Aluminium futures on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) has been hovering around ₹204 over the past week. The price band of ₹204-205 has been acting as a strong barrier and the bulls are finding it hard to break above this.

Prolonged consolidation at the current level can increase the chances for a fall. If such a move occurs, aluminium futures can decline to retest the support at ₹198. A break below this level can lead to the contract witnessing an extension of downtrend to ₹192, a considerable support.

On the other hand, if aluminium futures manages to break out of ₹205, it can see a quick rally to ₹212. A rally past ₹212 can turn the medium-term trend bullish. Nearest notable resistance above ₹212 is at ₹226.

Trading strategy

Traders with higher risk appetite can short aluminium futures now at ₹204 with a stop-loss at ₹207. When the contract touches ₹202, revise the stop-loss down to ₹204. When the contract slips below ₹200, revise the target further lower to ₹202. Book profits at ₹198.

If the contract decisively breaches ₹205, exit the above suggest short position and initiate longs. Target and stop-loss can be at ₹212 and ₹202, respectively.