December 31, 2013

NF monthly charts

The December month and the 2013 year has officially ended (at least from a trading perspective) so let us see what the charts look like.

Monthly charts: attempting a breakout at 6300-6400 levels.... strong resistance here. Last 2-3 attempts have failed.

Deep support at 4500-5000 levels.

Quarterly charts: breakout from triangle (not perfect) will be bullish.

Quarterly line charts ... bigger view: nifty is still a buy ... first buy was around 1600 levels ... SL 4500

Of course... this view from academic perspective. Not easy to trade nifty like this.

Top gainers and losers 2013

Filter is average daily volume is more than Rs.5 crores.

Results are shown in YTD% column... ignore other columns.

December 30, 2013

Market update

NIFTY trades rangebound... trend is up and will reverse below 6100.

Overall market is very rangebound so difficult to comment on moves.

December 27, 2013

Weekly update

NIFTY closes at weekly high.... bullish sign. But VIX is still dropping indicating more complacency (nothing can go wrong...).

And weekly charts are not so bullish... expanding triangle is bearish

December 26, 2013

Market outlook

Sideways trading for past 3 days... expiry was a mute affair with selling seen at 6300 levels.

Lower range is 6250... say 6200. Since markets have not tanked or corrected, we can assume previous trend, i.e. UP, to continue.

Trade accordingly.

Option writing clues JAN series

Writers won this DEC series as nifty closed below 6300.

Now next month, tentative figures indicate support at 6200 and resistance at 6500.

In other words, option writers do not expect these levels to cross. So that makes the trading strategy quite obvious (unless their positions shift which we will anyway know).

December 25, 2013

Market outlook

Markets take a pause....Last 2 days we are having rangebound trading with positive advance decline. Normally we should have a reversal at this point but the prior trend is not so strong or long (time wise).

Difficult to comment much at this point.

Intraday levels are posted on charts.

December 23, 2013

Market outlook

Some signs of selling at higher levels. Last 4 days move is a channeled move meaning a corrective move to previous fall. This means that markets might start correcting now. However advance decline and VIX is not supporting this view.

Commodity update

CRUDE OIL possible buy signal... holding 6000 is bullish.

December 22, 2013

Weekend market update

On daily charts, nifty gained 1.7% and closed at the highest level this week. The weekly close was also 1.7% which means all gains came on Friday.

Charts point to possible formation of a higher swing low at 6100 levels. Holding this level coming week will be bullish. On the other hand, if markets close below this level this week, it will mean a lower swing high has formed.

December 20, 2013

This is one lousy market...

If you had gone on a vacation in SEP and come back... you would have missed nothing as a positional trader. NIFTY today is exactly where it was 3-4 months before.

Above ROC shows nifty has gained barely 3% in 20 trading days and 4% in 50 days!

December 19, 2013

NIFTY selloff the second time...

This month we had two ocassions when nifty opened strongly with a gap on whatever called good news but sold off immediately...

The first was on 9-DEC when the VIX gave a double whammy and dropped almost 15%!

December 18, 2013

Market outlook

After 6 days of decline, markets closed nicely in positive. Swing low at 6100 (roughly) is now important.

Intraday update...

We need close above 6260F for strength.... intraday not being able to sustain above 6220F will lead to weakness.

December 17, 2013

NIFTY forms an outside day

Within the correction and the subsequent rangebound trading, nifty has formed an outside day. Normally this is considered bullish but the previous bar is very small so this pattern should be viewed with some suspicion.

Trading above today's high will be bullish....

The 5 min charts depicts the market where we had a nice open but close near day's low.

The 15 min charts give a slightly broader perspective....

December 16, 2013

Market outlook

It is almost 10.30pm and I realised I have not posted an update so here is a quick one.

Today's very small bar is indicative of bulls lending whatever support they can at lower levels. After 5 days of continuous decline a pullback is very much in order.

Whether this will lead to formation of a 'lower swing high' is something time will tell.

Commodity update

COPPER: bullish if it can sustain above 460... immediate resistance 470 and then strong rally.

December 15, 2013

Weekend commentary

NIFTY closes at weekly low and loses 230 points off the weekly high. We have a sequence of 4 continuous days of lower highs and lower lows. We had a gap down opening on almost all days this week.

The initial start of weakness was apparent when markets opened 150 points gapup on Monday and sold off immediately. We used this warning to exit all long positions and this was done before 10am on Monday.

December 12, 2013

Market outlook

NIFTY opened gap down and closed 1% in the negative. The closing has come near a support area of 6200. A bounce is in order here but if this does not materialise and we have a fast break of 6200, then problems for the market. The overall nature would then be changing from buy on dips to sell on bounce.

Weekly charts should be very interesting tomorrow.

US markets

DOW JONES forms a lower swing high at 16050. Break and close below recent swing low at 15800 can lead to start of a bigger correction. Note support at 15800.

RSI is at 50... a support area.

December 11, 2013

NIFTY monthly chart

We are encountering good resistance at current levels. After the 2008 top, this level has never been crossed decisively. Expect a strong rally if a breakout happens...

Slower pace of correction is a bullish sign

NIFTY is taking its own sweet time to come down... the slower pace of correction is a bullish sign. On a different note, VIX also declined indicating lack of any fear within this correction.

GOLD breakout

We might have a possible buy signal in USD GOLD as it has managed a nice close above 1250. On the flip side, broader trend is down and RSI has already hit 50 so this might limit gains. The correct thing is let GOLD form a swing high and then buy on close above this swing high.

The corresponding buy above level for INR GOLD is 31000.

December 10, 2013

Markets still bullish

Despite an adverse advance decline ratio, I am still bullish on the markets. This is because of  a continuous fall in VIX (6% today) and increasing put writing at 6000 levels.... I am hopeful this will increase to 6200-6300 levels.

Drop in VIX implies that even if you bought puts yesterday, you would not have earned today.

December 9, 2013

NIFTY closes at new lifetime high

NIFTY closes at new lifetime high. The closing was however towards the day's low as the high made in first 5 minutes was never crossed. In fact, the first 5 min bar showed a long upper tail which is indicative of selling.

Advance decline was negative even as nifty closed 1.7% in the positive.

Commodities update

COPPER: trend down... bullish on close above 460

VIX drops 18% and option buyers get hit

Markets are currently up 1.4% but VIX has dropped 18% (now 14%). This has led to a peculiar situation where markets have rallied but option buyers have lost. The culprit is VIX which this time again has helped option writers. In other words, even though markets are up, option writers have not lost.

Biggest losers are those who bought out-of-money calls AND puts on Friday... they have lost both on calls and puts.

SGX NIFTY up 200 points....

Just got a call from someone.... SGX NIFTY which I rarely track is up 200 points at 6510.

Trend is already up so blog followers should be making some fantastic money on the breakouts posted here from time to time.

Let's see... we should be alert for profit booking as people who have missed this rally will now suddenly become confident to enter.

December 6, 2013

Weekend commentary

NIFTY holds to yesterday's low and closes at weekly high... this is a bullish sign. VIX  is marginally up so not an issue. Advance decline is marginally positive. Overall trend is positive.

Option writing points to increasing resistance at 6400-6500 levels and support at 6000. We are already at 6300 levels so this might be a problem if you are long ( I am crazily long in stocks!)

December 5, 2013

Testing a new commenting system from Disqus

Testing a new commenting system from Disqus... Facebook users can now directly post comments.

Let's see how it works....

NIFTY breaks out from range but closes at day's low

NIFTY breaks out from range but closes at day's low. The closing was above the range which is a good sign but closing at day's low indicates selling at higher levels. On the plus side, VIX dropped by 8% thus showing diminishing fear at current levels.

December 4, 2013

Drop in VIX and option prices

Last 2-3 days witnessed a substantial increase in VIX - this has a direct implication on option pricing and makes option expensive. Higher VIX implies greater risk or fear so option writers charge higher premiums.

VIX is reflected in option pricing via something called implied volatility. It is something every trader should know and not trade options unless one is thorough about ABCs of option pricing.

NIFTY correction... market still buy on dips?

We have the start of what looks like a minor correction. Fall in VIX and increasing open interest at 6000 put implies limited downside.

Advance decline was flat so we did not really have any selloff.  This can change if decline persists for more than 2-3 days.

December 3, 2013

Breakout or reversal expected in NIFTY

NIFTY closes at upper end of range.. depending on your bias, you will be bullish or look at this as an excellent shorting area as you are close to a stoploss.

10 year GOLD chart

Interesting chart... trend is down and will reverse above 1400. Immediate support 1200... next support 1000.

December 2, 2013

Market update

NIFTY closes at highest level of the trading range... it has marginally closed above the recent swing high.

Option writing points to support at 6000 and resistance at 6500 this series. This implies possible bullishness.

Commodity update

COPPER trend is down... bullish on close above 460

November 29, 2013

NIFTY daily, weekly and monthly charts

On EOD charts, nifty closes near upper end of trading range. Closing near weekly high is usually considered to be a bullish sign.

November 28, 2013

Markets gapup but fail to cross day's highs

Led by global clues, markets had a strong gapup opening but failed to cross the high formed in first 5 minutes. Closing was near open though markets were up almost 1%.

November 27, 2013

Markets rangebound. Support 6000.

Markets continue trading in a range with no clear bias. Trading range is 5970-6220 going by recent swing highs and lows.

$GOLD likely to bottom out?

Check out this chart from for $GOLD... it is nearing support levels. RSI is also near oversold/ support regions.

November 26, 2013

Markets continue to trade rangebound

On EOD charts, nothing has changed. NIFTY traded within yesterday's bar forming an inside bar. The broader range remains at 5970-6220; nothing much may happen within this range though day traders might be able to make some trade if charts favour.

If you are long, your SL is 5970 spot... if you are short, your SL will be 6220 spot.

November 25, 2013

NIFTY rangebound between 5970 and 6240-6300

NIFTY closed 2% in the positive. Trading range is 5970-6300. It was earlier remarked that holding 5970 would be positive and markets gave a rally accordingly.

November 23, 2013

Defensive stocks explained

A defensive stock or a sector is one which tends to remain stable under difficult economic conditions. Defensive stocks include pharmaceuticals, food, tobacco, oil, alcohol, and utilities (gas, water, electricity). These stocks hold up in hard times because demand does not decrease as dramatically as it may in other sectors. 

November 22, 2013

NIFTY looks good if it can hold 5970 next week

While trend is down we are seeing signs of buying coming in at lower levels. The regions of 5950-6000 and specially 20000 on sensex will give good support. Incidentally this region also corresponds with recent swing low so it is somewhat like a double bottom support.

November 21, 2013

NIFTY trend down but nearing support

Markets continue correction... next support is at 5970 or 20000 on the sensex... the latter is likely to be psychologically more important at this point.

Commodities update

Copper trend down... bullish above 460

November 20, 2013

Markets form a lower swing high

Admittedly, this is a minor one and I am probably jumping the gun as I call this. But nevertheless it now adds far more clarity to the market patterns than before. Another 1-2 days of decline will confirm this.

November 19, 2013

Is the rally over?

Within this downtrend, nifty trend has reversed to upside. As of now, I don't know if this will be a new rally or not.

November 18, 2013

Corrective or new rally?

Post the morning star pattern, nifty gains another 2%...

Now the overall trend is mixed. The reason is the correction from 6300 to 6000 was bigger/ larger than the previous rally... this act itself signifies a trend change.

November 14, 2013

Morning star pattern formed?

After 7 days of consecutive declines, markets closed in the positive. We had a strong gapup opening practically above previous day's highs but a closing near today's low.

Had the closing been near day's highs we could have had a superb morning star pattern... this is a reversal pattern and would have been reliable in the current context except for the closing near open.

November 13, 2013

Market commentary

We have now had 7 days of consecutive declines... this tells us about the nature of this correction. We never had 7 days of continuous rally though!

Last 2-3 days, option writers have switched to writing calls. Highest open interest is now at 6300 call. This means writers do not expect level to be crossed this expiry.

November 12, 2013

Market commentary

NIFTY closes at new 20 day low and also gives a sell on 20 day kplswing... it closes below 6100 and 6030 swing low. Also, this is the 6th day of continuous decline.

Now by swing theory, recent rally starting 6080 is completely negated... this means trend has reversed. On the other hand, markets are near 6000 where we have good evidence of substantial put writing (there was an increase in open interest today).

November 11, 2013

Market commentary

NIFTY closed below last swing low confirming downtrend. However, considering the fact that we have another swing low nearby and the strong put writing at 6000, I will wait for a close below 6000 for confirmation of start of downtrend.

November 8, 2013

Weekend commentary

On daily charts, nifty closed in the red for 4th consecutive day. It is however still holding above the swing low of 6080. Close below this will mean trend reversal.

November 7, 2013

Market commentary

Markets closed in the red today... after 2 days of correction, this is the first day where we are seeing evidence of buying followed by selling at higher levels. This is reflected in the EOD candlestick chart (upper tail) and also intraday charts.

Formation of an upper tail after a mild correction is usually bullish.

Option writing points to support at 6000 and resistance at 6400.

November 6, 2013

Market commentary

Today markets closed in the red ... this is the second negative closing after 4 UP days. Advance decline was positive which is  a good sign.

Broader trend is up above 6080 spot... this is the recent swing low which also happens to be very close to previous swing low at 6000.

November 5, 2013

Market commentary

Today markets closed 1% in the red ... this is the first negative closing after 4 UP days. Advance decline was positive which is  a good sign.

Broader trend is up above 6080 spot... this is the recent swing low which also happens to be very close to previous swing low at 6000.

November 1, 2013

Market commentary

NIFTY trend up with swing reversal level at 6080. Substantial put writing support exists at 6000.

As of now, market is still a buy in dips market. Breakouts will persist in stocks by rotation.. maybe difficult to play nifty.

October 31, 2013

Market commentary with weekly/ monthly chart

NIFTY closes at 52 week high... now lifetime high of 6340 spot is within striking distance.

Couple of things: advance decline has been flat for some time and VIX is dropping showing diminishing fear (bullish view). On the other hand, bears may interpret falling VIX as increasing complacency (bearish). Option writing points to support at 6000 level.

September 9, 2013

My trading checklist

Instrument: nifty futures or at-the-money options

Time frame: intraday

Trading strategy:
- Identify the trend
- buy AFTER a dip when nifty is in uptrend
- short AFTER a bounce when nifty is in downtrend
- breakout failures.

The "AFTER" is a very important part of the trade and is identified using candlestick patterns.

August 15, 2013

Same pattern different implication

Very often similar candlestick patterns or formation have completely different implications. The keyword here is "context". So a pattern which is bullish in one context can be bearish in another context.

August 13, 2013

Which type of a trader are you?

Greedy Traders: They trade too big and risk too much because their only goal is the easy money. They usually end up blowing up their account.

New Traders: They have no idea how the markets work so their only goal should be knowledge. New Traders do well to stay students until they have done their homework. Rushing in to make money without risk management, a winning method, the right mind set, and a trading plan will result eventually in failure 100% of the time.

Position sizing and risk management

Position sizing answers the question - how much quantity should you buy of a stock. The answer is crucial to risk management.

Determining how much of a currency, stock or commodity to accumulate on a trade is an often overlooked aspect of trading. Traders frequently take a random position size; they may take more if they feel "really sure" about a trade, or they may take less if they feel unsure. These are not valid ways to determine trade size. A trader should also not take a set position size for all circumstances. Many traders take the same position size regardless of how the trade sets up, and this style of trading will likely lead to losses over the long run.

August 11, 2013

Dark pools

Dark pools: The trading volume created by institutional orders that are unavailable to the public. The bulk of dark pool liquidity is represented by block trades facilitated away from the central exchanges.

Effect of heavy weight stocks on nifty

We know that a stock having a higher weight in the index can cause a bigger move in nifty as compared to a stock having low weight.

August 8, 2013

Start investing in NIFTYBEES

I am a big fan of investing in index based funds. There are some reasons for this:

1.It is very difficult for a fund manager to outperform the market on a consistent basis (hence the mandatory disclosure that past performance is not indicative of future performance). With an index fund, all the manager has to do is invest in the index stocks in same ratio and let the market do the rest.

August 5, 2013

Examples of morning star pattern

This is a three day bullish reversal pattern consisting of three candlesticks - a long-bodied black candle extending the current downtrend, a short middle candle that gapped down on the open, and a long-bodied white candle that gapped up on the open and closed above the midpoint of the body of the first day.

The opposite of this pattern is the "evening star"... this indicates bearishness and is reliable when formed after a strong uptrend.

August 4, 2013

Jesse Livermore quotes

245px-Jesse_Livermore.gif (245×188)Jesse Livermore was a highly visible stock trader and speculator for almost fifty years. He was famous for making and losing several multimillion dollar fortunes during his professional career.

He is most famous for his book "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator"... this is often considered to be a trader's bible and has been a must read for all traders and investors over the many decades.

August 3, 2013

Attitude and self confidence

A Businessman was deep in debt and could not see any way out.

Creditors and Suppliers were demanding payments. He sat in the park, deep in thought, wondering if anything could save his company from bankruptcy.

Suddenly an old man appeared before him and asked,
"I can see that something is troubling you seriously".

After listening patiently the old man said,
"I believe I can help you".

He asked the man his name, wrote out a cheque and put it into his hands saying,

"Take this money, meet me here exactly one year from today... and you can pay me back at that time".

Then he turned and disappeared as quickly as he had come.

July 22, 2013

Why buy on dips is a bad idea

We have all heard this "buy on dips" argument... after all if a stock has fallen down so much, how much can it fall?

A look at today's losers ...

Loss aversion and stock markets - II

This is an example of how the human brain attaches more importance to losses and not to the gains.

The Three Steps from TA Amateur to TA Professional - An excellent site for those who like to learn or improve their trading strategies. Visit their articles section and read these.

May 19, 2013

A brief introduction to Technical Analysis

Technical analysis is the study of price using charts in order to "anticipate" their future performance.

Bar charts and reversals

Basic bar explained

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