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Foreign Investors Buy Net 20.7 Billion Rupees of Indian Stocks

March 15, 2012

Overseas investors bought a net 20.7 billion rupees ($416 million) of Indian stocks yesterday, taking total investments in equities this year to 425.5 billion rupees, according to the nation’s market regulator.

Foreigners bought 41.8 billion rupees of shares and sold 21.1 billion rupees, the Securities & Exchange Board of India said on its website today. The net purchase was the biggest since the $1.5 billion investment reported on Feb. 24.

Offshore funds bought a net 1.04 billion rupees of bonds, taking their flow into debt this year to 239.6 billion rupees, the data show. They put 421 billion rupees in bonds in 2011.

Foreigners have invested 4.869 trillion rupees in stocks and 1.447 trillion rupees in bonds since they were allowed into the country in 1993.

India’s $1.2 trillion stock market, Asia’s fifth-biggest, is influenced by flows from overseas. Inflows surged to a record in 2010, making the Sensex the best performer among the world’s top 10 markets. The largest-ever outflow in 2008 led the biggest annual slump of 52 percent.

Offshore funds pulled out 27.1 billion rupees from local equities last year, compared with record flows of 1.33 trillion rupees in 2010, as Europe’s debt crisis threatened the global economy and cooled demand for emerging-market assets. That led to a 25 percent drop in the BSE India Sensitive Index (SENSEX), the second worst annual loss, and sent the rupee to an all-time low.

The regulator provides data on shares bought and sold by large investors, including trades in the primary and secondary markets, with a delay of at least a day.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paresh Jatakia in Mumbai at pareshj@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Arijit Ghosh at aghosh@bloomberg.net


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