Investors betting defensive stock market plays will win as they sold tech, financials

Investors pulled money from both stock and bond funds in the past week, and shifted money within U.S. equities to health care and out of tech and financials.

According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, investors pulled $3.6 billion out of equity mutual funds and ETFs, with $2.6 billion out of U.S. stocks. But as investors took a defensive posture on stocks, they also dumped government debt, with net outflows of $1.5 billion from Treasurys and government bonds, the biggest since December 2016. Overall, bonds lost a total of $2.3 billion.

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