Predictor has been right on target many times, but mostly during the earlier years of the space program when America and the
world was fascinated with every launch and with every mission.
research has shown that since the first Mercury Program manned space shot in 1961 the DJIA has gone up 74 times on launch
days while it has gone down on 60 launch days. While the predictor is not perfect, a ratio of 74 to 60,
or a bit better than 7 to 6 is still better than what you can get in Vegas. The experts at casino games
say the best odds in Vegas are a little less than 50-50, and favoring the house by a fraction. Odds of 74-60 would make
the gamblers envious.
The 74 up days rocketed
the Dow for a total of 3792.95 points or a daily average gain of 51.26 points. The 74 up days include the launch
of a Soviet spacecraft on March 14, 1995 with an American astronaut on board. On that day the Dow gained 23.52 points.
The 60 down days set back the Dow a total of 2630.82
points or a daily average of 43.85 points. The biggest down day was November 14, 2008 when the Dow plunged 338 points
during the big stock market sell-off of the recession. While that was a big one-day point loss, it was modest on a percentage
On October 29, 1998 when John Glenn returned to space
aboard a shuttle, 36 years after orbiting the Earth as a Mercury Astronaut, the Dow rocketed up by 123.06 points and that
was one of the best one day gains for the Dow on the launch date of any space mission.
On Tuesday, March 11, 2008 the Dow gained more than 416 points which was the single best gain on a launch day.
Most of the mainstream media on that day noted that the market rallied because of a change in Federal Reserve policy regarding
lending to financial institutions. On Friday, March 1, 2002, the Dow rocketed up by 262.73 points which was the second
best gain ever for the Dow on the day of a manned space launch.
Dow's third best performance on a launch day happened on July 15, 2009 when it gained 256.72 points.
The Gemini Space Program was the best for Wall Street and for the Predictor. There
were eight launches on trading days and the Dow rose on seven out of those eight days.
To date, the Dow has a net gain of 1162.13 points on launch days, which is about 9-percent of the Dow's
current total value. Think about that: about 9-percent of the Dow's value came on launch days.
Why would this happen? Maybe what's good for science is good for business,
and helps to boost bullishness on Wall Street. Success in space can increase confidence on the ground.
I first caught on to a link between manned space launches and stock market gains
back in the 1960's when I would watch TV coverage of launches. My dad would watch TV with me and tell me how this company
or that company had something to do with the rocket or the capsule. The next day, I would notice in the newspaper how those
company stocks gained on the day of the launch. This was the seed of the Mendelson To The Moon Stock Market Predictor. It
wasn't until the 1980's that I made a formal study of the connection and have updated it ever since.
The launch of December 5, 2001 was the first space launch since 9-Eleven, and it was another sign that America was
"getting back to normal" after the terrorist attacks of September 11th. On December 5th, the Dow gained 220.45
The launch on October 7, 2002 saw a drop of 105.57
points and the bear market could be to blame; the January 16, 2003 launch which resulted in the tragic loss of the Shuttle
and crew had a loss of 25.31 points for the Dow.