Volatility may continue on bourses amid geopolitical uncertainties

Volatility may continue on bourses amid geopolitical uncertainties

Santosh MeenaUpdated: Sunday, February 20, 2022, 02:25 PM IST
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FIIs are continuing their selling mood amid such uncertainty while domestic institutional investors are continuously supporting the market. / Representative image | Photo credit: Pixabay

The stock market ended last week with a minor cut after a highly volatile week amid geopolitical uncertainties and volatility may continue this week as well because there is no clear picture about the Russia-Ukraine standoff and the market is reacting to every news flow which is coming every 15 minutes therefore geopolitical situation will remain a key factor for this week as well.

There is one silver lining for the Indian market is that crude oil is not boiling amid this geopolitical tension because there is an expectation that the Iran nuclear deal may conclude soon which may lead to the supply of Iranian crude oil in the future.

FIIs are continuing their selling mood amid such uncertainty while domestic institutional investors are continuously supporting the market.

Derivative data is little supportive as FIIs are buying in index future and stock future where FIIs' long exposure in index future has jumped to 60 percent.

Put call ratio is sitting at 1.1 mark which is neutral for the market. If we look at the open interest distribution then it is scattered and does not give any clear direction whereas FIIs' positions in the index option are also indicating a range-bound move.

Technically, Nifty has completed its unfinished business of testing its 200-DMA. It took support at 200-DMA and then witnessed a smart pullback however 17,400-17,600 area is a critical resistance zone because it is a cluster of 20,50 and 100-DMA.

If Nifty manages to take out the 17,400-17,600 supply zone then we can expect a rally towards 18,000/18,300 levels. On the downside, 17,100 is an immediate and strong support level; below this, Nifty may again revisit the 16,850-16,800 support zone.

Bank Nifty is also trading volatile where 38,000-38500 is acting as an immediate resistance zone; above this, 39,000-39,500 is the next important resistance area. On the downside, 50-DMA of 37,250 is an immediate support level then 200-DMA of 36,500 is a critical support level.

The writer is Head of Research, Swastika Investmart Ltd.

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