Two weeks ago we wrote that the weight of the evidence was suggesting the major indexes in India were getting ready to resume lower. While we were a few days early, most have resolved their consolidations lower. So the question now is, will they continue lower or will they be able to base and head higher? That’s the question we’re looking to answer in this post.
First let’s start with the weakest area of the market, small-caps. Prices were consolidating for about a month in a super tight range, but are now resolving to the downside to continue their long-term downtrend.
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Mid-caps look equally as bad. Nothing in this chart suggests higher prices are ahead, quite the opposite actually.
Large-caps continue to out-perform, but on an absolute basis are range-bound at best with momentum still in a bearish regime.
The out-performance of large-caps continues to signal a lack of risk appetite among market participants.
Additionally, breadth leaves a lot to be desired. We’re seeing an expansion of 52-week lows with the index still 7% above its 52-week low. This indicates that the internals of the market are getting worse, not better.
The weakness in the broader market is no surprise given the lack of leadership from its largest sectors.
On an absolute basis the Nifty Financial Services Index has seen price action improve significantly, but the equally-weighted version of the index continues to show relative weakness and remains well off its highs.
The same can be said for the Nifty Bank Index. On a cap-weighted basis the index back to its January highs, but the equally-weighted version is just off 52-week lows.
This is also the case for the Nifty Fast Moving Consumer Goods Index.
And yet again for Energy…
The only major sector showing some semblance of relative strength is IT, however, it only represents 12% of the market and cannot offset the weakness of other areas on its own.
What do all of these equally-weighted charts tell us? Fewer stocks are participating to the upside.
The market doesn’t have any upside leadership right now, but it has plenty of stocks leading to the downside. We can’t head higher until the majority of these sectors gain their footing on both a cap-weighted and equally-weighted basis. Until then, our bias needs to remain neutral/bearish, which we can express by shorting stocks or holding larger cash positions.
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