Market fell on account of FII selling; fundamentals strong: Pranab

Market fell on account of FII selling; fundamentals strong: Pranab

New Delhi: Attributing the fall in stock markets in the past few days to selling by FIIs, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday asserted that the fundamentals are strong and the economy will clock 8.5% growth in the current financial year.

The volatility in stock market has been on account of “continued selling by FIIs," he said, adding the Indian economy has “strong fundamentals".

“While the stock market has its own mind and it take cues from developments all around, I want to take this opportunity to retreat the strong fundamentals of the Indian economy," Mukherjee told reporters in New Delhi.

The benchmark index Sensex of the Bombay Stock Exchange had lost 5.90% in the past five trading sessions with investors resorting to hectic selling in wake of Egypt crisis and high inflation etc.

The markets, however, recovered today gaining 68 points to close at 18,090.62 points.

The government, Mukherjee said, would stick to the growth projection of 8.5% for the current fiscal. The economy expanded by 8% during 2009-10 and recorded 8.9% growth rate in the first half of the current fiscal.

“I am confident that we will meet our growth projection for the year...(2010-11) will end with a better than projected fiscal balance and more moderate inflation," Mukherjee added.

While the price rise had been a problem for the government after the food inflation soared to 18.32% for the week ended 25 December, the fiscal deficit is likely to moderate on the back of higher revenue growth and better the anticipated realisation of funds from sale of 3G spectrum to telecom companies.

“There has been fluctuations (in inflation). At one point of time, food inflation went as high as 18.32%. In the large economy like India, these kinds of periodic fluctuation’s are not unusual," he said.

In the remaining three months, the Minister added, “there may be some fluctuations".