How to trade Nifty futures for intraday?

what are the things to consider for trading nifty intraday .

The information that I use:

Nifty close to previous close, immediate levels Nifty could test, Nifty 3 day trend, 5 day trend, 14 day trend, 30 day trend, the more holistic the view the better, a note of crucial support and resistance levels, a note of support and resistance levels formed in the first one hour of the market, weight of the index, VWAP for intraday trend analysis, RSI/Stochastic for reference of possible overbought/oversold regions, price action/candlestick patterns/ema crossover for trade entry/exit, proper risk management(position sizing, trailing stoploss, definitive target), a ear to important announcements as well.

This applies for me in any intraday trade, not only Nifty futures.


I am going to break down today’s trades for you in the same manner in which it was written above.

  1. Nifty close to previous close

Close(12 Nov) : 10322
Prev Close : 10309

Although the close was higher than the prev close, it was still lower than the closing prices of 9 trading sessions before 11 Nov.

  1. Immediate Nifty testing levels : From previous close.

Pick the closest 2 closing price levels above previous close and the closest 2 closing price levels below.

Closest/immediate 2 upward testing levels: 10332, 10350

Closest/immediate 2 downward testing levels : 10298, 10236

  1. Nifty trend over different timeframes

NIfty 3-day trend: image Flat

Nifty 5-day trend: image Down

Nifty 14-day trend: image Range-bound

  1. Trend crucial levels

Upward resistance: 10352

Downward support: 10292

  1. Support/Resistance levels formed in the first 1 hour of market:

image Although Nifty tested the first immediate upward level, it very soon tested the first immediate lower level as well.

  1. Weight of the index(buyers v sellers) : Weighing down, sellers were in control

After testing 10292, Nifty was unable to cross 10308 and only came down to break 10292 again within the first 1 hour of market itself.

Note: The study of levels is performed on Nifty charts and the trades are executed in Nifty Futures. The index charts are slightly more well behaved and less volatile compared to the future charts.

Also, ideally one must enter into a trade only after the market pans out for an hour in order to get all the above information.

  1. VWAP For intraday trend analysis: Trend was down through the day

Added RSI for reference of overbought/oversold regions. You could use this in conjunction with Stochastics. You could use another layer of candlestick patterns to double okay your trade entry and exit if it’s not too much to do at once.

Basic price action: Price movement+chart pattern+volume.

When it comes to price movement, selling occurs from the highest price points for the region of consideration, buying occurs from the lowest price points, markets are usually overbought/oversold, a scrip will always test a given level before making the next move. General guidelines like that.

  1. Proper risk management(position sizing, trailing stoploss, definitive target).

Position sizing: this depends on your capital. If the rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t lose more than 5% of your trading capital and assume you have 2 lacs of trading capital, then you can’t lose more than 10k on any trade. If you are trading 4 lots of Nifty Fut(300 qty), then you cannot lose more than a 30 point movement on the opposite side of your trade. This would permit of stoploss of anywhere between 0.2%-0.3%. Alternatively, 0.1%-0.3% is a great definitive target point depending on the trade setup, so,

Position size: 4 lots of Nifty Futures(300 qty)
Definitive target(in this case): 0.18% = 18 points
Stoploss: 0.025% = 25 points


1st trade: 300 qty * 18 points = Rs. 5400

2nd trade: 300 qty * 18 points = Rs. 5400

Alternate second trade qty(half the quantity of the first trade)

Alternate second trade: 150 * 18 = Rs.2700.

Trailing the stoploss : It a natural progression of the trade setup. Once the trade setup is in your favour, you can trail. If your target is definitive no matter what, then a trailing stop loss can also be avoided. If the trade day is of one-sided movement only, upward trend or downward trend, then that’s an ideal setup for a trailing stoploss.

If the trade does not go in your favour, cut your position. Do not overtrade/increase stoploss/increase quantity. If you are indecisive after entering a trade, cut your position, take a small walk and come back to reanalyze.


Nifty futures, 14 Nov 2017 : Intraday trade opportunites.