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US Equity Funds see Big Outflows on Profit-Taking ahead of Inflation Report

Dec 22 (Reuters) - U.S. equity funds saw significant outflows in the week ended Dec. 20, as investors took profits ahead of a key U.S. inflation report and as enthusiasm over potential rate cuts diminished.

Investors withdrew a net $10.45 billion from U.S. equity funds during the week, the largest weekly net selling since Sept. 27, as they reassessed their portfolios after a solid rally on Wall Street.

The S&P 500 dropped 1.47% on Wednesday, facing resistance near its Jan. 4, 2022, record high of 4,818.62. Despite the recent decline, the index has still gained approximately 15.7% since bottoming out at a five-month low of 4,103.78 on Oct. 27.

U.S. personal consumption data for November is due at 1330 GMT. It could potentially shape expectations for how quickly interest rates might fall in 2024.

U.S. equity value funds saw their first weekly outflow in four weeks, worth about $5.88 billion. Investors also sold roughly $11.31 billion worth of growth funds on a net basis.

Among sector funds, the tech sector saw $1.08 billion worth of net selling, the second weekly outflow in seven weeks. Financials and gold & precious metal funds also lost about $200 million each in outflows.

Industrials, meanwhile, received $336 million worth of inflows, the most in nine weeks.

U.S. investors also liquidated $7.55 billion worth bond funds, extending outflows into a fourth successive week.

U.S. short/intermediate government & treasury funds logged about $5.1 billion worth of net selling, their seventh weekly outflow in a row. Investors also pulled a net $4.91 billion out of general domestic taxable fixed income funds but poured $1.42 billion into short/intermediate investment-grade funds.

U.S. money market funds, meanwhile, suffered $25.54 billion worth of net selling, the biggest outflow in a week since Oct. 18.

Reporting by Gaurav Dogra and Patturaja Murugaboopathy in Bengaluru Editing by Mark Potter

Source: Reuters

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