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UPDATE 1-U.S. stock, bond mutual funds see 4th straight week of withdrawals – Lipper

(New all through adds data and analyst quote) By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK, Dec 3 Investors withdrew $  6.6 billion from U.S. stock and taxable-bond mutual funds in the course of the week that ended Dec. 2, Lipper data showed on Thursday, marking the fourth straight week of outflows for those investments. All round, stock funds posted $  920 million in outflows during the week, led by the mutual fund withdrawals, according to the Lipper information, which also measures exchange-traded funds. "Retail investors threw the child out with the bath water," stated Tom Roseen, head of analysis solutions at Lipper. "People are getting out of the way of a price hike." Roseen mentioned concern about the direction of U.S. Federal Reserve policy, mixed financial information and geopolitical concerns have weighed on retail investors. These issues also prompted a flight-to-good quality move into income-marketplace funds. That category attracted $  17.8 billion during the week, marking the second consecutive week of inflows for the low-threat investments, Lipper stated. Stock ETFs, by contrast, took in $  3.8 billion. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF took in about 71 percent of that amount, Lipper said. "They're saying, we really feel comfortable saying there may possibly be a Santa Claus rally here," Roseen stated of ETF investors, referring to a potential end-of-year run up in stock costs. Investors pulled $  2.1 billion in cash out of U.S.-listed taxable bond mutual funds and ETFs in the course of the week that ended Dec. 2, Lipper mentioned. Treasury funds posted $  1.three billion in outflows for the duration of the week, although high-yield corporate debt attracted $  398 million of inflows and broke a 3-week streak of outflows. Greater-credit investment-grade bond funds posted $  547 million in outflows. Emerging-marketplace stock funds extended their streak of outflows to five straight weeks, posting $  583 million in withdrawals in the most current period. The Lipper fund flow information is compiled from reports issued by U.S.-domiciled mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. The following is a broad breakdown of the flows for the week, such as exchange-traded funds (in $  billions): Sector Flow Chg % Assets Assets Count ($  Bil) ($  Bil) All Equity Funds -.920 -.02 five,236.782 11,819 Domestic Equities -.065 -.00 3,705.334 8,449 Non-Domestic Equities -.855 -.06 1,531.448 3,370 All Taxable Bond Funds -two.090 -.ten 2,200.798 six,070 All Cash Marketplace Funds 17.811 .76 2,350.362 1,163 All Municipal Bond Funds .364 .10 355.059 1,504 (Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt Editing by Jennifer Ablan and Lisa Shumaker)