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Strategic Shifts: HDFC Bank, Grasim, and ITC Lead the Top Stock Holdings in March 2024 Quarter

The NSE’s Nifty 50 has soared to unprecedented heights, breaching the 22,700 mark earlier this month, leading shareholders to make strategic adjustments in response to the dynamic market landscape. This surge, mirrored by BSE’s Sensex, which surpassed 75,000 in April for the first time, is indicative of the buoyant market conditions. Let’s delve into the latest trends and shifts in stock holdings among key players like HDFC Bank, Grasim Industries, and ITC.

Promoter Holdings

Promoters have been tactically maneuvering their stakes in various companies. Notable increases were observed in Grasim Industries by 0.31% and Bajaj Auto by 0.11%. Conversely, they reduced their holdings in Bharti Airtel, Tata Consumer, M&M, TCS, and Tata Steel.

Mutual Fund Holdings

Mutual funds have shown a bullish sentiment, with a 0.34% increase in their Nifty index holdings. They significantly increased investments in HDFC Bank (up 3.22%), IndusInd Bank (up 2.04%), ITC (up 1.9%), and HDFC Life (up 1.31%). However, they scaled back positions in NTPC, Tata Motors, LTImindtree, ICICI Bank, and BPCL.

FII & DII Holdings

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) withdrew Rs 10,558 crore from Indian equities in April after injecting Rs 36,637 crore into the market in February and March. FII holdings in the Nifty index decreased by 0.86% in March 2024, with adjustments seen in various stocks. Notable increases were observed in BPCL, Bharti Airtel, ICICI Bank, NTPC, and M&M, while reductions were seen in HDFC Bank, ITC, KMB, IndusInd Bank, and Asian Paints.

On the other hand, domestic institutional investors (DIIs) displayed resilience by increasing their stakes in HDFC Bank, Indusind Bank, KMB, ITC, and Eicher Motors, while adjusting positions in NTPC, Tata Motors, BPCL, ICICI Bank, and Sun Pharma.

Market Observations

IDBI Capital’s recent data shows a 0.85% increase in promoter holdings in the Nifty index and a 0.35% increase in DIIs holdings in March 2024 quarter-on-quarter. This suggests a strategic realignment of portfolios by market participants in response to prevailing market conditions and outlook.


The stock market’s upward trajectory has prompted strategic adjustments in stock holdings among various market players. HDFC Bank, Grasim Industries, and ITC are among the top stocks witnessing notable shifts in ownership. As investors navigate through volatile market conditions, these adjustments reflect their confidence in certain sectors and companies, while also responding to changing economic and geopolitical factors.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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