MFs’ IT stock exposure at record Rs 43,115-cr high
Mutual Funds remain bullish on software companies, raising their allocation to all time high of over Rs 43,115 crore last month in view of the weakening rupee, which increases IT exporters’ profitability. In comparison, equity fund managers’ deployment in software stocks was Rs 35,463 crore in January last year. Industry experts said that fund managers have been raising their allocation in software stocks due to declining rupee against the US dollar. About 85 per cent of the IT service companies’ revenues come from exports, especially the US and Europe.
A strong dollar boosts their earnings in rupee terms. The rupee depreciated by 5.92, or 9.57 against the US dollar on heavy fund outflows in last one year. It has further slumped and is currently hovering at Rs 68-level. As per the data available with Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), overall deployment of equity funds in software stocks stood at Rs 43,115 crore last month as compared with Rs 41,998 crore December. The previous high was in September, when investment in the sector rose to Rs 43,053 crore. MFs’ exposure to software stocks was at 10.55 per cent of their overall investments last month compared with 9.97 per cent in January 2015. Fund mangers remained bullish on software stocks in the entire 2015. Their exposure increased from Rs 33,970 crore in December 2014 to Rs 42,000 crore in December 2015. IT was the second-most preferred sector with fund mangers after banks.