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Investors cautiously return to tech-focused ETFs after big pullback: Refinitiv

FILE PHOTO: The logos of mobile apps, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Netflix, are displayed on a screen in this illustration picture taken December 3, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

LONDON (Reuters) - Passive investors cautiously returned to investing in some index-tracking technology funds in latest week after pulling out more than a billion dollars as rising uncertainty around the outcome of U.S. elections curbed summer-like optimism.

Tech-focused ETFs have been the backbone of the Nasdaq’s rally this year with investors pouring in a record $16.7 billion this summer buying into high-flying U.S. mega cap tech firms.

But with the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 .NDX down more than 6% from an early September peak after a record 84% rally off March lows, investors are worrying the reversal could gather steam with only a month left for U.S. elections.

In the week ending Sept. 30, tech-focused ETFs saw $463 million worth of inflows but a four-week moving average saw $165 million of outflows, the biggest since October 2019, according to Refintiv Lipper data.

Making up around a third of the benchmark S&P 500 index .SPX, U.S. tech stocks have been the ultimate pandemic beneficiaries, especially so-called FANGMAN - Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and chipmaker Nvidia.

Valuations are hovering near 27 times forward earnings for the S&P 500 index, the highest since the dotcom bubble in early 2000. Multiples of some tech stocks are as high as 100 times forward earnings.

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Reporting by Saikat Chatterjee; editing by Thyagaraju Adinarayan

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