Showing posts with label Dow Jones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dow Jones. Show all posts

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Can You Spot a Design in Market Madness? - Cartels at Work

Sixth of May 2010. A day I simply cannot seem to erase from my recent memory region. US markets plunged nearly 10% on a single day!!! Dow Jones Industrial Average crashed 1010 points from its day high. New York Times headlines screamed "Stocks Plunge on Concerns Over Greece". Investors on Wall Street are left licking their wounds and the general public sympathizes.

Concerns over Greece? What was so new about concerns over Greece on that particular day that stock prices had to be reduced to few cents and then made to rebound up to 70%  within an hour or so? By the way, financial problems facing Greece was not a new fact uncovered that very day that market players had to sell off in utter shock anything and everything in sight in such tearing hurry. In fact on 17 Dec 2009 I had published a post titled "Debt Laden Dubai - When Will The Woes End?". In that post I had indicated that Greece and Spain were simmering with debt troubles and global investors were worried more on that account than Dubai defaulting. It was common knowledge in global investment circles for the last six months or so that Greece was tottering on a serious financial crisis and would be the first of the European nations to start the Domino Effect. Now would the regulators please explain to US public as to what really happened on 6th May 2010 and who were the extraordinary beneficiaries?

One can understand European markets selling off with one or the other bad news. First from the blocks was Greece with its credit contraction, then Spain bailing out one of its banks and then Germany banning short selling - all that is understood. In between North Korea brandishes its sword on South Korea and China goes on clean up drive to rein in inflation by pulling back some stimulus packages in small measures. Perfectly fine. But what would you say when Financial Times on 26th May tells investors with all authenticity that China was going to sell its reserve of Euro bonds. China holds about $ 630 billion in Euro bonds. That news sent jitters down the spine of global investors.

The shock waves created in Europe from the shattering news in Financial Times was so great that Euro currency nosedived and almost became  serious competitor of Zimbabwean Dollar!! With it the European stocks were dragged down and US exports to Europe presented a great challenge. Pandemonium broke loose in global investment circles. Dow Jones lost 230 points from its day high. Investors were planning their exit strategies further when the very next day China in a surprise move rubbished the news of Financial Times and reiterated its faith in Euro and the European Union. European markets and Euro rebounded with zest and Dow Jones gathered 295 points extra weight.

In all this high drama, one thing stands out very clearly. Influential parties will go to any length and pull off any stunt to browbeat the investors. How can Financial Times, the venerable publication of global markets, be so callous as to publish a news which is so far from the truth? Who are responsible for painting such panic-setting scenarios? Has Financial Times apologized to the investors and to its readers? Will market regulators take some time off their busy schedule and look beneath the cover? Bizarre things are on the cards in global markets. There will be more rude shocks and many more deceptions. Wild swings will tear short term  traders apart on both sides of the trade. Welcome to the Year of Volatility, because cartels are at work with a vengeance.

I will be providing more evidence of big boys of Wall Street who are working in cahoots with other big global players to swindle billions from honest investors. Watch this space for more on this issue of cartelization. Till that time just mull over the news that Wall Street investment banks have engaged lobbying firms for close to $ 450 million to block financial bank reforms in US. You will get to know more about big boys of stock markets and their Machiavellian plans in the sequel to this article. God save US investors!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Global Equity Markets 2010 - Highly Volatile Mood

Global equity markets have behaved like a yo-yo for the past month. Markets from China to US have all displayed great volatility, which can only be construed as harbinger for future distribution. I say distribution, and not accumulation, because at market high that is what is most expected. This definitely is not good news for die-hard bulls, because such high volatility during distribution is only indicative of very strong down move. As for traders, the present high volatility can be best described as killing, since buying or selling at technical levels is proving counter-productive. Let me bring forth the plight of traders in this highly volatile regime.

A trader enters into a buy trade after confirming with the help of price action that an up-move is in place. A scrip qualifies for buy after it trades above a particular price, prompting the trader to initiate a buy trade. Then suddenly the market reverses gear owing to its volatile characteristics and buy trades turn into losses. Similarly a scrip is considered to have become very weak below a particular price, and so the trader initiates a sell trade. No sooner that is done, there is a strong bullish surge and the sell trades are virtually pulverized.

So what is the solution to the present condition. I am listing a few suggestions for the benefit of traders and investors alike :-
  • Investment decisions should be deferred for the time being, specially long term investing. That is because equity markets have yet to touch their intermediate bottom. For Nifty, intermediate bottom could be as low as 4000 while in Dow Jones we can again witness 6400 level soon. If you are a long term investor then wait for levels just discussed above, before jumping into immediate investment.
  • Traders should trade strictly along an established short term trend only. And then one should take small profits off the table.
  • Wait patiently for correct buy and sell levels for initiating trade, and do not enter into trade in haste.
Year 2010 will be a challenging year for traders as well as investors. So become mentally tough to take the challenges in your stride. My good wishes to all !!

Monday, January 25, 2010

US Markets Plummet On Good Results And Flimsy Grounds

Last three trading sessions were literally devastating for bulls in US markets. Consider this fact. Dow Jones took most of November, full December of last year and half of January 2010 to rise from 10100 level to 10700 level, a gain of roughly 600 points. And it took just three trading sessions for the bears to erase these gains in Dow Jones. What alacrity on part of the bears in going about their business!

One must keep in mind that this has happened in the midst of result season. Companies have done fairly well. In fact some companies like Intel and Google have done exceptionally well. Intel had posted the best quarterly result of its lifetime. And how is that news greeted by Wall Street? The scrip is sold off, driving the stock price to nosedive into negative territory.

Mind you, here we are not discussing a high beta stock market, nor are we referring to any banana republic. We are analyzing market behaviour of the most developed stock market on this planet, a market that boasts of an army of highly evolved, rational and informed investors. Then what spooked the US markets so much that we had to become spectators to such sharp reactions? Comparable exhibition of panic selling was last witnessed in Oct 2008. But at that time there were enough global reasons to justify such investor-behaviour. What has happened this time around? To ferret out an answer let us dig deep into the state of affairs existing in the present global financial ecosystem.

The first bit of news that unnerved US investors emanated across the Pacific, from the dragon nation. Chinese central bank advised banks in China to go slow on lending. This was taken as a cue that China was feeling the negative effects of stimulus and hence was taking steps to slowly withdraw it. In limiting credit off-take, China was ready to sacrifice its growth curve. This action by the Chinese Government was not appreciated by Wall Street, and so in a gesture of utter disappointment US markets sold off.

In this episode I seem to have lost the thread of US investors' reasoning. Everyone has been accusing that China is fast entering bubble territory because of its loose credit policy. Such liquidity needs to be reined in so as to avert bubble situations developing in different asset classes. And Chinese bubble bursting will be 1000 times more catastrophic than Dubai default scenario. So far so good - I am with the thought process of US investors. If all that is true then China is taking measured steps to attenuate the effects of an anomaly existing in its financial system. It is simply taking corrective action gradually so that the world is not put into a crisis situation. We wanted China to promptly address its liquidity imbalance, didn't we? And if it has started acting judiciously in that direction, shouldn't we be happy? Do we have to express our happiness by selling off stocks indiscriminately? I am pained to admit but selling off Intel and Google shares at this point of time cannot be categorized as actions of any evolved investor.

The second tranche of bad news for Wall Street emanated from Washington. Well good or bad, its just a matter of perception. I don't think its so terrible, but Wall Street feels otherwise. Hence I leave it to you to decide. President Obama wants to tax Big Banks which had to be bailed out. He wants tax payers to be suitably compensated by these banks for having saved their skins during the height of financial crisis. He plans to extract $ 90 bn over a period of ten years as tax from these banks. Big deal!! How is it conceived as such a bad news for investors? These banks are today paying more than that to their employees as bonuses. And here the total tax of $ 90 bn is planned to be collected over a spread of ten years, which is hardly any negative. I wouldn't be surprised if Obama feels exasperated with such reaction from US investors on this tax issue. Who wouldn't?

President Obama also wants to limit the size of these banks and pass legislation to prevent them from proprietary investments. They will not be allowed to use their own money to invest in risky financial instruments. And they may not be allowed to grow so big by acquiring other smaller banks that their failure becomes unacceptable to any US government in terms of collateral damage that such failure will cause. President Obama points out that he is doing all this so that when these big banks take dumb decisions in future, the tax payers will not have to foot the bill for their mistakes. Very noble thought! Firstly the President is ensuring that big banks in future cannot gamble with the money of depositors, thereby making them safe destinations to park your money. Secondly, he is preparing the grounds to bury any bank that fails, without ever having to think of injecting tax payers' money into such a doomed bank. That will be possible since the bank will no longer be so big that on its way down it can devastate the entire financial system.

As one can see, the proposals are genuine and for the betterment of the financial system. By putting such reforms in place one is only going to ensure that US financial system remains protected from hurricanes caused by greed in the investment world. Global economy will remain stable only when US economy doesn't get jolted by crises caused by unscrupulous financial wizards, who have invented things like Credit Default Swap (CDS) and Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDO) . Then why has Wall Street reacted in such furious manner? Whose side are the investors taking - the side which is fighting to keep the investment world a safer place or the side which is constantly conjuring up some dirty tricks to dupe the investors?

Its time to see right from wrong. I hope US investors will come around and realize the long term benefits in President Obama's proposal of bank reforms. One should dismiss the politics in all this and assess it dispassionately for the merits. Of course timing of the announcement from President Obama could have been better, but that's no reason to dump all investment ideas like Intel!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Last Trading Day of Decade : Yuletide Spirit Prevails

Investors can finally look back at 2009 with awe and admiration. From a situation of gloom and doom, indices world over were sitting pretty at 18/20 months' highs on the last day of the decade gone by. There is a sense of higher expectations and a bullish tenor prevailing in all markets. As we bid goodbye to 2009 and to the decade, we acknowledge navigating two major humbling hurricanes in the financial markets - dotcom bubble and housing market bubble. We have been bruised and scathed, but we still have our spirits intact which can be judged by universal display of cautious bullish sentiments even after all that investors had suffered and endured through year 2000 to 2009.

This force of bullish sentiments will propel the markets higher for some more time. In short we have entered 2010 with a positive bias as far as stock markets are concerned. Given below are some of the reasons for bullish sentiments continuing in global markets in 2010 :-
  • Dollar index which has shown strength for better part of December 2009, is likely to cool down. Continued rise of Dollar index throughout last December had shackled the equity and commodity markets, including Gold, in the last month of the last decade.
  • In December 2009 Dollar Index had risen from level of 74 to 78. Going forward you can expect the index to cool down to at least 76, which is a reasonable expectation of 50% correction. Around that level of 76 the index will also find support from 50 day simple moving average. Even RSI in Dollar Index chart is indicating a fall for the index. If that happens then the existing inverse correlation will propel equity and commodity markets to climb higher in the initial trading sessions of 2010. Across all markets expect to see higher levels from closing prices of last trading day of 2009 in the near term.
  • Trading volumes are set to increase with greater daily participation from players of substance. The big bosses of Fund Houses will be back from their Christmas and New Year holidays. They are expected to start the process of investing with renewed vigour. In their absence their stop-gaps were holding the fort which is why there was such thin daily volumes of trade.
  • Once the big fund houses exhibit bullish sentiments then the individual investors sitting on cash will join the bandwagon.
  • And finally, as the scene unfolds in this fashion, the shorts in the system will be trapped. There will be a rush of short covering which will act as a booster engine for the rocketing markets.
The long and short of this denouement is that bulls can rejoice in the initial trading days of year 2010. Global markets will be in green for the near term in 2010. Indian markets will be no exception. In fact we may witness greater traction in Indian markets as it bounces to higher grounds in the beginning of 2010. This will have added propulsion from short covering. The situation of Bear Trap arising was earlier discussed in my post titled "Nifty - Crystal Gazing For Coming Week" dated 4th Oct 2009. Check the link here for quick reference

After having gone through this 4th October post, you would have realized that by reaching 10500 Dow Jones has behaved exactly as was predicted, but Nifty and Sensex have still some catching up to do. In that post I had indicated that with Dow reaching 10500, Nifty will reach 5500, as the supply zone of 5137 to 5300 will be used by bulls to trap the bears. Similar sentiments were echoed in my 08 Nov 2009 post titled "Sensex and Nifty - Expected Movement Ahead". Here's the link for your reading convenience

Now the million dollar question is whether in the beginning of 2010 Indian markets will play out as per my calculations of Nifty and Sensex or not. Only time will tell! However in days ahead if things pan out in Indian markets as I had outlined in October 2009 post, do let me know through your comments which I shall truly value.

A very Happy New Year to all my readers and followers. God Bless and happy trading for all of you in this crucial year of 2010.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Asian Stock Market Blues - Frequently Looking to the West

This has become a routine for Asian Stock Markets - shake like an aspen leaf at every sneeze in the US. On 17th November almost all major Asian stock markets closed nearly in red, after trading the entire day in red. This was after US markets in last trading session had made a spectacular up-move, closing at a new high of 2009. So the least one expected was a slightly positive mood in Asian markets. But that was not to be! I am told that Asian markets wore such a sullen look on 17th November because Ben Bernanke made some not very rosy comment on US economic recovery. But tell me frankly, don't we already know all that.

Not withstanding the above ramblings, the reasons why markets across the globe are exhibiting high volatility are listed below :-
  • Stock markets moved up from March 2009 lows primarily driven by huge liquidity, which in turn came into existence owing to generous stimulus packages from respective nations. Now there is apprehension that since the recovery in stock markets has been spectacular, there might be a case for withdrawal of stimulus packages by most nations. But the fact is that leaders of G-20 nations have promised to keep the stimulus packages in place for some more time. Premature withdrawal of stimulus can result in a prolonged depression as was witnessed during the Great Depression of 1929.
  • Weakness in Dollar is pushing the commodity prices, oil prices, gold prices and also the stock prices higher. But any short term technical strengthening of dollar from here can send the other asset prices spiraling downwards. The moot question is when and that is creating nervousness in global markets. Lets see who blinks first!
It is certain that there is correction lurking in the dark, and suddenly it will spring a surprise on all of us. I have to admit that this forthcoming correction will be quite serious. In absolute terms I will venture to say that the corrective wave will wipe off about 1500 points from Nifty. If Nifty can climb to about 5500 in the current run up as predicted in my 8th November post (, then the correction can make Nifty trade at 4000 level. That is how serious the anticipated correction can be!! No wonder the market participants are getting so easily spooked by every shred of negative news.

Coming down to brass tacks, we need to apply caution after Dow reaches 10500. Similarly in Indian markets we have to watch out for the selling zone between 5320 and 5580 in Nifty, after Nifty crosses 5182.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Trans Atlantic Triggers - Did You Receive Those Signals?

Did you receive those wealth creating signals we discussed in the blog post on 08 Nov 2009. For your quick reference here's the link - In that post we had understood that Nifty and Sensex will get a boost to scale higher heights only if there were positive signals from US markets. In that scenario Dow would close above 10160. We named those signals as Trans-Atlantic Triggers or TAT in short.

On 06 Nov 2009 Nifty closed at 4796 and Sensex closed at 16164 before the weekend. After markets opened from weekend break, Dow roared across 10160 and closed at 10227. Benign signals from US markets or positive TATs have helped Sensex touch 16914. Similarly Nifty could manage to touch high of 5018. If you were able to discern those positive TATs then you would surely have made some neat profit in trade.

Now is the time which is baffling and puzzling. As discussed in the last post ( Dow Jones has reached its target of 10360, which means that there will be serious correction in US markets from here on. However Nifty and Sensex have yet to reach their short term targets before tipping over. Nifty should find rigorous selling pressure in the selling zone of 5320 and 5580. Sensex on other hand should experience serious selling bouts in selling zone of 18000 and 18880. All these selling zones have already been discussed in my 8th November post which can be accessed from the first link on this post. But the dilemma is that since Dow has achieved its target, will Nifty and Sensex now achieve their targets as outlined above?

Lets see what the future holds for Indian markets from here on. Nifty and Sensex should reach their respective selling zones before correcting. Whatever be the case, its time to observe some caution on the long side since Dow has reached its short term top.

Is Dow Jones Following Rule Book? - A Reality Check

Thus far I have been quite satisfied with the disciplined behaviour displayed by Dow Jones. Right from the very beginning more than a century back, Dow Jones has always played by rules of the game. If we check the super-cycle bull run of Dow as per Elliot Wave, then we find that the 2nd motive wave up from year 1988 to 2000 corrected by about 50% by the year 2003.

After that, 3rd motive wave took Dow up by about 61.8% of 2nd motive wave. That is how we found Dow at its highest point of 14280 in Oct 2007. From there Dow again lost about 50% to trade at sub 7000 level in Mar 2009. Everything seems to be happening absolutely by the rule book!!

From the low of Mar 2009 Dow Jones, like a disciplined soldier, should have exhibited a pullback of 50% to reach 10360. That is exactly what I had anticipated on 02 Oct 2009 in a post titled "Dow Jones- Amazing Bull Charge". Check out the link here -

On 11 Nov 2009 Dow Jones reached 10357.38 to qualify as having completed 50% pullback. Would you not agree that Dow has always maintained a very high degree of discipline? All its moves are by the Rule Book! If you agree to my point of view then do remember that after completing 50% pullback Dow has to retrace its steps from around the level of 10500. By now if you have already checked out the link to my 2nd October post then you must be privy to the likely retracement levels. If not then go right ahead and check out retracement levels from the link given above. Remember that forewarned is forearmed!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sensex And Nifty - Expected Movement Ahead

The correction in Indian markets has been swift and surgical. Now the pullback to the correction is in place. This throws up the most important question - how far will this pullback reach in Indian markets? That's a million dollar question! To find answer to this baffling question, we will resort to some calculations and some crystal ball gazing. Let us embark on this interesting voyage.

First of all we need to realize that from here on Sensex and Nifty will move in any direction as per signals received from across the Atlantic. Let us call these signals as Trans-Atlantic Triggers or TAT, which basically are triggers from US markets. In case there is absence of TAT then Indian markets will just drift sideways. This situation is of low probability. To make comprehension easier we shall deal with each situation separately as outlined below:-
  • Absence of triggers from US markets will result in sideways movement in Indian markets. In such a situation you will find Dow Jones oscillating between 10150 and 9650. Likewise Sensex then could be lolling between 15000 and 16000, and Nifty could be lazying between 4700 and 5000. But if you ask my frank opinion, I will promptly label this situation as least probable.
  • If there is positive TAT, then you will find Dow Jones closing above 10160 and racing towards 10360/10500 in subsequent sessions. In that situation you can expect Sensex to reach its tipping point between 18000 and 18800, and Nifty could be seen at level between 5320 and 5580.
  • In case there is negative TAT, then Dow Jones will be closing below 9645 and tumbling towards 9100/9000 in subsequent sessions. In such a case Sensex could be seen trading between 14800 and 14200. Similarly Nifty could drop down between 4400 and 4200.
Whatever be the scenario, there seems to be one certainty. In next couple of sessions, Sensex will move to the zone between 16410 and 16660 and you will find Nifty trading in the zone between 4860 and 4930. After that, the story will unfold as per TAT received. Keep your antennae operational at peak performance!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dow Jones Displays Character - Closes Flat

Big relief! Dow Jones in yesterday's trading session closed flat at 9771.91, only 17.53 points down from previous day's close. I mention this as relief because the buzz on the street was that there will be bloodbath on Wall Street. Some voices claimed that it is this anticipation which led to a sharp fall in Indian markets as also in all other Asian markets except China. Moreover the European markets also traded as if there was no tomorrow, red being the favourite colour among all markets there. With all that at the backdrop, you would now appreciate why I expressed relief at Dow closing flat.

On 02 Nov 2009 Dow Jones had showed its hand in moving northwards in short term. I had mentioned that as leadership for rest of the global markets in my last post. For quick reference click the link here-

Leadership that Dow exhibited was to no avail. No global market was ready to follow Dow Jones' example. China was an exception, but then China always plays the market on its own terms - based on its economy's performance. But we were discussing Dow and its tenacity in holding on to sanity against global sell offs. The other way around is still not happening!!

But to be candid I must admit that Dow's strength yesterday had lot to do with some important events that took place. Take a look :-
  • Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway bought the railroad company Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp in a mega-deal of $44 billion. This signals that Warren Buffet is betting big on revival of American economy. In his own words Warren Buffet described the deal as "It's an all-in wager on the economic future of the United States". With strong American revival there will be increased demand for power and Berkshire owns coal based power company MidAmerican Energy. This company will require coal to be hauled over long distances. That is also where acquisition of a railroad company comes into play, if you get the bigger picture. But in all intricate calculations, US economy surging ahead is what Warren Buffet is betting his last penny on. That is certainly good news for global markets, considering how coupled we all are!
  • Experts expressed their considered opinion that Fed is not likely to hike any interest rates in its November meet. That acted as firm anchor for Dow in trade yesterday.
The salutary effect of Dow showing strength will be felt today across global markets. At the time of writing this post, all Asian markets were trading in positive territory. Indian markets have also opened in green, the colour most elusive for the last eleven trading sessions!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Global Stock Markets - Dow Comes To Rescue

Look to the West! Dow Jones has finally made up its mind to temporarily halt downward slide of global markets. In trading yesterday Dow could gain a decent 76 points to close at 9789. That will send Asian markets to spiral upwards today, leaving behind all apprehensions of yesterday. Wonder when will these Asian markets have their own strength of conviction in their respective economies! When will they stop looking to the west for day-to-day cue?

Be that as it may, the good news is that Dow has yo-yoed back to green territory in its last trading session. But in initial trade it zoomed 145 points higher than previous close, on the back of some good manufacturing numbers. To be precise the ISM index rose to 55.7% in October, up from 52.6% in September. This is also its highest reading since April 2006 which was cheered so merrily by the street that it seemed as if Dow was determined to break some kind of record in single-day gains. If you ask me, personally I was of the opinion that Dow was properly geared to gain at least 250 points yesterday. That's how it seemed in early trade on 02 Nov 2009. But alas!

By midday one found Dow languishing 35 points down, having given up all of its 145 points gain. That in effect was an intra-day loss of 180 points from its high. What spooked Dow were the Financials, Tech and Energy stocks. Investors got so nervous that all good news and reassuring signs of recovery from manufacturing data were brushed under the carpet and selling again took center-stage.

However Dow did recover some of its lost ground and thankfully so for health of Asian markets today. The recovery was witnessed both in Financials and Tech stocks. Somehow I fail to understand as to how anyone can possibly be selling Tech stocks like Apple at this point in time. With Christmas around the corner, Apple is likely to have a strong sales season of Mac computers and iPhones. But then that's how markets are!

As for Financials, I guess US market participants did not like a key Federal Reserve official saying all that he said about executive pay in large financial institutions. I have a hunch that big boys on the street didn't like that one single bit. How can you even hint that a substantial portion of executives' pay (incentive-compensation) in big banks should be deferred over a multi-year period? So what if they have turned around with massive help from tax-payers' money!!

But somehow Dow in late trade yesterday made a nice effort to claw back into green. That is leadership, because now the Asian markets will follow suit. Indian markets should open with a gap up and sustain their rally today.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Dow Jones - Amazing Bull Charge

From the level of sub 1000 in 1971, Dow Jones (Dow Jones Industrial Average) has recorded its all time high of 14000 plus on 11 Oct 2007. In other words Dow has notched up around 13000 points in 38 years, or simply put it blossomed 14 times. That is an average annual return of 36.% which is not bad at all. In this journey northwards there has been some major corrections. Leaving aside a quick and serious dip in 1988, Dow has given overall good returns to its long term investors till year 2000.

Periods of excellent returns have been many but from year 1995 to 2000 Dow went ballistic and notched up roughly 8000 points. This leg of journey saw Dow cover ground from 4000 to 12000. To my mind this has been the most audaciously steep rise in a span of 5 years.

Then in year 2000 it started its tumble and lost nearly 5000 points in 3 years, scaring the wits out of investors with all pervasive climate of gloom and doom. Just when people thought everything was lost, Dow again picked itself up and almost did an encore of 1995 bull run in next 5 years. From year 2003 to 2008 Dow repeated its stellar performance of period 1995-2000. However this time around it managed to notch up about 7000 points, traversing the distance from 7177 to 14279.

No sooner did the 5 year period of joy for bulls got over that we became spectators to one of the worst mauling by bears on Wall Street. In next to no time Dow Jones lost approximately 7800 points. You can remember the ferocious agility when you recall this major index on planet earth lost more than half its worth in about 18 months. Phew! What devastation that would have caused to millions of investors !!

Since Mar 2009 Dow Jones is on a recovery path. In fact it has recovered almost 50 % of lost ground. Now the question that begs our attention is whether Dow is finally out of the woods or not. I am presenting some pointers which may help you to decide for yourself :-
  • Last correction of year 2000 lasted 3 years and we have completed only 2 years since this correction began in Oct 2007.
  • Bottoming out process is generally a long drawn affair for such a vicious fall. That indicates some more time may be required for Dow to finally recover and surge ahead for another bull charge.
  • Already news flow is turning negative in US, showing ugly signs of loss in confidence data.
  • 50% pullback to the bear phase means Dow Jones should reach 10360, which it nearly has. So one can expect a fall from level of 10500.
In all likelihood history would like to repeat itself. So you can say that Dow Jones may take another year to fully recover from the bear mauling. Till that time I guess we should be ready to witness another bout of selling which may take Dow down to 6500 level and maybe even lower. In the best of conditions expect Dow to touch at least 8500 level in coming months.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Dow Jones - Expected Movement Mar 2009

Dow Jones is witnessing a very interesting period for traders. It had achieved its bottom target of 6460 in the first week of Mar 2009 and had to move up minimum by 38.2%. That meant a gain of 780 points from the low of 6460. In other words it should have reached minimum up to 7240, which it did. In fact on 18 Mar 2009 it touched the level of 7550. In short Dow has achieved its target and qualifies for a fall. The fall should take Dow back to its lower level of 6460 or thereabouts in a fortnight. However, if the fall is very sharp then downward slide may take Dow to the band between 5950 - 5780.

Expected Nifty Movement
Since other world markets including the Indian markets rose piggy back on American markets, the down hill journey is expected to be no different. Nifty will also witness its share of selling in coming days and will be eager to tumble down to at least 2550 level. The only saving grace will be if it takes some support at 2700 and bounces back again to 2850. But in the short term Nifty is bound to be back trading at 2550 level. Traders can make merry with this kind of situation. But a word of caution for traders : just see to it that Nifty doesn't breach 2500 on a closing basis. If that happens then be prepared for a blood bath!