Foreign investors have pulled out over Rs 14,500 crore from the Indian capital markets this month so far, primarily due to global trade war and hawkish commentary by the US Federal Reserve. The latest outflow has taken the total net withdrawal by foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) from the capital markets (equity and debt) to more than Rs 46,600 crore in this year so far, according to the latest data available with the depositories.
FPIs withdrew a net sum of Rs 5,360 crore from equity markets, while they pulled out net amount of Rs 9,219 crore from the debt markets during June 1-22, resulting into a total outflow of Rs 14,579 crore.
This comes following a net outflow of over Rs 45,000 crore from equity and debt together during last two months. Prior to that, FPIs had pumped in Rs 2,600 crore in March.
"Investors were concerned as it was reported that US President Donald Trump approved tariffs on about USD 50 billion of Chinese goods," said Abhijeet Dey, Senior Fund Manager - Equities at BNP Paribas Mutual Fund.
"Further, the sentiments were dampened due to rate hike and the hawkish commentary by the US Federal Reserve," said Jayant Manglik President at Religare Broking Ltd.
However, Indian equities had seen some buying from FPIs in the first week of June 2018 on the back of easing global oil prices from their recent highs.
The easing was premised on expectations that global crude output will increase by at least 1 million barrels per day post June 22 meeting between OPEC members (led by Saudi Arabia) and Russia, said Ajay Bodke, CEO and Chief Portfolio Manager at PMS Prabhudas Lilladher.
Further, Bodke said fourth quarterly results also pointed to revival in corporate earnings (barring corporate focused public and private sector banks) with volume growth in double digits in many sectors such as FMCG, retail and auto, among others.