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FPIs pump in $3.4 billion so far in March, buoyed by BJP election victory

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New Delhi: Foreign investors pumped in $3.4 billion (about Rs22,000 crore) in the capital markets so far this month, buoyed by expectations that Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) landslide poll victory is a precursor to “bold reformist policies” by the government.

The latest inflow follows a net investment of Rs15,862 crore in equity and debt last month. Prior to that, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) had pulled out a total of over Rs 80,000 crore in October-January.

According to depository data, FPIs infused a net sum of Rs17,124 crore in equities during 1-17 March and another Rs4,950 crore in the debt segment, translating into a combined inflow of Rs22,074 crore ($3.44 billion).

Investors believe that the government will continue with its bold reformist policies following a huge win for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Bajaj Capital senior vice president and head investment analytics Alok Agarwala said. “This decisive win in the largest state by population (UP) is positive for FPI sentiment and resulted in higher FPI inflows as overseas investors get more bullish about the continuance of the reforms process in the country,” he explained.

Geojit Financial Services chief market strategist Anand James said: “The prospects of a gradual US rate hike look to have improved the risk appetite. This should also mean, save a negative surprise from monsoon forecast, Q4 numbers should prompt investors to be forward looking.” So far this year, FPIs have invested Rs 25,850 crore in equities and Rs 8,591 crore in debt, taking the total inflow to Rs 34,441 crore.

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