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U.S. bond funds see biggest weekly outflow in four weeks

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May 13 (Reuters) - U.S. bond funds saw a surge in outflows in the week to May 11 on concerns over higher inflation readings, which cemented expectations of aggressive rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.

According to Refinitiv Lipper data, U.S. bond funds faced capital withdrawals for the 18th straight week, amounting to $10.42 billion, nearly twice the $5.9 billion in disposals in the previous week.

Fund flows: US equities bonds and money market funds
Fund flows: US equities bonds and money market funds

The U.S. benchmark 10-year Treasury yield hit a 3-1/2-year high of 3.203% this week on fears over higher inflation levels.

U.S. headline consumer prices rose 8.3% in April year-on-year, beating economists' forecasts for 8.1%, data showed on Wednesday. read more

Investors sold U.S. taxable bond funds worth $7.72 billion, about 95% larger withdrawal from a week ago, while municipal funds suffered outflows of $2.76 billion.

U.S. short/intermediate investment-grade funds witnessed net selling of $7.28 billion in the biggest weekly outflow since April 2020. However, U.S. short/intermediate government & treasury funds lured inflows of $2.62 billion.

Fund flows: US bond funds
Fund flows: US bond funds

Meanwhile, investors offloaded U.S. equity funds worth $8.46 billion in a fifth straight weekly outflow.

Fund flows: US growth and value funds
Fund flows: US growth and value funds

Selling continued in U.S. growth funds for the seventh straight week, amounting to $4.5 billion. Value funds also posted an outflow, worth $1.99 billion, after a week’s inflow.

Among sector funds, financials, industrials, materials, and tech lost $1.24 billion, $756 million, $677 million, and $468 million, respectively, in outflows.

Fund flows: US equity sector funds
Fund flows: US equity sector funds

Meanwhile, U.S. money market funds booked net selling of about $7 billion in their first weekly outflow in three weeks.

Reporting by Gaurav Dogra and Patturaja Murugaboopathyin Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill
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