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India’s Small Stocks Bubble Concerns: 14 Mar 2024

SME Stocks Manipulation:

  • Signs of IPO price manipulation and trading malpractices in SME stocks have been observed.
  • SEBI is working to evidence such manipulations, with measures underway to protect investors.

Regulatory Alarm Bells:

  • SEBI and the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI) have raised concerns over price manipulation in SME IPOs and excessive speculation in small and mid-cap stocks.
  • AMFI has advised mutual funds to protect investor interests by moderating inflows and rebalancing portfolios.

SME IPOs on the Rise:

  • A significant increase in SME IPOs, with 182 in 2023 raising over Rs 4,600 crore, highlights a trend of SMEs seeking public funds.
  • Regulatory frameworks aim to facilitate SME growth while maintaining market integrity.

Investor Influx and Valuation Concerns:

  • Massive inflows into small and mid-cap funds raise concerns about high valuations and the potential for significant losses during market corrections.
  • AMFI and SEBI urge caution and proactive measures to safeguard investor interests.


Regulatory Actions and Recommendations:

  • AMFI recommends mutual funds take measures against the unchecked inflow into small and mid-cap stocks.
  • SEBI suggests public consultation before imposing caps on mutual fund inflows and emphasizes more risk disclosures for SME IPOs.

Why in News 

  • Small and mid-cap stocks have surged significantly, with small caps gaining 33% and mid caps over 24% in the past six months. This surge outpaces the benchmark Nifty 50’s growth, indicating potential overvaluation and speculative trading.