Last week, BAML's hedge fund clients unloaded the most stock since 2008, while institutions and retail clients were net buyers.
In a note to clients, BAML strategist Savita Subramanian writes:
Most selling by hedge funds since 2008
Last week, during which the S&P 500 was up 0.9%, BofAML clients were net sellers of $963mn of US stocks following the prior week’s large net buying. Net sales were entirely due to hedge funds, whose net sales were the largest since December 2008, and the second-largest in our data history. Despite this, hedge funds still remain small cumulative net buyers year-to-date. Institutional clients were net buyers for the second consecutive week—but remain the biggest net sellers YTD—while private clients continued their net buying streak (with purchases of equities in 21 of the last 22 weeks). Private clients are the largest net buyers of equities year-to-date, with $15bn of inflows into ETFs and $2bn of inflows into single stocks. By size segment, large, mid and small caps all saw outflows last week, and only mid caps have seen inflows YTD.