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The Tell: Fund flows show investors favoring bonds over stocks

Weekly flows into global mutual funds indicate that investors are maintaining a bullish bias for bonds and gold, while still scouring stocks—seen by some as pricey—for bargain opportunities, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch research.

Over the past week, investors poured $6.6 billion into bonds funds and $3.7 billion into stocks. Gold funds attracted $1.3 billion, the biggest weekly inflow for the metal in 30 weeks, according to BAML.

BAML analysts said investors rushed into U.S. and Japanese equities on Tuesday when the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.15% fell 0.8% on fears over North Korea and Hurricane Irma, with equity inflows of $5.1 billion.

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