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Losing Weatherman Larry Acker

I just got word that Larry Acker died on October 4.

Larry was a lifelong student of the weather and climate cycles, and for many years he published the 3F Forecasts newsletter.

It was a remarkable publication. It featured detailed long-range weather forecasts for specific geographic areas, primarily ones with key agricultural activities, in a variety of locations around the globe.

Larry Acker with rain gauge

Larry Acker checking a rain gauge on his farm in Polo, Illinois.

Larry loved discussing weather and climate patterns, especially when cyclic activity was evident. He was an expert on the big-picture effects of El Nino and other meteorological phenomena.

Larry Acker and the Weather

After collegiate studies at the University of Illinois in geology and chemistry and earning a Masters Degree in 1967, Larry spent about a decade working for the USDA. He left the federal government for farming in 1979 and became a professional weather consultant. He was a member of the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and of the American Weather Observers.

Larry Acker was also a working farmer in Polo, Illinois. Farming kept him connected to the real-world importance of weather in forecasting crop yields and economic conditions. He frequently shared his expertise at speaking engagements and on a variety of syndicated radio shows.

An Interest In Astrology

I first met Larry back in 1991 at a financial astrology conference, where he was speaking about long-range weather cycles.

Although he was not an astrologer himself in the conventional sense, he was clearly keenly interested in the connections between planetary phenomena and agricultural conditions. He was always ready to learn something new.

When we met I was just a few years into publishing the print-only version of the Financial Cycles newsletter, the precursor to FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.

We decided to swap subscriptions, and I was always delighted when a new copy of 3F Forecasts appeared in my mailbox.

Every once in a while Larry would call me to discuss an article or a comment I had published in my newsletter. We thoroughly enjoyed our conversations, and sometimes found opportunities to cite each other’s work in our respective publications.

In 1998 Larry compiled a number of his best articles from 3F Forecasts and published them as a book, Cycles, Weather and History. It’s packed with useful insights, and I still dip into my autographed copy of it from time to time. It’s a thoroughly fascinating volume, and I use it to get inspiration for my own writing and research.

 

All Eyes On Amazon Earnings

Amazon plans to release its third-quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, October 26. We reviewed its prospects in the October 22 issue of the FinancialCyclesWeekly.com newsletter.

The overall trading action in this stock has been quite weak since its huge earnings miss last quarter as the stock hit significant Chiron resistance, so a lot is riding on this new report.

Amazon Price Chart

The trading action for Amazon (AMZN) adheres closely to the planetary price lines provided by geocentric Mercury and Chiron in the ninth harmonic. Note the high hitting resistance on a first-harmonic Chiron line at the last earnings announcement.

 

Analysts expect a loss of 2 cents per share with revenues of $41.97 billion, which would mean sales growth of 28%, but an EPS plunge of nearly 104%.

What Does The Astrology Say About Amazon?

Transiting Saturn is in opposition to First-Trade Kronos on Thursday, pushing AMZN to secure its status at the top of the e-commerce heap. Its position as the number one player online is clearly facing some major challenges. And with Mars crossing the First-Trade IC and a Sun/Jupiter conjunction semi-square First-Trade Mars, there are clear signs of successful action and positive performance.

Amazon 90-Degree Dial

This 90-degree dial for the Amazon (AMZN) First-Trade horoscope has the red pointer aligned with the transiting conjunction of the Sun and Jupiter at the time that AMZN earnings will be released on October 26.

But when we look at the AMZN First-Trade horoscope on the 90-degree dial with the pointer on the transiting Sun/Jupiter conjunction, the indications seem mixed.

Powerful Developments & Significant Evolution

The activation of the Pluto/Midheaven axis signals powerful developments and significant evolution. But Admetos/Vulcanus suggests major obstacles ahead, with lots of potential resistance to the company’s plans for expansion.

Those challenges may focus on Amazon’s efforts to open up new locations for its operations (Jupiter/Saturn). And with Apollon/Admetos also in play, there may be some interesting compromises for the company in the works.

So here’s the bottom line.

I’m definitely looking for Amazon to beat estimates on October 26, and there’s a distinct possibility of a nice price pop in the stock immediately after that.

But even so, the long-term outlook may not be so rosy. I’m not sure that we should expect the good news coming from an earnings report to prevent further trading obstacles ahead.