A late-afternoon rally lifted the Dow industrials and S&P 500 to daily gains after the Friday morning release of the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge. The personal-consumption expenditures price index rose 2.7% in April from a year ago, in line with economist expectations.

— Patricia Kowsmann and Ryan Dezember, “S&P 500, Dow, Rise After PCE Inflation Data: Dow Climbs About 575 Points,” Wall Street Journal Online, May 31, 2024.

Ether soars 27% in May after SEC clears path for spot ether ETFs.

MacKenzie Sigalos, Jordan Smith, and Talia Kaplan,, May 31, 2024.

Last week’s market behavior reflected the dualistic nature of Gemini. As the NASDAQ went up, the DJIA fell. When the NASDAQ fell, the DJIA went up. It was a similar tale of related markets going in opposite directions with Gold and Silver. Usually, markets in the same sector move in the same direction, but that may not be the case when the Sun, Venus, and Jupiter are in the mutable sign of Gemini, and even more so when the Moon also travels through the mutable and dualistic sign of Pisces, which was the case on Thursday and Friday.

Many of the world’s stock indices followed a path outlined by our solar/lunar studies on the DJIA. That is, important highs formed under the Sagittarius Full Moon of May 23. The S&P, for instance, made its all-time high then. Several indices then made a secondary high last week, on May 28, when the Moon was in Aquarius. The NASDAQ, for instance, made its all-time high then. Both of these lunar signs, along with the Sun in Gemini, have a correlation to isolated highs with greater than average historical frequency. Most markets then dropped to the week’s low on Friday with the quarter Moon in Pisces. By the end of the day, they had rallied.

The danger is that this type of pattern occurring this late in a 4-year cycle is often seen when longer-term cycles are topping out. Much will depend now on how high a rally due this week will go. If the market is to remain bullish, then global stock indices need to rally to new yearly highs soon. If they start to fall again and take out the lows of the past week before making new highs, that could be a sign of trouble. The New Moon in Gemini is due this week and is normally bullish. Thus, if the markets are not bullish when they are expected to be bullish by these studies, then that means they are probably turning bearish.

Gold and Silver were both down last week. Both had made long-term highs on May 20, right on MMA’s three-star critical reversal date (CRD). For Gold, it was an all-time high. For Silver, it was at its highest level in over 12 years. Silver retested this high on Wednesday, May 29, just as the solar/lunar studies suggested as a high possibility. But by Friday, both Gold and Silver were making new weekly lows, again as the solar/lunar studies suggested. However, both are in the later phase of their primary cycle, so the pressure is to see lower prices, perhaps into the Saturn and Neptune retrograde period of June 28-July 2, unless they can first take out their highs of the past two weeks.

Bitcoin continues to consolidate near its all-time high as it seems to be tracing out a bullish and inverse head and shoulders chart pattern. Ethereum, however, is now nearing its yearly high as new ether ETFs in the crypto are ready to be offered for public trading. In the meantime, Crude Oil continues to struggle with slightly higher highs followed by slightly lower lows over the past month. Maybe it, too, is waiting for the Saturn and Neptune retrogrades to break out one way or the other.

Short-Term Geocosmics

 Following those remarks, reporters in the room asked Biden again about the Trump verdict. “Mr. President, can you tell us, sir, Donald Trump refers to himself as a political prisoner and blames you directly. What’s your response to that, sir?” one reporter asked Biden as he was walking away. Biden then turned around and cracked a grin at the media before heading out of the room.

Greg Norman, “Biden Says Trump ‘Should’ Have Opportunity To Appeal Conviction, Grins and Ignores Questions,” Fox News, May 31, 2024.

 Donald Trump in 2016: “She (Hillary Clinton) should not be allowed to run….If she wins, it would create an unprecedented constitutional crisis. In that situation, we could very well have a sitting president under felony indictment and, ultimately, a criminal trial. It would grind government to a halt.”

Republican Voters Against Trump @Accountable GOP, posted on ‘X,’ May 31, 2024.

You would think that transiting Jupiter entering Donald Trump’s Gemini Sun sign would bring him good news. But for the second time this year, juries in New York courts found him guilty of charges. For Democrats, this is a case of “Do the crime, pay the time,” and “No one is above the law.” For Republicans who support Donald Trump, this entire trial was “rigged” and “corrupt,” something you would expect to see in a communist country or banana republic. The vast divergence in response is yet another characteristic of Gemini. Where is the middle when the noise is overwhelmingly loud on the extremes?

From a geocosmic perspective, this week’s Trump verdict is very interesting. First, the trial occurred as Mars transited over Chiron and the powerful eclipse point of April 8. That eclipse path went right over the heartland of the United States. In olden times, total eclipses over a region were thought to portend the death or defeat of the leader. In this case, one has to wonder: which leader? Donald Trump or Joe Biden? The trial of President Biden’s son is expected to start next week. Will the tables turn, which is a characteristic associated with Gemini and its ruler, Mercury? Second, transiting Jupiter is in its detriment in Gemini, so maybe the good fortune and luck associated with Jupiter on one’s natal Sun, in the case of Donald Trump, is not so strong when it is in its detriment.

I also find the verdict this week correlates well with the U.S. chart of July 2, 1776, at about 11:50 AM, as used in each of the annual MMA Forecast books. This chart places Saturn (rules) rising in the sign of Libra (law and courts). As MMA editor Beth Woody wrote this week, “I wish I had $100 for each time I hear that phrase “rule of law” in the news now. In interviews, these brilliant legal commentators keep saying that this “Rule of law” is America’s strength. And on hearing this each time, I realize this is the energy of the USA’s chart, Saturn in Libra in the first house. It is all being tested now.” It is also interesting that Jupiter and the other Gemini planets are now entering the 9th house of “legal judgments” in the U.S. chart.

Shorter-term, we find an interesting arrangement of planets in the heavens this week. Nine of the ten celestial bodies are compressed together in a 90-degree area and lining up, starting with Saturn in mid-Pisces and ending with the Sun and Venus in Gemini. In addition, with the Sun, Venus, and Jupiter (to be joined by Mercury next week) so close to one another in an air sign, this would normally augur a period of optimism and cheer. That was probably true for Democrats last week. However, that could reverse and become a period of cheer for Republicans by the end of next week due to the media attention on the court cases involving the nation’s former and current president.

In the days ahead, you will hear much about a two-tiered justice system. But don’t be surprised. This is the season of Gemini, the twins, with two heads scheming in opposite directions. This is not a season to take victory laps. With Gemini, emotions and trends can reverse quickly. However, all this energy associated with Jupiter and Venus in an air sign may offer a short-term boost to financial markets. Have fun, and enjoy it while it lasts. But listen well and keep your ears peeled for the sound of that gong referred to last week.


 NOTE 1: The MMA Solar/Lunar Forecasting App For iPhone Users Is Now Out! And it worked beautifully last week in identifying last week’s high and sharp decline in stocks (S&P) and Silver. It did well on Friday’s low in Gold, too.

This new app from MMA is the ultimate market timing tool for active traders, especially “swing traders,” based on historical daily data going back 94 years (on the DJIA).

Here are some of the valuable features that are available on the new MMA Solar/Lunar Reversal App:

-Solar/lunar reversal weighted value scores on each day for the DJIA, Gold, and Silver

-Values based on the daily price movements of the last 90+ years on the DJIA (and decades of prices in Gold and Silver) and their historical correlation to isolated highs or lows from which the market has reversed 3% or more (4% in Silver)

-Historical frequency of reversals broken down into “All,” “Only Highs,” and “Only Lows” categories

Indicates the “Big Range Day” scores for short-term (day) traders

-Daily weighted value reversal scores are displayed for the upcoming two weeks

-Notifications (optional) of the exact time the Moon and Sun change signs (new weighted values scores go into effect)

-Informative FAQ and a section on “How to Trade Markets Using MMA’s Solar/Lunar Values – the Setup!”

-Very attractive, easy-to-use, and convenient app for iPhone users

This current launch comes with an introductory discount offer for MMA Cycles Report subscribers. Use the QR code given to you separately to get this discount. A “hard launch” for everyone else will take place early this week, with the same $19.99 monthly discount offer and QR code. If you don’t want to wait for the hard launch, you can simply type in “Merriman” in the App Store search bar, and it will let you order without the discount ($39.99/monthly). Then, when you get the code, you can apply the discount for up to two months after your initial one-month order ends. The code is good for the 2-month special offer once you apply it (prior to August 23). UPDATE: Starting next week, one free 3-day trial period to review the new MMA app will be offered with the hard launch. If you sign up with the code for the free trial, you will automatically be updated at $19/99/mo unless you opt out by then. If you don’t use the code, you will be billed $39.99/mo. USE THE SPECIAL OFFER CODE! (which will be sent out next week).

If you are a short-term swing trader or someone looking for high-probability dates based on historical studies that identify isolated lows and highs in the DJIA, Gold, or Silver markets, this is the app to have! It is only available to iPhone users at this time.

NOTE 2: The MMA 2024 Investment Retreat Is Now Open For Registration!!! This special event will take place at the Rikli Balance Hotel, located in the Julian Alps region of beautiful Lake Bled, Slovenia. This will be MMA’s first investment retreat in Europe since 2015. You won’t want to miss this chance to hear the outlooks and wealth-building strategies using MMA market timing methods by top MMA analysts Raymond Merriman (USA), Gianni Di Poce (USA), Ulric Aspegrén (Switzerland), Pouyan Zolfagharnia (UK), Irma Schogt (Netherlands), Matthieu Kaiser (France), Rita Perea (USA), Vincent Wang (Singapore), Wyatt Fellows (USA), plus special guest speakers Claude Weiss (Switzerland) and Aleksandar Imsiragic (Serbia). Special attention will be given to the stock markets of the USA, Germany, China, and Japan, plus Gold, Silver, Copper, Bitcoin, Wheat, Crude Oil, Real Estate, and interest rates. There is nothing quite like a life-altering MMA Investment Retreat! The cost is $3500, but only $3000 if you register before August 1, live in person or online. Sign up early if you wish to attend in person to secure one of the limited rooms reserved for our group at the fabulous Rikli Balance Hotel right on Lake Bled. To register for this spectacular event, click here. To see the full brochure, schedule, topics, and speakers’ bios, click here.

NOTE 3: The May issue of the MMA Monthly Cycles Report Plus+, edited by Pouyan Zolfagharnia, was issued last week. This market letter has become a very popular addition to the MMA Cycles Report. The mid-month addendum to the MMA Cycles Report has stunning graphics and charts (people love it!) and is very readable. It contains more illustrations and references to geocosmics than most MMA Cycles reports and is only available for subscription to those who also subscribe to the MMA Monthly Cycles Report. If you wish to try this month’s addendum, along with the latest issue of the MMA Monthly Cycles Report, sign up online at the link above. Subscription for a monthly copy of both reports is $55. That will give you both the most recent copy of the MMA Cycles Report and the monthly MMA Cycles Report Plus+ addendum that came out last week. For further information and ordering instructions, please click here.

 NOTE 4: The MMA Weekly YouTube show, Geocosmic Week in Review and Look Ahead, with Gianni Di Poce, is conducted on Wednesday evenings! Each 5- to 20-minute FREE episode reviews the previous week’s market activity and offers a preview of the geocosmic signatures in effect for the coming week and beyond.

NOTE 5: MMA’s Free Weekly Column Podcast Is Available On SPOTIFY, APPLE, AND AMAZON! Now you can listen to a podcast of this weekly column by Thomas Miller on Saturdays! Just follow Merriman Market Analyst on Spotify or Apple to listen to all our episodes. A new podcast episode will be released every weekend. This is a FREE service and is available to everyone. Check out our podcasts on Apple, Spotify, and Amazon Music. It makes for great listening!


 June 16, 2024, 2 PM EDT: An “MMA Options Webinar” with Derek Panaia and hosted by Raymond Merriman. This will be timely because it is taking place at the end of the June 11 three-star CRD zone and before the Saturn and Neptune retrogrades occur on June 28 and July 2. We expect major moves in precious metals to start around the time of those retrogrades and want to be prepared with minimal risk option strategies on Gold, Silver, and possibly other markets near the primary cycle lows at that time. In all, 3-4 markets will be highlighted. The cost will be $95.00, but it will include two follow-up adjustments via email by Derek to those who attend within the following three weeks at no additional cost. These updates will be issued as soon as Derek sees the proper setup if it wasn’t already present at the time of the webinar. Registration for this special options event will start next week. A special announcement will be sent to everyone on our distribution list with links to register. For now, SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, June 16, 2 PM, EDT (that’s 8 PM in Zurich, Frankfort, Amsterdam, and Paris, and 11 AM in Los Angeles).

 September 19–22, 2024: MMA’s 2024 Investment Retreat. Save the dates!!! We will be hosting our 2024 Investment Retreat in Europe for the first time since 2015. You won’t want to miss this chance to meet with the top MMA analysts (plus special guest speakers Claude Weiss and Aleksandar Imsiragic) live and hear our long-term investment and wealth-building strategies using MMA market timing methods. There is nothing quite like a life-altering MMA Investment Retreat! The location is the beautiful Lake Bled in Slovenia, a premier (and affordable) destination in the Julian Alps, with a historic castle nestled in the mountains where the Saturday evening banquet will take place. The cost is $3500, but only $3000 if you register early. Registration is now open! The event will be available in person or online, but registration is limited for those who want to attend in person. Sign up early if you wish to attend in person to secure your room at the fabulous Rikli Balance Hotel, which will be the site for this event. For a brochure of the event, click here.

March 7-9, 2025: Cosmic Patterns Inc. presents its “Convergence 2025 Conference,” Orlando, Florida. This will be one of the top astrological conferences of 2025 and will include a track on “Research and Financial Markets.” MMA Market Analysts Ray Merriman, Gianni Di Poce, Pouyan Zolfagharnia, Ulric Aspegrén, and Wieke Held will speak, along with well-known Financial Astrologers Christeen Skinner of the UK. There will also be a number of well-known professional astrologers speaking, including Lynn Bell, Charlotte Benson, Oner Dosser, Pam Gallagher, Demetra George, Aleksandar Imsiragic, Dr. Lea Imsiragic, Rick Levine, Darri Low Murphy, Anne Ortelee, Joni Patry, Kathy Rose, Gisele Terry, and Fei Cochrane (and others). For further information, please go to or click here.

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 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.