Domestic Mutual Funds sell shares worth Rs 9K cr in Q3
Individually, sectors like energy, software and pharma were among the worst hit in terms of net sale by mutual funds, while net purchases were made in stocks from metal and mining] and financial segments.
According to global research report by BofA-Merrill Lynch, domestic mutual funds (MF) sold shares worth Rs 9,000 crore (about USD 1.65 billion) during the October-December quarter] 2012, while they acquired shares to the tune of Rs 3,455 crore] (about USD 633 million) during the same period.
The top stocks sold by domestic MFs were -- Wipro, HDFC Bank; energy firms--Reliance Industries (RIL), ONGC and NTPC --,while most bought shares were state-run NMDC, State Bank of India (SBI),ICICI Bank, diversified conglomerate Aditya Birla Nuvo and auto component maker Motherson Sumi Systems.Individually, domestic MFs lowered their exposure to companies like Wipro with sale of shares with an estimated USD 162 million, followed by HDFC Bank (USD 149 million), RIL] (USD 143 million), ONGC (USD 114 million) and NTPC (USD 97 million), the report said.
Additionally, domestic mutual funds sold stake in IT major HCL, pharma companies--Divis Laboratories, Sun Pharma, Cipla and Ipca; utility firms--Power Grid and GAIL; consumer goods maker--ITC and Hindustan Unilever Ltd, and Coal India.On the other hand, domestic MFs major investment during the quarter