A U.S. one-hundred dollar banknote and Indian ten rupee banknotes (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Foreign Investors Infuse Rs 4,800 Crore In Five Sessions On Lower Crude Prices

Foreign investors pumped in nearly Rs 4,800 crore into the Indian capital markets in the last five trading sessions, after pulling out hefty funds in October, amid cooling global crude oil prices and rising rupee.

The recent infusion comes following a net outflow of more than Rs 38,900 crore in October, which was the steepest withdrawal in nearly two years.

FPIs pulled out over Rs 21,000 crore from the capital markets (both equity and debt) in September. Before that, foreign investors had put in Rs 7,500 crore in July and August.

Foreign portfolio investors infused Rs 215 crore in the equity markets during Nov. 1-9, and Rs 4,557 crore in the debt market, taking the total to Rs 4,772 crore, according to depositories data.

“Continued fall in oil prices and drop in yield eased liquidity concerns,” said Vinod Nair, head of research at Geojit Financial Services.

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Adding to the upbeat mood, the goods and services tax collections in October crossed the Rs 1-lakh-crore mark, after a five-month gap, on the back of festive spending and anti-evasion measures, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted earlier this month.

The Finance Ministry said 67.45 lakh businesses filed GST returns in October and deposited Rs 1,00,710 crore as taxes.

FPIs, however, pulled out over Rs 95,000 crore from the capital markets so far this year. This includes Rs 41,900 crore from equities and Rs 53,600 crore from debt markets.