Mutual funds add auto, retail, hotel and leisure stocks

Mutual fund managers exercised caution while buying stocks after the sharp rally of 19% on the Nifty since June. In a global environment where inflation continues to be high and the US Fed hiking rates continuously, investment managers made stock specific bets in September on domestic themes like auto, retail, hotels, leisure and luxury goods.

With the festival season round the corner and improving domestic consumption reflected in increasing passenger traffic, gold purchases and improving credit demand, these companies are likely to have superior earnings at least for the next two quarters.

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Fund managers bought into companies like Zomato, InterGlobe Aviation, Devyani International, Westlife Development, Varun Beverages, IndusInd Bank and Sundaram Finance. HDFC Mutual and Kotak Mutual made fresh purchases in BEML Land Assets, a unit of state-owned BEML. While Mirae, Kotak and UTI bought Maruti Suzuki, HDFC, Axis and Aditya Birla Sun Life were buyers of Mahindra & Mahindra.

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