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MMA COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING
April 21 - 2014
Raymond A. Merriman©
Financial Market Analyst & Market Timer.
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The Market Week in Review :
Most stocks indices of the world suddenly reversed their sharp down drafts of the prior week and were up last week. Even the Japanese Nikkei, which broke to a new primary cycle low and gave a flat-out bearish signal, found support in the region of a double bottom formation and rallied smartly. What does it mean when financial markets give such strong signals one way and then suddenly reverse ? It usually means one of three things : either Mercury or Mars are retrograde, or a strong Uranus signature is nearby. Mars is retrograde and there are several strong Uranus signatures in effect March 29-April 25.
Many world equity markets, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average, topped out within two days of the April 1-2 geocosmic critical reversal date given in the MMA weekly and monthly reports. They equities fell hard into the April 11-14 geocosmic critical reversal zone. And now they are rallying strongly into the third reversal date within this entire March 29-April 25 planetary cluster, due April 21 +/- three trading days. It is unusual to see three potential critical reversal dates in such short succession. But so far, each has worked extremely well.
These geocosmic critical reversal dates have been even more exact with Gold, which bottomed exactly on the April 1 critical reversal date, topped out exactly on the April 14 critical reversal date, and is now falling into the April 21st reversal date. On top of that, Silver fell to new low for this phase of the primary cycle last week when it dropped to 1922 on April 15, while Gold held above its previous low of 1277 made on April 1, for a potential case of intermarket bullish divergence, as well as bullish oscillator divergence in Silver. We will cover the conditions that would validate these signals in this week's MMA Cycles Report. It is also interesting - and instructive - to note that in the case of Gold's recent high at 1331 on Monday, April 14, is that news reports attributed the rise to increasing tensions in the Ukraine with Russia. As the Ukraine then acted militarily against Russian soldiers the following days, thus increasing the tension, the price of Gold went down, and the story line switched to a forecasted slowdown in Chinese Gold purchases. It makes you wonder what is real on the news these days. What is accurate and what can you depend upon ? As Financial Astrologers, we know that nothing is what it seems under such intense aspects involving Uranus. What is passed off as real and credible, just isn't so.
Crude Oil had a good week as well, rising to 104.99/barrel, well above its low of 97.37 just one month ago.
Best Trades of the Past Week :
Our best trade of the week in the weekly subscription report was in Gold. Aggressive traders were long and advised , "Let's cover 1/3 at 1315-1325 if offered and the rest at 1330 +/- 5 and sell short with a stop-loss on a close above 1360". Great trade as the high was 1331.40 and it sold off to 1284.40 the very next day, before closing the week at 1294.60.
Our best trades on the daily reports were in stock indices again. Monday and Tuesday's daily report for the June S&P mini futures advised, " Aggressive traders are short (from ,last week's high above 1865, and after cover 1/3 at the opening on Monday below 1810). Let's cover all at 1818 +/- 1.00 and go long with a stop-loss on a close below 1800". The low Tuesday was 1809.25. Then the next day's report stated, "OK, we got a great profit on all those shorts taken the prior week at 1865-1867, and we are now long, nicely in the money by 20 points. Lets' cover one now for profit, and the rest at 1850 +/- 3". The high the next day was 1857. On three contracts, that was over 270 points of profit last week on those trades.
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 :
This is the end of the March 29-April 25 period consisting of 15 important geocosmic signatures. The midpoint was April 11-14, a Friday-Monday, and indeed that coincided with sharp reversal in many markets, like equities, precious metals treasuries, and some grains. But in many ways, this planetary cluster period is like a fireworks celebration. The most intensive display may be at the very end. In this case, the very end of the time band of an abundance of geocosmic signatures finds the powerful Grand Cardinal square taking place, April 20-23. This is not just another hard aspect. It involves some very long-term planetary cycles, such as : Jupiter square Uranus, Jupiter in opposition to Pluto, Mars in opposition to Uranus and square to both Jupiter and Pluto, and the granddaddy of them all, Uranus square Pluto. They will all happen in exact orb this week.
As discussed previously, the Uranus-Pluto square occurs seven times due to the retrograde motion of both planets, between June 2012-March 2015. There is and will be nothing quite like this again in our lifetime. This particular passage - the fifth of the seven - may be the most important of all because in opposition aspects, the slower moving planet is the most dominant in terms of collective psychology (a theory I developed recently through observation, and discussed in this column). Thus, Mars is now in opposition to Uranus, making Uranus the dominant planet. However, Jupiter is also in opposition to Pluto, making Pluto the dominant force. Together, Uranus and Pluto are at their most potent expression right now, this week. It doesn't mean an event occurs this week (although it might, like an earthquake, terrorist attack, another burst of violence by someone with a mental disorder in possession of a firearm, which is all symbolic of this aspect). It just means the psychological pressure peaks this week, and afterwards, it begins to decline. But not by much, because Venus will then come and touch off this same signature in mid-May.
In terms of markets, we note that Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus are all involved. Usually that combination means very sharp price swings and potential reversals in many markets, especially Crude Oil. Let's see if it manifests that way this week.
Longer-Term Thoughts :
"The last time there was a competitive devaluation of world currencies, it ended up where it did, in the Second World War". - Delma Rousseff, President of Brazil, Wall Street Journal article from autumn 2010 (sorry, I lost the exact date to cite).
One more week.
That's right. One more week to go until the most intense 4-week time band of the year, perhaps even the decade, arguably even a lifetime, is completed. It's the Grand Cardinal Cross, where Mars retrograde, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto all fall in 13 degrees of cardinal signs, conjunct Vladimir Putin's natal Sun as well as the natal Sun-Saturn square of the United States founding chart (July 4, 1776).
The most obvious correspondence between this rare planetary configuration and world events is the tension between Russia and the USA, which is at its highest peak since.... well, maybe since 1968, shortly after the Uranus-Pluto cycle began in the mid-1960's. Now we are in the first quarter phase of that cycle, typically a time when the issues of the conjunction are revisited and found to be fraught with problems that were never resolved when the cycle began. The Cold War of the 20th century may have technically ended in 1988-89, but it wasn't emotionally resolved for many who opposed the demise of the Soviet Union, or the switch to the USA as the sole military superpower of the universe. That change of status is up for challenge now, concurrent with the middle part of this 33-month Uranus-Pluto waxing square, which is the first quarter phase of this 122-147 year Uranus-Pluto cycle.
How will the leaders of the world handle this issue of potential military conflict between the most powerful nations on earth ? I am not sure, for no one in the USA wants to even think about it, let alone do something about it (they seem more interested in racial and gender issues and allegations, now that we are heading into the mid-term elections). Talk of international tensions is not part of the election-year script. It's too inconvenient to think of "bad guys" other than the opposition party. Europe seems equally paralyzed about what actions to take in regards to the prospect of military confrontations brewing between Russia and Ukraine, and possibly other places soon as well. Yet with Uranus so highlighted now, there are apt to be more unexpected surprises and bold actions taken by.... somebody. With Mars, there may be an urge to act too hastily. With Pluto, a rash decision can carry powerful and lasting consequences if there is not a consensus. To say that this is a time of a serious dilemma between the path of world peace or war (cold war or otherwise) is an understatement, given the nature of Uranus, Mars, and Pluto.
This is the Easter and Passover holiday season, a time for renewal and rebirth, which are also symbols of Pluto. Maybe the leaders will agree that this is the time to "Give Peace a Chance". Almost everyone on the planet wants it. And, as former President Jimmy Carter once said, the only impediment to this wish for world peace are the leaders of the world. Here, in the midst of the most potent planetary gathering of a lifetime, is the chance for world leaders to step up and work together as part of a truly connected world body. There is a "line in the sand" now for all of us. Whichever way we cross, I think that will be the direction of the next 40+ years. Peace or war ? The empowerment of the individual, or the final grab for power by central government leaders ?.
To be continued (next week).
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MMA's weekly and daily reports have been extremely accurate and profitable over the past several weeks, especially in equity indices, crude oil, and precious metals. 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 Daily Market reports. It is the only way I keep in touch with traders on a daily or weekly basis. These weekly reports give in-depth analysis of the DJIA, S&P and NASDAQ futures, Euro currency (cash and futures), Dollar/Yen cash and Yen futures, Euro-Yen cash, T-Notes, Crude Oil, Soybeans, Gold and Silver. The daily reports cover all stock indices listed above, as well as futures in Euro, T-Notes, Gold and Silver, plus GLD and SLV (the Gold and Silver ETF's). 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. For more information, or call our offices at 1-248-626-3034. These reports are extremely valuable to those who trade ETF's (Exchange Traded Funds). And since early December, these reports have been extremely profitable. As subscriber and trader R.B. of Albuquerque, NM writes, "You have been on an incredible run for a while ; I have never seen anything like it". Well, when everything lines up just right...
Course 5 of the MMTA (Merriman Market Timing Academy) was a great success ! This course, titled "Trading and Investing Planning: Combining Market Timing Studies and Price Objective Calculations", was held March 24-27, 2014, in Troy, Michigan. This course focused on several topics. The first was the development of a weekly and daily trading plan, based on cycles, geocosmic signatures, and solar-lunar combinations. Real-time strategies took place every morning and at the end of the trading day. Then, longer-term market cycles, longer-term planetary cycles, and calculations of price objective targets for long-term cycle tops and bottoms, along with their patterns and sub-cycles were addressed. From there, the lessons moved into intermediate- and shorter-term price calculations. The DVD and LMS (on line version) of the course will be available at the end of April, via www.merrimanmta.com. The cost of this 4-day course is $3600.
MMTA Course 6 will take place June 2-5, 2014, also at the Michigan State University Management Education Center (MEC) in Troy, Michigan. This course will focus on short-term calculations of daily and weekly support/resistance, and trading plans to go with it. These plans will combine our knowledge of market timing tools, including cycles, geocosmic critical reversal dates, and solar-0lunar combinations. For more information, please call 1-248-626-3034, or visit the MMTA website.
The first year of MMTA (the Merriman Market Timing Academy) is now completed! The courses (all 4 together, or separately) are available via our LMS website-uploadable venue (no postage), or in DVD, to those who wish to become students of MMA's methodology. Each course comes with a full workbook (90-130 pages each). For a complete description of these courses - and those yet to come - please visit www.merrimanmta.com , or call 1-248-626-3034.
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.
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.
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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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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.Valeur des terres Robert Loquet - Conseiller général