Moody’s upgrade lifts market mood; Sensex up 236 pts, Nifty ends above 10,200


Benchmark indices ended higher on Friday after global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service upgraded India’s sovereign rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed the outlook to stable from positive.

This development that will give a big boost to Modi government, reduce the cost overseas borrowing and improve investments in India. Rating company, while justifying the upgrade said that the reforms undertaken by the government will “improve the business climate, enhancing productivity, stimulating foreign and domestic investment, and ultimately fostering strong and sustainable growth.”

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 33,342, up 236 points, while the broader Nifty50 settled at 10,283, up 69 points.

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Reblog: High Frequency and Algo Trading are Taking Over Markets – What It Means For You


We talk a lot about how machines are being used more and more in finance. This is especially important in High-Frequency Trading (HFT) and Algorithmic Trading or algo-trading (AT). There is simply no way for humans to compete on these levels, as a few milliseconds means the difference between making money and losing it. These timescales are shorter than it takes to speak a whole word, and hence it is no place for screaming brokers.

Well, there isn’t really a place for screaming brokers anymore, because not only do computers dominate the super short trading scene, they appeared in the human-directed trading scene long before. Let’s look at a very brief history of the shift from brokers to computers, then let’s look at the consequences. Some are nice, some not so nice.

You can track HFT, AT, and AI on our personalised news platform, CityFALCON, here.

History of the Shift

Once upon a time, brokers crowded the NYSE floor to make trades with hand signals and loud calling. They also used phones to speak to each other and buy and sell. What an antiquated idea, no?

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Reblog: A Trading Career – The Path To Profitable Trading And When To Make Money


Today I want to talk about a topic that could turn a lot of losing traders into profitable and professional traders. In our pro forum, I keep coming back to this topic quite often because I know about the importance and in the pro area, we have now seen many times that traders who follow this way of thinking, have a better chance of becoming profitable.

Learning vs. making money

I completely understand that this will be a tough pill to swallow but I always think that being honest and having realistic expectations is a key to trading success.

In trading, there is a time to make money and there is a time to study and work on yourself. When you are just starting out, you should not focus on making money and you have to completely detach yourself from the belief that you’ll earn a great living anytime soon.

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Nifty ends above 10,300; SBI up 6% post Q2; GST council cuts rates


The benchmark indices ended positive on Friday after index heavyweight SBI rallied 6% post its September quarter numbers. Gains were, however, capped as refiners such as Reliance Industries tumbled after oil prices gained overnight and Tata Motors slipped after the auto major said its British unit faced intensifying competition.

Investors also took cues from the Goods & Services Tax (GST) Council meeting. The Council decided to trim the 28% slab to just 50 items, as against 227 items currently. High-end items, including automobiles, washing machine, refrigerator, sin goods like paan masala and cigar are among these 50 items. This is the biggest reduction seen since the GST implementation on July 1.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 33,314, up 63 points, while the broader Nifty50 was ruling at 10,321, up 12 points.

About 1,480 shares declined against 1,197 advancing shares on the BSE.

State Bank of India’s second quarter standalone profit missed analyst expectations, falling 37 percent year-on-year to Rs 1,581.55 crore from Rs 2,538.32 crore crore. Net interest income grew by 27.3 percent to Rs 18,585.9 crore from Rs 14,600.2 crore YoY, which was slightly higher than CNBC-TV18 poll estimates of Rs 19,088.7 crore. Gross NPAs were lower at 9.83 percent against 9.97 percent QoQ.

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Thank you for placing us in the Top 75 Trading Blogs And Websites For Traders


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Team StockArchitect would like to thank each one of their users, readers and followers. Thanks solely to your support, we have been ranked as #42 in the Top 75 Trading Blogs And Websites For Traders by feedspot.com.

We are truly humbled by this recognition and it is thanks to each one of YOU – Our users, followers and readers.

We promise to work harder and bring to you more tools, more posts and relevant content.

Committed to your service,

Team StockArchitect


Reblog: 3 Valuable Trading Psychology Tips From Our Loss In $SQQQ


The mind of a trader

Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes – Peter Drucker

We couldn’t agree more, especially in the business of stock trading; the more you learn, the more you earn.

As such, much of the knowledge we share on this blog focuses on recapping technical chart patterns of past stock and ETF trades that led to successful, profitable outcomes.

However, equally priceless lessons can be learned by walking through losing trades that did not work as expected.

In this article, we share three insightful, psychological tips (or reminders for experienced traders) from our recent losing swing trade in $SQQQ.

Grab your notebook and continue reading to improve your success as an equities trader…

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Reblog: HDFC Standard Life IPO Review


IPO Snapshot:

HDFC Standard Life Insurance is entering the primary market on Tuesday 7thNovember 2017, with an offer for sale (OFS) of up to 29.98 crore equity shares of Rs. 10 each, by both the promoters HDFC (64% of OFS) and Standard Life (36% of OFS), in the price band of Rs. 275 to Rs. 290 per share. Representing 14.92% of the post issue paid-up capital, OFS will raise Rs. 8,695 crore at the upper price band and will close on Thursday 9th November. Listing is likely on 17th November.

Company Overview:

HDFC Standard Life, HDFC’s 61.21% subsidiary, with 34.75% owned by foreign partner Standard Life, is India’s 3rd largest private sector life insurer, after ICICI Pru and SBI Life, based on market share of 16.5% among private insurers, on FY17 total premium.

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Reblog: Trading Limits – You Have to Start Thinking about the money


trading limits

Good traders are known to be masters of risk management. Risk management includes following a detailed trading plan, setting stop and limit orders and managing traders without succumbing to emotions.

Good traders also tend to follow a robust trading plan that focuses more on ensuring that the traders do not lose their capital, while the profits are seen as only secondary. As part of this pursuit in achieving trading excellence, professional and seasoned traders follow the concept of setting limits on their losses, on a daily, weekly and even monthly basis.

Trading with limits ensures that the traders do not end up sabotaging themselves in the heat of the moment as emotions can often override logic when a trade turns into a loss.

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Mkts end at record highs, up over 1% for the week; PSU Banks extend gains


Benchmark indices ended at record highs on Friday as Public sector banks continued their rally. The indices hit fresh highs at intra-day deals too with Nifty50 climbing to 10,461 and Sensex touching 33,726 levels.

Investor sentiment has been upbeat in India with the government’s recent announcement of a recapitalisation plan for banks.

The broader NSE Nifty ended 0.3% up at 10,452 to end the week 1.2% higher while Sensex ended 0.3% higher at 33,685, to post a weekly gain of 1.6%.

About 1,429 shares advanced against 1,316 declining shares on the BSE.

Tata Power Co Ltd reported an about 44 per cent slump in quarterly profit, hurt by lower income from its power generation business, missing analysts’ forecasts.

Shares of Amtek Group companies – Amtek Auto, Metalyst Forgings and Castex Technologies – have locked in their respective upper limit of circuit breaker on the BSE after Bharat Forge said that it has participated in the process of acquiring Amtek Auto.

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Reblog: Khadim India IPO review


IPO Snapshot:

Khadim India is entering the primary market on Thursday 2nd November 2017 to raise Rs. 50 crore via fresh issue of equity shares and an offer for sale (OFS) of up to 66 lakh equity shares of Rs. 10 each by promoters (11% of OFS) and Fairwinds PE (89% of OFS), both in the price band of Rs.745 to Rs. 750 per share. Representing 40.32% of the post issue paid-up share capital at the upper end, total issue size is Rs. 543 crore. The issue will close on Monday 6th November and listing is expected on 14thNovember.

Company Overview:

Khadim India is India’s second largest footwear retailer, and the largest in East India, with 853 Khadim’s branded retail outlets (80% of which are franchised out) and 377 distributors, as of 30-6-17, with retail accounting for 73% of Rs. 621 crore FY17 topline and distributors accounting for 22%. The company has a dual strategy to grow both retail outlets and deepen distribution pipeline. The company offers a bouquet of 9 brands across different footwear categories, besides parent brand Khadim. Positioned as a value retailer focusing on mass and mass premium category, 55% of its stores are located in tier 3 cities.

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