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Engineering, not IT the most invested sector
Reena Prince, Moneycontrol.com | December 30, 2006
Exposure to telecom, media, cement and construction sectors showed a sharp surge in the mutual fund portfolios in 2006, while chemicals, services, and banking stocks failed to attract much interest. Food and beverages, and consumer durables turned out to be bitter pills for MFs as the weightage to these sectors dropped by 20 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.
Meanwhile, engineering overtook information technology to become the most invested sector in 2006, while cement and construction barged ahead to the third slot from its sixth position held last year.
Engineering and cement and construction stocks were the top favourites with fund managers in 2006. A Moneycontrol study reveals that investments in engineering sector stood at Rs 12,547 crore in November 2006 as against Rs 6,890 crore (Rs 68.9 billion) in December 2005 as eight MFs hiked their exposure to this sector, while 11 funds marginally slashed their exposure to the sector. DBS Chola, Deutsche, and JM Financial MF were most bullish on the sector.
Investments in cement and construction sector stood at Rs 9,227 crore in November 2006 as against Rs 4,008 crore in December 2005 as 17 MFs hiked their exposure to this sector, while Deutsche and Principal PNB MF marginally slashed their exposure to the sector. Birla and DSP ML MF were most bullish on the sector.
Telecom, and media sectors too were among the percentage gainers with net MF investments up by more than 100 per cent over the year. Net investments in the IT, oil and gas, power, and FMCG sectors showed a growth in the range of 50-100 per cent, while auto, pharma, metals, and manufacturing sectors showed a growth in the range of 25-50 per cent.
Meanwhile, food & beverages, and consumer durables witnessed a decline in weightage. Exposure to food & beverages sector dropped 20% from Rs 2,245 crore in December 2005 to Rs 1,795 crore as 10 MFs slashed their exposure to this sector, while eight funds hiked their exposure to it. Investments in the consumer durable sector dived by 10% from Rs 213 crore to Rs 192 crore.
Among stocks Grasim moved higher over the year from the tenth slot to become the third top held stock by mutual funds, while Infosys and Reliance Industries continued to hold the top two positions, respectively.
Bharti Airtel, Jaiprakash Associates, and Reliance Communications also attracted the fund managers as they barged into the top 10 list. Telecom giant Bharti Airtel, and construction major Jaiprakash Associates moved higher to the fourth and fifth slot from 11th and 12th positions each.
Meanwhile ICICI Bank, Tata Motors, and Satyam witnessed the steepest fall in this list. Banking major ICICI Bank crashed from its sixth place to 20th position, auto major Tata Motors and IT giant Satyam slipped from the seventh and eighth position to the 15th and 16th position respectively.