Are you worried about the recent volatility in the Stock Market? Are you confused what to buy, sell or hold? The newsletter selects quality mid-caps and small-caps for investors with a long-term perspective and provides timely buy/sell/hold suggestions. Send an email (to address in profile below) for subscription details today.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Chart Patterns of 10 Banking Sector stocks (an update)

There is nothing like a nice, long bear market to separate the men from the boys. Banking sector stocks have been no exception. Back in Dec ‘10, banking sector stocks were undergoing corrections after touching new highs. Those corrections turned out to be the first phase of a 14 months long bear market.

There are two schools of thought in the stock market. One group believes that stocks that have undergone deeper corrections during a bear market, are likely to gain more during the subsequent bull rally. There may be some truth to this line of thought – if gains are measured in percentage terms from the lows.

The other group prefers stocks that fall less during a bear phase, but recover more quickly in the subsequent bull phase – even though the gains may not be high in percentage terms. If you are not sure which group you should follow, have a look at the charts of ten banking sector stocks below to help you to decide.

Punjab National Bank

Punjab National Bank_Mar1012

Punjab National Bank’s stock was one of the star performers during the bull phase from Mar ‘09 to Nov ‘10. The bear market shaved 46% off its peak level of 1395. The recent bull rally from its Dec ‘11 low of 751 pierced the 200 day EMA from below and reached 1091 – a 45% gain from the low. But the stock price remains in a bearish pattern of lower tops and lower bottoms and has slipped down below its 200 day EMA. Technically, the stock is in a bear market. Avoid.

Bank of Baroda

Bank of Baroda_Mar1012

Bank of Baroda’s stock dropped from a peak of 1050 in Nov ‘10 to a low of 630 in Dec ‘11 – a 40% fall. The recent rally topped out at 881 – a gain of 40% from its low. The stock is trading above its 200 day EMA, but is still in a bearish pattern of lower tops and lower bottoms. Hold.

Central Bank

Central Bank_Mar1012

Central Bank’s stock made a double-top at 249 during Oct-Nov ‘10 and fell steadily down to touch a low of 63 in Jan ‘12 – a 75% fall from its peak. Though the recent rally gave a 76% gain from its low to its intermediate top of 111, the stock is trading below its 200 day EMA and remains deep inside a bear market. Avoid.

Corporation Bank

Corporation Bank_Mar1012

The stock price of Corporation Bank fell 59% from its top of 815 to its bottom of 335. The subsequent rally gained 57%. The stock is struggling to stay above its 200 day EMA, and remains in a down trend. Note the sharp volume spike as it crossed above its 200 day EMA – an indication that it may not fall much further. Hold.

Indian Overseas Bank

Indian Overseas Bank_Mar1012

Indian Overseas Bank’s stock dropped 58% from its peak of 176 to a low of 73. Though the stock price rose sharply above its 200 day EMA – gaining 73% from its low – it has dropped equally fast and remains in a bear market. Avoid.


HDFC Bank_Mar1012

A favourite of the FIIs for obvious reasons, HDFC Bank’s stock has risen steadily to touch a new high in Feb ‘12 – forming a bullish pattern of higher tops and higher bottoms. Despite several drops below its long-term moving average, the stock is in a bull market. If you think that HDFC Bank’s stock is too expensive, and it is better to go for ‘cheap’ stocks like Central Bank of Indian Overseas Bank – think again. Cheap can get cheaper. Buy.


ICICI Bank_Mar1012

The stock price of ICICI Bank lost almost 50% from its peak of 1277 in Nov ‘10. The recent rally produced a 55% gain from its Dec ‘11 low of 641. The stock is in a clear down trend and struggling to get out of its bear market. Hold.

Axis Bank

Axis Bank_Mar1012

Axis Bank’s stock touched a high of 1608 in Oct ‘10 and a trough of 784 in Jan ‘12 – a 51% loss. The sharp rally to 1309 means a 67% gain. But the stock price is in a long-term down trend and struggling to get out of a strong bear grip. Hold.

Kotak Mahindra Bank

Kotak Mahindra Bank_Mar1012

The stock price of Kotak Mahindra Bank is in a bull market and touched a new high in Feb ‘12. The subsequent correction is receiving good support from its 20 day EMA. Buy.

Yes Bank

Yes Bank_Mar1012

Yes Bank’s stock made a double-bottom (in Feb ‘11 and Jan ‘12) reversal pattern and re-entered a bull market. The stock is consolidating, and should test and break above its Nov ‘10 top of 388. Buy.


satvinder said...

Shubankar Ji, HDFC Bank stock formed new high of 558 on Friday but closed lower due to bad mkt. condition is it still considered higher high and lower close a sign. of distribution, I am quite bullish on this stock and is holding small qty. Please guide how to confirm the pattern, is watching for a few days trading be helpful.


Subhankar said...

A reversal day pattern (higher high, lower close) can mark the end of an intermediate up trend, and some times even a primary uptrend. They may also form in the middle of an uptrend, followed by a few days of correction.

How does one decide? By looking at longer-term charts. If you look at the 3 years weekly chart, then there should be no doubt that the HDFC Bank stock is in a primary up trend. That means, any dip can be used to add or, hold with a trailing stop-loss.

If you are a short-term investor, the stop can be set at the Feb '12 top of 540. For a long-term investor, the stop should be at the Jul '11 top of 520.