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"The pre-prepared text from Yellen's speech at Jackson Hole today didn't necessarily offer much in the way of surprises but it did confirm one thing; there is now a clear and public hawkish consensus building within the Fed and Chair Yellen is on board," said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at currencies trading platform OANDA. – Jeff Cox, “Yellen: Case for Raising Rates has...

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It was a very interesting week as many world stock indices made cycle highs on our August 15 three-star critical reversal date. In the USA, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P, and NASDAQ Composite all made new all-time highs – and then promptly declined for the majority of the week as Saturn changed directions on August 13, and Venus squared both Satuirn and Neptune,August 13-14. That was...

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Stock markets around the world were up smartly last week, following their lows of August 2, when Mars moved into Sagittarius. In the USA, the DJIA, S&P, and NASDAQ all made new all-time highs. Gold and Silver were strong into Wednesday, and then started another decline as the week ended. Now we will watch and see what effect Saturn changing directions on August 13 will have, with...

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“Job creation crushed estimates in July as the economy added 255,000 positions, according to the Labor Department. The headline unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent, though a more encompassing measure that includes those not actively looking for work and those working part-time for economic reasons moved up a notch to 9.7 percent. Though still mired near generational...

 

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It was a strange week for equity markets around the world, as several made new multi-month highs, while others fell a little short, and still others were even down. However, “strange” is a description often associated with Uranus.  “Divergence” is yet another. Last week ended with Uranus turning retrograde. It was strange, and filled with market divergences.

 

 

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Equity markets were mostly positive last week, with many topping out on Wednesday-Thursday, July 20-21. In the case of the USA, both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P made new all-time highs, but the NASDAQ Composite fell short, even though it too had a good week. In terms of Financial Astrology, it is worth noting that neither the Venus nor the Sun’s transiting...

 

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It was a good week for most world stock indices, as several made new multi-month highs. In the USA, both the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the S&P futures soared to new all-time highs, consistent with the inconsistent planet of Uranus, which is highlighted this month. The all-time highs also reflected my take on the wishes of the Federal Reserve Board since March of this year. As stated last week, “Our premise laid out since March has been 1) the Federal Reserve Board would do whatever it takes to make the economy look stronger and send the stock market soaring, 2) they will not raise...

 

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“The U.S. economy added 287,000 jobs last month, well above the expected 175,000. The jobs data is especially key since the shock slowdown in May hiring was one reason the Federal Reserve cited for leaving interest rates unchanged at its meeting last month…. The number was viewed as payback for a stunningly weak May report, which was revised even lower — from 38,000 to...