After taking a short breather, U.S. investors re-entered the U.S. stock market last week.
Investors added $849 million to U.S. stock mutual funds during the week ended March 13, according to the latest data from the Investment Company Institute. That marks the first inflow after two weeks of modest outflows.
The return to stocks came in the middle of the Dow's 10-day winning streak, during which the blue chip index also closed at fresh record highs for eight days in a row.
So far this year, investors have put roughly $20 billion into U.S. stocks. International stocks are also drawing strong interest. In the latest week, international stock funds attracted more than $3 billion, bringing the year-to-date tally to more than $40 billion.
Bonds, which are perceived as less risky than stocks, continued to lure in investors as well. Bond funds took in $1.6 billion, bringing the year's total to just over $60 billion.
Hybrid funds, which invest in both stocks and bonds, brought in $2.1 billion last week.
After yanking more than $150 billion from U.S. stock mutual funds last year, investors began to put their money back into the market at the start of 2013. A lot of it.
U.S. stock mutual funds gained $8 billion in the week ended Jan. 9, according to the Investment Company Institute. That's the highest amount since the ICI began keeping records in 2007.
The big flood of money came as the MOREHibah Yousuf - Jan 17, 2013 10:02 AM ET
U.S. investors plowed a record $183 billion into U.S.-listed exchange traded funds last year, surpassing the previous record of $178 billion set in 2008, according to State Street data.
"Last year's impressive overhaul amounts to yet another clear sign that ETFs are not only here to stay, but are increasingly chipping away at the dominance of mutual funds," said Olivier Ludwig, managing editor at IndexUniverse, which also tracks ETF assets.
Like mutual MOREHibah Yousuf - Jan 11, 2013 2:35 PM ET
The U.S. stock market has been on a bull run since early 2009. At the same time, individual investors have been pulling billions of dollars out of stocks each year.
As the S&P 500 rallied about 13% during the first eleven months of 2012, individual investors yanked about $152 billion from the U.S. stock market, according to data from EPFR Global, a Boston-based firm that tracks fund flows for both mutual MOREHibah Yousuf - Dec 27, 2012 7:32 AM ET
Facebook will make its way into the Nasdaq-100 (NDX) next week, but the social network could find itself in the even more widely tracked S&P 500 (SPX) soon enough, too.
According to Standard and Poor's methodology, "initial public offerings should be seasoned for 6 to 12 months before being considered for addition to an index." Facebook (FB) just celebrated its six-month birthday as a public company a little over two weeks ago.
While MOREHibah Yousuf - Dec 6, 2012 1:41 PM ET
Bond king Bill Gross says it's time for individual investors to get used to a new (and slower) dance.
In his monthly investment outlook letter, the founder of Pimco and manager of the world's largest bond fund, Pimco Total Return Fund (PTTRX), wrote that the age of credit expansion that led to double-digit portfolio returns is over, and the age of inflation has begun.
And that means investment returns from both stocks and MOREHibah Yousuf - Sep 5, 2012 2:07 PM ET
Investors continued to bail out of U.S. stock mutual funds last week, despite a rally in the market fueled by an upbeat July jobs report and hopes that central bankers will soon step in to support financial markets.
Investors pulled $3.6 billion out of U.S. stock mutual funds during the week ended Aug. 8, according to Investment Company Institute. While the pace of outflows slowed considerably from the prior week, when MOREHibah Yousuf - Aug 16, 2012 2:04 PM ET
Investors' appetite for ETFs continues to grow.
As of May 31, the U.S. ETF industry had over $1.1 trillion in assets under management, spread across 1,251 funds, according to data from State Street.
ETF inflows totaled more than $60 billion during the first five months of 2012. The Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) had $8.1 billion in inflows, making it the most popular ETF so far this year. Running a close MOREBen Rooney - Jul 11, 2012 4:48 PM ET
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