Is Nifty50 In For More Of A Bumpy Ride?

Indian equity benchmarks rose sharply on Friday amid gains across sectors following two days of losses tracking mixed moves across global markets, though persistent concerns about increasing inflation and receding global growth kept sharp speculating.

What do the charts suggest for Dalal Street now?

The Nifty50 has formed a double bottom around 15,735 on the daily chart, according to Subash Gangadharan, Senior Technical and Derivative Analyst at HDFC Securities.

Gangadharan expects a move above the recent swing high of 16,400 to lead to further upsides this week. He warns that the intermediate trend remains negative though he is open to pullback rallies in the very near term.

Market not out of the woods

Solid support continues to be at 15,700-15,600 levels which coincide with the 50-scrip index’s 89-day exponential moving average on the weekly chart,

Sameet Chavan, Chief Analyst-Technical and Derivatives at Angel One, told “We are not completely out of the woods but at least well above the crucial support zone,” he said.

On the other hand, he sees a cluster of resistance around the 16,400-16,500-16,600 band. One should avoid being complacent unless these levels are crossed, he said.

“We are clearly mirroring US market sentiments and hence, if the market has to move higher, global relief is the key… One should certainly be prepared for surprising moves on either sides,” he added.

Here are key things to know about the market before the May 23 session:

SGX Nifty

Singapore Exchange (SGX) Nifty futures — an early indicator of the Nifty index — rose as much as 125 points or 0.8 percent to 16,379.5 ahead of the opening on Dalal Street on Monday.

global markets

Wall Street was a mixed bag on Friday in a volatile session that saw Tesla slump and other growth stocks lose ground. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones finished barely up and the tech stocks-heavy Nasdaq Composite declined 0.3 percent.

European shares rose, boosted by defensive sectors after hopes of an economic recovery in major trading partner China were bolstered by more central bank stimulus. The pan-European Stoxx 600 index ended 0.7 percent higher.

What to expect on Dalal Street

Gangadharan pointed out that the 20-period moving average on the 15-minute chart has moved above the 50-period level, a positive moving average crossover.

“A further up move is likely once immediate resistance at 16,355 is taken out… The bears would gain more control once the recent intermediate low of 15,735 is broken. Till then, enjoy the rally till it lasts,” he said.

Important levels to watch out for

Both Nifty50 and Nifty Bank are below their long-term simple moving averages though above their five- and 10-day levels.

PeriodMoving average
Nifty50Nifty Bank

Palak Kothari, Research Associate at Choice Broking, pointed out key support and resistance levels:

Nifty Bank33,20034,800

The maximum call open interest is accumulated at the strike price of 17,000, with 1.5 lakh contracts, and 16,300, with almost 96,500 contracts, according to exchange data. On the other hand, the maximum put open interest is at 16,000, with 1.5 lakh contracts, and 15,800, with 1.1 lakh contracts.

This indicates immediate resistance at 16,300 followed by the 17,000 hurdle, and immediate support at 15,800 followed by a strong cushion at 16,000.

Long build-up

Here are five stocks that saw an increase in open interest as well as price:

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Long unwinding

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(Decrease in open interest as well as price)

Short covering

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Short build-up

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Five stocks on the BSE 500 — the broadest index on the bourse — hit 52-week highs: ITC, Hindustan Aeronautics, ESAB, KSB and Welspun Corp.

Five scrips hit 52-week lows: Concor, Firstsource, Honeywell Automation, Indostar Capital and Supreme Industries.

The India VIX — known in market parlance as the fear index — eased 5.9 percent to settle at 23.1 on Friday.

First Published: IST