MMA Weekly Column for 2019-04-08©

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Job creation posted a solid rebound in March, with nonfarm payrolls expanding by 196,000 and the unemployment rate holding steady at 3.8%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Wage gains fell off the recent strong pace, increasing just 0.14% for the month and 3.2% year over year, below expectations of the 3.4% pace from last month. – Jeff Cox, “Job Market Bounces Back in March,”, April 5, 2019.


President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. economy would climb like “a rocket ship” if the Federal Reserve cut interest rates. “I think they should drop rates and get rid of quantitative tightening,” Trump told reporters “You would see a rocket ship. Despite that, we’re doing very well.” Trump has been heavily critical of Powell’s decisions at the Fed, going as far as to say that “the Fed has gone crazy” with raising rates. Trump has blamed Powell’s decision-making for drops in the stock market, calling him “loco” for steadily raising rates in 2018 and saying choosing Powell for Fed chairman was the worst mistake of his presidency. – Michael Sheetz, “Trump Says Economy Would Take Off Like ‘A Rocket Ship’ if Fed Cut Rates, Ended Tightening Policy.”, April 5, 2019.


So, just to be clear, the appointment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General was not the worst decision of Mr. Trump’s presidency, as stated before. The appointment of Jerome Powell as chair of the Federal Reserve Board was his worst decision.


Nevertheless, the USA economy and the stock markets of the world continue to grow, perhaps in large measure due to some of Mr. Trump’s economic policy decisions. More and more people are working for higher and higher wages, and the average individual’s net worth continues to grow, albeit more so for those who are at the top of the income brackets than those in the middle or lower rungs. The growth is gradual and sustained, which is what most economists consider ideal, although the president sees it otherwise. He wants growth like a “rocket ship,” which is consistent with the theme of Jupiter in its ruling sign of Sagittarius. Moderate growth is nice. Explosive growth is better – until it ends. And, as we know from market experience, anything that goes up sharply is also likely to come down harder. You can’t sustain explosive growth like a “rocket ship.” It eventually runs out of fuel and then it crashes. This projection is an almost perfect symbolism of the Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces of 2019, followed by the Capricorn Stellium involving Saturn and Pluto conjunct in Capricorn in 2020. Or, asset inflation followed by asset deflation.


Most of the world’s equity markets enjoyed healthy rallies last week. In fact, most soared to their highest levels of 2019, as central banks around the world reverted back to the “easy money” policies of 2008-2016. It’s all about liquidity, and tightening is once again considered a bad concept (by bankers and politicians), especially under Jupiter in Sagittarius, square Neptune in Pisces. Who wants to be constrained under that combination? Maybe those who understand the consequences that are likely to be encountered when all of that cosmic noise shifts to Capricorn, which is like going from a heavy metal rock concert to a Wagner opera.


The solid economic data also translated into new multi-month highs in crude oil, which just happens to be co-ruled by – guess what? – Jupiter and Neptune, Sagittarius and Pisces. It was also a very good week for bitcoin, which finally broke out above $5000 for the first time since November. This is a market to watch with Uranus (sudden and sharp moves) now back into Taurus (currencies and other financial vehicles of exchange for services and products). However, it wasn’t such a positive week for Gold and Silver as both made new cycle lows on Thursday, April 4. Gold fell to 1284.90 then, which is still above the 1280.60 low of the nearby contract on March 7. But Silver dropped to 14.86, which was below its 14.98 low of March 7. This is known as a case of intermarket bullish divergence, so let’s see if it catches up now, especially with heliocentric Mercury having moved into Sagittarius on April 3. That planet-sign combination often (70-75%) coincides with sharp price moves in currencies and metals.




Friday, April 5, was a new moon in Aries, symbolic of new beginnings. It also leads us into a very tight and powerful time band of geocosmic signatures that will begin to unfold this week, April 10-15. This period includes Jupiter turning retrograde (stationary) on April 10, followed by the Sun trine Jupiter on April 14. These signatures suggest a crest in markets that have been rising.


We also note that Venus will conjoin Neptune on April 10, and square Jupiter on April 15. This Venus “translation” of the Jupiter/Neptune square can also be bullish (or very bearish, if panic starts to set in). Additionally, the Sun will square Saturn and Pluto, April 10-13. That has bearish overtones, as in frustration that things could work out so well now, except something is seen as obstructing the positive momentum. All of these signatures together represent an abundance of cosmic energy that could easily lead to a sudden reversal in different financial markets next week or early the week after. As mentioned before, the translations of the Jupiter/Neptune square, occurring along with (or shortly before) the translations to the Saturn/Pluto conjunction, is a preview of what we can anticipate over the next several months. In other words, the next week offers a glimpse into the next year. It’s like a microcosmic view of the macrocosmic overview.


With Jupiter in Sagittarius, and all the Jupiter signatures in effect between now and April 15, we may see very large price swings in many markets, including stocks. On a political note, we also point out that Jupiter and Sagittarius, which are now highlighted, are cosmic principles relating to world trade. Thus, this may represent the last favorable time in the near future for the USA and China to come to a trade agreement, to end their trade dispute. We hope this opportunity, now shown by the cosmos, is not squandered. If a trade deal is reached this month, then the stock market could explode higher - much higher. If a trade deal fails, then we could see the opposite result in stocks, as Jupiter, planet of trade, turns retrograde. With Jupiter still square Neptune one can (and will) always entertain hope. But with Jupiter turning retrograde at the same time Saturn is in close proximity of Pluto in Capricorn, one must also be aware that hope and reality can be headed for a clash, or, several clashes, where reality wins out. We have already seen examples of this in the past month, with more to come this year and next.

MMA Current Announcements





NOTE 1: The Monthly MMTA International Cycles Report (ICR) will come out this week. This issue will include second round of three introductory analyses on two commodity markets: Coffee and Sugar. In late June, we will launch a new ICR Commodities Report, which will include not only Coffee and Sugar, but also Wheat and Corn, along with Live Cattle and a major Cannabis stocks (MJ), which are currently being offered as pilot reports in the MMA Cycles Report through May. After that, we will begin a new Monthly ICR Commodities Report that will include Coffee, Sugar, Live Cattle, Corn, and Wheat, plus Live Cattle and Cannabis. The monthly ICR report is probably the best kept secret for the timing and cyclical analysis of several international financial markets available today. It is an excellent report, written by several graduates and students of MMA’s classic market timing methodology, including Mark Shtayerman (San Diego), Izabella Suleymanova (San Diego), Ulric Aspegren (Sweden), and Gianni Di Poce (USA). Each issue of ICR contains an in-depth analysis of the XAU index (Gold and Silver Mining stocks), the U.S. Dollar (DXY), British Pound (GBP), Australian Dollar (AUD), the Australian stock index (ASX), the London FTSE stock index, the Russell 2000 U.S. stock index (RUT), plus Corn (C), Wheat (W), Sugar, and Coffee until late June. For more information, call us at 248-626-3034, or 1-800-662-3349. Or, please visit http:// > Subscription Services.


NOTE 2: LIVE CATTLE AND CANNABIS ETF! THE MONTHLY MMA CYCLES REPORT was issued this week to all subscribers of that report. This report contained our future outlook for U.S. stock indices (DJIA and S&P futures), Gold, Silver, Treasuries, Euro Currency, Crude Oil and Soybeans, plus MMA’s original geocosmic critical reversal dates (CRDs) and Solar/Lunar reversal dates over the next several weeks for DJIA, Gold, and Silver. The April issue released last week also included analysis of Live Cattle by Massimo Moras, MMTA graduate and analyst, and our pilot report on Cannabis stocks, by MMA analyst Gianni De Poce, who has identified the early signs of a primary cycle in this new industry. Both Live Cattle and Cannabis analysis will soon become regular features in a new ICR (International Cycles Report) report coming out in late June-July, to be called the ICR Commodities Report. It will also include analysis on Corn, Wheat, Coffee, and Sugar markets. For now, through May, however, Live Cattle and Cannabis will be introduced via our monthly MMA Cycles Report for no extra cost to those subscribers. The monthly MMA Japan Cycles report was also released last week, covering the Nikkei, JGB Bonds, and the Dollar-Yen. If you are not a subscriber to these monthly MMA Cycles Reports and wish a copy of this month’s outlook for financial markets, consider taking out a subscription NOW. Please visit > Services > Subscription Services for more information.


NOTE 3: Elections will be taking place in India this week through late May. MMA Analyst Nitin Bhandari, of Mumbai India, will begin offering a daily analysis of the Indian NIFTY stock market starting Tuesday of this week for $195, for traders. He expects a very volatile market climate with many trading opportunities. Please contact Alie at, or 1-248-626-3034 if interested in getting this one-month daily report.


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April 26, 2019, 7 PM: An evening presentation with Ray Merriman in Boulder, Colorado! Ray Merriman will be speaking on “Forecasts on the U.S. Stock Market, Economy, and Political Climate.” This presentation will illustrate the historical correlation between astrological and cyclical indicators that are present in 2019-2022, and what they portend for America over the next three years. The location of this talk will be Room 9235 at the Naropa Nalanda Campus in Boulder, Colorado, 6287 Arapahoe Road, at the intersection of 63rd and Arapahoe. The cost is $55. Sponsored by ROMA, the Rocky Mountain Astrological Association. Ray will also be available to sign books. For registration, contact Patti Simmers at 720-989-8822, or via email at Attendance will be limited, so SIGN UP NOW! THIS WEEK!


June 8-16, 2019: “Geocosmic Correlations to Trading Cycles,” with Raymond Merriman in Beijing, China. This special 2-weekend workshop will take place at the Beijing Broadcasting Tower Hotel, No. 14 Jianguomenwai Da Jie, Chaoyang, 100022 Beijing, China. This will be two intensive weekend Market Trading workshops focusing on the identifying the primary cycle and its phases used in trading several financial markets, with the emphasis on the U.S. and Chinese Shanghai stock indices and Gold (other markets will be included as well). The course will then take participants through the steps of narrowing the time band down for trading cycle highs and lows by applying geocosmic and solar/lunar studies. Once in the time band for a reversal, students will then learn how to apply various chart patterns and technical studies to identify the setup for optimal risk/reward opportunities. The workshop will take place on the weekends of June 8-9 and June 15-16 in Beijing. During the week, participants will have the option of taking tours with other MMA students to exciting areas of China. The cost for this unique and valuable 2-weekend trading course is $4000 (discounts will be available to subscribers of MMA Reports). For further information, please contact MMA at or call 1-248-626-3034 or 1-800-MMA-3349.



Disclaimer and statement of purpose: The purpose of this column is not to forecast 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 often cite 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 may affect human activity in the times to come. The author (Merriman) will do this from a perspective of a cycles’ 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 the psychological dynamics that underlie (or coincide with) the news events and hence potentially affect financial markets.

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 of this column assume any responsibility whatsoever for anyone’s trading or investment decisions. Readers of this report should understand that commodity futures and options trading are considered high risk.

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