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Equity investors are making a sustained move to value stocks and more defensive sectors of the market, data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch show

The big picture: Equity analysts say BAML clients are increasingly moving into health care and utilities (which saw nearly record inflows from both institutional managers and hedge funds) as well as large-cap stocks and domestically oriented sectors.

Why you'll hear about this again: In its last fund manager survey, released in mid-October, BAML analysts noted that "investors rotated into defensive equities like healthcare and consumer staples and out of cyclicals like materials and banks."

  • In a note to clients Tuesday, they said: "Value ETFs continued to see inflows for the past eight weeks, as we see a case for sustained rotation to Value once macro data starts bottoming out."

Of note: Investors took profits on equities after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq touched all-time highs last week, with "ETF inflows dwarfed by single stock outflows," that led to net selling for equities after six straight weeks of net buying.

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Supreme Court blocks Alabama curbside voting measure

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday evening blocked a lower court order that would have allowed voters to cast ballots curbside at Alabama polling places on Election Day.

Whit it matters: With 13 days until Election Day, the justices voted 5-3 to reinstate the curbside voting ban and overturn a lower court judge's ruling designed to protect people with disabilities.

Of note: Liberal Justices Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

  • The lower court judge ruled in favor of a lawsuit arguing that curbside voting would "violate federal laws designed to protect America’s most marginalized citizens" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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U.S. officials: Iran and Russia aim to interfere in election

Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information that can be used to undermine confidence in the U.S. election system, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced at a press conference Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The revelation comes roughly two weeks before Election Day. Ratcliffe said Iran has sent threatening emails to Democratic voters this week in states across the U.S. and spread videos claiming that people can vote more than once.

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