Noticed what the favourite quote of market cheerleaders has been lately? What else but the good old one:
How else would they be able to justify a market that is ignoring border tensions between two nuclear armed neighbours at the time of the worst pandemic in a century? When you are an ‘expert’, but don’t have an answer and are too timid to attribute rising stock prices to just a tsunami of liquidity, you fall back on such banalities, isn’t it?
Ironically, it’s not that Indian stocks have just been rising relentlessly in the last few weeks that would require such statements to be pulled out of the closet. In fact, the high we hit on Friday (19th June) was actually significantly lower than the high we had hit the previous week. And in between we had collapsed over seven per cent in a matter of four days.
Dalal Street is witnessing big gap downs that are being bought into and large gap ups that are mostly being sold into. There’s no clear trend and the ones that are developing, more often than not, evaporate in a matter of hours.
So close, yet so far
The upcoming week is, again, likely to see a repeat of this trend. While the Nifty’s 200 Day Exponential Moving Average (DEMA), at 10526, is three percent above its Friday’s close, it’s most likely that bulls will again fall short of testing it. Even if they do, it’s very likely that the same won’t be held for more than a few hours.
One of the main reasons for this could be that even with all the euphoria around, the bull flag bearer of these last three months – the Nasdaq Composite – couldn’t hold on to the major psychological level of 10,000 last week. In fact, all it seems to have done last week is make a lower top, which becomes a perfect low risk-high reward stop loss for bears to start testing the resolve of the bids under it.
Secondly, and this may sound like sacrilege to many, shares of Reliance Industries (RIL) might just have made, or may soon be making, a major top. As the chart shows, the over six per cent jump by Reliance Industries (RIL) shares on Friday have taken it to a major resistance line formed by joining the tops made in 2018 and 2019. If RIL’s shares — which have the single highest weightage of 13 percent in the index and accounted for nearly a third of the rise in Nifty from March lows — start to correct, there’s a big chance that the index itself flounders.
No bears left to trap
There’s also the fact that on Friday, weekly, monthly and quarterly option contracts on the S&P 500 expired after what can be unquestionably described as one of the most volatile months in history.
There’s also the fact that last week, the US Federal Reserve’s balance sheet shrank week-on-week for the first time since February this year. At one percent, it’s the biggest contraction in the Fed monetary base in nearly one-and-a-half years.
And post Lehman Crisis history tells us that bulls always get into trouble whenever the Federal Reserve refuses to indulge them with its dollar tap. So play the momentum but don’t go too far in taking a position on either side.
(The writer, T-Rex, is not a dinosaur. He is a technical analyst from the previous century.)
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of 30 Stades.