Foreign Investors Buy Net 862 Million Rupees of Indian Stocks

Overseas investors bought a net 862 million rupees ($15.1 million) of Indian stocks yesterday, raising their investment in the equities this year to 424.2 billion rupees, according to the nation’s market regulator.

Foreigners bought 14.7 billion rupees of shares and sold 13.9 billion rupees, the Securities & Exchange Board of India said on its website today. Foreign funds sold a net 1.73 billion rupees of bonds, paring their inflow into debt this year to 210.4 billion rupees, the data show.

They sold a net 3.47 billion rupees of shares last month and 11.1 billion rupees in April after being buyers in each of the first three months of 2012. They put 421 billion rupees in bonds in 2011.

Foreigners have invested 4.868 trillion rupees in stocks and 1.418 trillion rupees in bonds since they were allowed into the country in 1993.

India’s $1.1 trillion stock market, Asia’s fifth-biggest, is influenced by flows from overseas. Flows surged to a record in 2010, making the BSE India Sensitive Index (SENSEX) the top performer among the world’s top 10 markets. The largest-ever outflow in 2008 led to the biggest annual slump of 52 percent.

The regulator provides data on shares bought and sold by large investors, including trades in the primary and secondary markets, with a delay of at least a day.

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