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            “Hiring slowed substantially in January, but the fact that more people were working for higher pay signals strength in the labor market and dashes a little of the recent pessimism about the economy. Nonfarm payrolls rose by just 151,000, far short of the expected 190,000. The strong 292,000 gain in December was also reduced by 30,000 workers.” – Patti Domm, www.cnbc.com, February 5, 2016.

            “On Friday, February 5, the employment reports for January will be released. If the jobs reports are solid again, this will put more upward pressure on the Dollar because the Fed will then be...

 

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        It was a week in which stocks markets of the world rocked back and forth every day until Friday. For instance, starting with Friday of the prior week (January 22), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 211 points, then down 208 points, then up 282 points, then down 223 points, then up only 125 points on Thursday, January 28. The back-and-forth triple digit changes ended on Friday, January 29, when – for the first time in over a week - the DJIA was up very sharply. It closed up 396 points, which accounted for more than the 372-point gain registered for the week.

       So, with its biggest...

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FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 25, 2016 ©

 

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            Last week was one of the most intriguing weeks in world equity markets ever.   As the week got underway, there was a powerful sense of foreboding that stock markets around the world were going to crash. In fact, they did. By Wednesday, January 20, many world indices were making new yearly lows, some of which had fallen below the 20% mark used to identify a bear market (a really useless measurement indicator). It was so consistent with the combination of geocosmic signatures that had been in effect January 3-18, and all under...

 

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FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 18, 2016 ©

 

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            USA stock market will be closed Monday in honor of  Martin Luther King holiday. However, we will issue the monthly MMA Cycles Report Monday, in time for analysis of this stock market decline before the next trading day on Tuesday.

            The stock markets of the world tried to rally last week. They huffed and they puffed, but in the end they just ran out of energy and started to collapse.

            The New Year is not off to good start. In fact, it may be the worst start ever of a New Year in many world stock...

 

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FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 11, 2016 ©

 

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            The U.S. economy closed out 2015 with a huge round of job creation. Nonfarm payrolls grew 292,000 during December, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report Friday that showed employment momentum as the year wound down. The unemployment rate was 5.0 percent… The one disappointment from the report came in wages, which actually fell slightly.” -Jeff Cox, www.CNBC.com, January 8, 2016.

            “Yet there is a Silver lining. On January 7, during this same period, Jupiter turns retrograde… Given...

MMA FREE WEEKLY COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 4, 2016 ©   REVIEW AND PREVIEW               “All aspects are about integration. With the so-called bad aspects, that integrative process is simply more difficult. They are hard, not “bad.” – Steven Forrest, astrologer, The Mountain Astrologer, December/January 2016 issue.                     Happy New Year to everyone and best wishes for a joyous and prosperous 2016. We would also like to thank those readers of the Forecast 2016 Book who have written to express their favorable reviews (see announcements below). Thank you!             Here at MMA, we...

 

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Please note that there will be no column next week in celebration of the holidays. That is, I am celebrating by taking the week off along with everyone else. Enjoy the season, the Forecast 2016 Book (if you ordered it), and we will be back for the week of January 4.

 

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“The Federal Reserve has to raise interest rates Wednesday for the first time in 9½ years because policymakers have painted themselves into a corner by not moving at the September meeting, said Jack Welch, management expert and former General Electric chief.”...

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FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING DECEMBER 14, 2015 ©

 

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            World equity markets got slammed during last week’s translation of Mars to Uranus and Pluto, forming a potent cardinal T-square. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, for instance, was down triple digits three of the days last week. Friday’s close was down over 300 points, and is testing its low of November 16. In typical Uranus fashion, this move down came very suddenly, after the prior week’s close looked bullish when the index was up over 300 points.

            However, there is a twist this time to the...