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Nifty Hits Record Highs; Midcap Stocks Underperform

Posted Date: December 17 2020
Today’s Action

Nifty, +0.4%; Sensex, +0.5%; Nifty Midcap, -0.3%%; Nifty Smallcap, +0.2%; Model Portfolio, +0.4%

Market Pulse Confirmed Uptrend

Distribution Day Count: Three

Nifty made an opening above 13,700 and retained its momentum through the day. The index made higher highs on the hourly chart to make a fresh life-time high during the day. However, during the last hour, Nifty witnessed minor profit-booking and closed about 33 points off high to close below 13,750. Volume was lower than the previous session. The declining trend of the volume has reached the fourth day in a row, which can be a sign of caution. In the broader market, midcap closed 0.3% lower, while smallcap closed with a gain of 0.2%.

On the sectoral front, a mixed reaction was observed. Nifty Finservice (+1.2%) advanced the most, followed by Nifty Realty and Bank, which gained 0.6% and 0.5%, respectively. On the flip side, Nifty Media, PSU Bank, and Metal were down in the range of 1.4–1.9%. Market breadth was skewed toward decliners. Of 2,233 stocks traded, 846 stocks advanced, 1,068 declined, and the remaining stocks remained unchanged.

With leadership broadening and indices above relevant intermediate term-moving averages, we will continue to look for leadership-quality growth names to form entry points. After a strong rally, pullback/consolidation (if any) is a constructive sign if Nifty holds its 21-DMA. It is advised to closely review the existing positions and book partial profits in stocks that are extended from their moving averages. On the flip side, tracking distribution days is crucial. Accumulation of distribution days can halt the uptrend.

 
 

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