FPIs Pull Out Rs 3,207 Crore In May So Far
Indian two thousand rupee banknotes are arranged for a photograph in Mumbai, India (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

FPIs Pull Out Rs 3,207 Crore In May So Far

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Reversing their three-month buying streak, foreign investors pulled out a net Rs 3,207 crore from the Indian capital markets in the first seven trading sessions of May amid the U.S.-China trade tensions and uncertainty over the election results.

Prior to this, foreign portfolio investors poured in a net Rs 16,093 crore in April, Rs 45,981 crore in March and Rs 11,182 crore in February in the domestic capital markets (both equity and debt).

During the period between May 2 and May 10, FPIs invested a net sum of Rs 1,344.72 crore in equities but pulled out a net Rs 4,552.20 crore from the debt market, taking the total net outflow to Rs 3,207.48 crore, the latest depositories data showed.

Markets were closed on May 1 on account of Maharashtra Day.

“While the long-term growth prospect remains for India, we have seen short-term headwinds in May,” said Alok Agarwala, senior vice president and head (investment analytics) at Bajaj Capital.

Foreign investors have been net buyers in the Indian markets for the past three months after central banks of various developed countries changed their stance on monetary policy, leading to improved global liquidity conditions.

However, “the recent reversal of trend in the Indian capital markets can be attributed to the emerging discussions over U.S.-China trade war and uncertainty over election outcome, among other factors,” said Harsh Jain, chief operating officer at Groww.in.

Agarwala attributed the outflow from debt market to higher supply of bonds (government securities) in the ongoing financial year and rising crude oil prices that will affect the current account deficit, rupee and push up inflation to some extent.

“The key risk for the FPI inflow in the Indian market could be an escalation in U.S.-China trade war and the formation of a coalition government post-election if any single party cannot get a clear majority,” he said.

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