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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.

……All Fall Down

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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.