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Nifty likely to Retest December Lows of 4530

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Nifty likely to Retest December Lows of 4530

Once again there is a higher possibility for the Indian indices to test December lows, as small relief rally seems to be over with Nifty failed efforts to show the resilience above 4950 levels. The support zone of 4770-4830 is likely to be tested once again in the 1st half of the June series and closing below 4770 will confirm more bearishness and a possibility of retesting December lows.

On the expiry day, selling of INR 1251 crores in index futures and buying of more than INR 1700 crores in options in last few days adds warning signals before the showdown. The rollovers also shows lack of confidence as Nifty rollovers were below 60% in May expiry for the 1st time in over a year. The month of May exactly performed as per one of the famous saying of stock market i.e. SELL IN MAY AND GO AWAY” as Nifty lost more than 6% to close just marginally above 4900 levels against the previous month close of 5248.

The month of May was clearly the one to forget for not only the Indian markets but also for Indian economy, as Rupee ended the month at new life time low above 56 levels against USD. A small pull back to 54.50 cannot be ruled out, in which timeframe Nifty futures may see a small pull back rally up to 5085 levels, where Nifty will face very strong resistance, but rupee looks far away from the bottoming out and looks set to achieve another long term target of 58 levels in next few months against USD.

Nifty O.I. stands at 0.91. For the June series, highest open interest buildup is seen at 4500 Put and 5000 call, adding more importance to 4770 levels on closing basis for Nifty, below which selling pressure can increase to reach the eventual target of December lows.

Sectors likely to underperform in the next 2 months would be automobile and infrastructure sector. Stock specifically significant correction can be seen in stocks like TATA MOTORS, BAJAJ AUTO, MARUTI AND HEROMOTORS in the month of June.

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Wait for a reversal signal – patience pays

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Wait for a reversal signal –  patience pays

The Nifty ended in deep red near its important support level on Wednesday as weak cues from global markets and the depreciating rupee weighed on sentiment.
The Nifty has been moving downward for more than a year. The downtrend reversed in January this year when the index rallied smartly from 4,530 to 5,630 in a span of just two months.
“At current levels, chart patterns looks extremely bearish and one needs to remember that bottoms are formed in such gloomy situations. “However, at this stage there is no such indication of a bottom being formed but, indices remaining in a range for few days at these levels could make case of some early signals of a bottom formation. From a trader’s perspective,  the view is that the stage is set up for a bounce bank if the Nifty sustains above 4,960 levels and the Sensex above 16,400.

Based on long term charts 4750 to 4800 remains very strong support and Nifty is unlikely to fall below this in absence of any further negative news flows.

Bank nifty has seen low of 9000 and momentum traders need to watch 9500 levels very closely as a move above this will be very clear indication of  a positive trend building up. There can be very frenzied squaring of short position seen once Bank Nifty sustains the above mentioned levels. In this depressed period,  systematic trades with a very strict stop loss should only be initiated however, medium to long term investment can be initiated on dips on a regular intervals in small parts. Looking from a long term perspective If it is about risk-reward, I think this zone provides a favourable risk reward ratio.

……All Fall Down

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……ALL FALL DOWN

We have witnessed an extremely topsy-turvy first 6 months of year 2012. First two months the markets saw a stupendous rally mitigating for the losses of full year 2011. March was eagerly awaited due to Budget and the crucial RBI policy, however, after that the months which followed have seen a sideways action for the markets, and off late we are seeing the markets, especially the stocks rather than the indices crumbling.

Technically, the markets have undergone severe damage leading to a sea-change in the outlook going ahead. The benchmark indices have closed below their crucial 200 DMA levels, as well as breached the key retracements levels of 61.8%. Interestingly, the stocks which called the shot few months back, are struggling to find any sort of support in this market.

But as we know, history is history, what is more important is the current scenario and the outlook going ahead. Jumping to the last few weeks of trading, I think one very important factor which is developing, is the fall of all asset classes across the board. Take global equity indices, US or European, or Crude Oil, Gold / Silver, etc., all of these are witnessing a sharp correction. I think, this is a clear case of risk aversion happening across the global investors, which is leaving a deep impact on the equity markets especially.

With Oil correcting by more than 10%, it provides a favourable backdrop for RBI to cut rates. If rate cuts ensue in the next few policy meetings, markets could provide the much necessary boost.

QE3, seems to be now the talk of the Wall Street, with June meeting eyed for any chance by the Fed to inject liquidity into the system.

If it is about risk-reward, I think this zone provides a favourable risk reward ratio to investors, looking from a long term perspective.

Trading has been on lacklustre in the last few weeks, however once the markets stabilises and volatility subsides, a short term reversal can most likely happen.

As of immediate short term, it is a wait and watch, however, I believe one should look at stock specific opportunities to start building a robust portfolio for rough times ahead.

Trade with strict stop losses, and more important is trade light.

In such times, I believe one should adopt a strategy of “ Live today, so that you can make a killing tomorrow”. This means, trade light in this market, and once a favourable trend begins one can start investing in good volumes.

 

 

Stuck in short range

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STUCK IN SHORT RANGE

There was some upward move seen last week but, such optimism was tempered when it came under renewed selling pressure on Monday. Globally markets were down owing to continued European concerns. While day-to-day fluctuations are reducing investor risk appetite it would be difficult to see the trend change soon. We have been advocating bearish view after the close of Friday and advised traders can short with stop loss of 5300. A sharp decline was seen in momentum stocks like Lovable, Dish TV , Delta corp and VIP inds which is indicating that bulls are also acknowledging the weakness. Markets are currently stuck in a small range and for Nifty future 5100 and 5300 can be considered as short range and between these range bias remains negative. If Nifty manages to break out from this range there could be a very sharp move on either side for minimum 3% to 4%. Based on short term charts averages 5100 will act as strong support and if indices sustain below 17000 and 5100 there could be sharp decline in subsequent days. A renewed buying interest can be expected only once these global concerns trim down otherwise market are likely to become lackluster in coming weeks.

Written by Rakesh Gandhi

November 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Markets are poised for an upward swing

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Amid high volatility Indian markets have closed with loss of 1.34% for the week however, it was the gap up opening of Friday that managed to bring down 2.8% of losses for the week.

In the last two months, markets have been consolidating with so many gap-up and gap-down openings. There are sign of divergence in momentum oscillators, indicating we could see bottoming out around these levels.

Further, looking at charts of last few weeks, the 50-share Nifty index has to close above 4,950 lveel, otherwise it could see a further downside. The market have found support between 4700 and 4750 levels however, it is only stability above 4,950 which could once again raise hopes for bulls to enter the market.

On the long term charts 15,650 on the Sensex and 4,675 for the Nifty are very important levels to watch out for. Based on charts perspective these are the lowest levels since 2010 and have significant down side impact if it breaks.

The chart patterns, oscillators and short-term averages suggest that the indices are poised for an upward swing up to 5100. This looks difficult but, not impossible as bears could become uncomfortable above 4950.

I would like to reiterate that these tussles of bulls V/S bears is getting interesting and will only get over on a close below 4750 or above 5175. The sectors like realty, metals, IT and RIL could see a sharp rally in the swing expected on a close above 4950.

Written by Rakesh Gandhi

October 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Nifty may face resistance around 5,150-5,265

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Nifty may face resistance around 5,150-5,265 range in the coming week

 A year ago, month of September was an excellent month for trading in the Indian markets. The Sensex and the 50-share Nifty index were in touching their all time highs. Indian markets registered double digit gains, making it one of the solid months of 2010.

Exactly a year later, in September 2011, Indian markets are struggling to find their base, and the amount of pessimism at these levels is way too high.

The last week, was a very short one (in terms of the number of trading days), however the markets registered some excellent bounce, making it a 3 on 3 for the week. The bounce was much anticipated and much needed for the markets, looking at the kind of battering the stocks had faced for the couple of weeks before.

Talking about the sectoral performances, two sectors which have witnessed strong price action in this leg of rally were the metals and realty sectors. If we take a close look at the statistics below it will show the amount of short covering witnessed in these two sectors.

The laggards, however, have been the defensive space, FMCG, CG and CD. However, concerns still remain on the underperformance of banking and auto stocks.

The comparison below is for all BSE sectors with respect to the Nifty (except on WTD basis).

Technically, the markets took strong support from 4,750 levels on Nifty and are now well above the 5,000 mark, making it a sharp 6%+ bounce.

The resistances for the markets are placed at 5,150-5,265 levels for the coming week. However looking at the kind of activity stocks are exhibiting, I believe that the markets can sustain this bounce as well.

Also, the sentiment is filled with pessimism, hence the chances of markets taking out the resistance is very high. However, the only strain could come from weakness in the global markets, or any new events unfolding in the coming week or month.

Markets have historically seen a volatile month of September. For starters, from 2003-2010, we had only one year of 2008 where Nifty gave negative returns. Barring that in the other 7 occasions, the market has closed in positive.

Even if history does not repeat itself, let’s hope it does rhyme!!

Written by Kunal Bothra

September 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Indian markets may open with a gap-up

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 Indian markets may open with a gap-up on Monday

The August expiry closed almost 12% lower which is an exceptional case in the last few years. If we look back, since 2008, it is for the first time the markets have closed with such a heavy loss in a single expiry. In the last week it was the Metal index & the BSE Banking index that lost the most by more than 4 per cent.

At the end of the week we saw narrow gains for most global indices. Investors were cautious before Bernanke’s speech to see if he will set out a plan that kick starts the stumbling US economy. Well, after the speech US markets recovered almost 4 % from their day’s low.

Based on charts, long-term trend is already spoiled as we have been indicating since first week of August. As we watch very closely on charts 4,750 turns out to be a long-term support for Nifty and it is utmost necessary that we get relief rally from the current levels, otherwise the sentiment could get more nervous.

Looking at the closing of US markets after the Bernanke’s speech there is good possibility that markets could open with some gap-up on Monday. In this bounce if Nifty manages to hold 4,875 next week we can expect a relief rally to further build-up, otherwise the down-trend will continue.

Next major support that appears as per the chart formations is 4,650 on Nifty and 15,650 on the Sensex. The volatility is likely to increase in next week as we have two holidays during the week and hence there could be a series of gap up or gap down openings.

Written by Rakesh Gandhi

August 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm