Friday, July 25, 2014

Why this rally is different? Nifty and sectors relative comparison

Bottom Line: Nifty managed to close above the previous high level of 7808. Trend continues to be positive over short term.

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Relative comparison chart (1 month)

Nifty daily chart:
Nifty 60 mins chart:     
Wave Analysis:

In previous update we mentioned that “In short, as long as 7690 – 7680 level is protected on downside the trend will be positive. Only a close below these levels will indicate downside correction is probably starting. If a strong participation is seen from Smallcap and Midcap sectors as Nifty crosses 7810 we will come out with upside projections.”

Nifty continued to move higher and closed at life time high levels near 7830. The trend has been positive all the while for 8 days now and not a single time prices have closed below the previous day low. On downside one can now use 7750 as important level which is the low of 23rd July. As long as this level will be intact the trend will remain positive.

Why the current rally is different so far compared to the previous trend?

Yesterday participation was seen from Metals, PSU Banks, IT and FMCG space. Even though these sectors have been positive, high beta Midcap and Smallcap sectors continued to trade in sideways direction for 4 days in a row. To understand the participation over past 1 month we have compared Nifty with various other sectors from 25th June onwards.

So far post 25th June the first chart clearly shows that Pharma and IT are the only 2 sectors trading above Nifty and indicating outperformance from them. Pharma gained nearly 10% and IT nearly 8.5% post 25th June. On contrary, Midcap has been struggling to take out its previous high of 8th July when Nifty touched 7808 for 1st time. Each of the sectors – Midcap, Infra, Energy and PSU banks that were the major gainers and driving the rally before has failed to move above their respective highs. These all sectors have been laggards and defensive sectors have given strong returns.

A healthy sign would be considered when we see participation from broader market but this time market dynamics have changed. The current up move even though is similar to that of February – March 2014 (up move retraced previous down leg slowly) it differs strongly in terms of sectors that are outperforming.

This type of movement conforms to our current Elliott wave counts that the up move is wave b and should lack momentum. It is only when we see strong participation from the above sectors that are underperforming the upside steam should pickup.

Short term wave counts: As shown on Nifty 60 mins chart, the short term trend is positive. Even though the channel angle has been shifting and reducing, break of channel will not carry much importance unless there is sharp reversal below important support levels now near 7750 followed by 7690. Prices are now in 3rd standard correction in the form of a-b-c. Faster retracement below 7690 will confirm the entire up move from 7422 is complete but as long as these levels are intact it is better to trade in direction of uptrend.

In short, Nifty has closed in unchartered territory and trend continues to be positive. The sectors that are outperforming are IT and Pharma over past 1 month and unless other sectors mentioned above start showing momentum the overall health of rally will remain skeptical. Nevertheless, use 7750 as immediate support and as long as 7690 is intact trend will remain positive for now!

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