A Review - Born Again Sensex Bulls. (Jan-06)

Oct, 15, 2007     By Vikram Murarka    0 comments

Sensex: 19058.67


22 moons ago, on 20-Jan-2006 , when the Sensex was 9311, we had said that “..although the Sensex has risen 300% since April-2003, there could still be a lot of room on the upside, if history is to repeat itself, and the current Bull Run may, in fact, be in its infancy”. For those who missed that report, it is available at http://colourofmoney.kshitij.com/com200106

The market has risen another 100% since then, even after the terrible May-June 2006 fall, and the Sensex has closed above 19000 today. We thought it would be appropriate to take a fresh look at the charts.

Where to now?

The “Sub-Prime” crisis in the US a couple of months ago had brought the world to the brink of, possibly, the worst financial disaster since 1929. But, then Super-Fed came to the rescue. Underscoring the overriding influence of the US Federal Reserve on the markets, almost all financial markets bottomed on 17-Aug, the day the Fed cut its Discount rate by 50 bps to 5.75%. The Sensex too bottomed on the same day, after hitting a low of 13779.88. The rally gained further wings after the Fed cut the Fed Funds rate, again by 50 bps, to 4.75%, on 18-Sep . The Sensex has rallied 21.62% in 18 sessions since then.

Please take a look at the daily Log Chart below. The Sensex is seen to have been moving up inside an upward sloping channel marked AA and BB, connecting the peaks at 6249.60 (Jan-04) and 12671.11 (May-06). It is now close to the upper end of this channel, with Resistance near 19800–20000 . Given the sharp upmove in the last few days, and the importance of the Resistance, it is time to be cautious and book partial profits on 16-22 month old Long positions. Although we don't want to become outright bearish given the massive inflows into Emerging Markets, the charts ask us to be prepared for 16000-15000, a 15-20% correction.

What could trigger a correction? We don't know. But, the answer could, perhaps, once again lie with the US Fed , which is scheduled to meet on 31-Oct. At the moment, our view is that Fed will not cut rates unless the global stock markets “misbehave”. But, a “no further rate cut” by the Fed could take the wind out of the markets' sail triggering a correction. Or it could be the soaring Crude prices.

Either way, this Deepawali, it might pay to have some cash in the bank.

Sensex Log Chart

Vikram Murarka

Chief Currency Strategist at KSHITIJ.COM. Likes to look at the markets from many different angles. Weaves many conventional and unconventional technical analysis techniques and fundamental analysis into a global macro perspective. Likes to take the road less traveled.

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