Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Repo Rate Hiked, No Major Reaction Expected

The Nifty opened in the positive today and then had a few volatile sessions where the market was taken up, brought down, taken up again, brought down again and stayed in a range of 4490-4540 throughout the day. It finally closed the day at 4523, 73 points in the green.

Before I delve further into the newsletter, I must apologise for posting just the charts yesterday without much analysis and commentary. Actually, it was pretty late when I started last night and was already feeling sleepy when I started.

Nifty 30 minutes Chart - Fibonacci Retracements and RSI

Today, I have the 30 minutes chart of the Nifty for you. A little bit of on-the-chart-analysis yesterday told you that there was some positive divergence visible between the price and the Relative Strength Index (RSI). A positive divergence, or a bullish divergence, occurs when the price is making a lower low or a lower high and an oscillator indicator (like RSI, MACD, Momentum, Rate of Change etc.) makes higher lows or higher highs during the same period. This positive divergence has been marked by the thick brown lines in the chart.

Another area on the chart marked by a brown double sided arrow is the gap created three days ago which still remains unfilled. One of the characteristics of a gap is that they are either filled very quickly or remain unfilled for a long time. This gap should have been filled by now. The reluctance of the price today to go into the gap territory is clearly visible on the chart. This may not be a very good sign for the markets. A double resistance is close by at 4560 which is the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement level and the green coloured downward sloping trendline.

In case the Nifty were to cross this resistance, it should go on to fill the gap and reach the 38.2% retracement level at 4675 or find resistance somewhere within the zone of resistance marked by the black rectangle between 4670 and 4720. The RBI has increased the repo rate by 25 basis points from 7.75% to 8%. A major part of the market was expecting some sort of intervention, following the petrol and diesel hike, by the RBI before their next credit policy which is due in July end. Since a major part of the market was expecting a hike, it may have an immediate knee jerk negative reaction on the markets but no major downside owing to the rate hike is expected. Of course, a major downside based on technical factors (like the gap not being filled or the previous low of 4370 being broken) cannot be ruled out. The best thing would be still to maintain a cautious view.

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