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Astro-Technical Update: Mercury Retrograde Bubble?

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    July 28, 2012

    The strange disconnect between Wall Street and most other major world indices continues.

    Last week’s two-day surge raised the SP500 and DJI back within the range of the two most significant bubble tops in modern history.

    Yet, the Street is convinced that in the coming week, both the FOMC and the ECB will announce new stimulus measures.

    Astrologically, the main aspects in play over the coming week fall into the “beneficial” category – the Sun trines Uranus and sextiles Jupiter and Venus will trine Saturn.

    It also brings us up on a major Bradley Model turn window – and is halfway through the Mercury Retrograde cycle, where spurt-and-reverse tendencies come into effect.

    I’ll update the Mercury and Bradley charts in a few minutes.

    It’s interesting that the freefall in the early part of the week was suddenly reversed by Mario Draghi promising to do “whatever it takes” to backstop the Euro – and, more broadly, the whole European financial system. It is very much a modern banker’s solution and is probably no surprise coming from a former Goldmans executive.

    But, usually, statements made and policies outlined while Mercury is Rx, tend to have to be revisited once the planet resumes Direct motion.

    In any case, one wonders exactly why the US Federal Reserve, in particular, would act now with further monetary easing.

    The chart above is a monthly of the SP500, showing the 1999-2000 and 2007 “bubble” tops – the peak of the Nasdaq boom and the height of the CDO madness. Last week’s spurt put the index back into bubble territory … and the “logic” on the streets is now not so much that the good times will roll forever, it’s that economies are so bad, central banks will print more money.

    It seems like a strange place for central banks to prop up the stock markets. Logic would seem to dictate they don’t actually need to prop up markets already back in Bubbleville.

    The red, intermediate-range oscillator displayed negative divergence at the last price peak and seems set to give another instance of it. However, the state of the long-range (blue) oscillator confirmed that previous peak – what I pointed out earlier in the year as being the elephant in the room which indicated the rally would run longer-and-stronger that the astrological expectations forecast.

    An update of the Bradley Model chart is next, showing the spurt higher into the next major turn date predicted to occur in this timeframe, before markets go into a series of waterfall declines.

    And a couple of weekends ago, I showed you the tendency of the 500 to do a spurt-and-reverse act during those periods when Mercury goes Retrograde – remarking the index has a tendency to travel within defined Mercurial corridors.

    Last week, the index bottomed with a touch of the downside level of the current corridor, before bouncing strongly over Thursday and Friday to hit the top of the range. Breakout from that corridor, would target the dotted Mercury line in the early 1400s.

    And that price level is also highlighted on the 500’s long-range planetary price chart, above.

    Probably the key technical price level to watch is $1391, which is the last low before the high, and normally produces a strong reversal the first time it’s touched again. I’ve mentioned recently the tendency of the 500 to move in divisions of 30-day cycles. The next “timing” in that cycle arrives on Tuesday.

    Last weekend, I indicated the ASX200 was running into a downtrending Sun line that was likely to have an impact – the reverse of the rising Sun line chart we’ve followed for several weeks on the FTSE. The expected impact did have an effect in sending the 200 south for the first part of the week before the Draghi bounce. It looks as if she will yet make at least a kissy/smoochy with the grey Neptune line after all.

    The next chart is a weekly of the ASX200, showing the target levels in Fibonacci levels, rather than planetary prices.

    Turning to the FTSE …

    Before showing the ASX about to fall under the influence of a falling Sun line last weekend, I also remarked we had seen the first closebelow the rising Sun line on the FTSE planets chart we’d been looking at since early June.

    The index dropped dramatically down to the horizontal planetary levels which have been shown many times on the FTSE’s Weekly Planets chart – proving yet again those weekly planet charts provide excellent Entry and Exit levels for short and medium trades.

    Images: Flickr (licence attribution)

    About The Author

    Randall Ashbourne is a former journalist and political strategist, author of the eBook, The Idiot & The Moon, which aims to provide newbie traders with the skills they need to start trading confidently.

    While the book concentrates its main techniques on orthodox technical signals, Ashbourne also outlines a lunar cycle trading system he calls The Moods of The Moon and plots intermediate and long-range price targets for various indices using the planetary position of what he calls the Old Gods.

    His website includes a free weekly column in which he explains the potential impact of looming astrological aspects and whether the expected symbolism is endorsed by the current state of technical conditions.