FIIs pull out Rs 777 cr in April
This was also the first instance of monthly net outflows by FIIs since November 2011.
In the current month so far, Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) made gross purchase of equities worth Rs 39,008 crore and sold shares valued Rs 39,785 crore translating into a net outflow of Rs 777 crore, according to data available with the market regulator Sebi.
Market experts attributed the outflow to a host of factors including government's anti-tax avoidance rule (GAAR) proposal announced in the Budget that has been the real dampener for several FIIs whose clients had used participatory-notes to invest in the Indian stock market.
The sentiment was further soured by ratings agency S&P's move to lower India's outlook to negative from stable, citing slow progress on its fiscal situation and deteriorating economic situation, experts added.
In fact after S&P's move, FIIs have withdrawn nearly Rs 1,300 crore from the stock market in the last three trading sessions.
In the first three months of 2012, FII had invested a record Rs 43,951 crore. Of this, Rs 10,358 crore was poured in January, Rs 25,212.10 in February and the rest Rs 8,381 crore in March.
The strong FII inflows in January-March period was attributed by marketmen to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) pause in rate hikes and the improving liquidity position.
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