NEW YORK, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Money flowing into U.S. domiciled equity mutual funds surged in the week ended Feb. 16, with most heading for U.S. domestic equities, data from Thomson Reuters’ Lipper service showed on Thursday.
Investors put a net $9.45 billion into equity funds, the best performance since the week ended June 16, the data showed. That was a near four-fold increase over the prior week’s inflows of $2.54 billion.
Domestic equities had net inflows of $8.72 billion versus inflows of $2.04 billion in the prior week while non-domestic equities managed a marginal increase, with inflows of $737 million.
Municipal bond funds suffered a fourteenth straight weekly outflow of cash, albeit the pace has dropped off with investors pulling a net $973 million out of the sector, bringing the total since mid-November to $25.7 billion. This was the least amount of cash redeemed since mid-December, the data showed.
In a reversal from the prior week, exchange traded equity funds had net inflows of $4.96 billion versus an outflow of $2.07 billion. The SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) ETF had the biggest net inflows among this group, taking in a net $1.995 billion.
The weekly Lipper fund flow data is compiled from reports issued by U.S.-domiciled mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. The weekly data goes back to 1992.
Below is a broad breakdown of the flows for the week, including exchange-traded funds: Sector Flow Pct Total Share
Change Change Assets Class (in $ billions) In Assets Count ============================================================== All Equity Funds 9.455 0.35 2,751.484 9,701 -Domestic Equities 8.718 0.43 2,052.483 7,394 -Non-Domestic Equities 0.737 0.11 699.001 2,307 All Taxable Bond Funds 3.462 0.28 1,239.088 3,902 All Money Market Funds 5.525 0.22 2,534.405 1,549 All Municipal Bond Funds -0.974 -0.32 306.810 1,530