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By Bill Meridian



Investing with the Horoscope of First Trade of 1996



The First Trade Chart: Introduction


These horoscopes are erected for the date that an issue began trading on a given exchange. The time is that of the opening of trading for the exchange. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the smaller markets began trading at 10 am until September 30,1985. Beginning on that date, trading started at 9:30 am. The center of activity is Wall Street, so all charts are set for New York City. Some history about the development of a company and its shares will be helpful in understanding this concept. A business opens its doors. Then it may incorporate. If shares are sold to the public, the sale takes place through an underwriter. The underwriter lines up buyers and then sells stock on the initial public offering (IPO) date to put a supply of stock in public and institutional hands. About 5 business days later, the stock opens trading. Sometimes, a major new issue of a leading company may be listed directly on the NYSE, as Readers Digest was on February 15,1990. The IPO and rst listing dates occur close together. The rst trade date is the more important of the two. Usually, the chairman or president of the company will go to the exchange and make a token, personal purchase of 100 or 1,000 shares to begin the trading. In the words of the NYSE, trading begins almost immediately. The selection of the 9:30 or 10:00 am time for the charts is supported by fact.


The Difference Between First Trade Charts and Incorporation


Incorporation horoscopes tell us about the ongoing operations of the company. If the chart is aficted, the company faces a host of difculties. Takeovers, strikes, changes in management, the success of new product releases, etc. are all tied to this chart. Even the physical appearance of the company can be determined. Timed incorporation charts of both Warner Communications and Paine Webber show Venus on the ascendant. Both have large art collections. Paine Webbers display is in the ground oor atrium on New York Citys 6th Avenue at 51st street. The incorporation chart is a mundane chart. In such a chart, the public is symbolized by the Moon, and the public image is represented by the midheaven. Work by Charles Jayne demonstrated that energization of these areas in the incorporation chart did effect share price. But the rest of the chart did not. For example, when I was at Paine Webber, Pluto moved back and forth over the Sun. The company replaced its president. He announced a reorganization. The companys leading broker was busted for laundering money. Then the new president was red and a new one was hired. He announced a new reorganization. None of these events affected the share price because these are not the types of matters that hurt earnings and, therefore, not the things that investors will focus upon when making buy-and-sell decisions. In contrast, the entire rst trade chart reects investor interest and concerns. The parts of the horoscope that are currently being energized by transits, eclipses, etc. reect the focus of Wall Street at that time. The planets represent those aspects of the company and its stock that investors are basing their decisions upon.


The Lotus Takeover

Chart 1 is the rst trade horoscope of Lotus (LOTS) with the transits for June 5. IBM offered 



$60 per share on that day (see graph 1), double the market value of LOTS on the day before. Note that Jupiter had passed over the natal Jupiter-Uranus conjunction and was about to retrograde back over it. Also, the LOTS Neptune is in late Sagittarius while there are three planets in Virgo and the Node in Gemini, all in fourth harmonic aspect from transiting Jupiter. This was a solid indication of the price rise.


Planetary Portfolios

Observation shows that Jupiter, Uranus, and eclipse contacts to these charts usually move the prices of the stocks up. One method that I have successfully utilized involves Jupiter. This planet is traditionally associated with expansion and optimism. Its passage over natal planets in the rst trade chart usually lifts the price of the stock. Jupiter transits through one sign of the zodiac in about one year. The Financial Trader program is set to nd all the horoscopes that have 4 or more points in a given sign. This means that the chart had to have a total of 4 or more of the following in Scorpio: planets, angles (the midheaven and ascendant), plus the Moons Node. For example, a scan of the 600 NASDAQ horoscopes in the database yielded 29 stocks that began trading with 4 or more points in Scorpio. Once this list is generated, it is fed into a portfolio reporting system. The performance of the Scorpio group is measured from the day that transiting Jupiter enters Scorpio on November 10,1993 until the day that it leaves on December 9,1994. The equally-weighted NASDAQ portfolio appreciated by 12.63% versus the NASDAQ OTC Industrials drop of 10.59%. The top performer was 3 Com (COMS) with a 148.3% gain. The Jupiter dragnet also scooped up Gartner Group (GART) with a 132.3% rise. Twenty of the twenty-nine issues outperformed. Jupiter passing over the Scorpio points in the rst-trade charts did the job. This test was repeated for Jupiters passage through different signs with the following results. In the Cancer and Leo tests, the requirement for inclusion on the list was lowered to 3, rather than 4, points. This was done because the 4-point screen generated too few stocks. Apparently, few stocks began trading when many planets were in these signs. The test assumes that one puts an equal amount of funds in each stock, buying on the day of Jupiters entry into the new sign and selling on the day of the planets passage into the next sign. In each case, the Jupiter portfolios exceeded the benchmark. In analyzing the results, one must realize that the effect of the planets are not mutually exclusive. That is, simply because Jupiter is benecially contacting the planets in a given chart, this does not immunize the rest of the chart from negative inuences from bearish planets. And, the charts may receive other bullish effects from planets besides Jupiter. In the rst case the Jupiter effect is mitigated or negated due to the bearish inuences. In the second case, the bullish inuence is magnied. The Scorpio and Sagittarius portfolios are good examples. The above-average results from the Scorpio group were partly attributable to the favorable aspects from Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn, 60 degrees away. In the Sag stocks, Saturn in Pisces squared planets in Sagittarius, offsetting the positive effects of Jupiter and pushing the portfolios performance closer to the benchmark. In the latter case, it requires a bit of fancier footwork and stock-switching to avoid the Saturn square. At the time of this writing (July,1995), the Sagittarius portfolio is up 24.29% from its buy date of December 9,1994 versus a 27.65% rise in the NASDAQ.




A 1996 Portfolio

Jupiter sails into Capricorn on January 3,1996. Many stocks began trading when planets were in Capricorn, so the 4-point scan of the database yielded 52 stocks. Thus far in 1996, this group has outperformed both the Dow and the S&P, but lagged the NASDAQ. From that list, I have selected some of the better 1st trade charts and the better longer-term technical graphs. (If you would like to have the entire list, drop me a line.) Avoid those charts that make difcult aspects to your own. Experience has proven that one will have a difcult time with such stocks. The technical indicators give one an idea of where the stock is in its cycle. It is similar to the practice of the astrologer taking a life history from a client.


Disclaimer: The data in this article is provided for the research and use of the reader. This does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stocks. No liability is assumed for actions taken using this data. Bill Meridian obtained his MBA in 1972 and began to study astrology in the same year. A 9-year psychotherapeutic training apprenticeship followed. Since the 70s, he has been on Wall Street.


Bill rst began applying computers to nancial astrology in 1983, and eventually designed the AstroAnalyst and Financial Trader programs, the rst nancial astrology software programs. He currently is a fund manager in the Middle East. His fund has outperformed the averages in 4 of the last 5 years. He can be contacted at Box 43910, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He recently completed a book, Planetary Stock Trading, explaining the use of the horoscope of the rst trade, complete with 1,000 charts of US stocks.