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Investors still pulling money off the table

November 8, 2012: 2:22 PM ET

Investors pulled $1.9 billion from U.S. stock mutual funds during the latest week, bringing the year's total outflow to more than $110 billion.

With the two-day market shutdown due to Hurricane Sandy, investors didn't do much with their money last week.

Overall, they pulled $488 million from long-term mutual funds in the week ended Oct. 31, according to the Investment Company Institute.

But that's far less than normal.

During a typical week this year, investors have injected an average of $5 billion into mutual funds.

The limited activity was partly due to the closure of U.S. financial markets on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 as New York City coped with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, including widespread power outages and a halt in public transportation.

Mutual funds were closed for both redemption and purchases during those two days as well, and any transactions that investors had planned were likely pushed to later in the week, said Shelly Antoniewicz, senior economist at ICI.

But that wasn't the only reason investors sat on the sidelines. With President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney running neck-and-neck, uncertainty about the outcome of the presidential election left many investors unwilling to place any big bets.

Related: After Sandy, a flurry of stock market micro flash crashes

During the shortened week, investors pulled $1.9 billion from U.S. stock mutual funds, bringing the year's total outflow to more than $110 billion.

They added just $2.6 billion to bond funds, the least since early July. So far in 2012, bond funds have attracted nearly $300 billion.

The ICI data also show that hybrid funds, which invest in both stocks and bonds and have been extremely popular among investors this year, lost $672 million last week.

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Hibah Yousuf is a reporter at CNNMoney, where she covers stocks, bonds, commodities and currencies trading across the globe, as well as corporate earnings and other markets-related news. Prior to joining the site in 2009, she interned at Money Magazine.

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