FPIs sell equities worth $800 million so far in September

On Tuesday, the foreign investors sold shares worth 2 million, provisional data on exchanges showed. The net investments stood at .1 billion so far this year.

Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) have sold Indian equities worth close to $800 million in September, after offloading stocks worth nearly $2 billion in August.

On Tuesday, the foreign investors sold shares worth $192 million, provisional data on exchanges showed. The net investments stood at $6.1 billion so far this year.

Sensex at the present level of 32,158.66 trades at a price-earnings multiple of over 18.8 times one-year estimated forward earnings, a 20% premium to the long-term average multiple. Concerns over steep valuations and poor corporate earnings for the June quarter have seen investors take risk off the table.

Earnings estimates for FY18 are being trimmed with almost every sector having seen a downgrade. The tepid growth in GDP for the June quarter, of just 5.7% year-on-year has seen economists cutting their growth forecasts for the year.

Among the emerging markets (EMs), India has witnessed the highest outflows in September, followed by Indonesia which has seen an outflow of $ 568 million.

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