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Citigroup sells shares worth Rs 480 cr of 35 Indian cos

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Foreign fund house Citigroup Global has sold shares valued over Rs 480 crore of 35 Indian companies, including bluechips like Reliance Industries, Wipro and Infosys.

Interestingly, the shares sold by Citigroup Global Mauritius in the open market through the block deal counter of the Bombay Stock Exchange have been bought by another private fund house Credit Suisse (Singapore) at the same price.

Through the BSE block deal counter yesterday, Citigroup Global Markets Mauritius sold its part holding in Sensex companies, including Reliance Industries, Infosys, State Bank of India, Tata Motors, Tata Steel and Reliance Communications.

Citigroup sold shares worth Rs 71 crore of RIL, while offloaded shares worth Rs 60 crore of Infosys, TCS (Rs 18 crore), Sterlite (Rs 15 crore) and SBI (Rs 7 crore).

The other entities in which Citigroup sold stakes are HDFC, Wipro, HDFC Bank, TCS, L&T, ONGC, DLF, M&M, Tata Motors and Hindalco, among

Analysts said this is just a normal stock market purchase and sale done by the institutional investor and is more of basket selling by some big client.

"It seems that one of the big client of Citigroup has offloaded its holding in the open market, while Credit Suisse has bought it. It may also be that the client has changed its fundhouse," SMC Global Vice-President Rajesh Jain said.

Overseas clients invest in share of Indian companies through participatory notes issued by fund houses.

The other non-Sensex companies in which Citigroup sold its holding though the BSE block deal window are Axis Bank, GAIL, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Jindal Steel, IDFC and Cipla.

A trade, with a minimum quantity of 5 lakh shares or minimum value of Rs 5 crore executed through a single transaction qualifies as block deal.

So far this year, foreign funds have invested a hefty Rs 8,328.10 crore in Indian equities.

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First Published: Thu, January 14 2010. 17:36 IST