The Nifty too was confined in a narrow band between 4,850 and 4,900 in the sessions preceding the Budget before Friday's spurt took the index higher to 4,992. That the index was unable to move past 5,000 on the Budget day implies that the medium-term trend in this index continues to be down. If the third leg of the downtrend from the 5,310 peak unfolds now, it can drag the index to 4,599 or 4,357. The 200-day moving average at 4,680 would be the minimum target for a decline. Close above 5,070 is needed to mitigate this bearish view.
The short-term trend in Nifty is up since the trough at 4,675. But it is possible that this uptrend ended on Friday and the index could now decline to 4,870 or even 4,796. Traders can initiate short positions in rallies with stop at 5,025. Target on a move above 5,000 is 5,067.
Globally equities had a tough weak as worse than expected economic readings from the US and resurfacing of the Greece sovereign debt issue dragged stock prices lower. European and Latin American indices end the week 1 to 3 per cent lower. Asian benchmarks were relatively stronger and many of them such as KLSE Composite, Nikkei, Philippines Composite, Shanghai Composite and so on ended the week marginally in the green.
CBOE VIX spiked to 22.6 on Thursday before ending the week down at 19.5 implying that investors continue in a sanguine frame of mind. The dollar index appears to have formed a short-term peak at 81.4 and that should give some relief to emerging market equities and commodities.
The Dow could not move past the key short-term resistance at 10,400 and reversed mildly from there. Support for the week would be available at 10,200 and 10,100. Decline below the second support would mean that the downtrend from January 19 peak is continuing. Conversely rally above 10,400 would send the index to a new 2010 high.
The S&P 500 has also recorded a hanging man pattern in the weekly chart that is a reversal pattern. Key resistance for this index is at 1,110 and it is currently struggling to move over this. The week ahead is critical for defining the short-term trajectory for this index.