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fii: FII Tracker: Rs 20,000 crore of hot money chasing stocks in 4 sectors. Take a look!

NEW DELHI: With financial stocks dominating the shopping list by a wide margin, foreign institutional investors or FIIs spent over Rs 20,000 crore in picking stocks from just 4 sectors in the first fortnight of November.

Out of the total investment of Rs 28,888 crore in between November 1-15, FIIs spent Rs 11,452 crore in financial services, shows NSDL data. Financial services are the biggest bet of FIIs in India and comprises over 34% of their total holding.

During the fortnight, FII investment in the FMCG sector, which has been hit by margin pressure amid soaring inflation, went up 7 times as compared to the previous fortnight to Rs 3,514 crore.

FII investment in IT and auto stocks during the period stood at Rs 3,005 crore and Rs 2,251 crore, respectively.

The net selling, however, increased in consumer durables and textiles while it slowed down in case of realty. FIIs were also seen turning into net sellers in the power sector.

Amid hopes for a forthcoming policy pivot from the US Federal Reserve, FIIs have once again turned net buyers this month after selling Indian equities worth over Rs 1,38,000 crore so far in the calendar year 2022.

Should you follow the FII?

After the September quarter earnings, most brokerages have given a bullish outlook on banks as the net interest margins (NIMs) are likely to be maintained.

“NIMs among banks may have peaked as rising deposit rates may exert pressure going forward. But as policy rates are yet to reach the terminal rate, NIMs should sustain at these levels and any pick-up in corporate credit should be beneficial for banks,”


FMCG companies also saw marginal upgrades after Q2 where high revenue growth was largely driven by pricing.

“The recovery in margin is expected to be slow given most FMCG companies would be looking to increase promotional offers and spend behind brands to focus on volume growth,”


In the case of IT companies, revenues were broadly in-line with street expectations in the quarter while margins are beginning to stabilize and show improvement. “Indian IT services companies faced significant cross currency headwinds for the past several quarters which is likely to reverse going ahead if current exchange rates prevail,” JM Financial said.

(With data inputs from Ritesh Presswala)

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