Investors turn net buyers of U.S. equity funds on economic optimism: Lipper

(Reuters) - Investors turned net buyers of U.S. equity funds in the seven days to May 5, helped by strong economic data and solid earnings growth, data from Refinitiv Lipper shows.

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Investors bought a net $4.42 billion of U.S. equity funds, after dumping about $22 billion in the previous seven days.

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Hopes of a faster recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic lifted inflows into value funds to $1.72 billion during the period.

Inflows into growth stocks were $4.92 billion on concerns over a rise in interest rates. Higher rates lower the present value of future cash flows of growth stocks, making them less attractive.

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Among sector funds, financials, materials and consumer discretionary funds saw inflows of $1.66 billion, $756 million and $251 million respectively.

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Meanwhile, investors purchased a net $10.9 billion in U.S. bond funds, hitting a four week high.

U.S. taxable bond funds saw net buying of $9.98 billion, while flows into U.S. municipal bond funds were $1.62 billion.

U.S short- and intermediate-term investment-grade funds inflows were $5.12 billion, the highest level in eleven weeks.

But U.S. money market funds saw outflows of around $19 billion, pointing to an increase in risk appetite.

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Reporting by Gaurav Dogra and Patturaja Murugaboopathy in Bengaluru; Editing by Alexander Smith