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Year End Specials: Top MF holdings see little change in 2017

HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank remained top bets; Tata Motors, HCL Techand Sun Pharma ousted from top 15

Chandan Kishore Kant  |  Mumbai 

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Mutual played safe in 2017 when it came to their top holdings. In a year that saw several scheme categories deliver market-beating 30 per cent-plus returns, the list of companies most owned by remained the same, by and large.

There were only five at the start of the year in which mutual fund exposure was over Rs 10,000 crore. At the end of the year, this number rose to 10. tried to remain with trusted businesses in the large-cap category and kept on pumping inflows into select counters.

HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, State Bank of India (SBI), and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) were the five most-owned slipped two notches to fifth spot with replacing it and L&T moved up one notch to fourth spot.

“There are very few choices available in the core part of the portfolio. At best, we can juggle holdings but we cannot do away with any. Infosys, despite facing tremendous difficulties, has no alternative,” said the chief investment officer of a large fund house.

There was significant churning, however, lower down the order. Tata Motors, HCL Technologies and Sun Pharmaceuticals, which were among the top 15 most-owned at the beginning of the year, were replaced by GAIL, NTPC and Bharti Airtel.

Most-owned stocks by equity mutual funds see little change in 2017

Maruti Suzuki, the sixth most-owned stock at the beginning of the year, has slipped three notches down to ninth spot. Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) jumped from 13th spot to sixth. ITC and Reliance Industries continued to retain their previous spots.

In all, in the top 15 stood at Rs 2.12 lakh crore by November, nearly a fourth of total and up from Rs 1.32 lakh crore a year ago.

First Published: Tue, December 26 2017. 23:40 IST