Individual investors added money to U.S. stocks for a seventh straight week last week, but they're continuing to show an even stronger appetite for international stocks.
While U.S. stock mutual funds attracted $1.1 billion during the week ended Feb. 14, international stock funds lured nearly $3.5 billion, according to data from the Investment Company Institute. So far this year, investors have poured almost $21 billion in U.S. stocks and more than $32 billion in global stocks, bringing the total stocks inflow to more than $53 billion.
That fact that investors are showing love for stocks is a sharp contrast from the past several years. The last time investors added more money to stock funds than they took out was in 2007, when U.S. stocks rose to record highs. Both the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 are back near those levels.
While investors added to their stock holdings, they're also continuing to pad their bond holdings. Bond fund raked in $4.7 billion last week, bringing the year's total to $47 billion. In 2012, bond funds brought in more than $300 billion.
Hybrid funds, which invest in both stocks and bonds, gained $2 billion last week, according to ICI data.
Investors continued to pull money out of U.S. stock funds last week, but the pace of outflows slowed considerably.
U.S. stock mutual funds lost just $481 million in the week ended Nov. 28, according to the Investment Company Institute, far less than the previous week's $7.5 billion withdrawal.
In total, investors have yanked more than $14 billion during the three weeks following President Obama's re-election, as they turn their attention to the MOREHibah Yousuf - Dec 7, 2012 10:05 AM ET
Investors have been pulling money of the U.S. stocks for months, but the pace of outflows has picked up during the past couple of weeks.
U.S. stock mutual funds lost more than $7.5 billion in the week ended Nov. 20, according to the Investment Company Institute, adding to the previous week's $6.6 billion withdrawal.
In total, investors have yanked more than $14 billion during the two weeks following President Obama's re-election, as MOREHibah Yousuf - Nov 30, 2012 11:29 AM ET
Investors continued to buy up bonds and unload stocks last week, as they reacted to President Obama's re-election and geared up for a heated debate over how to solve the fiscal cliff.
While bond funds raked in $7.5 billion, U.S. stock mutual funds lost another $2.1 billion during the week ended Nov. 7, according to the Investment Company Institute.
The total inflow into bonds this year is now more than $275 billion, while MOREHibah Yousuf - Nov 15, 2012 11:19 AM ET
Investors continue to flee the stock market and move their money into bonds.
U.S. stock mutual funds lost $1.87 billion during the week ended Oct. 24, according to the Investment Company Institute. That's an improvement over the prior week, when investors pulled $2.12 billion out. At the same time, investors continued to add to their bond holdings with U.S. bond mutual funds seeing inflows of $6.6 billion.
And ICI data show MOREMaureen Farrell - Nov 2, 2012 5:52 AM ET
Investors continued to pull out of U.S. stocks last week, as worries about slowing global growth and a lackluster start to the third-quarter earnings period dampened investors' spirits.
U.S. stock mutual funds lost $2.3 billion during the week ended Oct. 10, according to data from the Investment Company Institute. That was far less than the prior week, when investors yanked $10.6 billion. Nonetheless, it still marked the 12th straight week of outflows.
Pessimism toward MOREHibah Yousuf - Oct 18, 2012 10:43 AM ET
The summer may be over, but investors continued to pull money from the stock market in the latest week, as they waited on central banks to take steps to stimulate the global economy.
During the week ended Sept. 5, U.S. stock mutual funds bled another $2.9 billion, according to the Investment Company Institute, bringing the 2012 outflow total to more than $79 billion. By comparison, those funds lost in the neighborhood of MOREHibah Yousuf - Sep 13, 2012 1:54 PM ET
Investors continue to diss stocks, as they grapple with worries about Europe's debt problems and signs of a slowing global economy.
U.S. stock mutual funds lost $620 million during the week ended June 13, according to the Investment Company Institute. Tallying it up, that means investors have yanked money out the stock market for 16 of the last 17 weeks.
Interestingly, investors added money to U.S. stocks during the final week of May MORECatherine Tymkiw - Jun 21, 2012 3:18 PM ET
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