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Growth funds get crude shock

Sep 19, 2000

Crude concerns have hit equity markets in a big way, and this is more than evident in the 400+ point slide in the BSE Sensex over the past few days. The impact on (equity) growth funds has been depressing to say the least.Rising crude oil prices in the global market is a concern afflicting all equity markets, and India has been no exception to this. So while ten days ago, domestic markets were inching upwards of 4,700 points, the surge in crude prices has spoilt the party and markets did not take long to forfeit all their gains in a matter of days.

As is the case with all bear and bull runs, software stocks led the charge once again, this time on their way down. And given the heavy exposure to software stocks by ‘diversified’ growth funds, net asset values (NAVs) of these funds have slumped dramatically.

Open-ended, Growth Schemes NAV
BSE - 30-0.9%7.4%0.2%-
S&P CNX Nifty-0.4%6.5%4.9%-
S&P CNX 500--0.2%9.1%7.3%-
Magnum Multiplier Plus 199323.94.7%32.1%28.6%14.1%
GIC Growth Plus II17.22.0%9.0%26.6%10.2%
GIC Fortune 19947.00.9%9.2%-11.1%-5.3%
Primary Equity Fund16.20.5%6.3%3.8%9.4%
GIC D'MAT8.50.0%6.0%-23.5%-25.1%
K MNC10.3-1.4%1.7%0.0%10.4%
Reliance Vision Fund19.5-1.5%1.8%12.7%14.1%
Templeton Growth Fund12.9-1.8%2.4%24.3%9.6%
Mastergain 199212.1-1.9%8.5%-9.9%3.9%
Zurich(I) Capital Builder13.0-1.9%2.4%-6.3%5.0%
Mastershare Plus 199122.9-2.2%4.2%-10.2%5.5%
K P Prima Fund (Gr)23.1-2.6%8.9%5.7%13.2%
Birla MNC Fund (Gr)32.0-2.7%3.1%65.4%21.7%
Pru ICICI Growth (Gr)24.3-2.8%13.2%29.8%48.6%
Grandmaster 199310.9-2.9%11.1%-17.1%0.3%
DSP ML Equity Fund18.7-3.1%3.1%3.0%29.0%
Boinanza Exclusive Gr7.5-3.1%2.9%-19.2%-2.5%
Alliance Equity Fund (Gr)39.5-3.6%10.8%68.1%94.4%
Birla Advantage Fund41.9-3.7%8.0%47.6%35.8%
K P Bluechip (Gr)23.7-3.9%4.4%38.5%30.2%
Franklin India (Gr)7.4-3.9%2.9%0.0%-28.1%
Mastergrowth 199319.2-4.0%5.1%1.7%10.1%
K 3019.4-4.1%5.2%23.3%43.0%
DSP ML Opportunities (Gr)9.7-4.4%7.1%0.0%8.9%
JM Equity Fund (Gr)11.6-4.4%6.6%-3.8%3.4%
UGS 1000011.5-4.5%1.1%-15.5%8.0%
IDBI Equity Fund (Gr)11.6-4.5%8.1%-2.2%4.0%
Tata Pure Equity 13.8-4.7%6.2%39.1%49.5%
Taurus Starshare9.6-4.9%6.0%4.0%-1.7%
Zurich(I) Equity (Gr)20.6-5.1%5.5%19.3%14.6%
Libra Leap 20.6-5.2%4.8%33.1%33.7%
Sundaram Growth 14.4-5.3%6.8%13.1%24.0%
IL&FS Gr & Val (Gr)14.4-5.4%6.4%0.0%18.8%
Sun F & C Value (Gr)22.0-5.7%5.5%5.8%32.2%
Zurich (I) Top 20016.0-5.7%3.8%-12.4%18.3%
K P Prima Plus (Gr)22.5-6.0%0.4%20.6%16.6%
ING Growth (Gr)19.4-6.1%11.6%61.6%65.9%
Magnum Global Fund12.3-7.3%9.4%-0.8%5.8%
Sun F&C Emerg Tech (Gr)6.8-7.7%3.8%0.0%-21.1%
Magnum Equity Fund16.2-8.4%17.0%27.7%17.0%

Crude concerns are unlikely to vanish into thin air, which implies that the current slide is unlikely to reverse overnight. However, given the level at which some software stocks find themselves, bargain hunters (including fund managers) could lead a buying frenzy in these stocks, unless they see a further diminution in prices, in which case we could be witnessing a rather protracted ‘bearish’ phase.

Serious investors are better off staying invested rather than exiting at this moment, as there a consensus among fund managers about the solidity of fundamentals as far as software stocks are concerned. Smarter investors could opt for the systematic investment plans (SIPs) and actually ride the market slide.

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