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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nifty chart: a midweek technical update (Jun 21 ‘17)

FIIs continued to sell equity shares. Their net selling during the first three days of the week was worth Rs 7.2 Billion.

DIIs were net buyers of equity worth Rs 9.6 Billion, as per provisional figures. Nifty consolidated sideways within a trading range.

SEBI has announced tightened regulations on P-notes and offshore derivatives while easing registration rules for foreign investors. Hedge funds will now be able to participate in commodity derivatives


The daily bar chart pattern of Nifty has been consolidating sideways within a 'rectangle' (shaded in grey) for nearly 4 weeks.

A 'rectangle' is usually a continuation pattern. Since the index entered the 'rectangle' from below during an up trend, the eventual breakout should be upwards.

However, sometimes a 'rectangle' can act as a 'reversal' pattern. So, a downward breakout is also a possibility.

In either case, the upward or downward target following the eventual breakout should equal the height of the 'rectangle' (about 160 points). That gives an upward target of 9870 and a downward target of 9390.

Technical targets are rarely exact. Let us work with an upward target of 9900 and a downward target of 9400 - provided the 'rectangle' pattern plays out as expected.

Nifty has received good support from its rising 20 day EMA while consolidating within the 'rectangle' and is trading above its three EMAs in a bull market.

Daily technical indicators are in bullish zones, but giving conflicting signals. MACD and RSI are showing downward momentum. Slow stochastic is showing upward momentum. MACD and Slow stochastic are showing negative divergences by touching lower bottoms.

Nifty's TTM P/E is at 24.31 - much above its long-term average. Chances of earnings catching up with index valuation appears slim in the near term. Rollout of GST from July 1 will bring its own set of challenges and teething problems.

The breadth indicator NSE TRIN (not shown) is falling inside its overbought zone, limiting index upside. FII selling will also keep Nifty's rally in check.

It is better to look at individual stocks than worrying about index movements. Several stocks have touched new highs in June while the index has gone nowhere.

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