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MMA COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING
July 28 - 2014
Raymond A. Merriman©
Financial Market Analyst & Market Timer.
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Both the S&P and NASDAQ soared most of last week. The S&P made another new all-time high on July 24, and the NASDAQ tested 4500 on the same day, it highest price in 14 years. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, did not make a new all-time high last week. Its all-time high remains at 17,151 on - guess what ? - July 17, our last three-star critical reversal date, also given in the Forecast 2014 Book.
After rallying into Thursday of last week, as the Sun completed it annual conjunction to Jupiter (the "Great Benefic") in Leo (another "Great Benefic" by sign), each of those indices fell hard on Friday. The DJIA, for instance, was down 123 points, closing at 16,960.
The stock indices of the rest of the world was pretty mixed up last week. In South America, Brazil's Bovespa soared to 58,138, its highest mark since March 2013. Argentina's Marvel Index, on the other hand, fell to 7923, its lowest level in a month, and well off its all-time high of 8925 on July 14. I guess that will show President Kirchner the folly of not showing up at the World Cup Soccer Championship in Brazil a couple of weeks ago to join Russian head of state Vladimir Putin and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel as guests of Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff.
However, the attendance of Putin didn't seem to help Russia's equity fortunes last week, as Moscow's MICEX index fell to 1384, its lowest level in over two months. That is a decline of over 10% since only July 8. The western world's economic sanctions for Russia's continued military presence on the Ukraine border are beginning to hurt, all part of the ramifications of having a birthdate that fell right in the thick of the grand cardinal cross in late April (Putin's birthday is October 7, 1952 ; his natal Sun is at that critical 13-14 degrees of Libra, a cardinal sign, where the grand cross occurred).
Stock prices did not fare much better in the rest of Europe. Since its all-time highs of June 20 and July 3 at slightly over 10,000, the German DAX fell to the 9600 area for the third time last week. A close below 9600 will be a technical breakdown. The Netherlands AEX also made a new long-term cycle crest in the first week of July, but also fell hard to close down last week. The same was basically true with Switzerland's SMI index. But it was a different story in Great Britain where London's FTSE index rallied all week, closing just 60+ points off its all-time high of 6894 made back on May 15. It's all about the currency, as the Euro (and Swiss Franc) fell to its lowest level since November 2013. Well, as stated here many times, Europe needs to bring down the value of the Euro if it wants to continue to complete on world markets.
In the Far East and Pacific Rim, things really heated up last week, another indication that the economic power is shifting from the West to the East. India's Sensex made a new all-time high, while Australia's All Ordinaries and the Hang Seng Index of Hong Kong soared to their highest levels in over three years. China's Shanghai Index made a big leap higher, as did Japan's Nikkei index. There were no down thrusts here. Everything was up, up and up.
In other markets, the precious metals had a wild ride last week. On Thursday, July 24, Gold fell to 1287.50, below the 1292.60 low the prior week that generated our special alert. I was beginning to think, "Well, so much for that special alert on Gold. At least there was nothing or little lost if you placed your stop-loss below the 1292.60 low of July 15, when the special alert was issued". However, on Friday, Gold closed up $14.40, at 1308.50. Yet the time for this low was still within the first of two possible time bands (July 14-25) connected to the transit of Mars through Scorpio. And the price target for the low given in that special alert was not violated.
Best Trades of the Past Week :
The best trade of the week in the weekly subscription report was in the S&P e-mini contract, which advised , "Position traders are flat and may sell short during the week if prices enter or exceed weekly resistance (1985.50-1989.75) and then have a daily close back below, with a stop-loss on a close above that high or 1990, depending on your risk allowance". Bingo! The high of the week was 1985.75 on the Sun conjunct Jupiter day of July 24. It closed the week at 1971.50.
The best trade of the week in the daily reports was in Thursday's SLV (the Silver ETF), which advised, "Aggressive traders are still short with a stop-loss on a close above 20.57 after covering 2/3 for profits last week. Traders may now cover the rest at 19.75 +/- 6 if offered and go long there with a stop-loss on a close below 19.00". It went as low as 19.50 and closed at 19.87, yielding a nice profit on the shorts and closing the week in the money on the longs. Thursday's advice on the NASDAQ E-Mini contract may have been even better, as it stated, "Aggressive traders (may) sell again at 3990-4000 with a stop-loss on a close above 4030". Bingo! The high that day was a new contract high of 3991.50. It closed the week at 3955.50.
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Short-Term Geocosmics :
The all-time high in the DJIA (July 17) and S&P (July 24) fit very well with the transit of Mars through 23-28 Libra, which formed a conjunction to the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in the "Buttonwood" chart that represents the start of the New York Stock Exchange (May 17, 1792). Now Mars enters Scorpio, July 25-September 13, a time that usually represents more of a struggle for USA stocks, and more support for commodities like precious metals.
The week will start off with Venus transiting in a T-square formation to the ongoing Uranus-Pluto waxing square. This T-square will be in force July 28-31. Venus rules things of value, like stocks and currencies. Its first aspect is an opposition to Pluto in Capricorn on Monday, July 28. This pertains to debt and taxes, and the big issue on the docket today in the USA is tax reform -especially corporate tax reform.
The USA currently has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, and USA companies are buying up foreign businesses at an alarming rate in order to move their headquarters oversees, save monies from the tax man, and be more competitive with other world businesses. Instead of recognizing the source of this problem (corporate tax rates are too high and make USA businesses less competitive on world markets) and correcting the corporate tax code (lower the world's highest tax rate so that companies in other countries relocate here and pay taxes), the White House is in the process of proposing penalties on these companies to force them to stay and pay higher taxes under the guilt trip that they are not being "patriotic", by wanting to avoid higher taxes. In America we have a saying for decisions like this that fail to address the real problem by trying reframe ("spin") the problem and applying a fix that doesn't solve the issue at all. It's called "ass backwards". You are going to hear a lot about this government's "ass backwards" effort to deal with this corporate tax issue in the coming days with Venus in opposition to Pluto. Basic Economics 101 is this : you raise more tax revenues by having more businesses employ more people with lower tax rates, than you do with higher rates. Higher rates drive businesses away, because it takes away their profits, and results in less hiring of people who also pay taxes.
In terms of financial markets, the Venus opposition to Pluto and square to Uranus can coincide with sudden reversals. In stocks for instance, just as a fast as stocks fell late last week, they could spring right back from a low that forms during this period. But will they make a new all-time high ? If not, then the technical picture will look bleak, a lot of like the summer-fall 1987.
Longer-Term Thoughts :
I had the opportunity to listen to Randy Fredericks talk about the bullish and bearish case for stocks at a Charles Schwab seminar this past week. It was a very good talk, well-thought out from both a fundamental and technical - and even cyclical/seasonal - point of view. I am beginning to think that "cyclical" and "historical" are like siblings in the same family.
In his presentation, Fredericks expounded on several bearish considerations regarding U.S. equities. Amongst the concerns he notes, "slow seasonals". He studies show that Memorial Day through Labor Day is a much slower growth period for stocks than the norm. Even in 2013, stock prices fell during this season. He sees some trouble ahead in the last quarter of this year, for many reasons. One study I found particularly interesting was his chart on "high margin debt levels". The last time this indicator peaked (like it is now) was in mid-late 2007, just before the stock market registered its then all-time high (October 11, 2007). This was followed by the sharpest decline since the Great Depression, lasting October 11, 2007 through March 9, 2009.
He also pointed out many bullish indicators, including the actions of the Federal Reserve Board. He is not worried that the Fed's balance sheet is loaded with Treasuries that will go down in value if rates go up. He is not worried because he sees no reason why the Fed has to "unwind", or sell them. They can just let them mature in 7-8 years, when most are due, without any concurrences. The Fed already has enough cash. it doesn't need to sell the bonds before maturity, and take a loss.
A lot of Frederick's thoughts fit in nicely with cyclical and geocosmic studies, which I will discuss in the monthly MMA Cycles Report, due out to subscribers on Monday evening, July 28. But one thing worries me : if the Fed is content to sit on its holdings, most of which mature in 7-8 years, doesn't that mean the USA will have a very huge debt to pay then (when they mature) ? How will they pay it ? I note that in January 2020, Saturn (loss) will conjunct Pluto (debt) on the USA's Pluto return in late Capricorn. That's a subject I will tackle in the Forecast 2015 Book.
For now, let's enjoy the summer season of Leo, the sign of fun, sun, and parties. Let's enjoy at least until Mars in Scorpio meets Saturn in Scorpio on August 25. It should get plenty hot by then, both weather wise (watch out for forest fires) and politically (watch Putin, Obama, and the USA mid-term elections).
To be continued (next week).
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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