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FPIs pump ₹26,505 crore in Indian equities in December, turn net buyers after 3 months; What led to trend reversal?

FPIs have bought ₹26,505 crore worth of Indian equities and the total inflow stands at ₹30,852 crore as of December 8, taking into account debt, hybrid, debt-VRR, and equities, according to NSDL data.

FPIs have made a stellar comeback in Indian equities. Photo: iStockPremium
FPIs have made a stellar comeback in Indian equities. Photo: iStock

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) started December on a cheerful note after finally having reversed their selling streak in November, emerging net buyers in the Indian stock market. A decline in the US treasury yields and softening of dollar amid rising bets that the US Federal Reserve is done with raising key interest rates have triggered foreign fund inflows into emerging markets like India.

FPIs have bought 26,505 crore worth of Indian equities and the total inflow stands at 30,852 crore as of December 8, taking into account debt, hybrid, debt-VRR, and equities, according to National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL) data. The investment in cash market stands at 10,874 crore.

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Analysts noted that the actual inflows by FPIs was caused by MSCI EM Index rebalancing, among others. ‘’As per NSDL data, the total inflows into India including investment through the primary market, through 8th December stands at a whopping 26,605 crore,'' said Dr. V K Vijayakumar.

FPI activity in Indian markets

FPIs were net sellers in August, September and October on a sharp spike in US bond yields amid ongoing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. FPIs were net buyers till November 15, but reversed the selling trend and invested on November 15 and 16. During August, September October and till November 15, FPIs cumulatively sold stocks for 83,422 crore through the exchanges.

FPI inflows into Indian equities during November stood at 9,001 crore, compared to over 39,000 crore worth of shares sold in September and October together, according to NSDL data. Taking into account debt, hybrid, debt-VRR, and equities, FPI inflows were at 24,546 crore during the month.

"FPIs made a major comeback to India in December. Even though FPIs made an investment of 9,000 crore in India in November, they were sellers for 368 crores in the cash market. This has changed in December with big time buying in the cash market,'' said Dr. V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist at Geojit Financial Services.

What led to the trend reversal by FPIs from November?

The Indian economy grew 7.6 per cent during the July-September quarter for fiscal 2023-24 (Q2FY24), remaining the fastest-growing major economy in the world, according to the gross domestic product (GDP) data released by the statistics ministry.

Also, the BJP winning by a majority of votes in the the hindi heartland - Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh in the state assembly elections on December 13, instilled a sense of political stability ahead of General Elections 2024. Market analysts say that a stable political environment could boost investor confidence and drive the market higher.

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‘’The indication of political stability after the 2024 General elections, strong growth momentum in the Indian economy, inflation cooling off, steady decline in US bond yields and the correction in Brent crude have turned the situation in India’s favour,'' said Dr. V K Vijayakumar.

After the latest US Federal Reserve policy outcome on November 1, the US bond yields have sharply corrected to 4 per cent-levels on Fed Chair Jerome Powell's dovish commentary. The next US Fed policy decision will be unveiled on December 13.

Powell said that “despite elevated inflation, inflationary expectations remain well anchored." The market has interpreted this statement as the end of the rate hiking cycle. This is why US bond yields corrected sharply.

FPI inflow likely to continue; Here's why

Markets now believe that the Fed is done with rate hikes and will slowly start discounting rate cuts in 2024. If the declining trend in US inflation persists the Fed may cut rates by mid 2024. This can facilitate FPI inflows into emerging markets (EMs) like India, according to analysts.

Going forward, FPI inflows are likely to continue. FPIs have turned buyers in leading banks where they have been sellers. Large caps in segments like IT, telecom, automobiles and capital goods are also witnessing buying. This trend is likely to continue,'' added Geojit's Dr. V K Vijayakumar.

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