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NIFTY50 cracks below 50-DMA as IT stocks plunge

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2 min read • Updated: March 19, 2024, 5:52 PM

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Based on options data, fresh open interest at call option strikes of 22,000 and 22,200 indicates immediate resistance for the NIFTY50. On the other hand, the put writers have a base at the 21,500 strike, which will act as immediate support.

Benchmark indices slip over one percent each, NIFTY50 below 21,900 level.

Markets slipped over one percent on Tuesday, dragged down by technology heavyweights like TCS and Infosys which fell over 4% and 2%, respectively. The NIFTY 50 slipped below its 50-day moving average (DMA) to close at 21,817, down 1%. The SENSEX also lost 1% to close at 72,012.

Broader markets continued their downward spiral, with the NIFTY Midcap 100 and Smallcap 100 both down over 1%.

All major sectoral indices closed in the red amid broad-based selling. IT stocks were the worst hit, falling nearly 3%, followed by Pharma and FMCG, both down over 2%.

After holding firm for four months, the NIFTY50 finally succumbed to selling pressure and closed below its key 50-DMA and also below its swing low of 21,860. This is in line with our morning analysis, which highlighted the lack of follow-through price action since January. The experts now see support at 21,500, with immediate resistance at the 20-DMA at 22,200. This creates a crucial zone to watch for further directional cues.


Key highlights of the day:

📉Tata Consultancy Services fell over 4% after Tata Sons, the holding company of TCS, sold 2 crore shares worth nearly ₹9,000 crore.

HCL Technologies (-3%) was in focus after the company expanded its partnership with U.S. based semiconductor company, CAST for customised chips.

Oil marketing companies extended their decline for the third consecutive day after the government announced a ₹2 per litre cut in petrol and diesel prices on Friday. Shares of BPCL, Hindustan Petroleum and IOC have all fallen nearly 5% since the announcement.

Bharat Heavy Electricals (-2%) bagged an order from NTPC to setup a 1,600MW thermal power plant in Singrauli, Uttar Pradesh.

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4 trading insights from NIFTY 200🔍

📉Open = High (Bear power): Tata Consumer, Dr Reddy's, Wipro, HCL Tech and Indian Oil Corporation

📈Open = Low (Bull power): HDFC Bank and Fsn E-Commerce (Nykaa)

🏗️Fresh 52 week-high: Bharti Airtel and Interglobe Aviation (Indigo)

⚠️Fresh 52 week-low: Zee Entertainment, Bata India and Hindustan Unilever

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