The inflows were the first in five weeks and
came after investors pulled a record $7.1 billion out of the
funds the prior week. Taxable bond funds overall attracted $3.8
billion after posting $4.8 billion in outflows the prior week.
"Much weaker data than expected around the globe added to the
belief that none of the major central banks were going to
withdraw stimulus," said Kim Rupert, managing director at Action
Economics in San Francisco. She said investors moved back into
high yield after recognizing the bonds as having been oversold.
One closely watched data point was Wednesday's U.S. retail sales
figures, which showed a lack of growth in July from June.
Economists polled by Reuters had projected a 0.2 percent
Funds that hold floating-rate loans posted $687.1 million in
outflows, marking their fifth straight week of withdrawals. The
loans also offer higher yields, and funds that hold them
typically attract cash alongside high-yield bond funds.
Emerging markets bond funds, meanwhile, attracted about $72
million in new cash after posting $761 million in withdrawals
the prior week.
Stock funds attracted $1.3 billion in inflows after posting
massive $16.4 billion withdrawals the prior week, which were the
biggest outflows since February.
While stock exchange-traded funds attracted $1.4 billion in new
cash, stock mutual funds posted $162 million in withdrawals.
That marked their third straight week of outflows.
The reduced concerns of an earlier-than-expected rate hike from
the Fed also helped inflows into stock funds recover, said
Patrick Keon, research analyst at Lipper.
Funds that specialize in Japanese stocks, meanwhile, posted
about $106 million in outflows, marking their first outflows in
Investors still expressed some caution by committing $9.3
billion to low-risk money market funds, which are viewed as a
place to park cash. That marked their second straight week of
The weekly Lipper fund flow data is compiled from reports issued
by U.S.-domiciled mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.
(Reporting by Sam Forgione; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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