According to data released by Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI), stocks and bonds worth over US$ 17.19 billion were purchased by the foreign investors from the Indian capital market till January 2011. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have purchased stocks and debt securities worth US$ 17.28 billion during the course of the 19 trading sessions conducted in January 2011. Moreover, FIIs have invested US$ 1.44 billion on the purchase of Indian stocks and bonds in January, 2011. Significantly in 2010, the net FII inflows stood at about US$ 39 billion in 2010.
According to research reports, India has received more FII funds as compared to its Asian peers. According to Bloomberg, Net FII inflow (till November 23 2010) stood at US$ 28.5 billion, far ahead of South Korea (US$ 16 billion) and Japan (US$ 13 billion). Net FII inflows as a percentage of the market capitalization are also the highest in India at 1.8 per cent in 2010, followed by South Korea at 1.6 per cent.
Quenching its thirst for foreign assets, India Inc announced merger and acquisition (M&A) deals worth a record US$ 55 billion in 2010, including a record number of billion-dollar transactions.
According to a global consultancy firm Ernst & Young (E&Y), India is expected to have received more than US$ 7 billion in private equity (PE) investments in 2010, up from US$ 3.5 billion in 2009. Sectors such as power and transportation, consumer and branded products, infrastructure ancillaries, education and financial services, and healthcare are likely to witness increased PE activity in 2011.