FPIs offload equities worth $1.9 bn in September

Sensex at the present levels of 31,282.48 trades at a price-earnings multiple of over 17.9 times one-year estimated forward earnings.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | Mumbai | Published: September 29, 2017 1:39 am
Foreign Portfolio Investors,FPI, Foreign exchange, dollar value, sensex, BSE, market news, business news, Indian express Brokerages have been expressing caution that the Indian market is overvalued.

Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) have sold Indian equities worth close to $1.92 billion in September, after offloading stocks worth nearly $2 billion in August. On Thursday foreign investors sold shares worth $ 813 million, provisional data on exchanges showed.

Sensex at the present levels of 31,282.48 trades at a price-earnings multiple of over 17.9 times one-year estimated forward earnings.

Brokerages have been expressing caution that the Indian market is overvalued. They have also flagged the downwards revisions to earnings estimates.

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. Net profits for the Nifty set of companies fell around 11 per cent year-on-year in Q1FY18, disappointing the Street.

Among the emerging markets, Taiwan has witnessed the highest outflows in September at $ 2.08 billion followed by India. FPI sales in Indonesia was at $ 760.2 million and $ 1.04 billion in South Korea. FE

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