Monday, July 21, 2008

No Major Move Till Trust Vote

After two days of gains, we saw another good day today. Politics has become very interesting and Parliament has become a comedy circus with our honourable MPs going back on their words and changing loyalties by the minute. The numbers game and the ‘horse-trading’ continues as the countdown to the trust vote draws closer. At 4pm on Tuesday the members will cast their votes and it will become clear whether the UPA government will fall or will stay. This will become another nail biting finish going down to the wire.

As of now, the UPA has 269 MPs supporting it, 268 against it and 3 are still undecided. If the Opposition gets the support of at least two of these and the UPA gets one then it is going to be a tie and the speaker would have to vote. The speaker, Somnath Chatterjee, being from the Left, it goes without saying where his loyalties stand but to be fair to him, nobody knows who he will vote for in case of a tie, not even the Left. The closest finish so far was when the Vajpayee government lost the no confidence motion in 1999 by a single vote when Jayalalitha led AIADMK withdrew support from the 13 month old government. However, Vajpayee came back to win the elections and even lasted the full term as the leader of a coalition government.

Nifty Daily Chart, Range Bound Movement

Attached above is the daily chart of the Nifty. As suggested in yesterday’s post, 4165 was supposed to act as the resistance and today’s high turned out to be 4168 before closing at 4159. It is still not possible to determine whether this resistance would be broken or not. If the prices go above 4165 tomorrow, they could go to the top of the range at 4200. A breakthrough above 4200 will also mean that the next target for the Nifty would be 4600. I personally feel that tomorrow is going to be a dull day for the markets in terms of price change. But I do not rule out a volatile session (without any major change in the closing price). I do not expect the Nifty to go above 4200 before the vote is cast. But there may be a lot of participants who would like to close their long positions before close tomorrow, and some may even be willing to go short, to cash in on the opportunity if the government were to lose the trust vote tomorrow. This may take the markets down. The next two days are going to be news driven days and for technical traders it is the best time to go on a holiday since technical analysis does not work on news driven days.

There are no international cues to talk about right now. The European markets were nothing to write home about while the American markets, at the time of posting, were trading flat. Crude was about $2 dearer but that was only to be expected after such a sharp fall was seen in the last two days.

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