Bradley Siderograph

Planetary Station

Overview

From the Earth's "geocentric" perspective, planets can be perceived as moving forward (i.e., "Direct" station) or backward (i.e., "Retrograde" station).

For years many traders have avoided making significant changes to their position during time periods when the planet Mercury is in Retrograde.  What impact does planetary station have on stock price performance?  Read on to find out.

Historical Security Weakness During Mercury and Neptune Retrograde

Based on my analysis of a wide array of 2,300 securities around the globe, historically security returns have experienced:

  • The weakest returns when Mercury and Neptune were in retrograde and
  • The strongest returns when Jupiter and the Moon's North Node were in retrograde

For example, 28% of the approximately 2,300 securities analyzed had higher average daily returns when Mercury was in retrograde relative to their average daily returns when Mercury was direct.  This indicates that these securities generated weaker returns when Mercury was in retrograde.

In contrast, 64% of the approximately 2,300 securities analyzed had higher adverage daily returns when Jupiter was in retrograde relative to their average daily returns when Jupiter was direct.  This indicates that these securities generated stronger returns when Jupiter was in retrograde.

Returns During Retrograde vs. Direct for 'Securities of Interest'

See below for an analysis of the percentage of the time there were higher average daily returns for "securities of interest" when planets were retrograde vs. direct.

These "securities of interest" are the securities Members have communicated to me are the securities they follow.

Average Daily Return for 'Securities of Interest'

The table below shows the average daily return for "securities of interest" across all days for which data is available.

Return for 'Direct' Planetary Station

The table below shows the average daily return for "securities of interest" when each planet is in a "direct" station.

Return for 'Retrograde' Planetary Station

The table below shows the average daily return for "securities of interest" when each planet is in a "retrograde" station.

Difference in Return for 'Direct' vs. 'Retrograde' Planetary Station

The table below shows the difference in the average daily return for "securities of interest" between days when planets are "direct" and days when planets are "retrograde."

[(Average Daily Return for 'Direct' Days) - (Average Return for 'Retrograde' Days)] / Avg. Return for All

The table below shows the relative difference for "securities of interest" by dividing the difference in return for "direct" days and "retrograde" days by the average daily return across all days.

In other words, the values in the table below are derived by dividing the numbers in the table immediately above by the values in the first table in this section.

Main Takeaway for 'Selected Securities'

The table below displays a judgmentally determined subset of the values in the table above.

The table below is intended to reflect the main takeaways from the analysis (i.e., which "securities of interest" have historically generated the highest and lowest relative returns when planets are "direct" or "indirect."

Main Takeaways for the 'Securities of Interest'

As illustrated in the table above:

  • The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) have tended to have a higher return when Neptune was Direct.
  • The NASDAQ 100 e-Mini futures contract has historically had a higher return when Jupiter was Direct and when Mars was in Retrograde.
  • Crude oil has tended to have a return when Venus was Direct and when Jupiter was in Retrograde.
  • Gold and silver have historically tended to have a higher return when Mars, Saturn, and Pluto were Direct and when Venus was in Retrograde.
  • The VIX has tended to spike up higher when Mars was Direct, and when Neptune was in retrograde.
  • The U.S. Dollar Index has historically experienced the greatest strength when Mars was Direct and when Uranus was in Retrograde.
  • Historically the Mexican Peso experienced greater strength when Venus was Direct.
  • Historically Bitcoins experienced a relatively rapid increase in value when Mars was Direct and when Venus was in Retrograde.

Conclusion

Based on this analysis, the "securities of interest" tended to have higher or lower returns upon the occurrence of certain planets being in either "Direct" or "Retrograde" station.

The "Upcoming Dates to Watch" content, which is released to Members on the 4th Wednesday of each month, will let you know when each planet is changing its station (i.e., from "Direct" to "Retrograde" or vice versa).