In the second quarter of this calendar year, promoters of the country’s largest 75 companies seem to have exited their holdings most after the FPIs.
Promoters reduced their holdings by 20 bps quarter on quarter, coming second only to FPIs who reduced their holdings by 84bps, according to a report by Morgan Stanley. None of the other investor categories–financial institutions, domestic mutual funds, Indian public and NRI & others–have reduced their holdings in these companies over this period.
While it seems like an odd thing for promoters to reduce their holding when the market is trending downwards, market experts said that a 20bps reduction is too small in magnitude to be a matter of concern. With uncertainty and fear looming in the market, promoters may have taken some money off the table before things got worse.