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FPIs turn net buyers in Feb; invest Rs 5,300 cr in just 6 trading sessions

This comes following a pullout of Rs 5,264 crore by FPIs in January.

FPIs turn net buyers in Feb; invest Rs 5,300 cr in just 6 trading sessions

Foreign investors have infused close to Rs 5,300 crore in the Indian equity markets in the last six trading sessions, mainly on expectations of higher economic growth.

This comes following a pullout of Rs 5,264 crore by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) in January. Prior to that, they had put in Rs 5,884 crore in the stock markets during November-December 2018.

Also read: FPIs withdraw over Rs 5,300 crore from Indian capital markets in January

According to data available with depositories, FPIs put in a net amount of Rs 5,273 crore in equities during February 1-8. However, they pulled out a net sum of Rs 2,795 crore from the debt market during the period under review.

After turning net sellers in January, FPIs have turned net buyers in February so far. Though it is a welcome change, it is too early in the month to conclude as to where the flows are headed, analysts said.

Also read: FPIs inflow hit 10-month high of Rs 12,260 crore in November

However, the recent net inflows could be somewhat attributed to the positive view on the Budget and government resolve in working towards bringing economic growth, said Himanshu Srivastava, Senior Analyst Manager Research, Morningstar Investment Adviser India.

"Despite the recent net inflows, I believe the broader approach would continue to be cautious and FPIs would continue to adopt a wait and watch approach. The focus would continue to be on the country's progress on the economic growth front as well as the general elections," he added.

Other factors such as movement in crude prices and currency, which would have a bearing on the country's macro-environment, and worries over global trade war will continue to guide the direction of FPI flows, he added.

The stance of US Fed towards interest rates will also play a significant role in foreign fund flows.

Also read: FPIs pull out Rs 4,000 crore in January with focus on Budget 2019, General Elections

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