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World Leaders and Global Markets at Mercury Retrograde

When Mercury goes retrograde on Tuesday, October 13, it starts a stressful interlude leading up to the US elections on November 3, the date that the retrograde period ends.

Mercury Station For World Leaders
Many world leaders are likely to be impacted by the Mercury retrograde station – and experience lingering effects throughout the entire Mercury retrograde period.

But the retrograde station itself also signals specific challenges for markets, geopolitics, and political world leaders.

With that in mind, we’ve reviewed some of the Mercury station’s connections with midpoint structures in key horoscopes. Here’s what we found.

The current Stocks To Watch in our Financial Cycles Weekly Model Portfolio all have strong resonance with the retrograde Mercury. The station triggers the ATVI midpoints for Vulcanus/Chiron, Uranus/Node, Neptune/Node, Sun/Pluto, and Moon/Mercury; the MSFT midpoints for Admetos/Midheaven, Venus/Kronos, Neptune/Kronos, and Aries/Sun; the QCOM midpoints for Moon/Node, Mars/Uranus, and Cupido/Poseidon; and the TSCO midpoints for Sun/Neptune, Jupiter/Ascendant, Mercury/Apollon, Moon/Neptune, and Uranus/Cupido.

The New York Stock Exchange triggers Sun/Saturn [difficulties, hindrances, falling ill] & Venus/Hades [grief & adversity].

NASDAQ triggers Neptune/Poseidon [misrepresentations of facts, false pretenses, erroneous ideas].

COMEX GOLD triggers Mar/Vulcanus [great strength, mighty activity], Cupido/Hades [stored supplies, stockpiling, hoarding], Moon/Poseidon [mediumship, spiritual influence], and Sun/Jupiter [rich people, a successful money day].

Tim Bost with New Book

Bitcoin triggers Venus/Kronos [preference, affection, a helping hand] & Poseidon/Node [global conceptions & ideals, beneficial mental & spiritual unions]. Our position on the cryptocurrency continues to be extremely bullish.

World Leaders At The Mercury Retrograde Station

There are also specific people in the spotlight.

Notable affected world leaders include Narendra Modhi with Node/Cupido [creating community] & Mars/Hades [fatigue, serious sickness, unusual deaths, erroneous actions, damages and misfortunes]; Vladimir Putin with Cupido/Vulcanus [expansion of domestic political power] & Jupiter/Ascendant [popularity & happy companionship]; Benjamin Netanyahu with Aries/Vulcanus [global expressions of power, might & force] & Node/Chiron [alliances becoming very problematical]; Xi Jinping with Pluto/Hades [deterioration, evil change, dishonesty, unreliability & worsening conditions] & Kim Jong Un with Saturn/Admetos [hardship, lack, being in a tight spot] & Uranus/Vulcanus [sudden global acts of violence, huge force unleashed unexpectedly].

Good Luck In A Tight Situation

The personalities in the US presidential race are also impacted, especially in light of the COVID-19 trigger of Moon/Mercury [increasingly rapid spread among the population]. Mike Pence has Sun/Cupido [a married man] & Uranus/Hades [sudden damages & accidents, disgusting acts]. Donald Trump has Neptune/Cupido [disharmony, breakups, unfaithful husband, moving away]. Kamala Harris has Jupiter/Admetos [good luck in a tight situation]; Joe Biden has Venus/Jupiter [joyous rapture] & Pluto/Kronos [self-made man ascending in rank, a change in government].

Microsoft Trade Possibilities Ahead

It looks like a Microsoft trade may offer some real possibilities for astro-traders now.

Microsoft trade chart
The trading action for Microsoft is currently structured along the ninth-harmonic planetary price lines for geocentric Mars and Poseidon. Note the upward trading channel provided by the red price lines for geocentric Mars, providing solid expectations for rising prices ahead.

The current trading chart for Microsoft (NASDAQ – MSFT) shows a mild uptrend in a trading channel. We have every reason to expect that trend to continue.

But other things are happening, too!

Transits Set Up A Positive Microsoft Trade

There are some powerful transiting dynamics that we shouldn’t ignore. They have the potential for a major impact coming up in the next few weeks.

First of all there’s Jupiter.

Action by transiting Jupiter is bringing it into opposition to the transneptunian factor Kronos in the Microsoft First-Trade horoscope. That line-up suggests that higher prices for this stock may be coming up soon.

That gets big reinforcement from transiting Pluto, which is activating both First-Trade Jupiter and the First-Trade Ascendant.

Together, these transiting dynamics form an incredibly powerful combination.

As we look at the potential for a profitable Microsoft trade, then, we can expect a massive price bump for this bellwether tech stock.

The move could be quite memorable.

Note that because of the role that transiting Pluto is playing here, it may take a few weeks to see the full price impact.

After all, Pluto moves very slowly. So the positive action here may follow the Pluto pace, taking its time in benefiting this stock.

Here’s a quick video that puts the current situation into perspective:

As this Astro-Traders’ Tip of the Week suggests, this may be a very good time indeed to look at a Microsoft trade as a potential winning move in your own portfolio!

Market’s Best Day Ever

Today was the market’s best day ever.

For the bulls, it was a welcome relief from the relentless sell-off that has brought the major market indices to the brink of bear territory.

By the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had boomed forward by 4.98%, adding a whopping 1086.25 to finish the trading day at 22,878.41.

The S&P 500 followed suite. It gained 116.60 to end the session at 2467.70. That was a gain of 4.96% for the day.

The Russell 2000 Index matched that 4.96% bounce. It added 62.89 points to close at 1329.81.

And the market’s best day treated the NASDAQ especially well. The tech-heavy index was up 361.44 points. That represented a gain of 5.84% and a closing price of 6554.55.

The Market’s Best Day Matched Our Forecast Perfectly

Some traders, weary of the ongoing price decline of the past couple of months, may have been surprised by the rebound.

We weren’t.

In our members-only conference call with Financial Cycles Weekly Gold-Plus Elite members on Sunday, December 16, we specifically flagged this date.

According to  our cycle studies and astrological analysis, we had determined that December 26 has a 75% likelihood of bringing a higher close in stock prices.

Almost a slam dunk.

(I have to admit that I hadn’t actually anticipated that today would be the market’s best day ever. But with that 75% probability I felt quite certain that we would be seeing a rebound in stocks.)

Sharing The Forecast With Larry

When Larry Pesavento interviewed me on Monday, December 24, we talked about today as well.

I had pointed out we had just come to the end of a rare double retrograde cycle. The Venus retrograde which helped trigger the market sell-off had been followed by Mercury retrograde.

That dynamic ended Monday with Mercury’s retrograde return.

Larry  said that it was remarkable to hear a bullish voice. But he also noted that the astrological charts I shared confirmed his own analysis.

You can see the entire interview replay HERE.

So there was much to celebrate today.

Not just the market’s best day ever – but a great confirmation for financial astrology, too!

Stock Market Crash Forecast From A Gold Bug

A big stock market crash is on the way.

In fact, according to a pro-gold research organization, it’s due right now!

It’s Time For The Stock Market Crash – All Three Major US Indices Have Broken Record Highs

That’s the compelling headline for a recent blog post at Palisade Research.

The post argues that the simultaneous record highs set by the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 Index, and the NASDAQ Composite Index is a strong indicator that a major top is in.

And if a top is in, of course, a big stock market crash is on the way!

stock market crash because of record highs

Palisade Research illustrated the blog post with this dramatic chart. It not only shows the price lines for the Dow, the S&P, and the NASDAQ. It also shows the HUI Index, which is the NYSE Arca Gold BUGS Index. (Palisade Research has an unabashed bullish bias on precious metals.)

According to Palisade Research, “The last time the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), and NASDAQ closed simultaneously at record highs, each index tumbled for the next 2.5 years: -40.33%, 25.04%, and -75.04%, respectively.”

If History Really Repeats Itself, Just How Bad Will The Stock Market Crash Be?

The classic warning in the markets, of course, is that “past performance is no guarantee of future results.”

That’s true when we want to make optimistic assumptions about our trading prospects. It’s true when we seek to justify big positions on the basis of our back-testing and the big successes we may have experienced in the past.

But it’s also true of doom and gloom predictions, too!

Even so, Palisade Research doesn’t hesitate to extrapolate the likelihood of a major plunge based on what happened after the most recent stock market crash and its predecessor 14 years ago:

“In fact,” the blog post notes, “if the market were to correct in a similar way as we saw in 2002 and 2009, we can expect the S&P 500, DJIA, and NASDAQ to drop -64.65%, -60.72%, -75.80%, respectively.”

So will get a giant stock market crash in the weeks ahead?

Time will tell. It’s been almost 2 years since we mentioned a possible stock market crash.

But our analysis definitely shows the potential for consolidation, if not an outright correction.

And with the current eclipse cycle getting underway, this is definitely a time for stock market bulls to be extremely cautious!

EMKR May Not Be A Buy Right Now

Is EMKR a stock you should think about buying?

The semiconductor stock EMCORE (EMKR) may look attractive to some traders. That’s especially true for those looking for low-priced speculative plays right now.

But savvy astro-traders should be a little bit more cautious about this stock.

The company designs and manufactures Indium Phosphide optical chips, components, subsystems, and systems for the broadband and specialty fiber optics market.

Its main customers are cable television and fiber-to-the-premise networks, satellite communications providers, and the defense and homeland security sectors.

EMKR Is A Favorite On Some Trading Forums

This is a surprisingly popular stock, at least among part-time traders looking for speculative technology plays.

And no wonder. AT $5 a share, EMCORE is currently trading at slightly below book value, It’s priced at a mere fraction of its price 10 years ago.

But speculators shouldn’t be too hasty in considering EMKR as a trading candidate. The trading volume and relative strength for this stock are both fairly mediocre. This suggests that it might not hold up well in a portfolio under stress, in spite of its longer-term trading record.

And there are astrological causes for caution, too.

During the coming weeks this stock will be have transiting Saturn square its First-Trade Sun, which is not particularly encouraging. We’ve also got transiting Chiron parallel First-Trade Saturn, which can potentially complicate things even more for this stock.

EMCORE (EMKR)
The First-Trade horoscope for EMCORE (EMKR) reveals some of the potential challenges for traders in this NASDAQ stock.

And there are other astro-trading factors worth considering as well.

Take a look at the chart pictured here. It shows the transiting planets at this week’s closing bell in relationship to the EMKR First-Trade horoscope.

This reveals some additional warning signs.

The sesquiquadrate from transiting Jupiter (1) to First-Trade Neptune (2) stimulates speculative activity. This obviously helps make this stock seem quite appealing. And with transiting Mars (3) conjoining First-Trade Pluto, it’s certainly possible that we’ll see some substantial trading action during the coming weeks.

But pay special attention to transiting Neptune (4) conjoining First-Trade Mercury at the First-Trade Midheaven. This is a potent reminder that things may not be quite as they seem with EMKR. The possibility of mis-judging this stock is very high.

In short, if you want to trade EMKR, be careful.

You would do well to wait on the sidelines a bit before adding a position to your portfolio.

Mercury & Pluto at the Fed Announcement: Big Action for Stocks, the VIX, and the Dollar, Too!

In spite of the fact that one of our readers has dubbed the comments posted here on the Fed’s announcement today “the worst call out there”, it’s still interesting to see exactly what the markets actually did in the final hours of trading today– and to anticipate what the action in equities will look like tomorrow.

Throughout most of the trading day prior to the 2:00 p.m. announcement, stock prices were churning in a somewhat apprehensive market with a decidedly bearish bias.

But when the Fed announcement was released, it immediately became apparent that Mercury’s conjunction with the Fed Pluto was having exactly the kind of dramatic impact we had anticipated. The major market indices all rallied, breaking into positive territory and pushing to new heights by the end of the trading session.

Fed Indices Response
The S&P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the NASDAQ Composite all rose after the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee made its announcement on June 18, 2014.

The S&P not only rallied, it also managed to hit yet another all-time record high by the time the closing bell on Wall Street rang. Note as well that both Gold and the Euro showed significant strength for the day.

It was also worth watching the VIX during the trading session. This measure of market volatility took a sharp plunge right after the Fed’s announcement, confirming the old “buy the rumor, sell the fact” adage– once the facts were known about the Fed’s intentions, a lot of the uncertainty that had roiled the market action earlier in the day began to fade away.

Fed Announcement VIX Response
The VIX reaction to the Fed’s announcement was quite dramatic.

In looking at the VIX chart, it’s worth observing that the index had already risen to the higher levels we had forecast last week as a potential response to Mercury’s retrograde passage over the cardinal axis. We’re still looking for more action in this Fear Index during the coming weeks, with a return to higher levels of volatility as we approach the July 4 Independence Day holiday.

This dramatic action in the VIX was further confirmation of the power of the Mercury/Pluto combination that made the timing for this event so noteworthy.

But even though the Mercury/Pluto action bore out the forecast, I had also looked at the Mars transit to the Fed chart and had assumed that the market’s reaction to the announcement would be “less than enthusiastic,” based largely on the activation of the Moon/Saturn midpoint in the Fed horoscope.

Things didn’t turn out that way.

We certainly didn’t see a negative reaction in equities during the remainder of the trading day. But Mars moves more slowly than Mercury, so the impact of its transit is likely to carry on a little longer. That’s one of the reasons why we’re still anticipating a pull-back in stock prices before the end of the week– and why our Gold-Plus Elite members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com are planning to add to the short positions in our Model Portfolio before the market closes on Friday..

Remember, too, that the influence of the Federal Reserve goes far beyond just the price of stocks. The Fed’s announcements have a big impact on currencies, of course, which is why it was particularly interesting to see what happened to the dollar this afternoon:

Dollar Reacts to Fed
The U.S. Dollar Index had been trending lower before the Fed’s announcement on Wednesday afternoon, but as soon as the official word was released the Greenback started going through wild swings. Volatility remained high for the rest of the day, with the dollar pushing sharply lower.

 

Jupiter & Admetos Inspire the Bulls

In apparently arbitrary fashion, the equities markets decided to ignore some of the grim geopolitical events and their potential consequences today. Instead they got back to the business of celebrating some of the bright spots on the economic horizon.

At least it seemed to be arbitrary to the mainstream financial media.

They really seemed to be at a loss to explain the modest price increases in the major market indices.

But of course they aren’t using astrology.

We had forecast a 57% likelihood of higher stock prices today, based in part on our observations of the historic responses to two key planetary factors: a retrograde station by the transneptunian factor Admetos and a waxing 45-degree alignment between Jupiter and Admetos.

Our research has shown that Admetos retrograde stations have about a 68% probability of triggering bullish responses in the markets. Waxing Jupiter/Admetos semi-squares prompt higher stock prices about 60% of the time.

So even though this wasn’t a slam-dunk kind of forecast, we did have some reasonable expectations that the markets would respond with a positive price move.

Jupiter and the Admetos Retrograde Station

We got the Admetos retrograde station at this morning at 1:14 a.m. EDT, about eight hours before the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange.

When the market closed at 4:00 p.m., Jupiter was applying to its semi-square with Admetos, an angular relationship that was exact about three-and-a-half hours later.

As it turned out, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 48.38 points today, up 0.33%.

The S&P 500 gained 4.48 points, to add 0.27%.

The NASDAQ picked up 0.41% by gaining 14.83 points.

While there certainly isn’t anything earth-shattering about these results, it’s encouraging to see the markets responding to the planetary influences.

That’s especially true when a transneptunian factor like Admetos is involved.

Many astrologers ignore the transneptunians altogether, but I find them worth watching, time and time again.

 

 

Profitable Eclipse Trading with a NASDAQ Stock

One of the stocks featured in last year’s special report on “The Solar Eclipse of November 2012: Its Impact on the Markets” was Charels & Colvard Ltd. (NASDAQ – CTHR).

CTHR was identified as a potential trading candidate because of the alignment the solar eclipse made with the company’s first-trade horoscope. The firm is a jewelry manufacturer and distributor based in North Carolina, and even though it’s not a heavily-traded issue it provided a great opportunity for astro-traders seeking short-term profits with minimal risk.

I’ve just been looking at the record of the trade in this stock that got underway after the eclipse in November, along with the other stocks covered in the November report. The results are pretty impressive!

You can get a review of how this trade was structured, including the use of stop-loss levels in the trade as it progressed in a new video I’ve just posted on YouTube. Take a look at:

http://youtu.be/GkXQPPnvIxI

Be sure to subscribe, comment, and share it with others!

Solar Eclipse Smashes the Stock Market

If anybody ever tells you that astrological events don’t influence the market, just point out what happened in equities trading yesterday.

The Dow took a 185-point nosedive, down 1.45%.

The Russell 2000 lost 2%, and the NASDAQ lost 1.29%, dropping down to test support levels dating back to last July.

The S&P 500 plunged by 1.39% and finished the session below its 200-day moving average, a very bearish signal.

Of course there’s been a good bit of weakness in the markets recently, so a day of big losses should have come as no surprise. And there were war worries, European nervousness, and Fiscal Cliff anxiety. . .

. . . and a big impact from a major solar eclipse!

As I pointed out recently in my monograph on The Solar Eclipse of November 2012: Its Impact on the Markets, “eclipses are the single most significant  celestial phenomena that we need to reckon with in financial forecasting and market timing.”

This week’s solar eclipse wasn’t even visible in the U.S., but it still slammed the stock market.

The eclipse reached totality about an hour after the closing bell on Tuesday, and as I watched the market action that day it was easy to see its gathering influence.

Stocks had traded in positive territory for most of the day, but about an hour before the close things began to go south and the major indices all ended up with losses by the time the closing bell rang.

In yesterday’s trading session, the force of the eclipse was in full effect, and stock prices struggled to stay afloat to no avail, then sold off with a vengeance.

So yes, astrological events do have an effect on the markets! But that’s only part of the story.

The other part is this: the effects of the November 13 solar eclipse aren’t over yet!

We’re likely to see more downside action today, of course, but the solar eclipse will continue to make its influence felt, no just for days, but for months to come, well into the first half of 2013.

That’s one of the key lessons discussed in the monograph on The Solar Eclipse of November 2012: Its Impact on the Markets. It lists the exact dates to look for activations of the eclipse in the markets, and suggest some specific stocks to trade so you can get the eclipse energy working for you instead of against you.

This would be a really good time to review your copy and make some trading plans in the light of what’s coming up. If you’ve haven’t gotten a copy yet, it’s still available at http://bit.ly/Eclipse1211.

 

Another Great Week for Our Gold-Plus Elite Members

Kudos to our Gold-Plus Elite members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com!

Even though the stock market as a whole was down last week, they cashed in on some short-term trades and walked away with some very attractive profits.

For the trading week ending on September 28, the Dow Industrials were down by 1.05% and the S&P 500 fell 1.33%. The NASDAQ Composite dropped 2.00% and the Russell 2000 lost 2.11%.

But our Gold-Plus Elite members closed 6 trades, with one trade losing $85.00 and the remaining 5 trades bringing in a total profit of $1,790.00.

Those winning Model Portfolio trades had an average ROI of 3.40%, with the market exposure in each trade lasting less than 9 trading days on average — in other words, our Gold-Plus Elite members were in and out of their market positions in less than two calendar weeks, but pocketed profits that would have taken them about seven years to earn if they had put their money in savings accounts at today’s interest rates!

Check out the record of the week’s trades for yourself to get the details.

The best thing, of course, is that our Gold-Plus Elite members don’t have to be expert traders to get these results — and they don’t have to know anything about astrology, either. They can enjoy the full benefit of the astro-trading advantage without specialized knowledge because our Gold-Plus Elite membership is a complete, done-for-you program that provides the ultimate in hand-holding guidance so you can trade with a minimum amount of time, effort, and anxiety.

All trading involves financial risk, of course, and our Gold-Plus Elite members do have some losing trades as well as winners. But winning weeks like this past one pay for the membership many times over!