Monday, September 29, 2008

3800 Support on the Nifty May Not Hold

The Nifty on Friday closed at 3985 after giving bearish signals (breaking of the 4000 support). The next support was there at 3800, 185 points away from the previous close. On Sunday night, I chose to upload a webinar for my readers rather than do any analysis on the Nifty, mainly because I had been talking of a target of 3800 since a number of days and secondly, I didn’t feel Nifty could lose 185 points in one single day. And yet, it did. After losing 208 points intraday (from Friday’s close), the Nifty bounced back a little to close at 3850 with a loss of 135 points. The markets were expected to be better after the Federal Reserve’s bailout bill, which plans to induct $700 billion into the global financial system, went to the Congress for voting. But after reports that Wachovia and three other European banks were banking on the Fed rescue, the markets slumped fearing that the $700 billion bailout package may not be enough to ride over the current financial crisis.

Today, the Nifty made a low of 3777, breaking the previous 52 week low of 3790.20 made on 16th July 2008. After making a low at 3777, the Nifty immediately made a recovery, and a good one at that, to end the day at 3850. Today’s closing price became the second lowest close in the last 52 weeks, the lowest being 3816, again on 16th July 2008. Making a new 52 week low is negative for the markets, and even though the market recovered to close above 3800 today, it seems quite possible that 3800 may be broken on the downside.

Nifty Monthly Chart - Next Support at 50% Fibonacci Retracement

Seen above is the monthly chart of the Nifty. The chart shows the Fibonacci retracement levels of the rise from the much remembered low of 920 in April 2003 to the much much remembered high of 6357 made in January this year. The 38.2% retracement level support was at 4300 which was broken through, a few months ago. Since 3800 now seems to be under danger, it is important to know what the next support levels are. What provides support now is the 50% retracement level which is at 3640. Just below the 50% retracement level, is a black trendline which may act as another support if the 50% retracement level is breached. This trendline connects a few closes, a few opens and a low in the candles formed in the last couple of years. This trendline stands at 3558 and below this there is the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level at 3000, which provides support and then the final support comes at 2600.

Of course, supports are just supports and are important only to identify where the market may stop its downmove. But the markets have a mind of their own and can decide to stop the downmove anywhere, no matter whether a support is there or not. Knowing a support level in advance helps us a bit because if the markets do decide to find support near a support level identified by us, we are better prepared to convert our ideas into an actionable long trade. I have mentioned above that it does not seem likely that the 3800 support will hold. Though, the markets suggest otherwise, I would be happy, and I’m sure a lot of other people will be happy too, if the markets prove us wrong this time and keep respecting the 3800 support.

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