In the quarter ended September, foreign investors had reportedly sold Indian equities worth Rs 10,000 crore. It is in the same quarter that Sensex hit a record high of 38,989, and FII increased their stake in various Indian companies.
Data from Ace Equity, as published on Moneycontrol.com, showed that the foreign institutional investors (FII) had raised their stakes (sometimes in the same companies) in 136 companies in a year as of 30 September 2018.
These include two of the worst-hit non-banking finance companies, Dewan Housing (DHFL) and India Bulls Housing Finance. According to DHFL's exchange filing, its FPI (foreign portfolio investors) holding rose to 19.43 percent from 18.2 percent. In Indiabulls, the stake was increased to 55.52 percent from 54.34 percent. These were to only two among the top six mortgage lenders by market value that FII chose to increase their stake, sequentially, in the last quarter.
Though most the 136 companies have fallen in share value, some names like Excel Industries (+151.55%), Jubilant Foodworks (+22.79%), Firstsource Solutions (+49.75%) and L&T Infotech (+57.85%) have given positive returns to its investors in the past one year.
Fall in the rupee valuation, fluctuation in oil prices, strengthening of the US economy and rise of the 10-year treasury bond yields made risk-averse Indian stocks less attractive.