Consolidation is necessary before we can see any significant recovery, like the one we witnessed in the last couple of weeks. It’s better to be stock specific then
S&P Nifty close: 5059.45
SHORT term: Down MEDIUM term: Down LONG term: Sideways
The Nifty opened weak and declined further, but made a higher bottom on the daily chart as was envisaged. Buying at lower levels, coupled with short covering, saw the Nifty gain sharply and hit a high of 5169.25 points. Then profit-booking, together with speculative selling, saw the gains evaporate. Volumes were significantly higher and trading was volatile. The Nifty closed with a meagre 19-points gain (+0.39%) this week. The sectoral indices that led the advance were BSE CDS (+5.01%), BSE Auto (+2.12%) and BSE Bankex (+1.35%), whereas BSE Teck (-1.06%), BSE Metal (-0.99%) and BSE IT (+2.83%) underperformed the benchmark.
The histogram MACD continues to be below the median line, implying that the medium-term trend is firmly down and what we are witnessing is a corrective rise. Those who have paid heed to our opinion to cover shorts, as well as go long, over the past couple of weeks, would have benefited handsomely as the Nifty has rallied nearly 10% from the lows.
Here are some key levels to watch out for in the week ahead.
The bulls have succeeded in putting a foot in the door of the bear juggernaut, but they will have to ensure that the recent low holds in any corrections that may happen from here on. On the support levels,
1. The Fibonacci retracement levels of the recent rise from 4,720 to 5,169 points are 4,997 (38.2%), 4,944 (50%) and 4,891 (61.8%). These should act as supports in dips.
2. Resistance in any further rise will be provided by the "gap area" between 5,229 and 5,323 points.
3. Only a close of the "gap area" could lead to the foundation of a retracement of the entire fall from 6,338 to 4,720 points, though no confirmation is available as yet despite last week's recovery.
The bulls succeeded in defending the 50% retracement level (4,916 points) of the rise from 4,720 to 5,113 points which resulted in speculative buying as well as short covering, taking the Nifty up to 5,169 points. If the Nifty holds the above stated retracement levels in the declines, then further upside is likely in the weeks ahead which could take the Nifty to 5,230 (50%) and 5,350 (61.8%) retracement of the decline from 5,740 to 4,720 points.
The bulls have to wait for the Nifty to venture into oversold territory on the daily charts before venturing back in, but keeping in mind that we are in a corrective rise only. Some consolidation is required before we can see any significant recovery, like the one we witnessed in the last couple of weeks. It's better to be stock specific then. We will likely see high volatility on the next weekend too.
(Vidur Pendharkar is a consultant technical analyst and chief strategist at www.trend4casting.com.)
Anna’s hometown is slowly turning into a centre of learning for people flocking there to hear the Gandhian, who has revived their hopes to build a new India
Senior engineers of the Swedish company Hoganas, Michael Johansson and B Bengtsson, took a detour on their way to Pune, from Ahmednagar (where the Hoganas factory is located) to meet Anna Hazare at Ralegan Siddhi. The otherwise 'model' village that has quietly thrived in undertaking exemplary water conservation and harmonious community living, has metamorphosed into the nerve centre of national news, since Anna's historic hunger protest at the Ramlila Grounds in Delhi for a strong anti-corruption bill gathered support nationwide.
Johansson, who is an avid fan of Mahatma Gandhi, having read books and watched several films on the leader and his activity, says enthusiastically, "Anna is a great man and has nice thoughts. I got interested in him when I saw him on Swedish television channels. I have traveled to several countries and have seen that corruption is one of the main reasons holding them back from making proper progress.
"I was fascinated to see Anna's movement which was totally peacefully and for a cause that is a major concern for India. Anna has shown that you can have a nationwide campaign on this issue without a stone being thrown at anyone. I think the world should follow this sterling example of non-violent agitation.'' How does he see the future of this movement? Says Johansson optimistically, "I hope it will have the necessary impact.''
The first visible sign of attention are the OB media vans at the gates of Ralegan Siddhi, and TV journalists nosing around for a new angle in the Anna story. Some weeks ago, one would have found bullock carts parked here, or villagers talking casually by the wayside. "He doesn't meet us these days. Please take an appointment for us," pleads a TV correspondent. Suddenly, a large group of youngsters dressed in blazers descends from the bus. Some of them wear the popular "I am Anna" caps that have become synonymous with the nationwide campaign for the Jan Lokpal Bill.
Back in the village, Anna resides in one of the rooms of the newly-constructed hostel at the Devi Temple. The expansive banyan tree and lush greenery all about give it a heritage setting.
Visitors from all parts of the country flock to Ralegan and yearn for a glimpse of Anna, who has become the symbol of purity and justice.
"I want to meet Anna for just five minutes,'' says one young man, displaying a bouquet of flowers that he has brought along to present to the leader. Another man has brough his three-year-old son along: "He has been seeing Anna on TV. Now he wants to receive his blessings."
Anna's helpers, Suresh Pathare and Anil Sharma, have a tough balancing act. "Anna meets visitors at 11am, 1pm and 4pm," they inform the people gathered about. They don't mind waiting. At about 11.30, Anna walks towards the crowd. Two security men swing open the grill and request the crowd to sit down. Mobile cameras flash, many are switched to video mode. Anna talks to the people, beginning with some points that he made in his speeches at the Ramlila. "Build your families, your wealth, your career, and keep some time for nation building." Youngsters nod in appreciation.
As Anna winds up his exchange and turns back to go to his room, I follow after him. "The most excruciating experience at Ramlila Grounds was the lies that our political leaders indulge in, so brazenly. I am so worried-what will happen to the future of this country if we have such untruthful leaders?'' he says, his eyes reflecting the pain.
But in the next moment they light up: "Something good has come out of it. Earlier, the common man used to think, 'I have no power, I have no money-how can I fight the government?' Now he knows that if he has the desire, the determination, the passion and the faith, he can take on those in power. He knows now that he is an important entity in a democracy."
I wanted to begin my series of interviews with him for the authorised biography on Anna that I am writing. He smiles and says, "I am still feeling weak. I have not recovered completely. Can we talk a couple of days later?'' 'Sure', I said.
Still, I sat around to listen and learn from what is going on. When the Swedish engineers sat down to talk to Anna, he said, "I am proud that the revolution has not been bloody. The person who is doing it has to suffer so that he can spread the message of peace and justice far and wide. The world has become polluted, but there still can be a change. We need a change in leadership-leaders with good character, good thought, the ability to sacrifice and bear humiliation. The leader should be able to pick up a broom and do any menial work too-but leaders these days have big egos and that's the biggest pitfall."
The next visitors bring along a large-sized photo frame of Anna during his fast at Ramlila Grounds… the exchanges and the instructions continue with people who have come to learn Anna "by heart". For Anna, each of them is an epitome of the new struggle of freedom from corruption.
PS: A two-day meeting of the core committee of Team Anna will be held in Ralegan Siddhi this weekend to discuss further strategy in the campaign against corruption. Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Prashant Bhushan are expected to attend the meeting along with Anna Hazare.
Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia expressed concern over the low rate of health insurance penetration, even among organised sector employees, and said employers need to make efforts for bringing their staff under appropriate covers
New Delhi: The Planning Commission on Friday said expansion of healthcare will be one of its top priorities during the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) and it aims to increase spending in the sector to 2.5% of the gross domestic product (GDP) from around 1% at present by the end of the period, reports PTI.
"In the 12th Plan, we hope that we will be able to increase the percentage of both central and state government spending (on health) as a percentage of GDP somewhere up to 2.5% from a little over 1%," Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told reporters on the sidelines of a Ficci seminar.
The healthcare sector, he said, was a focus area in the ongoing 11th Plan as well and the effort will continue in the 12th Plan.
"We tried to make a start in the 11th Plan, but it has to continue in the 12th Plan. India spends too little on the public sector in health," Mr Ahluwalia said.
In its Approach Paper to the 12th Plan, which was approved by the full Planning Commission headed by prime minister Manmohan Singh last month, the Plan panel had emphasised on increased spending in social sectors, including health and education.
It had also called for greater public-private partnership in the sector.
Mr Ahluwalia, while addressing the seminar, said the Srinath Reddy Committee on healthcare will submit its report by the end of this month.
The high-level expert group was set up by the Planning Commission in 2010 to examine the prospects for a universal health cover and to develop a blueprint and investment plan for meeting the human resource requirement to achieve the objective of health insurance for all by 2020.
Mr Ahluwalia termed current spending on healthcare as 'skewed', with the government contributing only a small portion.
He also said that though the private sector is present in a big way in the health segment, there is a big difference in the quality of service provided by non-state actors.
"In the private sector, there is incredible variety. On the one end, we have some very high-end hospitals and treatment facilities of global standards, which, however, only a fraction of the population can afford and on the other hand, we have hospitals, which are of poor standard," Mr Ahluwalia said.
"We have some of the best doctors in the world and also quacks," the Planning Commission deputy chairman added.
He also expressed concern over the low rate of health insurance penetration, even among organised sector employees, and said employers need to make efforts for bringing their staff under appropriate covers.
"Many people can afford health insurance but they don't go for it. There is a belief on risk-pooling by family and friends in case of any emergency. But, like other social norms, this is also breaking up in India along with the rest of the world," Mr Ahluwalia said.
He said besides the lack of money, the scarcity of qualified healthcare specialists is also a worry in India.
"If you want to do as well as China-and healthcare in China has deteriorated in last 5-10 years as they more or less dismantled their public health system-then India needs twice the personnel it has got... We have a huge human resource shortage," Mr Ahluwalia said.
He cited a study done by the Planning Commission in collaboration with the Registrar General of Census.
"Fifty per cent of the people who in the Census (2001) declared themselves as doctors and who are included in the per capita doctor calculation did not have an educational degree beyond secondary school. So a lot of people who are calling themselves doctors are actually not medical graduates," he said.
According to Mr Ahluwalia, programmes like the National Rural Health Mission have achieved success, but there is a need to replicate the model in urban areas.
He said the Rashtriya Swastya Bima Yojana (RSBY), which provides totally subsidised health insurance to Below Poverty Line (BPL) category families, has been a major success and efforts are on to make rope in all the 370 million people living below the official poverty line under it.
"We are looking at what we can do. A controversial area is the PPP model... There is a lot of resistance to that in healthcare, including from states," he said.
Mr Ahluwalia also said that in many cases of PPP, the venture fails because of the disparate objectives of the public players and private firms.