Investors leave stock funds amid concerns over Spain: ICI
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors in U.S.-based mutual funds pulled the most money out of stock funds since the start of the year and continued to pile into bond funds as concerns rose over whether Spain would seek a bailout, data from the Investment Company Institute showed in the latest week.
An estimated $7.50 billion exited from stock funds in the week ended September 26, the most since the first week of the year, according to data from ICI, a U.S. mutual fund trade organization.
The money removed from the funds also exceeded the previous week's outflows by nearly $2.4 billion.
Bond funds attracted $8.32 billion in new money, up from inflows of about $8 billion the previous week and the most since early April.
The benchmark S&P 500 fell 1.9 percent over the reporting period as violent anti-austerity protests broke out in Spain and concerns grew over whether the country would seek a European bailout package.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Tuesday that a request from Spain for European aid was not imminent, after a report that the country could apply for help as soon as this weekend.
Hybrid funds, which can invest in stocks and fixed income securities, had modest outflows of $377 million, the first losses for the funds in 16 weeks and a sharp slide from the previous week's inflows of about $1.64 billion.
(Reporting by Sam Forgione)
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