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F&O Outlook: FIIs forming short positions, may not bode well for markets; traders advised to lighten up longs

In the options segment, the data is scattered for the coming weekly series, but decent open interest concentration is seen at 16700 call and 17000 call options.

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The immediate support for Nifty is placed around 16400 and if the index breaks this support, then we could see the market drifting lower towards 16200-16000 zone again. (Image: REUTERS)

By Ruchit Jain

Nifty started the June series with some short positions rolled over from the May series; however, the quantum of shorts was low as compared to those seen at the start of the May series. During this week, Nifty witnessed long formation on Monday and then we saw some consolidation ahead of the weekly expiry. The index took support around 16500-16450 as put writing was witnessed at 16500 strike and then it ended the weekly expiry on a positive note above 16600. The Bank Nifty index also had recently added some longs and the index has consolidated in a range during this week. 

FIIs started the series with the rollover of some short positions. They unwound some shorts as the global markets witnessed recovery and our markets too pulled back higher from recent swing lows; but they have again formed fresh short positions in the last couple of sessions. Their Index Futures ‘Long Short Ratio’ which was around 51% a couple of days back has now reduced to 30% which indicates that the stronger hands have turned bearish again. This does not bode well for the markets and if the global markets witness any correction, then our market could react sharply. In the options segment, the data is scattered for the coming weekly series, but decent open interest concentration is seen at 16700 call and 17000 call options. On the flipside, 16300 and 16000 put options also have decent open interest outstanding. 

Recently, we have seen that the markets have reacted negatively when FII’s have formed short positions in the index futures. After some relief, they have formed short positions again which could be negative for the markets in the near term. The resistance for the Nifty in the coming week will be seen in the range of 16700-16800 followed by 17000. Traders are advised to look to lighten up from long positions in this up move around the mentioned resistance zone. The immediate support for Nifty is placed around 16400 and if the index breaks this support, then we could see the market drifting lower towards 16200-16000 zone again.   

(Ruchit Jain is a Lead Research at 5paisa.com. Views expressed are the author’s own. Please consult your financial advisor before investing.)

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