When the devotees welcome the arrival of Lord Ganesha into their homes, it signifies the birth of life with hope and new beginnings.
The stock market faces similar phases when the bull market offers the investors the birth of opportunities with periods of prosperity and success. Healthy economic growth, market stability, high employment, rising corporate profits, increased investments, and consumer spending are some of the key factors that lead to the upward trend in stock prices. Market participants are filled with happiness when they see their portfolio gains just like how devotees celebrate the festival with dance, music, and prayers.
Conversely, there comes a time to bid adieu to Lord Ganesha which represents the end of one cycle and the commencement of another.
In the world of the stock market too, the bullish phase ends eventually as it deals with excesses of leverage and over-optimism built during this phase. One must encounter the challenges and uncertainties of the bear market.
This stage signals the concept of death or declines within the market cycle. Investors lose money and focus on re-evaluating their strategies and risk tolerance just like devotees focus on reflecting on their obstacles in life.
As devotees eagerly await and have faith that Lord Ganesha will return next year, investors too must have faith in the principle of mean reversion. It basically means that no condition can prevail for too long. Greed will be replaced by fear. And fear will be replaced by greed. Periods of high margins will be replaced with low margins as the market forces quickly rebalance the outliers. This cycle of rebalancing will go on and on.
Investors who understand the cyclicality of the market and mean reversion can better position themselves to profit from them over the long term.
The Indian Market gimmicked the market participants with its uneven moves. Majorly the jolt has come from US Markets and FIIs selling from the Indian market.
During the week, the Nifty benchmark indices exhibited a trading range of 275 points, ultimately ending with a marginal loss of 0.18% when compared to the previous week. This decline was accompanied by a 7.43% uptick in the INDIA VIX signaling increased market volatility.
There were some profit bookings from higher levels as panic selling was observed across the sectors, especially in Midcap and Smallcap.
From a technical perspective, Nifty formed a bearish candle with an extended wick on the weekly chart. Furthermore, it closed below both the 20 and 50-day moving averages on the daily chart, indicating short-term weakness. Key indicators such as RSI and MACD also skewed negatively.
In terms of options open interest (OI) data, significant concentration centered around the 19400 levels, likely serving as a crucial support level. Resistance, on the other hand, was anticipated in the 19850-19900 range.
Market breadth still suggests some sort of weakness. To overcome it, Private Banks need to take on command.