Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Nifty chart: a midweek technical update (Aug 07, 2019)

FIIs were net sellers of equity on all three trading days this week. Their total net selling was worth Rs 45.1 Billion. DIIs were net buyers of equity on all three trading days. Their total net buying was worth Rs 46.9 Billion, as per provisional figures.

IHS Markit India's Services PMI rose to a 1 year high of 53.8 in Jul '19 from 49.6 in Jun '19. A figure above 50 indicates expansion. The Composite PMI (Manufacturing + Services) rose to an 8 month high of 53.9 in Jul '19 from 50.8 in Jun '19.

RBI cut the repo rate by 35 bps (0.35%) to 5.4% today, and kept the door open for lowering rates further but flagged worries over economic growth prospects. It was the fourth straight cut in repo rate since Feb '19.

An interesting pattern according to Corrective Fan Principle is developing on the long-term weekly bar chart pattern of Nifty. Note the effects of the two trend lines - TL1 and TL2 - which are also called fan lines.

TL1 has been drawn through the lows touched in Feb '16 and Dec '16. This up trend line was breached in Oct '18. Nifty found support at 10000, and resumed its up move. Though the index touched a lifetime high of 12103 in Jun '19, it faced strong resistance from TL1.

TL2 has been drawn through the lows touched in Feb '16 and Oct '18. This second up trend line was breached last week. A third up trend line - TL3 - will be drawn once the ongoing correction finds an interim bottom.

The Fan Principle states that a downward breach of (a not-yet-drawn) TL3 will signal the beginning of a bear market. Such a situation may not arise if the index bounces up from the support zone between 9700 and 10000 and moves above TL2. (Nifty's 200 week EMA is within this support zone.)

Weekly technical indicators are looking bearish. MACD is falling rapidly below its signal line and is poised to enter bearish zone. RSI is falling below its 50% level. Slow stochastic has fallen inside its oversold zone. Expect some support in the zone between 10500 and 10800.

Nifty's TTM P/E has moved down to 26.74, but remains inside its overbought zone and much higher than its long-term average. The breadth indicator NSE TRIN (not shown) is well inside its oversold zone and can limit near-term index down side.

Thanks partly to heavy selling by FIIs, the Rupee is touching 71 against the US Dollar. That may negate any positive effect of the 35 bps interest rate cut by RBI. When sentiment turns bearish, even good news attracts selling.

Nifty is trying to find support at the 10800 level. But the support may not hold for long.

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