The price of the metal lead, which finds its major usage in batteries, has risen sharply since May. The lead futures contract traded on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) has surged 10 per cent from ₹123/kg in May to ₹137 now.
According to the data from the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG), the market for lead ran into a deficit in 2013 for the first time in the last few years. The deficit is expected to widen in 2014 to 50,000 tonnes from a deficit of 1,000 tonnes in the previous year. Slow-down in mine production, increase in demand and widening deficit could limit any fall in the lead price and keep the current up trend intact. This provides a good opportunity for both the short- and medium-term traders to go long in the MCX-lead futures contract.
Short-term view: The short-term outlook is bullish. The fall from the high of ₹140.75 recorded on August 5 found support at ₹133.5, the 38.2 per cent Fibonacci retracement level. The contract has reversed higher from this level thereby reversing the downtrend. Resistance is at ₹139. A strong break above this level can take the contract higher to ₹142.
Traders with a short-term perspective can initiate fresh long position now. Stop-loss can be placed at ₹134 for the target of ₹141.
Immediate support for the contract is at ₹135 and then the key short-term support is at ₹133.5. The outlook will turn bearish only on a strong break below ₹133.5. Such a break can take the contract lower to ₹130 in the short-term.
Medium-term view: The medium-term outlook is also bullish for the MCX-lead futures contract. The recent rally since June has decisively reversed the strong downtrend that was in place since the August 2013 high of ₹155.4. Also this reversal has happened upon forming a double bottom reversal pattern. The neckline support of this pattern is at ₹130. As long as the contract trades above this level, a rally to ₹148 looks likely in the medium-term.
Traders with a medium-term perspective can hold the long position with a wide stop-loss at ₹129 for the target of ₹147. Intermediate declines to ₹134 and ₹130 if seen can be considered for accumulating more long positions.
The medium-term outlook will turn bearish if MCX lead futures contract declines below ₹130. The ensuing target will be ₹120.