Investors pulled money from both stock and bond funds in the past week, and shifted money within U.S. equities to health care and out of tech and financials.
According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, investors pulled $3.6 billion out of equity mutual funds and ETFs, with $2.6 billion out of U.S. stocks. But as investors took a defensive posture on stocks, they also dumped government debt, with net outflows of $1.5 billion from Treasurys and government bonds, the biggest since December 2016. Overall, bonds lost a total of $2.3 billion.
Bank of American Merrill Lynch noted that while investors dumped U.S. stocks, its monthly fund managers survey showed the biggest U.S. equity overweight since January 2015.
But investors appear to continue positioning for the seasonal market storms that could take place in late summer and early fall with August and September among the choppiest month for stocks.