Millennium Post (Kolkata)

FPIs infuse over `40,000 crore in equities, `10,383 crore in debt market till March 15

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NEW DELHI:

FPIs came back strongly to invest in the Indian equity markets, buying shares worth Rs 40,710 crore in the first fortnight of the month amid an improvemen­t in the global economic landscape and robust domestic macroecono­mic outlook.

The inflows came following a modest investment of Rs 1,539 crore in February and an outflow of Rs 25,743 crore in January, data with the depositori­es snowed.

FPIs have been changing their strategy in response to the changes in the bond yields in the US. Therefore, now that US bond yields have again spiked up in response to stubborn inflation, they may again turn sellers in some of the days, going forward, V K Vijayakuma­r, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services, said.

In March, Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) turned big buyers but this figure includes some bulk deals executed through the stock exchanges and, therefore, is not a true indicator of FPI activity. However, the rising trend of FPI investment continues, he added.

“The improvemen­t in the global economic environmen­t as well as Indian macro-economic scenario have prompted FPIs to invest in high growthorie­nted markets like India. Also, the recent correction in the market provided a buying opportunit­y,” Himanshu Srivastava, Associate Director Manager Research, Morningsta­r Investment Research India, said.

Shantanu Bhargava, Managing Director, Head of Discretion­ary Investment Services, Waterfield Advisors attributed inflows to strong GDP growth, anticipati­on of shift in the RBI’s policy, with rate decreases of 25-50 basis points in the second half of fiscal year 2024. and expectatio­n of another win for the ruling political party.

Apart from equities, FPIs have injected a massive Rs 10,383 crore in the debt market this month (till March 15). This came in the backdrop of Bloomberg announcing India’s bonds inclusion in its Emerging Market (EM) Local Currency Government Index and related indices from January 31 next year.

Moreover, FPIs have been pumping money into the debt markets for the past few months driven by the upcoming inclusion of Indian government bonds in the JP Morgan Index.

They invested Rs 22,419 crore in February, Rs 19,836 crore and Rs 18,302 crore in January.

The inflows came following a modest investment of Rs 1,539 cr in Feb and an outflow of Rs 25,743 cr in Jan

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