MFs offload shares worth over Rs 21,000 cr in 2012-13

MFs offload shares worth over Rs 21,000 cr in 2012-13 New Delhi: Mutual funds offloaded shares worth over Rs 21,000 crore during the first 11 months of fiscal 2012-13, including outflows of Rs 848 crore during the month of February 2013.

The net outflow in February was, however, the lowest in eight months following a huge outflow of Rs 5,212 crore in January 2013, according to an analysis of latest data available with market regulator Sebi.

On the contrary, Mutual Funds (MFs) seem to have a bullish stance on the debt market, where they invested Rs 40,092 crore in February, 2013. Prior to that, MFs had invested Rs 40,652 crore in January 2013.

During the first 11 months of 2012-13, MFs sold equities worth Rs 21,135 crore. On the other hand, MFs have invested Rs 4.05 lakh crore in the debt market during the same period.

"During February 2013, Mutual Funds sold Rs 848 crore in equity as compared to Rs 5,212 crore sold in January 2013," the regulator noted.

This was the lowest net outflow from the stock market since May 2012, when MFs sold equities worth Rs 398 crore.

Mutual Funds sold equities in 10 out of 11 months during 2012-13 (till February 2013), while June was the only month to record a net inflow of Rs 296 crore. The data for March is yet to be made public by Sebi.

At the end of February, there were a total of 1,222 schemes under Mutual Funds, of which 793 schemes (65 percent of the overall schemes) were Income/Debt oriented while 342 schemes (28 percent of total schemes) were growth/equity related.

PTI