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India’s Index of Industrial Production (IIP) slipped to a low of 2% in Jun ’19, against 4.6% in May ’19 and 7% in Jun ’18. For the Apr-Jun ’19 period, IIP grew 3.6% against 5.1% during Apr-Jun ’18.
Instead of taking swift steps to address the serious downturn in the economy, the government has chosen to divert attention by muscle-flexing in Kashmir – a strategy that paid rich dividends before the Lok Sabha elections.
BSE Sensex index chart pattern
Oversold technical indicators triggered a technical bounce on the daily bar chart pattern of Sensex. The possibility was mentioned in last week’s post.
After an intra-day breach of the lower (falling) trend line of a ‘broadening top’ pattern on Mon. Aug 5, the index bounced up to close above the trend line, but well inside the ‘support zone’ (between 35900 and 37100).
Two days of consolidation within the ‘support zone’ was followed by a breakout above 37100 on Thu. Aug 8, and another breakout above the 200 day EMA on Fri. Aug 9.
The falling 20 day EMA provided temporary resistance on Friday. However, the index may attempt to rise further next week.
Daily technical indicators are showing upward momentum after correcting oversold conditions. MACD is poised to cross above its falling signal line in bearish zone. ROC, RSI and Slow stochastic have emerged from their respective oversold zones.
The Finance Minister has been meeting with various industry representatives to assess the steps required to revive the economy. Wish she had paid more attention to their suggestions before preparing her maiden budget.
Rumours of tweaks in taxation proposals, which triggered the short-covering bounce, have remained rumours so far. Any minor tweaks – should they occur – may not enthuse FIIs to stop selling.
NSE Nifty index chart pattern
The following comment was made in last week’s post on the weekly bar chart pattern of Nifty: “The breadth indicator NSE TRIN (not shown) has risen well inside its oversold zone, and can trigger a near-term index bounce.”
The expected bounce formed a weekly ‘reversal’ bar (lower low, higher close) as the index took support from the lower (falling) trend line of a ‘broadening top’ pattern and closed just above the 11100 level, but faced resistance from the 50 week EMA.
Weekly technical indicators are looking bearish. MACD is below its signal line, and is falling towards neutral zone. ROC is below its falling 10 week MA and is moving sideways inside its oversold zone. RSI has bounced up from the edge of its oversold zone. Slow stochastic has slipped inside its oversold zone.
Nifty’s TTM P/E has moved up to 27.41 – which is above its long-term average in overbought zone. The breadth indicator NSE TRIN (not shown) is well inside its oversold zone, hinting at some more near-term index upside.
Bottomline? Sensex and Nifty charts have recovered from long-term support zones due to short covering on rumours of a likely tax tweak for FIIs. Small investors should remain cautious and stay on the sidelines.
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