By Shivangi Sarda
Nifty 50 index opened flattish on Wednesday but failed to surpass 17350 zones and drifted towards 17200 zones in the last hour of the session. It showed signs of meekness as it could not surpass its key hurdle of 17350 levels and finally closed with losses of around 100 points. It formed a Bearish candle on a daily scale and closed below its 100 SMA.
India VIX was up by 1.58% from 16.95 to 17.21 levels. Volatility has spiked to its higher band and needs to cool down to 15-14 zones to regain stability in the market. On the Option front, Maximum Call OI is at 18000 then 17500 strike while Maximum Put OI is at 17000 then 16000 strike. Call writing is seen at 17600 then 17200 strike while minor Put unwinding is seen at 17300 then 17400 strike. Option data suggests a wider trading range in between 17000 to 17500 zones.
Bank Nifty opened positive and relatively remained resilient amidst the weakness in the overall market. It formed a small-bodied Bearish candle on the daily frame and closed with losses of around 100 points. For weekly Bank Nifty, Maximum Put OI is at 36500 strike and maximum Call OI is placed at 37000 strike. We have seen significant Call writing in 37000 strike while Put writing is witnessed at 36000 strike. Now it has to cross and hold above 37000 for a move up towards 37250 and 37500 zones whereas on the downside, support can be seen at 36500 and 36250 zones.
On the sectoral front, all the sectors barring Auto space traded in the negative territory, out of which Realty, PSU Banking, Media and Metal sectors showed the most weakness in the market.
Among stocks, positive stance was seen PIIND, Sun Pharmaceuticals, Torrent Power, Maruti Suzuki India, Larsen & Toubro, Pidilitind, UBL, Berger Paint and Asian Paints while weakness in Godrej Properties, M&MFin, Bajfinance, Glenmark, Bajajfinserv, Cumminsind, PVR, Bank Baroda, Cholafin, ICICI GI, Srtransfin, Can Bank, STAR, Jublfood, Federal Bank, ITC and ONGC. Now till Nifty remains below 17350 weakness could be seen towards 17100 and 17000 zones whereas a major hurdle exists at 17500 zones.
(Shivangi Sarda is a Quantitative Analyst, Derivatives and Technical Research, Motilal Oswal Financial Services. Views expressed are the author’s own. Please consult your financial advisor before investing.