trader, or even if you are an investor who likes to keep up with our current thoughts on financial markets, you may be interested in our Weekly or even Daily Market reports with short-term trading recommendations,
(see a sample there, of the weekly).
It is the only way I keep in touch with traders on a daily or even weekly basis, as I no longer offer personal consultations. These reports give in-depth analysis of the DJIA, S&P and NASDAQ futures, Euro currency (cash and futures), Swiss Franc, Dollar/Yen cash and Yen futures, Euro-Yen cash, T-Notes, Soybeans, Crude Oil, Gold and Silver. The daily reports cover all stock indices listed above, as well as futures in Euro, T-Notes, Soybeans, Gold and Silver. Both reports provide trading strategies and recommendations for position traders as well as for shorter-term aggressive traders. Subscription to the daily report also includes the weekly report.
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Upcoming Events :
August 10-12, 2013 : MMTA Course 3 : Geocosmic Correlations to Primary and Trading Cycles in Financial Markets with Raymond Merriman. Location : MEC Technical Center of Michigan State University, Troy, Michigan.
October 12-14, 2013 : MMTA Course 4 : Solar-Lunar Correlations to Short-Term Reversals in Financial Markets with Raymond Merriman. Location : MEC Technical Center of Michigan State University, Troy, Michigan.
January 17-18, 2014 : Zurich, Switzerland. Forecast 2014, sponsored by AstroData. For further information, please go to there, or contact ASTRODATA AG, Tel. 41 (0) 43 343 33 66, or email. This will be special, and a great opportunity to meet some very impressive market timers who will be present. Register now as seating is limited !.
The MMA Catalogue of products and services for 2013 is now out!!! You can download it in PDF. The ordering page is the last page of the catalogue. This is especially useful for those outside of the USA, since we do not mail these out by mail unless requested.
We are pleased to announce that the Spanish publication of Basic Principles of Geocosmic Studies for Financial Market Timing has just been completed. For more information and ordering, please contact www.lecochonsideral.info/semana.html.
I am oftentimes asked for recommendations of a money manager who uses my methods, since I won't manage other people's money. The thing is, almost all money managers I know use their own systems. But many subscribe to my services and share my thoughts about the future of the economy, various financial markets, and how to position one's portfolio along these lines. One money manager who subscribes to our services that I would suggest for those looking to structure a longer-term portfolio, such as a retirement account, is Duke O'Neill of Boulder, Colorado. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-(303) 545-5837. For those looking for a professional trader of commodity and futures contract might consider Ted Lee Fisher at email@example.com. Ted is a legend in financial futures and has a seat on the CME. Both are very knowledgeable of the tools I use, of the way I am looking at markets, and yet each makes their own decisions as to exactly when to enter and exit any market. They will be more than happy to assist you.
To the above list, I would also like to recommend long-term MMA subscriber Erwin Brunner of Zurich, Switzerland. Mr. Brunner is the founder of BrunnerInvest AG. One of his five funds was awarded theBest in-house fund of funds in the world recently. Mr. Brunner is a former director of the Swiss Banking Corporation (today it is known as UBS), and a general director of Rothschild Bank in Zurich. As an independent wealth manager for high net worth individuals and institutional clients only, he places his clients into the funds of the best performing fund managers in the world, via his own research and experience. For high net worth readers interested in Mr. Brunner's funds, please contact him through www.brunnerinvest.ch.
The newly revised The Sun, The Moon, and Silver Book : Secrets of a Silver Trader, is now out. This is a book that you will use as a reference guide for...many, many years. It identifies all the key Sun-Moon combinations that have a higher (and lower) than expected probability of correlating with 4% or greater reversals in COMEX Silver. It also identifiesBig Range Days - those days in which the range of Silver is most likely to be 3.5% or more of the price of Silver, which is a great tool for day traders. This book fulfills the dream of all traders : high probability winning trade possibilities, with minimal market exposure. It is thatextra edge. And Silver is a great market to trade now. The cost is $125.00. For ordering on line.
Disclaimer and statement of purpose : The purpose of this column is not to predict the future movement of various financial markets. However, that is the purpose of the MMA (Merriman Market Analyst) subscription services. This column is not a subscription service. It is a free service, except in those cases where a fee may be assessed to cover the cost of translating this column from English into a non-English language. This weekly report is written with the intent to educate the reader on the relationship between astrological factors and collective human activities as they are happening. In this regard, this report will oftentimes report what happened in various stock and financial markets throughout the world in the past week, and discuss that movement in light of the geocosmic signatures that were in effect. It will then identify the geocosmic factors that will be in effect in the next week, or even month, or even years, and the author’s understanding of how these signatures will likely affect human activity in the times to come. The author (Merriman) will do this from a perspective of a cycle’s analyst looking at the military, political, economic, and even financial markets of the world. It is possible that some forecasts will be made based on these factors. However, the primary goal is to both educate and alert the reader as to the psychological climate we are in, from an astrological perspective. The hope is that it will help the reader understand these psychological dynamics that underlie (or coincide with) the news events and hence financial markets of the day.
No guarantee as to the accuracy of this report is being made here. Any decisions in financial markets are solely the responsibility of the reader, and neither the author nor the publishers assume any responsibility at all for those individual decisions. Reader should understand that futures and options trading are considered high risk.