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Mutual funds’ exposure to IT stocks surges to Rs. 27,772 crore

paiseThe mutual fund industry is betting big on software companies as its equity exposure to the sector climbed to an all-time high of Rs. 27,772 crore at the end of January 2014.

Mutual funds’ investment in software stocks stood at Rs. 27,772 crore as on January 31, 2014, accounting for 15.20 per cent of their total equity assets under management (AUM) of Rs. 1.83 lakh crore, according to the Sebi data.

In December, the investment of mutual funds in software companies was at Rs. 26,762 crore (13.84 per cent).

Market participants attributed this continued inclination of mutual funds towards software segment to weakness in the rupee, revival of demand in key markets like the US and good performances by IT companies in the past few quarters.

A weak rupee boosts value of dollars earned by IT firms.

Deployment of funds by mutual funds in software stocks gained traction since May when the rupee came under pressure.

The Indian currency has depreciated by around 15 per cent since April 30.

“The mutual fund industry has been investing in the software shares because of weakness in the rupee and smart quarterly numbers posted by companies such as TCS, Infosys and Wipro, among others,” Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services Research Head Alex Mathews said.

Another key factor was revival of demand in major markets, he added.

Mutual fund is an investment vehicle that is made up of a pool of funds collected from many investors for the purpose of investing in securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets.

Mutual funds had exposure of 16.60 per cent to banking stocks in January 2014, which was the highest among all sectors. In terms of absolute numbers, mutual funds investment to the banking space stood at Rs. 30,339 crore.

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