MMA Weekly Column for 2019-04-15©

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on April 13, 2019 . .


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World stock markets performed unevenly last week, but certainly within themes suggested by the powerful but conflicting geocosmic signatures. Several indices soared to their highest levels since the long-term cyclical low of late December 2018, making their highs nearby to the Jupiter station (turning retrograde) on April 10. Others topped out the prior week and then declined into the end of last week, related to the transit of the Sun in a square aspect to the Saturn/Pluto conjunction. Still others topped early in the week as the Jupiter station unfolded, then fell into the end of the week during the Sun square to the Saturn/Pluto conjunction.


The biggest gains of the year were noted last week in the Chinese stock markets. The Shanghai Composite topped out at 3288 on Monday, April 8, just two days before the Jupiter station. This represents a gain of 34.7% from its long-term cycle low of 2440 on January 3. The Hang Seng index of Hong Kong topped out one day later, on April 9, after gaining 21.4% from its cyclical low January 3. It is interesting to note that both markets bottomed during the first trading days of the year, when the Sun conjoined Saturn, and then topped out (so far) within two days of the Sun square Saturn, its first quarter cycle planetary phase, and very close to Jupiter turning retrograde. The Japanese Nikkei index also made a new cycle high last week, April 8, at 21,900, up sharply from its 16.5- and 33-month cycle lows of December 26 at 18,948. It closed well on Friday, only 30 points off the high, so it is poised to break higher early this coming week. The Indian Nifty and Australian ASX indices could not exceed their highs of April 3 and were sluggish or in decline most of last week, for a case of intermarket bearish divergence between stock markets of the Far East and Pacific Rim.


In Europe, all stock exchanges that we follow made new highs for this year in last week’s trading, but three (Netherlands AEX, London FTSE, and Zurich SMI) made those highs on April 9, just one day before Jupiter turned retrograde, and then the rally halted, consistent with the Sun square Saturn. The other – the German DAX – continued its rally into Friday. Germany is once again exhibiting signs of greater economic strength than most countries in Europe, according to some economic reports released last week. There was no sign of intermarket bearish divergence here. However, if the DAX takes out last week’s high this week, and the others do not, we will have a case bearish divergence, in a geocosmic critical reversal date (CRD) time band.


The Americas continued to be a tale of two continents, as the U.S. stock markets were bullish and those of Brazil and Argentina bearish. The NASDAQ and S&P soared to new highs for the year, whereas the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell slightly short of its high for 2019 made the prior week, on April 5. If it doesn’t make a new high early this week, it will exhibit a bearish divergence pattern in this strong geocosmic time band, just in time for the USA income tax season to end (April 15).


In other markets, crude oil also made a new high for 2019, soaring to 64.79 on April 9, one day before Jupiter turned retrograde. Jupiter is the co-ruler of crude oil. Bitcoin also had an excellent week, breaking out to 5487 right on April 10 as Jupiter reversed its direction. The same thing happened in 2018 as Jupiter turned retrograde, and it coincided with a high in the same time frame. However, this time is different because in early 2018 Bitcoin was already in a bear market. Now, it is breaking out of congestion, suggesting a new bull market is underway. Bitcoin’s rally has now gained 75% from its low of December 15, 2018, right in line with our outlook discussed in the Forecast 2019 Book, and consistent with our views on Uranus entering Taurus as of March 6. The breakout took place on April 2, less than one month after the 7-year ingress of Uranus began. This is a time when banking policies and currencies are vulnerable to radical changes.


Gold and Silver, on the other hand, did not have a good week, consistent with heliocentric Mercury entering the last days of Sagittarius. The first half of this 12-day transit produced the expected rally, with Gold topping out at 1314.70 on April 10 (Jupiter retrograde again). But the very next day it was down over $20/oz, to a low of 1292.90. Yet it was still above its low of 1287.50 made one week earlier, on April 5, just after helio Mercury started its trek through the volatile sign Sagittarius. Legendary cycles analyst Walter Bressert often spoke of the “Lendahl Wiggle,” where a market would make a primary cycle trough, and then 4-9 trading days later, have another steep decline that would test, but not break, that first low. There was no “Lendahl Wiggle” in Silver, however, as it fell to 14.84 on April 11, just slightly below its 14.86 low of April 4. But the fact that Silver made a new cycle low and Gold did not is the first step in exhibiting an intermarket bullish divergence setup between two related markets in an MMA geocosmic critical reversal date (CRD) time band. To validate, both markets need to take out their highs of last week before falling below those recent lows. With the Basel III accord starting to gain attention now, as certain deadlines for compliance are at hand, whereby world banks will be increasingly required to back their capital with risk-weighted assets (like Gold) between now and 2022, there is reason to believe that a new bull market in Gold is underway following its 31.33-month cycle low in August 2018 at 1167.




The U.S. dollar is the dominant currency in oil trading, but Saudi Arabia is reportedly considering selling its crude in other currencies if American lawmakers pass an anti-OPEC bill. If the Saudis followed through, it would chip away at U.S. influence over global financial markets and Washington’s ability to enforce sanctions on foreign entities. Efforts to diminish the greenback’s role in oil trading have been fairly limited to date, but the Saudi plan would lend significant momentum to those efforts. – Tom DiChristopher, “Saudi Arabia Is Reportedly Mulling ‘Nuclear Option’ of Stripping the US Dollar from Oil Trade,”, April 5, 2019.


As discussed last week, we are now in the midst of several geocosmic signatures, April 10-15. As stated last week, “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.”


The next time band containing several geocosmic signatures stretches from April 22, when the Sun will conjoin Uranus in early Taurus, to May 1, which ends the fifth and final passage of the very long-term Uranus/Neptune semi-square (45° angle). Note that Uranus begins and ends that time band. Uranus rules the unpredictable, the sudden and unexpected, often causing disruption to any process or plan that was underway. That is why it is important for the USA and China (and even the EU) to try to come to a trading agreement now as Jupiter is currently prominent through April 15 and rules world trade. Once Uranus steps in, it will not be so easy. Additionally, Uranus is often present when acts of nature are unleashed, like earthquakes and high winds. With Neptune also involved, it can also correlate with extremes in weather, especially floods. We are seeing signs of this now in the Midwest USA where sudden snow storms are raising alarms of floods to follow. It doesn’t stop there, for Uranus and Neptune also pertain to cyber threats and hacking, which is suddenly back in the news with the extradition process underway to bring Julian Assange to trial in the USA for releasing a trove of classified documents hacked from USA military computers.


One other interesting note to mention regarding the current geocosmic climate relates to Attorney General William Barr’s testimony regarding “spying” versus “surveillance” and “investigation.” Barr wants to “… examine the origins of a 2016 counterintelligence investigation that conducted what he termed as ‘spying’ on people affiliated with the Trump campaign,” according to the lead story in the April 11 edition of the Wall Street Journal. The article, written by Byron Tau, Sadie Gurman, and Aruna Viswanatha, is subtitled “Investigation to review whether surveillance in 2016 was ‘adequately predicated,’ he says.” The interesting part of this to students of geocosmic studies is that “spying” is attributed to Neptune, while “surveillance” and “investigations” are ruled by Pluto. The dominant major planetary aspects in effect right now are Jupiter, in Sagittarius, square Neptune in Pisces, along with Saturn and Pluto in close proximity (conjunction) with one another in Capricorn. All the “behind-the- scenes” and illegal activities that others have committed in the past are coming to light. It doesn’t matter whether one is a Republican or Democrat. The other side is after you, and your actions are being investigated if you have engaged in a coverup (Neptune) of anything improper. Pluto is driven, even obsessed and relentless, and won’t stop once it smells a coverup. The thing is, both sides (all sides) are vulnerable, and if not able to account for their actions, some may be about to enter a period of life that will seem like a newly discovered black hole. There may be no way out.

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.