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IT Stocks Stand Strong; Broader Market Continues to Underperform


Posted Date: August 23 2021 | Reading Time: 2 Minutes
Today’s Action

Nifty, +0.3%; Sensex, +0.4%; Nifty Midcap, -0.9%; Nifty Smallcap, -1.9%; Model Portfolio, -0.6%

Market Pulse: Confirmed Uptrend

Distribution Day Count: Four

Nifty gapped up about 150 points on open today, taking a cue from global markets. However, after a strong start, it failed to hold gains and hit the day’s low of 16,396 in the first two hours of the session. Later, the index posted a minor recovery, closing 0.3% higher. Volume was lower than in the previous session. Broader markets witnessed profit booking and fell sharply. Midcap was down 0.9%, while Smallcap was down 1.9%.

On the sectoral front, Nifty IT (+1.7%), Nifty Financial Services (+0.4%), and Nifty Bank (+0.3%) were the only one to close higher. On the flip side, Nifty Auto, Media, and Realty were down 1.0–1.7%. The advance-decline ratio continued to favor decliners. Of 2,004 stocks traded, 287 stocks advanced, 1,215 stocks declined, and the remaining closed flat.

The distribution day count currently stands at four. Nifty is trading near its all-time high. If the index adds a couple of distribution days, stages a reversal, or breaches its key moving averages, we may change the market status to an Uptend Under Pressure. Reducing exposure to stocks breaking below their 21- or 50-DMA on higher volume is important. Over the last few sessions, the broader market seems to have fallen out of favor. Some stocks are displaying poor price behavior, resulting in minor damage to their charts. Shakeouts happen and are a normal course for growth stocks. But we do not want weak action to persist. We recommend being selective when investing in new stock.

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