"Bear capitulation" as investors pile back into stocks -BAML
By Jamie McGeever
LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) - Investors last week poured the most cash into global equity funds since October last year and the second highest amount ever into emerging market bond funds, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said on Friday.
These flows reflect the continued scramble for returns in a world of evaporating bond yields, together with the partial lifting of the gloom that had shrouded financial markets since Britain's vote last month to leave the European Union.
"Investors have shunned equity funds year-to-date, but are now stampeding into the asset class for fear of missing out," BAML's global strategy team, led by Michael Hartnett in New York, wrote in a note titled "Bear Capitulation" on Friday.
They poured $10.8 billion into equity funds in the week ending July 13, the highest in nine months, almost entirely driven by the $12.6 billion net inflow into U.S. funds, the most since September last year.
The S&P 500 hit a record high of 2,168.99 points this week , up 9 percent from the lows struck in the days after Britain's June 23 EU referendum. The S&P 500 is up for three consecutive weeks for the first time since March.
The equity outlier was Europe, where stock funds posted a record outflow of $5.8 billion, BAML said. That was their 23rd consecutive weekly outflow.
Globally, investors have pulled a net $123 billion out of equity funds so far this year, according to BAML.
Emerging market bond funds drew a net $2.7 billion in the week to July 13, second only to the $3.4 billion net inflow recorded the week before. Continuación...