Tuesday, June 30, 2009


What is market expecting of Union Budget? Will it be a market benign budget or a damp squib? Come sixth of July we will all get an answer to that. In the meantime we can only hope for the best. But on the second day of Budget week we have witnessed a broad based sell-off in the market. The sectors which were supposed to have received sops from the Budget have participated whole hearted in this sell-off. Budget favourites like IT and steel sectors still withstood the onslaught of the sell-off, but Infrastructure did not. Are the market players simply getting Budget jitters or is there reason for real concern?

Whatever be the mind of the market , Nifty should be range bound between 4100 and 4500 till the Budget. Similarly Sensex should hold on between 13500 and 15000 range till market gets this big event out of the way. However close below 4100 in Nifty and below 13500 in Sensex will be quite disastrous for the market since it will spell out the mind of the market in no uncertain terms. Nifty will then spiral down to its pivot of 3500 and Sensex can plummet to 11500.

In my earlier post on 18 May 2009 titled "Rebuild Your Portfolio" I had suggested to retail investors to come completely into cash at the level of Nifty 4600. In case you have, then look out for the crucial levels of Nifty and Sensex as discussed above and be ready to once again start rebuilding your portfolio for the long term.

Monday, June 29, 2009


Dow Jones is precariously perched at the top of current bullish run. Whether you call it bear-market rally or start of a bull run, Dow is likely to face stiff resistance going forward. The best case scenario is that Dow reaches 9500 and tips over for serious correction. But the most likely tipping point will be between 8625 and 8700.

The current week will be a shortened trading week for US markets with markets remaining closed on Friday, being Independence Day. June employment data will be released on Thursday and the rest of the week doesn't foretell any significant up move for the market.

Negative sentiments could prevail with the sentencing of Bernard Madoff for his multi-billion dollar fraud, that being a reminder to investors that Wall Street is still not the right place to park one's hard earned money.

However what is more important is to watch Dow level of 8250. In case 8250 is breached on a closing basis then we are going to have trouble going forward. Dow will then be available for trading at 7250-7500 levels in the short term.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Cricket fans in India have no place to hide. India has bowed out of T20 World Cup quite disgracefully. Strong words to say but India's performance at T20 World Cup does warrant such comments. India lost all its Super Eight matches in most disturbing manner. The promised fight was missing and Indian performance can be summarily dismissed as a damp squib. Amongst Indian cricket fans there is disbelief and dismay and an all pervading feeling of being cheated by their heroes.

What went so terribly wrong? Every Indian cricket fan worth his salt was expecting fireworks from Team India. Expectations were so high that all other teams were being reviewed with disdain in comparison to the might of Indian team. The just concluded IPL-2 was very heartening for the fans. Display of power and finesse by Indian players at IPL-2 on foreign soil gave the fans enough reason to rejoice. There was a feeling that Indian players were peaking just at the right moment for T20 World Cup. IPL-2 was a platform which provided them with the right kind of match practice. IPL-2 was supposed to be a boon in disguise.

So how come the Indian team fared so badly at T20 World Cup? Did match fatigue creep in or was it just another example of absence of proper game plan. My guess is that it was both and much more. Such pathetic performance cannot be attributed to any single factor. The performance that we witnessed can be achieved with the help of a slew of factors. In a random order I will now try and list out some of the factors which accounted for such a debacle :-
  1. Year 2009 so far has been jam packed with international cricketing events. There have been many international series played by India leading up to IPL-2. That took a heavy toll on players, so much so that some players were not fully available for IPL-2 due to injuries.

  2. Then came IPL-2 and the rigorous regime of cricket. Prolonged packed schedule, back to back games, packed stadium and hysteria building exercises demanded that much extra from each Indian player. The result was that the Indian players were a spent force by the time they entered World Cup arena.

  3. Half the Indian team, including the skipper, were not 100% match fit as per the report submitted by team Physio to BCCI before the selection of the team. However BCCI chose to ignore the report and went ahead with selecting even injured players. The outcome of such a decision is there for all to see.

  4. Indian team entered the World Cup arena with the mistaken belief that they were invincible. This mindset has been the outcome of hype created by all of us. As Indians we have a tendency to get carried away and the players are no different. The swagger of most players as they entered World Cup arena was a telltale sign. Game plan was the last thing on their mind. In their mind they had already won the World Cup and we are all responsible for that particular state of mind. Each team had to be tackled with particular strategies targeting their weaknesses. No such effort was visible from Indian team while teams like England and South Africa exhibited the same in abundance.

Pity of all this is that there is a feeling of deja vu in this crushing defeat at T20 World Cup. It is as if we have been through this kind of situation 'n' number of times before. Everything feels so very familiar. The inconsistency of Indian Cricket is now a folklore. If anything, we must address this inconsistency before we start making heroes out of ordinary mortals. Time again for some serious brain storming at BCCI! All the very best BCCI!! Hope this time around you can find a lasting solution.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


What a dream run! Indian Premier League (IPL) has taken centre stage in the world of cricket. Who would have believed that a couple of years ago? Indian Club Cricket holding sway in global arena!!! The just concluded second instalment of IPL drama had cricket aficionados crying for more. The runaway success of the tournament was there for all to see. Global audiences watched scintillating cricket thoroughly mesmerised, while we in India rejoiced that our religion has finally got global recognition. Full credit goes to Lalit Modi and his IPL management who made this dream come true.

What did one like most about the tournament? The first answer that jumps to mind is "everything". If you fail to agree with me then read on. We will proceed step by step on a journey of critical analysis of this juggernaut called IPL.
  1. Quality of Cricket. There is no denying the fact that quality of cricket being offered on IPL stage is world class. Barring T-20 World Cup there is no other platform where you can find half as many world class cricketers displaying their cricketing skills. In fact IPL may be considered better than T-20 World Cup by many. That is because the argument goes like this. T-20 World Cup doesn't feature some swashbuckling senior stalwarts that IPL does. Case in point are irresistible veterans like Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Anil Kumble et al.

  2. Fanfare. The build up to IPL tournament is simply breathtaking and you wouldn't like to miss out on the hype created for all the gold in the world. Because it is this build up which sends your adrenalin rushing leaving you to contend with goose pimples. The propaganda machine of IPL and its teams rev up your expectations for some blood curdling duels on the cricket field. And bang! The show starts with gala Opening Ceremony and teams baying for each others' blood. Taking cue the organisers throw in every trick in the book to regale crowd as the tournament progresses. Who would want to miss out on such world class fanfare that IPL offers? Not me.

  3. Glamour. IPL organisers deserve a salute to be able to attract so much glamour and glitterati on one stage. You name it and you have it! Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Shilpa Shetty, Mukesh Ambani, Vijay Mallaya, Katrina Kaif, and the list keeps unfolding. Then you also have some big international band playing for you at the tournament. And glam girls as Cheer Leaders act as icing on the cake. Do you want to miss any of it? I doubt.

What most of us may fail to register are two major spin offs that IPL is giving to India. Firstly it is building Brand India in the eyes of global population. India's Club Cricket being played on foreign soil as far removed as South Africa! And that too so successfully that IPL becomes the centre point of all activities of that country!! Even the General Elections in South Africa took a back seat to IPL fever that gripped the country. World media and by extension world public are bound to wonder. To cap it all this venture called IPL is worth $ 2 billion, may be more. In just two years such an adventurous venture is already a financial success. I wouldn't blame the global populace, especially the sporting world, if it sits up and takes notice.

The second commendable point that IPL has scored is by garnering loads of goodwill for India through charity. Generous donations given by IPL to various organisations enhancing educational and sporting facilities in South Africa is simply magnanimous. Such gestures will take IPL and India a long way in building bridges of friendship across nations.

Now the question arises as to what would we like to see different in IPL-3. Well on all aspects discussed above, we would like to see IPL doing better and bigger. That said there is also a dream that somehow IPL should reach out to non cricket playing countries and spread our religion further. With IPL anything is in the realm of 'possible'. So lets pray and hope that Lalit Modi and company can pull off this last bit of magic. Cheers to Lalit Modi! Cheers to IPL! And cheers to Indian cricket fans!

Monday, May 18, 2009


18 May 2009. What an amazing day in market. Indian bourses created history by locking into upper circuit, giving a resounding thumbs up to election results. And why not, why ever not! Election results gave the incumbent UPA Govt clear mandate to rule for another five years.

With euphoria at its peak we need to look at supply zone of Nifty to be fully into cash. Nifty selling will come around the pivot of 4515. This pivot is in the supply zone from 4447 to 4600. So one should begin to convert his portfolio holdings completely into cash around the pivot point.

From the level of 4500 the correction should take Nifty to 3750 where one should look at buying again in tranches. As a retail investor, the process of re-building your portfolio should begin from 3750 Nifty.

Nifty Put Option
On 07 May 2009 I had given recommendation to buy 3400 Nifty Put Option of June contract at a premium of Rs 146. That was when Nifty had closed at 3684. This was to be averaged if Nifty was to reach 4150. Today Nifty opened and closed with upper circuit at 4323 giving no chance to retail participants to enter into trade. Tomorrow one could get opportunity to average the Nifty Put at about Rs 20. If not one could look to buy the Nifty Put around selling zone mentioned above.